During the middle run of the Playstation 3 I bought Oblivion used from Gamestop and up to that point it was the first time i'd seriously played an Elder Scrolls game. It was a fun open world game but like the recent LGR review of it, I didn't love the Oblivion gate sections either. All that to say, it's a fun game and the LGR review is a good overall retrospective of it and it's DLC expansions including the oft chided Horse Armor.

Since Cheerful Ghost has been rolling along happily for 7 years, make sure to read Greg's review from 2014 if you want even more Oblivion stuff to read.

https://cheerfulghost.com/games/167/the-elder-scrolls-iv-oblivion

GregoPeck   Member wrote on 09/30/2018 at 08:35pm

Thanks for the link! Gosh, I tired to play it again recently, but it's so hard. I'm amazed I've gotten through it a few times.

Travis   Admin wrote on 10/01/2018 at 03:21am

As many hours as I've put into Skyrim (literally over 200 in a single game, and a few more games over 100), Oblivion is still better I think.

Greg, when you say "it's so hard" are you talking about the game being hard or getting past some of the dated mechanics? If it's the game itself, there's a difficulty slider that you can use to basically make yourself mega overpowered right out of the sewers.

Travis   Admin wrote on 10/01/2018 at 03:29am

Also, fun story: I started Oblivion on PS3 on the special edition with the major expansions included. I got vampirism (oops) and went on the quest to fix it. As became tradition with Bethesda PS3 ports, this one was buggy in ways that didn't affect the other platforms and I couldn't cure it. At this point it was way too late to start over so I bought the game again. The non-special edition didn't have the bug, so I was able to cure my vampirism and continue on with the special edition.

But I found out that the PS3 special edition didn't even have all the DLC so what did I do? Bought it on 360.

And of course when I became a primarily-PC gamer, I bought it again.

Then I bought the Elder Scrolls collection on PC because it was beautiful and had some neat extra goodies and I wanted it on my shelf.

So I have 5 copies of Oblivion.

And this has been story time with Travis.

GregoPeck   Member wrote on 10/01/2018 at 03:36am

Yeah the game is hard, it scales with you. I guess I didn't realize there was a difficulty slider. Skyrim is easier. I have 151 Oblivion hours on my PC, although I played through it once on the PS3. As for Skyrim, I played it first on the PS3. Then got it for Steam which says I've spent 108 hours. Then I got the Special Edition which says I've spent 173 hours.

But yeah, where I got to in Oblivion last time I played, I was getting attacked by vampires and without a cure disease potion.

Travis   Admin wrote on 10/01/2018 at 03:49am

Yeah vampires are annoying in this game. As long as you can pray at a shrine quickly enough you can get rid of it without a cure disease potion. My issue was that I didn't know I had the precursor to vampirism until it was too late.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 10/02/2018 at 12:29am

I had the same issue with Vampirism. Got it, had no idea what it was and then found out I had to complete a quest to cure it. Walked away at that point.

If I come back to Oblivion I’ll pray more smile

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