You have the task of finding the hidden heir to a throne that sits empty. Tamriel's previous emperor has been slain, and with no true ruler the gates to Oblivion open and demons begin to invade the people and towns of the empire. It's up to you to find the lost heir to the throne and unravel the sinister plot that threatens to destroy all of Tamriel.

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Hello and welcome to a small update!

I'm done with the realms of oblivion! However, there is some tweaking that still needs doing so you'll see screenshots of the oblivion plains in the next update. This update will focus on the caves. I gave them darker, more broody textures so they have the appearance of volcanic rock which seems most appropriate. Lit section glow in dark red and you might need a torch for the unlit sections. All in all I'm happy with how it turned out, but lets take a look at minor tweaks first:

Minor Tweaks

I have adjusted the leather shield to go better with the regular leather armor. The stark color difference was because there is another leather armor set in the files that seems to be unused in oblivion. (its active in some mods) The shield belongs to this set. The actual leather armor as seen on this screenshot was originally intended to be used as the thieves guild armor (at least so it seems). The new shield has higher resolution and detailed as well as darker leather.

Here you see the amelion-gloves with high-res chainmail aswell as a dirty Kvatch armor. Seeing how Kvatch was reduced to nothing but rubble, it felt appropriate to add some dirt and blood on the guard armor, seeing how they likely fought very hard before the players arrival at the scene.

I gave the palace guards armor a more metallic and less glittery appearance.

Mithril Armor

The Mithril armor needed only minor tweaks, in my opinion:

The new texture mostly differs in tone. Its less affected by the HDR rendering and goes better with the new chainmail, elven and glass sets. It also looks more like armor made of shiny metal rather than some kinda synthetic fiber. (the original always had that vibe for me).

Other tweaks include:

* High-res steel arrow quiver that fits better with most armor sets!

* No more neon-yellow Bruma guards

* Starting a mod to replace vanilla paintings with higher resolution, more alluring yet still lore friendlly paintings

And the Oblivion Caves:

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden

Oblivion had a generic fantasy land and a uninteresting storyline about some big threat that everyone has to band together and blah blah. They basically got rid of the canon Cyrodiil jungle environment and Asian cultural influences for no reason (maybe marketing choice?), and gave us ridiculously repetitious dialogue and creepy staring eyes, auto-leveling of equipment & enemies to match the characters level (which can make the game really easy early on and really hard later on EVERYWHERE), and lots of hand holding that annoys many previous fans. Without much to show for it besides graphical improvement. Skyrim atleast feels fun with its archery, magic, large monster battles, dual wielding and smithing with lore consistent with what we previously knew about Skyrim.

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YourStepDad
YourStepDad

I can't fathom that you possibly think that. Calling it generic is shocking to me as well.

Oblivion feels a lot more... familiar, in comparison to wild and outlandish Morrowind. I still do not think it is generic in any way. Cyrodiil was lore consistent and it never meant to have any asian architecture, what are you talking about? It was referred to as a jungle due to its dense forests and no elaboration was ever given besides that. Besides, the south around Nibenay (IIRC) is swampy and jungly.

Repetitious dialogue? What?

Oblivion had the best dungeons (albeit few recurring themes but I didn't mind as they were sooo good), unparalleled atmosphere, and perhaps above all side quests that blow away anything any game ever made had to offer in terms of how engaging, varied, interesting and original they were. Unique monsters and unparalleled towns, top notch story and excellently designed armor and overall a great deal of content and variety.

I think the story in Oblivion was likewise amazing, done at an amazing pace where you are an agent and a low key spy for the greater part of the game. I think it better in execution that Morrowind's story, in fact. The pace however does get butchered towards the end and it proves to be somewhat anti climactic, but if you take things slow and beef up the difficulty even that gets fixed.

Magic was better in Oblivion, and even the combat felt more impactful. I have a list of things that Skyrim has done wrong, and its just about everything, but I wont get into that.

Archery is a little better in Skyrim. Dragons, instead of being the best ace the game has to offer, are masterfully turned into the most obnoxious and undesirable part of the game, much like the repetitive but otherwise amazing trips to Oblivion in Oblivion. Thanks, Bethesda. Dual wielding is simply dumb. It offers next to nothing to the game since fighting with two blades is just unenjoyable and repetitive spam. No impact when hitting things, remember? Since dragon encounters are awful the only thing "large monster battles" leave us with are mammoths and giants, which although cool are the only large creatures in skyrim and sadly one of the more unique ones.

Smithing lore consistent? Smithing in Skyrim was absolutely horrendous, shallow and pointless it might have not been there to begin with. An absolute disgrace. Luckily, the only thing it provided was a good template for mods to actually make something good and enjoyable out of it. And lastly, although this is personal opinion and one I still hold ambivalence about; Oblivion's characters, although borderline caricatures with exaggerated features, had personality in their appearance, and the voice acting, albeit with fewer voice actors overall, was much better and gave a color of flavour to the entire game. In Skyrim some races and character look really excellent and impressive, such as the Khajiit and Bosmer, and some being a boring, lifeless downgrade, such as Argonians, Bretons and Orcs. The rest are a mixed bag of improvements, downgrades and ties, though it should be noted that Skyrim's character creator is much weaker in terms of options.

Don't get me wrong, Oblivion has its problems, quite a lot in fact, but mostly in gameplay rather than world deparments, where it both had problems and in was in some ways dumbed down from Morrowind. At its core however, it was a rich world retaining a sense of wonder, because in my opinion it was in fact a unique rpg in disguise of a generic one. Perhaps your perspective is like that because you're either comparing it to Morrowind. (Oblivion was my first though I hopped between them many times) or because you're a veteran gamer who's seen it all and has different standards of novelty (then again, so am I, yet I still enjoy Oblivion as if I had just booted it up for the first time ever)

Skyrim was in my opinion a substantial failure of unfullfiled potential in both the gameplay and the world department. Not a bad game by any means, but like Oblivion a bad RPG, and unlike Oblivion a bad TES.

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EricBoyceU
EricBoyceU

Oblivion - Oblivion was a huge update in graphics over the morrowind game ... but what it lacked was the variety in models and textures that the mod community enjoys. Which made the game seem generic repeating the same characters, dialog, and ruins ... over and over again. And I think everyone agrees ... that the Oblivion Portal was overused too many times with the same generic buildings.

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Avoozl
Avoozl

Magic is actually worse in Skyrim since spells were removed and especially magic making being removed. Also smithing is worse since you no longer have to repair armor and weapons after use and it's way too easy to level that skill up and make the best gear afterwards. Skyrim just doesn't have enough to make it better than Morrowind and even Oblivion. All it really has is better graphics despite the limited palatte of grey, white and brown, and Skyrim's story is even moreso generic and cliche than Oblivions story, so many medieval fantasy stories overused dragons as the main plot element and it's quite stale now. Skyrim has way more handholding than Oblivion had. The games basically went uphill until Morrowind and then downhill after.

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EricBoyceU
EricBoyceU

Morrowind is still the best game toplay, and can easily compete with Oblivion and Skyrim with a Texture Replacer!

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Guest
Guest

no

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Avoozl
Avoozl

I can understand why the game gets a lower rating than Morrowind but I can't understand why Skyrim gets a higher rating than this, but then again Skyrim did attract more noobs of the series than Morrowind or Oblivion did so it's no wonder really.

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castiel-Black_Rose
castiel-Black_Rose

You are exactly correct on that fact.

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EricBoyceU
EricBoyceU

Elder Scrolls Online is actually worst... I'm so disappointed in the graphics, UI Hud, and gameplay mechanics!

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mattply365
mattply365

I really enjoy playing this game. The story gets really intense once you go into the first oblivion gate

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Illicit_Misfit
Illicit_Misfit

Dude thats because Elder Scrolls are Hall of Fame Story line game. I also enjoyed it very much it was one of my childhood game! Well about good story line... Skyrim.. mhppf... Main Quest ... Entire quest, was FU.king faktd. Why??! Because if you completed it you know why. *Mister Ser Henry is laughing.. :D

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The Elder scrolls is one of the best game series in the world! It is a great RPG, but it is a little simplified from Morrowind. The quests are simple, but great. The graphics is better than Morrowind and are easier to change in the TES Construction SET. The Story is Great, and it has a lot of side quests! I love the adventure trough Cyrodill and i recommend the game to everyone who love TES or RPG. If you think the game is boring, after played it a lot. Try some mods as: Nehrim: at faiths edge…

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I can't stand this game. My favorite part of RPGs is talking and interacting with NPCs, but in Oblivion, the only options are "Rumors" or, the name of the city your in. The plot is dull, there are no interesting NPCs, and your character can't have a personality. I liked this game at first, but the longer I played, the more I disliked it.

A totally over-rated game, if you ask me.

Feb 17 2011 by Garyn Dakari

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