The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
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March 16th 2006
It was a hot day in Philadelphia, that much I clearly remembered. My first ever visit to a Gamestop was marked in history as June 2nd of 2002. To anyone else, it might not have seemed quite so pivotal, but for a new Xbox owner and someone who was begging to find herself a new experience... it was like a rebirth. As I perused the aisle of videogames, I kept returning to a case with a tattered look to it's art, with a golden lettering emblazoned upon it's cover. I muttered it's title a few times, questioning if I'd ever heard of it before and I surely hadn't. I even hoisted it up in the air, hoping for one of the people I was with to give me some idea of what I was looking at. Returning glances of confusion, they shrugged and pointed towards the cashier and I waddled over to find out what it all meant.
A purchase was made that day and while in the libraries of every sell ever made towards Bethesda Softworks -- it's surely nothing large -- yet it was grand to me. Something spectacular arose in my soul and I opened that bright green Xbox case with the fervor of a groom on his honeymoon, opening the blouse upon his blushing bride's bosom. Little did I know that I was embarking on the open-ended adventure that ZeniMax and Bethesda Softworks laid out before me in almost flawless fashion. Some might consider the first title to be released to a console to be a bit lengthy, some even countered that with stating that it's the only one of it's kind. Imagine if your favorite online RPG was made just for you. You have thousands of counterparts within the game that have lives, that have jobs and families that the entire world revolves around; but in the end it's just you.
Morrowind was a remarkable entry for the Xbox that saw similar success on the PC. In addition, it fashioned an entire new genre of fans while beckoning the call for a brand new genre of game; the first-person RPG. What sets it apart is that you could literally do whatever you wished while in Morrowind. If you steal while someone's around, they'll see it and call the guards. If you kill a woman, you can dispose of her body but hushed whispers will haunt you forever as people notice she's missing. It's that kind of detail and quantity of perfection that makes it a hard title to out-do. What happens next? After two expansion packs and a stunning Game of the Year edition, it's amazing that they felt they could continue their outstanding mark of success with another game.
It's been four years and Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax have finally settled on the release date for their Xbox 360 and PC release of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Screenshots were released and within hours every videogame enthusiast site had posted the pictures along with thrilling details about how pictures did it no justice. So far, legends are spreading around of the amazing feats to attempt within the game and the addition of mini-games centered around each job. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't sat at my desk, anxiously awaiting word from the PR reps about what would be included in the Collector's Edition Box Set.
Patrick Stewart, of ST:TNG fame put it best when he once boasted: "Glory awaits you." Will you seize it? Come March 20th, you'll have your chance to put your fingers on a game that could quite possibly become the most valued title for the Xbox 360 this year. Don't let it escape you.
The Elderscrolls IV: Oblivion is being released for both the PC and the Xbox 360.