anonymous asked:

So I just rented Oblivion from Game Fly and I tried getting into it and playing it, and I got about as far as the dungeon at the beginning of the game and I just got, I dunno, bored with it? Does it get better? More involved? Like how would you say it is in relation to Skyrim?

Let me start off by saying that the worst possible thing you can do while playing Oblivion is to compare it to Skyrim. Because I played Skyrim first and I tried on three separate occasions to get into Oblivion and I just couldn’t because I wanted it to be exactly like Skyrim and it’s not. It may be the same series but there’s a fair amount of differences. Games change a lot in just a few years, with that in mind Oblivion came out it 2006 and Skyrim came out in 2011. When I stopped wanting it or expecting it to be Skyrim that’s when I really started to enjoy it. 

The beginning does kind of suck (save for that opening cutscene holy shit they could not have picked a better voice for the emperor than Patrick Stewart I love that opening speech so much) but tutorials for games usually do suck and I will admit they could’ve made that dungeon part a bit shorter. (I now keep a save right before it asks you to confirm your class and race choices for whenever I want to replay so that I don’t have to go through that again)

But I can offer you the same advice that my brother did that helped me get into the game: When you go to pick your major skills (you get seven) make sure they’re skills you’re actually planning on using because increasing your skill in those seven is what lets you level up. I would recommend doing a custom class and definitely making alchemy a major skill because ingredients are everywhere, like all food in the game counts as an alchemy ingredient and it really helps fill up your level-up bar. 

And this is my personal advice. Don’t start on the main quest right away. Oblivion gates are a pain in the ass at lower levels. I usually do the arena in the Imperial City first because then you get a nice set of armor that’s good for lower levels. Then depending on what I’m playing as I either go start the Dark Brotherhood (which is my favourite quest line in the game) or I go to the Shivering Isles (which is so much fun seriously Sheogorath is the best)

You should join the Mage’s Guild no matter what you’re playing as because it will give you a free bed in every city to sleep in and you have to sleep to level up.

Also I’d recommend looking up the scroll glitch as that will give you all the gold you will ever need. I’d explain it myself but I’m awful at explaining things like that. 

I’m not sure if this helps nor what else I could say but please really give this game a chance because once you get the controls down and get used to how it plays the quests are so much fun. I never expected to like it as much as do but now I really think it’s a game that anyone who’s into rpgs should definitely play. 


For our third interview, we’re talking with Alenet, author of the popular successor to the OBGE mods, Oblivion Reloaded, along with a number of other graphic mods, like Improved Water, Enhanced Grass, and Camera Commands. During this interview, we discuss the development history of Oblivion Reloaded, as well as Alenet’s modding inspirations, and what he might have planned for Oblivion Reloaded going into the future.

A complete transcription of this interview can be found here.

A full list of mods that Alenet has released are included below:
Alenet’s GitHub

Alenet’s Oblivion Mods:
Oblivion Reloaded
Memory Purger
Enhanced Grass
Improved Water
Camera Commands
Extended Map
SMAA Injector - Subpixel Morphological Antialiasing
External Camera
Neck Seam Fixer
Swimming Equipment
Horse Jump Fixer
Magic Jump
Death Overhaul

The music in this video is from Oblivion Music Overdose by Jon Babb and Total Music Conversion by Doctor Eternal.

M’aiq the Liar

M’aiq the Liar is a very odd character that first appeared in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. He has appeared in every game since–Oblivion, Skyrim, and ESO. He is called M’aiq the Liar because in Morrowind, every line he said was a lie: except the one truth he told that related to the Boethiah’s Quest. The other things M’aiq says are references to the game itself.

Most of M’aiq’s dialogue addresses features of the game that were controversial and, in a playful tone, backs up the designers decisions in making the game. Other lines simply reference the game, like many of those in ESO.

“Wood Elves aren’t made of wood. Sea Elves aren’t made of water. M'aiq still wonders about High Elves.” (ESO)

“M'aiq does not remember his childhood, perhaps he never had one."  (Skyrim, reference to the lack of Khajiit children in the game)

"M'aiq prefers to adventure alone. Others just get in the way. And they talk, talk, talk.” (Oblivion, reference to the lack of multiplayer)

“Dragons? Oh, they’re everywhere! You must fly very high to see most of them, though. The ones nearer the ground are very hard to see, being invisible.”  (Morrowind, on the lack of dragons)

“Dragons were never gone. They were just invisible, and very very quiet." (Skyrim, referencing the quote above from Morrowind)

"M'aiq’s father was also called M'aiq. As was M'aiq’s father’s father. At least, that’s what his father said." (Skyrim, M’aiq explaining his appearance in three games that span hundreds of years)

All other M’aiq quotes from each game can be found on their respective UESP pages: Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, ESO.