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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

3 years ago

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Older Scrolls: Daggerfall Is Twenty Years Old Today

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the release of one of the greatest roleplaying games ever made. Set in a world so vast that you could combine almost every open world game released since and cram them all into one of its regions, and allowing the freedom to buy real estate within that world, it remains one of the grandest games of its type. It…

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Have You Played The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. A bit of a dirty word in some quarters of the roleplaying community, given that it marks the beginning of once-revered series' ongoing drift into all violence all the time, and directly led to Fallout's controversial divergence from its former cRPG path. Good…

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The RPG Scrollbars: Quests Done Quick

I must confess, since finishing Siege of Dragonspear the other week, I've not actually fired up any RPGs. It's not for want of them to play. I'm particularly looking forward to finally trying Final Fantasy IX, which I missed back in the day, and Beamdog's recently announced interquel, Planescape Torment: The Nameless One And A Half. (It's very similar to the original, only now whenever…

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The RPG Scrollbars: Heroes. Don’t. Craft.

Few game mechanics right now make me 'urrrrrrrrrrgh' quite like crafting. Bloody, bloody crafting. I hate crafting. I hate that just about every game I pick up can't wait to introduce its crafting system to me, with its long shopping lists of finnicky items to find, and about as much care for being believable as all those shotguns and medikits Lara Croft used to find…

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8 years ago

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A Realistic Hour With Skyrim

Bonus for people who don't like reading: new footage and some video comments from Todd Howard also await you below. Elder Scrolls games have many, many merits, but being a great spectator sport perhaps does not number amongst them. While I am personally very excited to see an hour of Skyrim being played as it is intended to be played – from the start, exploring…

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Saved From Oblivion: Dibella’s Watch

If you're looking to take your mind off impending global catastrophe this weekend you could do worse than checking out the v1.0 release of Oblivion mod Dibella's Watch. It's a new "continent" for Oblivion, which includes "a major city, castles, towns, villages, farms, monasteries and all the good stuff that makes up a Medieval landscape." It's a pretty huge Oblivion mod put together by a…

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Proof: Why Mods Are Ace

Are you listening, Blizzard? ARE YOU? Here are three minutes of why PC gamers deserve the option to alter their games, and why the world is a better place for it. Madness, beauty, comedy, juggling, land-swimming, flying horses and most of all modding await you in this completely, gloriously batshit Oblivion machinima. Why am I posting it? Why didn't I post it sooner, more like.

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Mod News: The End

This is it. The end. This column you are about to read will be the last ever Mod News. Sniff. It’s been a pleasure, guys. But no, really, it has. Over the past year, I’ve had a fantastic time as RPS’ mods guy, and it’s been a real honour to write this column every week - even if it is essentially just a roundup of…

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Mod News: Silence Is Golden

It's been an unusually quiet week in the world of mod news. Perhaps all our humble developers have been scurrying away in front of their PCs actually getting some work done, and that's why we've seen very few items of news but another collection of new releases and updates, ready for you to play right now. This week: the first Portal 2 mod, a new…

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Mod News: Release The Valve

In the week of Portal 2's release, it seems apt that Valve's games should dominate the mod scene's output. While the range of titles you can mod these days is impressive, and so many of the tools are easy to learn, I've still yet to come across a moddable engine that's quite as intuitive and flexible as Source. I can't wait to see what people…

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Skyrim’s Levelling/Skills System Clarified

The re-thought Elder Scrolls levelling, skill, attribute and perk system in Skyrim is already proving divisive (as witnessed in comments on the last post), but I fear at least part of the reason for that is it's not been explained terribly well as yet. And, to be honest, that's partially because there's only so much of it I can explain until I've had proper hands-on…

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20 Reasons To Be Excited About Skyrim

Well, there's an awful lot more than 20 reasons to be helplessly nerding out about the next Elder Scrolls game, but a nice round number is a good place to start, right? Let me be clear: I love Morrowind, quite like Oblivion and really didn't get on with Fallout 3. I am what you might call a doubter. Nonetheless, I am impossibly excited about Skyrim,…

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Minecraft Has A Release Date Wait What?

You haven't really been playing Minecraft for the last two years or so. You've just been imagining it - a wish-dream of an amazing free-form building/aventuring game that might one day exist, if only fate is kind enough. All those months, clicking hollow-eyed at hillsides that weren't there, screaming about green monsters no-one else could see. You've made a fool of yourself. You should be…

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9 years ago

Oblivion MegaMod: Nehrim In English

The gigantic Oblivion total conversion Nehrim: At Fate's Edge was release a few months back in its native German. The colossal four-year project is a remarkable undertaking, both revamping the standard Oblivion mechanics (improving skills by use being massively toned down, for example) and creating an world of its own, complete with lore and quest lines. The mod features a hand-crafted "continent-sized" map and a…

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11 years ago

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Ramble On Rambling: Exploration Games

Certain game experiences seem to suggest other, older games, and leave me longing for them. Age Of Conan, which I've been playing a great deal for the PC Gamer review, somehow left me longing for Oblivion. There was something about the way that Age Of Conan tantalises you with elements of single player gaming that left me quite hungry for a proper RPG romp, and…

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“It Was This Big”

After Kotaku's highlighting of Age of Conan's Best NPC Of All Time (above) I was reminded to ask Tom Francis at PC Gamer UK to post his account of what is probably the Second Best NPC Of All Time, Thedret The Exaggerator. Possibly my favourite story of an in-game bug, ever. I love my Thedret because no-one else has one. It took Valve six years…

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Fallout 3: Do Consoles Dumb Down?

I'm not quite sure what I think about the debate over "games are dumbed down for consoles". I think games are made more accessible, certainly have their controls simplified, but I'm not convinced this means the game necessarily becomes more dumb. It seems that Bethesda agree, and while there's always a sizeable baying crowd who will squeal, "Oblivion was rubbish because it was also on…

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Bethesda, ZeniMax Acquire MMO Engine

More rumour-mumblings from within the home of Bethesda, ZeniMax Media, regarding a forthcoming MMO. CVG reports (good luck Firefox users!) that ZeniMax Online have licensed Simutronics' MMO HeroEngine (the same one BioWare have picked up for their forthcoming super-secret (ohmygodit'ssoobviouslystarwars) MMO). This is being linked to the story from earlier this month regarding Bethesda's registering of the domain, elderscrollsonline.com, and thus speculation that an Elder…

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