Oblivion-based fan game 'Nehrim' looks good enough to sell in shops

Still waiting for some kind of confirmation that The Elder Scrolls V exists? This might just kerb your anxious shaking for a week or two. Some bright sparks in Germany have been making a brand new RPG using the mod tools that came with Oblivion. It's no slapdash effort - they've been slaving away since 2007 to create a game that provides as much gameplay as a full retail release. It's called Nehrim: At Fate's Edge and it looks like this...

Everything you see here has been created from scratch, reportedly using the modding tools that came with the PC version of the game when it launched. All of the scenery has been modelled by hand, so there's no procedural landscape generation here. And seeing as it uses the Oblivion game engine, the physics and animation is every bit as convincing as a full-price game.

The high level of quality doesn't stop at the graphics, either. Professional voice talent has been used to record the game's dialogue (which is, sadly, all in German with English subtitles available). There's also a levelling system that doesn't scale relatively with your enemies. So, unlike Oblivion, as you get stronger you'll actually... y'know, get stronger. In fact, it seems to answer a lot of the points we raised when we looked at what we want to see in Elder Scrolls V. We're sure Bethesda would take the series a step further still, but it's great to see what fan dedication can do.

Above: You can tell that the characters use the Oblivion engine straight away. Gorgeous mist effect, though

There are some 50 hours of gameplay to be had and the prospect of more content coming later on. So far the game doesn't have any conjuration magic, but it hasn't been ruled out completely just yet.

All you need to play Nehrim is the disc for the original The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Everything else can be downloaded from here. We haven't had a chance to play the new mod yet so we can't vouch for its quality (or security, let's make that clear). But if you have played it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

13 Sep, 2010

Source: DIY Gamer


  • jacksk3llington - September 14, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    The music at the end is what was posted at the end of the video. It's from a company called Two Steps From Hell. They specialize in movie trailer music but all of there stuff is simply epic. Check em' out, i d/l'ed off of itunes. Good stuff to listen to when you play any Fantasy/Epic anything game.
  • Brett35 - September 14, 2010 2:34 a.m.

    I need to learn german now lol I also love the building and town design
  • TheWebSwinger - September 13, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    Does look a lot like Oblivion, even saw a Frost Atronach enemy in there (kill me I'm a nerd). But goddamnit do I love Oblivion...
  • Xplosive59 - September 13, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    i think bethesda should release this game by its self instead of creating elder scrolls 5,it save them money, time and effort and would raise massive profits, this guy is awesome and i would download this if i had a pc version of the game and a compatible computer.
  • WoodyWoodrowAndThePanfluteOfDestiny - September 13, 2010 6:18 p.m.

    Nerdgasm. Can Bethesda buy this and put it as an add on for the 360?
  • JohnDagger - September 13, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    Pretty good, but it's no Horse Armor ;P
  • oz997 - September 13, 2010 3:33 p.m.

    @bioshocker I'm not sure about you but I know it from the trailer for Avatar.
  • bioshocker - September 13, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    is that the music from a Mass Effect 2 trailer? I know I've heard it somewhere before.
  • Hydrohs - September 13, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    As much as I want to get into Oblivion the fact that levelling up doesn't really help you out at all really annoys me. I just keep getting killed by almost everything. I'll have to give this a shot.
  • Fiirestorm21 - September 13, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    Huh, I might check this out.
  • zeetlock - September 13, 2010 11:59 a.m.


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