It's taken you the past nine months, but you've finally completed The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. You've vanquished every foe, joined every guild and finished every quest.
Or, at least, you thought you had. Publisher Bethesda has announced that the first substantial expansion pack for the incredibly popular RPG, Knights of the Nine, is now available to download over Xbox Live (for 360) or at www.obliviondownloads.com (for computers). It costs $10, or 800 Microsoft Points. In addition, you can purchase the PC version as a separate boxed product - which includes every previously released extra, such as the excellent Wizard's Tower and the not-so-excellent Horse Armor - for $20.
Knights of the Nine's story is nothing out of the crusty D&D ordinary... something about an evil sorcerer returning from exile and you restoring an ancient order of holy knights to their former glory... but it is 10 to 12 more hours that you can spend in a world you know you weren't ready to leave behind anyway. And unlike, say, another set of basketball jerseys or one new skateboard, this is the kind of meaty, fully developed add-on for which we don't necessarily mind pulling out our wallets again.
December 6, 2006