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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion review

Welcome to the first day of the rest of your role-playing life

With so much to do, it's a wonder how you can keep track of it all without going insane. Oblivion 's streamlined interface builds critical info into your cursor and manages your inventory and quest log with easy-to-navigate, Web-browser-like tabbed pages. A "fast-travel" option saves you many hours of trekking; just select any previously-visited location from your in-game map and zip instantly to it.

Fortunately, Oblivion is just as easy to actually play. Different analog stick motions combine intuitively with timed button presses to swing your sword for varying attacks. Spellcasters and archers enjoy similarly simple functionality.Plus, this doesn't even touch on the enjoyable mini-games, including lock-picking, stealth action and persuasion. They don't feel like filler.

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GenreRole Playing
DescriptionThe fourth Elder Scrolls entry is utterly brilliant and should not be missed by any adventure-spirited gamer.
PlatformPC, Xbox 360, PS3, PSP
US censor ratingMature
Release date21 March 2006 (US), 24 March 2006 (UK)