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The 100 Greatest Games | 49 | The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
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The 100 Greatest Games | 49 | The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

YEAR: 2006     FORMAT: 360, PS3, PC

The 100 Greatest Games | 49 | The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion


Arguably the ultimate in open-world, open-ended gaming: you have so much freedom it's almost overwhelming. You could be a crusading warrior, engaging in the main quest to defeat an evil cult opening hellish portals around the fantasy land of Tamriel; simply ignore all that and focus on becoming the head of the assassins' guild; just wander around looting dungeons for as long as you like; or wander around picking mushrooms - it's entirely up to you. Sure, the combat's a little unengaging and the NPCs are uniformly creaky (the same five actors voice the world's entire population), but the landscapes are gobsmackingly gorgeous and the overall experience is incredibly satisfying.

Memorable for...
The sheer immersive breadth, depth and texture of the world. There's something indefinably thrilling about venturing down into your first dungeon, flickering torch in one hand, sword in the other�

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