This is a rare and remarkable achievement-a huge, open-ended, complex, detailed role-playing game that’s fun to play and a pleasure to behold. Oblivion not only delivers everything that earned the Elder Scrolls series the devoted loyalty of a huge following of fans, but also significantly improves on the weaknesses of its 2002 predecessor, Morrowind. Morrowind earned recognition for being one of the best role-playing games in years, but the immersive and long-lasting experience it provided wasn’t for everyone.
As if to answer the decades-old query posed by Iron Maiden in the single ‘Can I Play With Madness,’ Bethesda Softworks brings you The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles, an expansion in which you most definitely can play with madness. Shivering Isles is an expansion to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and introduces a new world along with a lengthy major quest.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim excelled at providing a vast array of different environments to explore. The role-playing game’s first downloadable add-on, Dawnguard, ups the ante. One of this mini-expansion’s greatest joys is its new areas. You investigate a portion of the oblivion realm, which has an otherworldly beauty, and travel through a chilly glacial retreat replete with gorgeous waterfalls and frozen lakes. You traverse suspended walkways and fight pointy-eared falmer upon them, and get swept away by rushing waters too strong to struggle against. Dawnguard is lovely and atmospheric, and traveling these new regions is a pleasure.