Oblivion

Just a few days ago, one of the most anticipated games of 2006 was released for both Xbox 360 and PC: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. I had a chance to see this game in action at a friend’s place before I actually found out all the hype. It definitely looked good. I didn’t actually play it personally, but I was somewhat shocked at the level of graphical detail, even on a medium-end computer. I had a look around the net for reviews today and I was surprised to see the extraordinarily high praise it has gotten already. Take a lookg:

Clearly the reviewers love the game and user comments are no different. It seems like this is the RPG game to have. I’ve been looking at getting into an RPG but after having played Final Fantasy VI for about 15 hours, I got totally, utterly bored of it. It was the same thing, over and over again. This game seems different. Perhaps it’s time I went and got this game. The last game that I got based on good reviews was Rome: Total War and I love that game still.

[tags]elder scrolls, oblivion[/tags]

19 thoughts on “Oblivion”

  1. Ok, kinda random. First of all, you just linked to your own post, and second of all you said in your post, “…but I was somewhat shocked at the level of graphical detail, even on a medium-end computer.” Now, if I remember correctly, this ‘medium end computer’ was running on a Radeon 9600 Pro, which is an old card, am I right?

    And BTW…Where are the rest of the comments?

  2. Wow, that was messed up. There, I fixed the link now. As for the rest of the comments, well, I sort of moved all the tech articles from that blog over to this one. Apparently the comments didn’t move quite as well. Did you not read my post about consolidation? πŸ˜›

    Yes, the R9600Pro is relatively old, but it’s generally classed as a medium end card. The graphics were still pretty good. However, since then I talked to a couple other guys on the net and they said later on in the game it gets way more intense. So chances are, the semi-smoothness I saw at the beginning of the game could deteriorate quite a lot later on in the game.

  3. CRYING!

    I was starting to hope I wouldn’t need to upgrade at all, but after seeing those screens on lowest quality…ugh.

    Looks like I might be waiting a while. :'(

  4. I think you were looking at the 6600GT correct? If that’s the case, you’ll have something along the lines of these people here. And you can see that frame rates are good and the level of detail is quite good with the 6600GT.

  5. If I could get that running without it looking like a slideshow I would probably cry.

    The problem is the distant lands option…in the first link you showed me, the 6600GT didn’t run distant lands. And without distant lands the game is absolutely retarded. There is a funny video comparing distant lands on and off. Without distant lands, you are standing at the edge of the water looking out over an ocean, but then once he turns distant lands on, it turns out to be a tiny lake πŸ˜›

  6. Yes, yes but the 6600GT will be able to run that fine with distant viewing or whatever. Most people set it to around the middle as anything much more than that is suicide for most cards short of a Geforce 7600/7800/7900 or Radeon X1800/1900. Yep the RAM sounds about right.

    You’ll be doing some crying with a 6600GT. πŸ™‚ I’m actually looking into the X1600 Pro again. If this game is all you’re after for the new card, the X1600’s more powerful shaders could put it above a 660GT, even though it’s slower in many other games.

  7. Too bad I CAN’T FIND AN AGP X1600! πŸ™‚

    Why didn’t I buy a PCI-E motherboard? πŸ™

    HAHHA go download Elder Scrolls 1: Arena.

    Free AND it was made in 1994 πŸ˜›

  8. Hmmmm…it’s actually looking like the 6600GT is cheaper. It is probably going to be around $200 after shipping (how much does shipping cost through ncix?) and taxes (7%), where as on tigerdirect if I buy the X1600 PRO and ship through Rushan, it will cost about $220.

    I know you said Tiger Direct might not be reliable, but Rushan said that he has bought from them several times without any trouble, and it seems to have the cheapest prices.

  9. I could definitely get you a X1600 for <$150CAD before taxes/shipping, but that's now beside the point. I'm reading more and more about Oblivion and I don't think the 6600GT or the X1600 Pro would give you a very good gaming experience. Well, at least I know how hard it is for you to get something like this, at least make it worthwhile right? πŸ™‚ When were you thinking of getting this anyways? Depending on the time frame, I may even be able to hook you up with something much nicer.

  10. Hmmm…You serious that those cards wont run it very well? This game is really a resource hog…

    I want to get the card basically ASAP but this really depends on the price and how quickly I can convince my parents. Even if I do succeed in convincing them quickly, if you can somehow find me a good deal I would be willing to wait a substantial period of time. What kind of a price range would I be looking at?

    Oblivion isn’t going anywhere πŸ™‚

    P.S. This could be made a lot quicker by an MSN or Gmail chat πŸ˜›

  11. An FPS benchmark from a guy running Oblivion on minimum settings on a comp that meets recommended specs.

    30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 28 30 30 31 29 30 27 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 29 30 30 30 22 54 69 75 29 0 0 5 9 9 9 8 7 8 4 51 0 8 13 12 13 15 15 15 14 16 9 12 10 11 9 10 10 12 13 15 14 15 16 16 19 19 17 15 15 16 19 16 17 13 13 12 13 12 16 14 34 75 23 14 12 14 11 10 13 15 15 15 12 13 12 13 14 15 10 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 19 19 19 19 18 22 75 38 12 10 75 47 7 9 9 11 12 13 15 13 14 25 25 25 16 14 12 12 11 12 17 15 14 15 15 9 5 4 4 5 5 3 4 6 4 6 5 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 3 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 6 11 12 11 9 8 10 10 11 11 11 12 11 9 10 11 10 10 11 10 12 12 49 72 34 68 75 75 74 75 64 75 75 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Brutal. That is all I have to say.

    I’m considering buying another 512 MB of RAM and waiting until my b-day for a video card πŸ˜›

  12. One more question…As I’m reading here, I’m seeing that CPU power is just as important as GPU power, so I think I’m going to try to overclock my CPU. Would 2.2GHz (equivalent of 3200 I believe) be a safe overclock without it like melting or something? πŸ˜›

  13. It doesn’t seem like CPU is that much of an issue until you start getting up to really high end cards. Oh sure, there will be places where it will be CPU limited and frame rates’ll drop down to like 15-20 but only for an instant.

    Overclocking, or more speed in general for that matter, will definitely help, but the focus should be on the video card still. RAM will definitely be required too. (1GB)

  14. Ya I am going to buy 512 of RAM when I get back. It is on sale at futureshop for $49.99 until the 30th of April. Or I might just wait until August. Or I might buy it sometime in between. It really doesn’t matter πŸ˜€

    And it’s looking like I won’t even be home for my birthday. How long are you staying on the Island?

  15. Yeah, $50 for 512MB RAM isn’t exactly the deal of the century. You can get that just about anywhere.

    I’m not sure how long I’ll be on the Island. Probably as long as people are willing to put up with me. πŸ˜‰ Where are you going to be? More traveling?!

  16. Hmmmm…Well I’ll search around. Maybe I’ll find it for cheaper at some non-chain store πŸ™‚

    I’m sure you would be welcome at our house for as long as you want… especially now that we are putting a bathroom in the basement! And I know Aunt Joan would be more than happy to see you…She misses you dreadfully you know! πŸ˜€

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