Because danged if Bethesda isn’t trying to not-very-subtly convince me (via the medium of various Lore tomes) that I want to play The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, too. Will the difference in game play drive me nuts?
It very well might, but you probably should give it a go anyway. Shivering Isles was some of the best DLC ever.
I thought it was pretty cool. I ended up with a holy warrior as close to the ideal paladin as possible; a co-worker ended up with the baddest thief/assassin ever — even managing to sneak into areas the developers had supposedly coded as off-limit. Says something about the game that it allows for such vastly different approaches.
I liked it better than Skyrealm, FWIW.
Will the difference in game play drive me nuts?
I don’t know, but I think you will especially like the Shivering Isles. Not mainly for the gameplay, but most importantly the character of Lord Sheogorath.
Each of the expansions was cool in their own ways: I loved Knights of the Nine just because they nailed the questing Knights stuff. I loved Shivering Isles just because it was so disturbing. The choices you need to make are disturbing and interesting. I actually loved the expansions more than I appreciated the main quest. Of course, the Dark Brotherhood line was really awesome too.
The leveling up of a character was annoying to me since I was used to the leveling up abilities in Morrowind. And it seems the higher you get, the faster you level.
The differences in the leveling and character creation systems may very well drive you nuts. I know they did it to me. You are much more locked into a specific play-style and the whole “You gain levels by doing stuff” system requires you to advance more specific skills. Imagine playing Skyrim, but that first visit to the 3 guardian stones locks you into that character type and advancing skills outside of that character type does not count for leveling purposes. I was about a quarter of the way through the main quest, finished one of the side quest lines, and did some piddly town stuff and was still at level 3.
Your mileage may vary, of course, and it is probably cheap enough on Steam to justify trying it out.
It’s more traditional RPG than Skyrim.
It’s a computer game ported to console, rather than a console game ported to computer. This has some significant gameplay effects. But since you’re playing on a computer, they’re to your benefit.
It isn’t quite as immersive as Elder Scrolls:Skyrim or Elder Scrolls:Morrowind, but it’s still very, very good.
The guild sidequests are some of the best in the series.
Shivering Isles is one of the best DLCs ever. (But don’t play it until you’ve finished the main game. It’s meant for higher level characters. It will attempt to scale to level, but…)
The last video game I played regularly was Donkey Kong, so I doubt I’d be much help here at all. Seriously, I am still unable to play a video game that requires more than a joystick and a single button as inputs.
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