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Official Shivering Isles screen shot
Many of you already guessed that a Game of the Year edition would be arriving one day...

Bethesda Softworks plans to continue to ride the wave of success from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - the game publisher plans to release The Elder Scrolls IV:  Oblivion Game of the Year edition.  Gamers already playing the original Oblivion will be able to pick up and continue the expansions without having to play through the game again.

Even though it will be useless for experienced Oblivion players using the PC and Microsoft Xbox 360, Bethesda realizes that an expansion set will likely attract gamers who haven't already played Oblivion.  The Game of the Year edition will include the original Oblivion along with Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine.

The GotY edition will be the first time the two expansions are made available to Sony PlayStation 3 owners.

Bethesda said to expect the GotY edition to be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.  Shivering Isles added an additional ~30 hours of questing in a new plane of Oblivion, while Knights of the Nine added a new faction, additional items and quests.

Strangely enough, the announcement came at the same time John Riccitiello, Electronic Arts CEO, mentioned how games are "boring people to death."  He also claims that the industry has been "rinse-and-repeat," though I am sure some of you will argue that this Oblivion product doesn't count as "rinse-and-repeat."

Even though I tend to enjoy multiplayer RPGs more than single player games, Oblivion ended up being my favorite single player RPG since Fable.

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Best since Fable?!
By dubldwn on 7/10/07, Rating: 0
RE: Best since Fable?!
By shortylickens on 7/10/2007 4:00:57 PM , Rating: 4
Just because you believe it doesnt mean the rest of the world thinks so. Amazingly enough most of us have different brains.
While I agree that Fable was not great and certainly over-hyped a lot of people did seem to like it.

I also have disagree with your opinion on Oblivion. It was nice but not great. Certainly better than Fable. But it was a big downer for those of us who recall the better Elder Scrolls games and the Gothic series.
If the sales are any indication it does not "RULE". Its doing well because its a decent game, (also with too much hype).

RE: Best since Fable?!
By dubldwn on 7/10/07, Rating: -1
RE: Best since Fable?!
By GaryJohnson on 7/10/2007 7:17:56 PM , Rating: 2
But it was a big downer for those of us who recall the better Elder Scrolls games and the Gothic series.

You mean Morrowind? Awesome game. Probably played it more than Oblivion. I totally understand if you like Morrowind better. Especially the spells/enchantments.

Maybe he meant Arena and Daggerfall? I never played Arena, but at the time Daggerfall was awesome.

RE: Best since Fable?!
By dubldwn on 7/10/2007 7:41:21 PM , Rating: 2
Daggerfall was awesome, like you said "at the time". I think Morrowind/Oblivion are more than worthy successors though, don't you? Just like Fable needs a more than worthy successor to recover from the humiliation suffered from Fable I: The Over Hyped Disappointment.

RE: Best since Fable?!
By Michael Hoffman on 7/10/2007 6:46:11 PM , Rating: 4
As in I liked Fable better? No. I said that Oblivion ended up being my favorite single player RPG since I played Fable.

Even though I understand a lot of people thought Fable was overhyped garbage, I happened to like it.

Not only did I like it... I played through it more than once, and I am also looking forward to Fable 2. :P

Mod compatability
By EarthsDM on 7/10/2007 1:10:04 PM , Rating: 2
Will the community created mods work with this edition? Will they be included? I know lots of people that didn't like Oblivion at all until they found a mod that they liked.

RE: Mod compatability
By Ratwar on 7/10/2007 1:28:28 PM , Rating: 2
It will depend on the Mod, but any mod that works with the Shivering Isles expansion will probably work on the GotY version.

RE: Mod compatability
By TomCorelis on 7/10/2007 8:46:51 PM , Rating: 2
AFAIK, community mods will work on Oblivion as long as the expansion content doesn't specifically overwrite community-mod-specific changes.

And I'd consider unlikely they'd be included with the expansions, as a) there's simply too many mods out there, and b) one mod in particular (nudie patch) got Bethesda stuck in a rather expensive rerating scrap with the ESRB.

RE: Mod compatability
By EarthsDM on 7/11/2007 11:12:40 PM , Rating: 1
It's true that there are lots of mods out there, but some stand head and shoulders above the rest. PC Gamer, IIRC, did an article listing what they felt were the ten best mods for Oblivion. Having the development team 'adopt' these mods could expose more people to the mods, make the game better, possibly make it run better (having the dev. team optimize them), and give the mod writers some recognition, which would be nice.

As for the 'nudity' patch, why not include it, or host it one their website prominently? Bethesda was already forced (unjustly) to re-rate the game, so why pussyfoot around it? Also, Oblivion is made for the kind of person who (I hope) is deep enough to see a naked female and somehow recover.

Just a rant
By bdewong on 7/10/2007 1:38:31 PM , Rating: 2
One thing I hate about the whole Xbox live model is that they (almost) never have sales like they do in B&M stores. This game will be great for people that have never played Oblivion but will likely be price around $59.99. For me, I already have the game, so I could buy the expansions for $40 off of live (not 100% on the live price). So it looks like these are my choices. Keep in mind now that the PC expansion and Xbox expansion have (or had) the same MSRP. So while you could buy the PC shivering isles expansion on sale for $15 in stores when it first came out, the xbox live expansion was twice the price and will never go on sale. I can't see paying that much for added content. If they could package it on a disk and sell the expansion like that in a store, it would go on sale and I would buy it then. Don't mind this, just mad at the pricing.

I had fun with oblivion although it's not my favorite game. Congrats to the people that get the GOTY edition.

RE: Just a rant
By TomCorelis on 7/10/2007 8:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
I definitely agree with you. If there's one nice thing about B&M is that they have their own motives to control prices, unlike the publishers which typically have a more conservative stance. Like, right now, GoGamer has Overlord PC on sale for $28. That game came out like a week or two ago!

New version for PS3
By luhar49 on 7/10/2007 1:12:04 PM , Rating: 2
I was planning to buy Oblivion to play on my PS3. Now they are releasing a new version with extra content. Will have to wait now.

I didn't see any option for existing PS3 Oblivion owners to just get the extra content for cheap. So they will miss out on this or will have to spend a lot more money to buy the main game again. Doesn't sound very good.

Game of the year?
By henrikfm on 7/11/2007 5:40:24 AM , Rating: 2
In 2006 I have found 3 games that personally I think are better than Oblivion: Gears of War, Company of Heroes, Rainbow Six Vegas.

Oblivion isn't good enough to make such statement.

Specially with a game that has not been optimized enough for the PC, getting very low framerates considering that graphics have nothing special.

EA's comments
By Spivonious on 7/10/07, Rating: -1
RE: EA's comments
By Warren21 on 7/10/2007 12:25:58 PM , Rating: 3
Your comment gives me mixed sentiments. First you say how it might fit that model, but then you praise it for its innovative combat. You also go on to say that you've played 200+ hours (which leads me to assume you liked the game; who would play 200+ hours of something they didn't like?), but then you say how it's boring with a crappy storyline.

As clear as mud.

RE: EA's comments
By Spivonious on 7/10/2007 2:20:56 PM , Rating: 2
It might fit the model in that some people might not find the combat system to be truly innovative. Personally, I thought it was a step forward.

I have not played it for 200+ hours. In fact I played it for about 6 and got bored. I was referring to the fact that total possible play time in the original game is over 200 hours.

My mud is clear, you just need a map to find your way through ;)

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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