There are many video games that tries their best to simulate what we called ‘life’ and realism. Many failed in the attempt and fall from grace into oblivion and forgotten. However, this is not the case with The Elder Scrolls 4 – Oblivion. Released back in 2006, it was one of the greatest games of the time and lived up to its hype. In fact, TES(The Elder Scrolls) 1 and 2 were not very popular among mainstream gamers and remain obscure. However, the release of TES 3 – Morrowind changed everything so that’s why we have Oblivion today.

So what’s great about Oblivion you might ask? Here’s why.

The Hero

Every TES heroes are anonymous and is an obscure figure in history. In fact, you have to name him or her. That’s right, you create your own characters (or recreate yourself) in that world. You can be one of many races of mankind in the world of Tamriel such as Imperial (Human), High Elf, Dark Elf, Khajiiti (Cat-headed folks) and Argonian (Reptilian folks seriously). All have their own advantages and disadvantages. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest experiences that the game has to offer. You are not living in someone’s footstep, instead you’re given a chance to create your own footstep from ground up.

Is that High Elf? Seriously? I thought she was some kind of alien.

But here comes to horror. The faces of almost every characters in this game are TRULY a HORROR. Many looks like an ape which makes me want to just gouge my eyes out.  You have to use a lot of mods to fix that. Mod is an abbreviation for Modification. It’s a way of modifying the game one way or another. TES4 includes a tool for you to modify it so it’s easy for everyone to use the plugin (You just drop it in and enable it. Done).

However, you still have to use a lot of skills to adjust your (character’s) face via the slider here. You have to fix jaws, eyes, noses, eyebrows, slopes and much more to make the face more bearable.

And the following is the result.

Now we're talking!

I downloaded a mod that add a race called ‘Elven Doll’. It includes a new race and a lot of beautiful hairstyles so I can make a beauty among the beasts now. All I have to do is to make a little tweaking to the skin and that’s it. She’s ready to roll. Sadly I cannot customize NPC (Non-Player Character)’s face because it’s not possible to just walk to them and ask them to have a facelift! LOL So unless you downloaded a mod to make a hotter and younger NPC, you have to get on with it.

Thief, Mage or Warrior. Choose your poison.

Customization of characters is not limited to appearance but also the orientation of your action. In the game, you’re allowed to choose your class. You can be a quick and agile thief or a battlemage who’s specialized in both might and magic. There are over 10 classes here but you can also create your own class. This is great in my opinion because someone might wants to walk their own path and have their own style of playing.  (But you have to choose from 3 specialization anyway, Warrior, Mage or Thief-oriented. You may still however capable of swinging a sword and shoot fireball when you’re a thief.

 

After that you may also customize you birthsign.  There are several birthsign to choose from and all have their unique benefits. The sign of the Steed grants you 20 points to Speed while you get 10 Endurance and Strength for the Warrior. The Tower allows you to open the door’s lock and The Shadow allows you to remain invisible for a while.

 

As you can see, there’s a lot of customization to do at the start of the game and I haven’t started on the actual gameplay yet. So see you on the next update on Realism.

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