Oblivion, before starting Skyrim?

#1 Posted by Chriseg (24 posts) -

I'm new to the series and I'm excited for Skyrim but at the same time kinda worried that ill be lost

should i play oblivion before Skyrim or what?

and if i do play Oblivion before Syrim, where can i download Oblivion for a cheap price on my pc?

#2 Posted by musclerider (590 posts) -

I don't think Oblivion will hold up particularly well to someone who's never played it. There isn't much of a story continuity between the two so you probably wouldn't miss out on much by not playing it.

#3 Posted by ShiftyMagician (2130 posts) -

Don't worry you don't need to. The previous lore is great padding for new TES games but each new entry is very playable and understandable within the confines of their respective plot and content.

If you still want to play it go ahead I say though I don't know where you can get a good deal on it at the top of my head at the moment.

#4 Posted by Chriseg (24 posts) -

The main reason i'm getting Skyrim is because i loved Fallout New Vegas

will Skyrim hold up to my expectations?

is it like Fallout but in a different setting and with magic?

#5 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

Play Oblivion with FCOM.

#6 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

@Chriseg said:

The main reason i'm getting Skyrim is because i loved Fallout New Vegas

will Skyrim hold up to my expectations?

is it like Fallout but in a different setting and with magic?

Not at all. If you're expecting great characters and great dialog in Oblivion, well, the supply is extremely limited. Obsidian made FNV and they had nothing to do with Oblivion.

#7 Posted by ReyGitano (2467 posts) -

@Chriseg: Don't, there's no reason you need to plot-wise. Play Skyrim first, and if you really like it, go play Oblivion and Morrowind afterwards.

#8 Posted by Chalian (216 posts) -

play Oblivion its great u have a month

#9 Edited by Chemin (633 posts) -

There's no plot continuity, and Oblivion's gameplay and world is a lot less interesting than Fallout 3 and New Vegas'. If you have some time to kill, try it out, otherwise play it after Skyrim, if you find the mythos interesting.

#10 Posted by Obsidian (346 posts) -

I think Oblivion was an amazing game but there's really no reason to play it now other than to see all the ways that Skyrim is better when it comes out.

#11 Posted by Aishan (1020 posts) -

@ReyGitano said:

@Chriseg: Don't, there's no reason you need to plot-wise.

@Chemin said:

There's no plot continuity

This isn't exactly accurate. While it's not a direct followup to the Oblivion Crisis, the events that transpired will set the scene for the events of Skyrim. Notably, the fall of the Septim Dynasty and the crippling of the Empire.

#12 Posted by AcidBrandon18 (763 posts) -

I don't think it'll be necessary, but it might help you get a better understanding of the world and the classes. It still is a great game and you can probably get it on the cheap. So go for it. :D

#13 Posted by Mercot (80 posts) -

I started it last week. It's great. Definitely dated, but that just makes me appreciate how far technology has come.

#14 Posted by OtakuGamer (1260 posts) -

No, but I do recommend you go and play it because it's fucking awesome.

#15 Posted by Jaize (46 posts) -

@Aishan said:

@ReyGitano said:

@Chriseg: Don't, there's no reason you need to plot-wise.

@Chemin said:

There's no plot continuity

This isn't exactly accurate. While it's not a direct followup to the Oblivion Crisis, the events that transpired will set the scene for the events of Skyrim. Notably, the fall of the Septim Dynasty and the crippling of the Empire.

Aishan is right. I mean the game itself won't impress you by current rpg standards, its still a great game and if you have the right temperament and can ignore its problems its a fantastic story and a wonderful atmosphere. If not directly linked to the Skyrim storyline, it will still give you an overview of the kind of world that you'll be delving into. Besides, its worth it in its own right. ^^

#16 Posted by Maluvin (267 posts) -

There's no need to play the previous games in the Elder Scrolls series. The events tend to be referenced in a historical sense, not a plot critical sense. It certainly won't spoil anything if you play Skyrim first then if you're feeling up to it going back and visiting the previous games (which are great). On a somewhat related note you might want to spend some time with an Elder Scrolls wiki if you want to take the time to get familiar with the setting and history of Tamriel. Again, it's completely unnecessary but there's so much flavor and background material about Tamriel it and it can be fun to browse through.

As for where to get them you can get both the Oblivion and Morrowind Game of the Year editions for about $20 bucks each on Steam. If that's too rich for you at this point I'd personally just wait out for the next inevitable sale of both titles. They do a price drop occasionally and that's when to snatch them up. There's spectacular mods for both that are worth checking out.

#17 Posted by haggis (1677 posts) -

I am still amazed at how a game goes from being almost universally acclaimed to, just five years later, being dated and "not holding up." It's been five years! We haven't even had a new console generation! I understand the attitude a bit, but come on guys. Oblivion is definitely worth playing if you have the time. It's cheap on Steam. It will run well on even a mid-range system (it runs well on my four-year-old laptop, for instance). You don't need to play it before Skyrim, but it's definitely worth a go.

#18 Edited by Baal_Sagoth (1272 posts) -

No real need to play any of the Elder Scrolls games for continuity reasons or anything like that. I never finished Arena and Daggerfall - those were before my time - but I like Morrowind the best by a longshot. Oblivion got really cool with the Shivering Isles expansion though. As for the "being lost" thing: Skyrim might well be the most approachable of all the TES games so don't worry about that either.

@Maluvin: This is correct in my opinion - if you care about the world in great detail.

#19 Posted by Chemin (633 posts) -

@Aishan said:

@ReyGitano said:

@Chriseg: Don't, there's no reason you need to plot-wise.

@Chemin said:

There's no plot continuity

This isn't exactly accurate. While it's not a direct followup to the Oblivion Crisis, the events that transpired will set the scene for the events of Skyrim. Notably, the fall of the Septim Dynasty and the crippling of the Empire.

Sure, but that's not plot continuity. The lore and events might be mentioned, but it's a contained story.

#20 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@Chalian said:

play Oblivion its great u have a month

A month is not enough time to fully experience Oblivion :P

#21 Posted by FreakAche (2954 posts) -

Honestly, you'll probably have a much better time with Morrowind. In a lot of ways, it's aged much better than Oblivion has, simply because it was less overly-ambitious about AI and voice acting. Also, it's a much larger game with more to do.

#22 Posted by Chriseg (24 posts) -

I think ill wait because skyrim has 300 hours worth of gameplay so i cant dive into oblivion (200 hours) knowing that im just going to stop playing it when skyrim comes out . thanks for the advice

#23 Posted by Chriseg (24 posts) -

Ive never been so stoked about a game! since Mario Bros lol

#24 Posted by Mystyr_E (1194 posts) -

actually Oblivion took me 60 hours without expansion packs although yeah, if you want to do everything in the game, then I can see 200 hours. But I'd only recommend Oblivion on PC, the mod support is ridiculous. On Xbox, it's just....clunky

#25 Posted by awe_stuck (800 posts) -

@Mystyr_E said:

actually Oblivion took me 60 hours without expansion packs although yeah, if you want to do everything in the game, then I can see 200 hours. But I'd only recommend Oblivion on PC, the mod support is ridiculous. On Xbox, it's just....clunky

Ya, me 2. But I played as a warrior for about 20 hours before I made a High Elf Blade Mage. 100% MQ and SQ (minus 100% gate completion, just did 6 i think)

Oblivion is not worth replaying if you beat the whole thing and have good memory.

#26 Posted by pornstorestiffi (4935 posts) -

No, just play Skyrim.

#27 Posted by awe_stuck (800 posts) -

@haggis said:

I am still amazed at how a game goes from being almost universally acclaimed to, just five years later, being dated and "not holding up." It's been five years! We haven't even had a new console generation! I understand the attitude a bit, but come on guys. Oblivion is definitely worth playing if you have the time. It's cheap on Steam. It will run well on even a mid-range system (it runs well on my four-year-old laptop, for instance). You don't need to play it before Skyrim, but it's definitely worth a go.

I really loved Oblivion. I still remember where to go, and how to do it. All the crazy stuff, and why it was cool. Going back would just make me re-experience something I thought was amazing. The graphics are a lil outdated. I just dont wanna ruin my memory of it. Like reading a great book and not wanting to ruin my impression of it.

Nonetheless Oblivion is one of the best games I have ever played. Skyim is almost here why replay it? Less you didnt finish everytihng.

#28 Posted by Chriseg (24 posts) -
#29 Posted by karatetron (692 posts) -

Yeah, be like Vinny and play through a 100+ hour RPG to get ready to play the sequel, which is also a 100+ hour RPG.

#30 Posted by ReyGitano (2467 posts) -

@Chemin said:

@Aishan said:

@ReyGitano said:

@Chriseg: Don't, there's no reason you need to plot-wise.

@Chemin said:

There's no plot continuity

This isn't exactly accurate. While it's not a direct followup to the Oblivion Crisis, the events that transpired will set the scene for the events of Skyrim. Notably, the fall of the Septim Dynasty and the crippling of the Empire.

Sure, but that's not plot continuity. The lore and events might be mentioned, but it's a contained story.

Exactly my thought. I'm basing this in the same light that I didn't need to play Morrowind to enjoy Oblivion.

#31 Posted by Chriseg (24 posts) -

so can my pc run oblivon and skyrim ?

Inspiron 410

Processor - AMD Phenom 2 P960 Quad-Core Processor 1.80 GHz

RAM- 8GB

64-bit operating system

#32 Posted by MetalMoog (908 posts) -

I couldn't get through Oblivion because of the copy and paste dungeons throughout the game, the boring as hell Oblivion levels, the wacky levelling system and the shoddy combat. Hoping Skyrim improves on all of these things, because the game does look a lot better. I'm giving Bethesda a second chance to wow me.

#33 Posted by Cygnus_X89 (133 posts) -

All Elder Scroll games are pretty much stand alone but I would recommend Oblivion to anyone who is willing to play it regardless because it's such a great RPG. You still have some time. It recently took me like a month to do all the main quest missions, guild missions, and the Shivering Isles... and that's not even playing it everyday.

#34 Posted by awe_stuck (800 posts) -

@TrippinBungalow said:

Yeah, be like Vinny and play through a 100+ hour RPG to get ready to play the sequel, which is also a 100+ hour RPG.

Its 60 hours... Total. If you dont blow.

#35 Edited by haggis (1677 posts) -

@awe_stuck said:

Its 60 hours... Total. If you dont blow.

Depending on how much exploration you do, you can spend a lot longer than 60 hours playing Oblivion. Many of us spent well over 100 hours playing it, exploring every dungeon and poking into every corner. Not to mention the DLC.

@awe_stuck said:

I really loved Oblivion. I still remember where to go, and how to do it. All the crazy stuff, and why it was cool. Going back would just make me re-experience something I thought was amazing. The graphics are a lil outdated. I just dont wanna ruin my memory of it. Like reading a great book and not wanting to ruin my impression of it.

Nonetheless Oblivion is one of the best games I have ever played. Skyim is almost here why replay it? Less you didnt finish everytihng.

This wasn't about replaying the game. The OP had never played Oblivion before. I have the exact opposite response to great books, though: I want to read them over and over again. Re-reading never ruins my initial impression of a book. The same goes with video games for me. Replay it or not, it doesn't much matter. But I don't see any problem with encouraging someone to play Oblivion at least once.

#36 Posted by Silock (238 posts) -

Every elders scrolls games is a new game, there is zero continuation. You will be fine. However you do owe it to yourself to play Oblivion and Morrowmind

#37 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

Oblivion feels pretty dated in a lot of ways, it's still an enjoyable enough game, but I don't think it's the ideal starting point now, and I don't think it would enhance your experience of Skyrim in any way.

If anything, I'd go back to Morrowind, which is more dated in a few ways, but is all around a much more enjoyable experience.

I also don't buy the "over 100 hours in Oblivion". The game just lacked any kind of exploration or reason to explore. You could spend that much time pointlessly doing nothing, I guess. But if you just want to play through the game, you can easily complete all of the quests and guilds in well under half that time. Easily do-able within a month, if you want to.

#38 Posted by awe_stuck (800 posts) -

@haggis said:

@awe_stuck said:

Its 60 hours... Total. If you dont blow.

Depending on how much exploration you do, you can spend a lot longer than 60 hours playing Oblivion. Many of us spent well over 100 hours playing it, exploring every dungeon and poking into every corner. Not to mention the DLC.

@awe_stuck said:

I really loved Oblivion. I still remember where to go, and how to do it. All the crazy stuff, and why it was cool. Going back would just make me re-experience something I thought was amazing. The graphics are a lil outdated. I just dont wanna ruin my memory of it. Like reading a great book and not wanting to ruin my impression of it.

Nonetheless Oblivion is one of the best games I have ever played. Skyim is almost here why replay it? Less you didnt finish everytihng.

This wasn't about replaying the game. The OP had never played Oblivion before. I have the exact opposite response to great books, though: I want to read them over and over again. Re-reading never ruins my initial impression of a book. The same goes with video games for me. Replay it or not, it doesn't much matter. But I don't see any problem with encouraging someone to play Oblivion at least once.

When I replay I notice new things, re-interpret what I thought. Its like watching a movie 20 times, changes how I think and feel about it.

#39 Edited by slyely (154 posts) -

I would. You can get Oblivion super cheap now. It'll also be a good warm up to Skyrim and you'll appreciate the changes in the game more. And...Oblivion is just an awesome game in its own right.

Edit: An earlier post had GOTY on steam for around 25(too bad really I think it was not long ago there was a sale on those), but if you are interested in just the base game I just saw it on amazon.com for around 8 bucks.

#40 Posted by Funkydupe (3321 posts) -

I had fun in Oblivion.

#41 Posted by snowballingblood (52 posts) -

@Silock said:

Every elders scrolls games is a new game, there is zero continuation. You will be fine. However you do owe it to yourself to play Oblivion and Morrowmind

This.

Oblivion was actually the first Elder Scrolls game I ever got into, and then realized what I was missing and discovered Morrowind. One of the things I loved about Oblivion was that if you wanted to concentrate on side quests and exploring the world before Oblivion gates start coming down everywhere, you could halt the main quest right from the start. It was one of the first games I played that really felt like a true sandbox, even moreso than the GTA titles up to that point.

Actually, what I'd personally recommend is the Shivering Isles expansion area of the game. Not because it has anything to do with backstory or continuity, it was just really awesome.

#42 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2498 posts) -

@OtakuGamer said:

No, but I do recommend you go and play it because it's fucking awesome.

#43 Posted by CaptainObvious (2999 posts) -

Don't play it, you'll burn out on the formula before Skyrim.

#44 Posted by yesac2004 (119 posts) -

Came here to ask this.

IMHO Oblivion doesn't really hold up to someone who's never played it, this coming from someone who tried for the first time over the summer.

#45 Posted by Bloodgraiv3 (2712 posts) -

Yes you should play it.

#46 Posted by bombHills (632 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

@Chalian said:

play Oblivion its great u have a month

A month is not enough time to fully experience Oblivion :P

Agreed

#47 Edited by Hizang (8532 posts) -

There literally is not time left, the time has come.

#48 Posted by vegetashonor (632 posts) -

You can, but it doesn't follow any part of its storyline. It may throw a mention here or there, but each game is its own entity. Me and my wife are playing through it because we still hold it high. Warning to you though, it gets repetitive. :)

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