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The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles
1 November 2007
Conclusion: Undoubtedly if you already have Oblivion then this expansion, the Shivering Isles, is practically already in your hand. It’s a real treat and even a break from the normal (boring?) lifestyle in the Heartlands by comparison. There’s a bounty of new swag, interesting characters and quests to be had in these isles of Mania and Dementia; a great expansion to an already great game.
Excerpt: After untold hours exploring the realm of Daedric Prince and general nasty guy Mehrunes Dagon, it's easy to forget that just because his plane of Oblivion is reminiscent of Hell that the realms of his brothers and sisters might be equally different. Such is the realm of the oddly likeable, yet still insane, Sheogorath. The Shivering Isles might evoke images of an icy tundra but it's actually anything but.
Excerpt: Most of us at Maximum PC really dug Oblivion—some of us could do little else until we’d “finished” it, including sleep, eat, shower, or hit our deadlines…. When it was finally over, we went through a little withdrawal depression—there just wasn’t another game out or even on the horizon that appealed to us as much. We dabbled with fan-created add-ons and some of the game’s pay-to-play content, but they barely scratched our exploration itch.
Excerpt: The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (PC) ESRB Rating: Mature Requires Oblivion (PC) to play Shivering Isles is the first official expansion pack released for Oblivion. For more information on what kind of game this is and the issues in it, please read it here[link]. While there have been many great mods (or small modifications) to keep the game play interesting since Oblivion has been released, this is the first full-blown expansion pack.
Excerpt: s been quite some time since I anticipated something with so much excitement that my palms became sweaty and my pulse raced. But, the nearer I came to arriving at the local Fry’s Outpost Tuesday afternoon of the 27th of March, the more excited I got. Anyone who’s been reading the DriverHeaven forums for any length of time over the past year will already know what a fan I am of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. (Fanatic, anyone?
Conclusion: It will take you a good 20 hours to complete the major quest line, but there's plenty more to do afterward. With all the side quests to complete and territory to explore, you could easily spend 30 or 40 hours or more losing your mind in Shivering Isles, and you'll find that your time there is well spent. The quests, characters, and world in Shivering Isles are all as creative and intriguing as in the rest of the game.
Pros: A large, twisted, and beautiful new world to explore, lengthy main quest and plenty of side quests to keep you busy, some of the more cleverly designed quests are great, new items and crafting system to give you more loot than ever.
Cons: The Prince of Madness is insanely annoying, simplistic fetch quests aren't very exciting.
Summary: As if to answer the decades-old query posed by Iron Maiden in the single "Can I Play With Madness," Bethesda Softworks brings you The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles, an expansion in which you most definitely can play with madness. Shivering Isles is an expansion to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and introduces a new world along with a lengthy major quest.
Pros: A large, twisted, and beautiful new world to explore, lengthy main quest and plenty of side quests to keep you busy, some of the more cleverly designed quests are great, new items and crafting system to give you more loot than ever
Cons: The Prince of Madness is insanely annoying, simplistic fetch quests aren't very exciting
Conclusion: Mark Nelson : We didn't make many changes at all to the Construction Set for the expansion. It was already an incredibly powerful tool, as evidenced by the amazing mods that the fan community has already produced. Still, there are a couple of new toys to play with, such as the ability to create Area of Effect spells that are cast point blank on the player.