Conclusion: As you’d expect (especially given that this is just an expansion of the core Oblivion game, The Shivering Isles looks and sounds terrific. The two realms both look great, although I was a bit more partial to the colorful palette on display in Mania. The music is just as solid as ever, and the sound effects are crystal clear.
Excerpt: If you're like me, you might have thought at some point while playing through Oblivion , "Man, this game's sweet and all, but it really could use a few more folks who are batshit crazy!" And that, I suppose, was Bethesda's reasoning behind creating their Shivering Isles expansion to that 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.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (Xbox 360) Review
1 September 2007
Summary: This won’t convert anyone but if you enjoyed Oblivion then buying this is an easy choice. The world is interesting and fun but never as mad and crazy as it could have been which is a missed chance at doing something very special indeed. But whilst you’re there you will enjoy yourself and this is easily worth the money for the excellent main quest alone. Oh and don’t forget the Calming Pants. Very important.
Conclusion: and on Xbox 360 as a download through Xbox LIVE, this expansion pack for Oblivion again showcases the talents of one of the most gifted teams of storytellers currently working in interactive entertainment. It’s initially thrilling to see this group take on the topic of insanity in depth. These are the guys, after all, that channeled just enough H. P.
Excerpt: What more is there to say about Oblivion? It was easily one of the best games released last year, and perhaps the deepest game of all time thanks to downloadable content. Already being 100+ hours in length, Oblivion has received a new expansion pack called The Shivering Isles. While this is not the first expansion the game has received, it is the first true expansion, giving gamers another 30+ hours of gameplay in a land mass that is equal to a forth of Cyrodill.