The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition Is Three Years Late

By Spencer . March 30, 2010 . 12:21pm

imageReleased first in 2006, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was one the early RPGs for the Xbox 360. Dragon Ball Z and Kenka Bancho developer Spike quickly picked up the rights to it and brought the game to Japan in the summer of 2007.

 

This year, three years later, Bethesda is finally releasing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition in Japan. This package, which contains the Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine expansion packs, was sent to Western stores in 2007.

 

What took so long? Probably, the publisher change. Spike handled Oblivion before Bethesda set up their Japan office. Once Bethesda opened their doors they started localizing Western games, including their own titles, for Japan. Bully, released in 2008, was their first game. After that they picked up 50 Cent Blood on the Sand and worked on Fallout 3. All of those games must have kept Bethesda Japan busy because they just announced The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition for April 22.


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  • Ereek

    Oh wow. Well, Shivering Isles was a great, so good for Japan.

    Japan probably has the same reaction when we get games like Sakura Taisen 5 years late, though.

    • Saturnus

      Yeah, very true lol.

      Though I’d like to know why they prioritized a 50 Cent game over Elder Scrolls…

  • malek86

    They should call it “Game of three Years ago Edition”…

  • thebanditking

    I still don’t get how/why people like these games. The last one I played was Elder Scrolls III on Xbox after everyone was praising it. I found it boring, poorly acted, and the controls terrible, perhaps its better played on a PC though as my biggest complaints were the clunky interface and terrible battle system/mechanics. I remember killing one of the guards in the begining and him saying “I should have killed you sooner” only a few hours later for me to say “I should have sold this sooner”.

    • malek86

      WRPGs are kind of an acquired taste, but if you do get into them, they are some of the longest and more rewarding games out there. They give you a level of freedom unparalleled in any other genre. And yeah, the interface in the PC version was much better.

      Mind you, I didn’t like Oblivion, because it was too different from Morrowind…

    • Ereek

      Really? I couldn’t disagree more. I love WRPGs just as much as I love JRPGs.

      But then again, I play on PC. Most WRPGs on consoles suffer greatly, especially control-wise.

    • Mazen

      Thats it boycott Siliconera! who decided this game is game of the year! (why the snippet wrote outside in main siliocnera page is not here inside the article)
      where you wrote “This year, three years after it recieved Game of the Year honors”

      also after all the Wrpg devs being racist against Siliconera’s kind of audience in all of their interviews, and after what their viral marketers have been doing and saying in forums!
      they spread words like weebo in every non western game and posted threads with ideas like “I’ve outgrown JRPGs (so I have free time to roam for hours without something happen)” in every forum.

      here read the first post here this shows you how much money they spend on this
      http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=339014
      I have many more evidence about how dirty they use viral marketing in forums, and buy blogs news awards, like one of my favorite Jrpg sites since 15 years ago RPGfan.com invented something called platinum award and just gave it to WRPGs and the mod in that site forum says they told him to say he grown out of Jrpgs new posters in that forums begun bad mouthing Jrpg, am not touching gamefaqs and neogaf also.

      • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

        What? We never gave Oblivion game of the year honors or any other game honors for that matter.

        This article is just interesting since the so called “Game of the Year” was released three years later… that’s it.

      • Ereek

        “Game of the Year” typically means the version that comes with all DLC. It definitely has nothing to do with Siliconera’s awards. I guess the new Batman: Game of the Year edition is being “racist” towards JRPGs as well?

        But seeing as you posted this twice, it actually looks more like spam than an actual opinion on the game. . .

    • mFrog

      I mainly play JRPGs but I love the Elder Scrolls series, too.

      I agree that Bethesda has issues with UI design and controls; the only way to remedy these would be to get the PC version and use mods, but thankfully there are lots of them. I also agree that acting is sub-par and there are lots of event glitches. The glitches get fixed with patches over-time (at least in PC) but that’s not an excuse for not having a bug-less initial release.

      That’s not what I look for and enjoy when I play Bethesda games, though. I play them to become a traveler / explorer and check out every inch of the world. It’s being immersed into the world, as opposed to being immersed in plot or enjoying to gameplay. It’s kind of like exploring virtual worlds like Second Life, without having to interact with real humans. Being able to do whatever I want, whenever I want can be a great feeling at times.

      Of course scripted and linear plots can also be great when executed well, so I’m not saying freedom makes better RPGs. Some players may only enjoy one style or another, but I enjoy all sorts. As someone who spends hours just navigating Google Earth cities and landscapes, being able to enter virtual buildings and interact with the smallest objects is really amusing.

      I also like building sim games, and that’s the other great aspect of the game. It’s limited to PC version again, but Bethesda makes modding very easy and releases developer-grade tools to help create mods. Modders have created entire new towns and plot add-ons as long as some of the DLCs. If you’re into 3D modelling it’s easy to create your own in-game equipment. Anime-style face and hair mods are very popular. The handful of Japanese modders are very active in various adult mods, always leading the scene. Other mods add entire new gameplay aspects like implementing tower-defense in a town and adding party members or vehicles.

      Anyway, the PC version and the mods add a lot of value to Oblivion but just by itself I still would enjoy loitering the world. I’m sure you have different tastes, but I hope you’ve understood how/why some people like me would enjoy the games :D

  • Mazen

    Thats it boycott Siliconera! who decided this game is game of the year! (why the snippet wrote outside in main siliocnera page is not here inside the article)
    where you wrote “This year, three years after it recieved Game of the Year honors”

    also after all the Wrpg devs being racist against Siliconera’s kind of audience in all of their interviews, and after what their viral marketers have been doing and saying in forums!
    they spread words like weebo in every non western game and posted threads with ideas like “I’ve outgrown JRPGs (so I have free time to roam for hours without something happen)” in every forum.

    here read the first post here this shows you how much money they spend on this
    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=339014
    I have many more evidence about how dirty they use viral marketing in forums, and buy blogs news awards, like one of my favorite Jrpg sites since 15 years ago RPGfan.com invented something called platinum award and just gave it to WRPGs and the mod in that site forum says they told him to say he grown out of Jrpgs new posters in that forums begun bad mouthing Jrpg, am not touching gamefaqs and neogaf also.

  • http://www.younganimal.com/berserk Mr_Qoo

    Good for Japan. I was pretty happy that they received Oblivion (in general) and Mass Effect after their market made themselves known over there. Great games. It’s almost like the fans of these games are similar to the North American fans of Culdcept. We get the games years later if at all in some cases. We feel your pain!

    Though, with all the bashing of “WRPG/JRPG” or just “system-fan” stuff on each side, gaming is becoming like Politics to me. I don’t give a crap about people’s, in my own thoughts, ignorant biased opinions and will most likely start treating ALL sites like Youtube–Ignore comments. Glad Siliconera hasn’t fallen too hard to the negativity =)

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