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Oblivion Update: I Shouldn't Be Lazy

Oblviion Combat

So I used to edit my Oblivion updates on a nice little macbook pro I borrowed from a friend, using iMovie cause that's how I roll and what happens? He up and sells the macbook, removing my ease of editing footage.

While I work on a work around workflow...let's get back to the task at hand and how I fail hard at Obli-f**kthisgameeverythingchasesyou-vion.

Combat

Never my strong suit in this game, I've boiled down some of my thoughts and observations on it this time through.

-I find myself wandering into situations I am unprepared for. I'm not sure if this is me as a bad gamer, or the game just not warning me when shit is going to ramp up. I'm playing a character focused on swords and destruction spells, wearing heavy armor, with some great buffs but still, and I guess realistically, if more than two enemies are around me I'm boned. What strategy am I not seeing in all this that I need to grasp?

-My disarm attempts have never worked. I've thrown a few dozen, maybe. I'm hoping eventually I'll get some abilities worth using besides my power attack.

-My spells are miserably weak, and I'm relying on burning every scroll I find between encounters, during each encounter, to beat enemies that only take a pittance of damage from my attacks. I am the worst spellsword ever.

Story

This is where I've been REALLY enjoying the game so far. The main quest can go to hell right now, all the side quests I've been distracting myself with have been genuinely interesting and fun.

-I'm a freaking vampire. I've heard this ultimately sucks in the long run, but I gotta admit it caught me off guard! I regretted dallying about with that tart Arnora and her thief partner Jorundr, finding their treasure buried outside Bruma. I should have followed up on that rumor about the vampire guy.

-I've been running through the caves I find hoping to turn up some goodies. All I find are things that want to kill me and minimal payout.

-Back on the vampire thing. I'm unable to kill the cabal of vampires in the cave that the main quest requires me to. They murder me heinously whenever I step inside. I find this happening to me a lot, so I'll just find a new quest to do and come back later.

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-I tried visiting the Shivering Isles. The Gatekeeper...well let's just say I'm saving shivering isles for later.

More to come once I can get my video situation resolved, dear readers.

4 Comments

SecretMoblin said:

I've found that spells are really, really tough to pull off well unless you go all-out with mage skills. If you don't mind constantly going into your menu, you can also make poisons -- they are less frustrating to deal with than spells, they work on impact, and if you use Frostcrag Spire to make them (and you should) you can start making some potent ones fairly soon.

I started playing Oblivion a few weeks ago after getting frustrated/bored and quitting my first attempted playthrough late last year. There are a lot (and I mean a lot) of things I really don't like about the game, but I just can't stop playing it. So, I'm not really sure what that means.

The sidequests are fun, though. I haven't even delivered the amulet to so-and-so at the what's-it-called because I've been running around collecting things and solving people's problems.

I wasn't planning on caring about Skyrim, but if it has gigantic mountains to climb, lots and lots of stuff to explore, and a better-balanced difficulty system I'll consider getting it.

omgraptor said:

If the game is unreasonably hard, it may be because the difficulty is too high (unless you manually changed this, or like the difficulty). In one of the options menus there should be a gauge you can drag to make the game more forgiving (monsters do less damage, have less hit points etc).

Erastes said:

i have to say i'm playing it on relatively easy, and combat is really not my strong suit, but I did breeze through the vampire cabal because I made sure i am super sneaky and i have a shit hot bow and good archery talents. this means I can usually kill anyone with one arrow,at the most two as they run towards me. and you generally get arrows back!

I'm a vampire too and I wish I wasn't. i'm trying to devamp myself but i can never work out what an empty soul gem is compared to the other sort. I don't have a manual, which really doesn'thelp!

slickhop said:

@OP: I've played with both the weapon-and-shield combo as well as the poison bow & back-up poison melee weapon combo, and they're very different. So if one isn't working maybe try the other. Um but I also can't manage to disarm anyone. Anyone at all. So you're not alone.

@secretmoblin: Holding onto the amulet is a great move if you want to skip the main quest, because it also stops all the Oblivion Gates from showing up. Although it also reduced access to some of those alchemy ingredients, which is a bit of a downer for the character I'm playing that just finished all the Brotherhood quests.

@Erastes: Not sure what system you're using, but when you scroll through your equipment on the xbox a little context window pops up slightly to the right of the soul gems indicating if they're empty or what level soul is in them. It could be misinterpreted as just repeating the name of the soul gem, but an empty one will actually say "empty" in that window.

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