Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

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Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is one of the best games we saw at E3. It also may be one of the best looking games we've ever seen.

Designed with High Definition televisions and Microsoft's next generation Xbox 360 in mind, Bethesda has created a world that looks almost too good to be true. Every object, all 9,000 of them, and surface has multiple maps layered over it to create unprecedented visuals. Metal, glass, fire and wood actually look like their real-world counterparts.

The environments are so detailed and immersive that when you're wandering through a forest, it actually looks like a forest.

And those forests grow all by themselves. They also react to climate shifts and wind. If you look up to the treetops, you will see them swaying in the digital breeze.

According to Bethesda, Oblivion boasts hours of gameplay in the hundreds, more than 200 handcrafted dungeons, 1,000 non-player characters, and 60,000 lines of spoken dialogue from well-known actors like Patrick Stewart.

We can look for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion around the Christmas season.

From Bethesda:

What does the name "Oblivion" mean?
Oblivion is the equivalent of Hell in Tamriel, the main world in The Elder Scrolls series.

What's the storyline?
Demons are released from Oblivion and are taking over the world. Through a series of tasks and quests determined by you, it is your challenge to rid Tamriel of the demons.

What platforms will Oblivion appear on?
Oblivion will be available on PC and future generation consoles.

Where does Oblivion take place?
Oblivion takes place in Cyrodiil, the Imperial Province and heart of Tamriel, as well as parts of Oblivion itself. Much of the game has a more "classic fantasy feel" with Cryodiil having a mystic, enchanted-forest type feeling.