Played this last night until around 3 am. I have this running at 720p on my Vizio P50HD. My fiancée couldn't get over how beautiful everything was in the game.
I have the long loading time issue and it even hiccups when moving around the menus I'm glad this appears to be isolated and not a widespread problem. I plan to try the A button fix when I get home.
At some points when you talk to characters it almost looks like they filmed a live action person and put the film in the game. But they are all digitally rendered. The way their eyes glow/have a glassy sheen intensifies the effect. This doesn't happen with every character interaction but when it does it is like I'm looking through a window talking to the guy on the other side. This happened most dramatically in two places when I talked to the last Blade as I left behind the initial area and when I was talking to an Orc in his weapon shop. My fiancée asked if it was a guy in makeup it looked that good. However sometimes I had what I call angel face like in KotOR. People's faces have this weird glow from some nearby lighting source. That happened a couple times. Aside from the visuals the voice acting is excellent and adds a lot.
Very similar to Daggerfall and Morrowind but improved. This is the first FPS RPG I'm playing on a console and I like how the controller handles things. Switching between spells and weapons is easier than with a keyboard. Having only 8 quickslots on the d-pad may be a problem as I attain more skills, especially spell wise, but so far it has worked well. Some people have said certain areas are too dark, etc. I've found that yes places are dark but if you use a torch and/or a light spell you can see plenty. Also dungeons are supposed to be dark this is the first game I've played were a torch or light spell was critical to getting around. I really liked that fact. The torch and light spell work very differently which was also something new to me so I found using them together was beneficial.
Sound: Dolby Digital EX is well implemented and I'm told freaked the cat out as some noise traveled around the room which is always a good sign. The musical score is sweeping and gets the blood flowing but isn't obtrusive. But Jeremy Soule
always does a good job.
As far as the game I felt like I had stepped into a world.
But there is a major problem.
Load times were a real problem for me I had gone live marketplace crazy downloading trailers, demos and what not to the point I only had 4 gigs left. I deleted most but not all of that and it appears I have this defrag issue. This concerns me somewhat long term with the 360 I hope Microsoft is going to roll out some sort of a maintenance tool either in the background or added to the system blade to resolve this sort of thing.
Overall I'd rather be home playing Oblivion than writing about it during lunch. So yeah I like it. I'll love it if I can fix the load time issue.
Anybody know what a staff is considered? Is it a blunt weapon or its own thing?