ES4: Shivering Isles - Reviews @ OXM, IGN & UGO
If you have a website that goes by an acronym, it looks like you released a review for the Xbox 360 version of Shivering Isles today. Let's start with the Official Xbox Magazine who rave about this expansion and award 9/10:
Meanwhile, Bethesda has turned the limitations of its technology into features. For example, the NPC conversations in Oblivion were slightly nuts and repetitive because of the way they were randomly generated. The ones in The Shivering Isles are even more nuts, but it doesn’t feel out of place as the characters are insane anyway. Some talk of the air turning bad, some have delusions of grandeur, some are simply homicidal. In the town of Split, all the townsfolk can talk of is murdering their doppelgangers who live on the other side of the street. Because of the oddly stilted way in which the conversation is delivered and the extremely inappropriate facial expressions, the feeling of madness is wholesale.
IGN goes for a more informative article and a score of 8.3/10:
Throughout the course of your journey battling the Greymarch, Jyggalag, and the Knights of Order, you'll be given a significant amount of choice. The decisions you make regarding how to comply with Sheogorath's wishes have substantial and permanent effects on the game world and storyline, including determining which major NPC players live or die, what titles you receive, and ultimately what kind of specialized armor set you're rewarded with later on. By giving the player choices with real consequences, the game manages to captivate like no linear game possibly could. It works to make the virtual world seem more realistic, and make you, the player, relish a greater sense of power and individuality. Once finished with the quest line, you're also rewarded with a few interesting abilities and responsibilities which should keep this content fresh for at least a little while longer.
...and finally to UGO with an "A" grade but who don't get a quote because their format changes pages in the middle of paragraphs.
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