After the appropriate time of mourning and obvious depression, I have finally made the decision to buy myself an XBOX 360 along with the sequel to my favorite videogame of all time (The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind), The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
1. The graphics are amazing. I grabbed a few shots of the opening sequence (the Emperor lamenting and a fly-by of the Imperial City).
2. The wireless mouse should have been invented when video games were: I keep holding the controller up so that I don't trip on the cord, but I ain't got no cord!
3. The power brick is bigger than my wireless controller and a jar of maraschino cherries combined (I hope it doesn't explode one day).
4. The game was totally worth the chunk of change it cost me today (including XBOX 360 costs, which included only the Premium System). I can't believe I didn't request the rest of this month off so I can explore Cyrodiil.
5. I totally agree that the XBOX fans are spooky loud but the screaming of the goblins in the game drowns it out.
6. TES IV: Oblivion is rated T for Teen and I will have to agree with this rating so far: I'm only in the training area but I can already spot some huge differences including gushing and realistic-looking blood splatter and (something that was certainly not in TES III) when you kill an enemy, if you keep hitting them with your weapon, they move a little. I opened a gate with a goblin sitting in front of it and the goblin's corpse rolled over as the gate pushed open... It was too freaky for me to handle.
7. I do have to work in the AM so I won't be having an Oblivi-a-thon (as I'll be calling it in the future), but so far I really like what I see.
8. No cheat codes for health and mana regeneration just yet.
9. I have not tried many of the new things that make Oblivion an improvement over Morrowind (like traveling by map) but a full review is forthcoming.
10. The B (red, for the Riz) button is driving me insane! They condensed the B and white XBOX button into the XBOX 360's B button. The controller eliminated the white/black buttons and added "bumper" buttons above the triggers. The buttons I've gotten used to, but the B menu is hard to read.
These are all the notes I can muster at 11pm, after about an hour of actual gameplay. Soon I'll put together some new blog entries, including a full review of TES IV: Oblivion and perhaps an essay on my favorite TES III: Morrowind moments.