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Oblivion hands-on preview at GameSpot
Preview - posted by Vault Dweller on Sat 25 February 2006, 16:20:22Tags: Bethesda Softworks; The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
GameSpot has posted a hands-on Oblivion preview, featuring statements like "Now NPCs have a bit more personality to them, and you can usually ask them for the latest rumors". Gotta love the GS people.
So, Oblivion's melee combat actually seems to resemble that of an action game with first-person combat, like The Chronicles of Riddick or Condemned, in that you'll be able to scoot forwards and backwards and immediately block incoming attacks.The conclusion of all that goodness is...
That's right, blocking is now manually controlled, rather than randomly triggered by your character's skill level.
Apparently, Oblivion no longer uses an abstracted "to-hit" model based on your character's skills, so you won't have the frustrating problem of stabbing your sword right through an enemy's face, yet having that swing register as a "miss."
So Oblivion looks like it's on track to deliver even more of the role-playing action that the series is known for. That will undoubtedly please fans, but this is also a game that should appeal to role-playing fans in general.???
Spotted at: RPG Dot