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article imageThe Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, hands on for the PS3

By Aaron Robson     Feb 11, 2007 in Technology
Is this the game that will turn the PS3's woes around?
First-person sword-and-sorcery fave The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which landed on more than a few best-of-2006 lists (see our own Platinum Chalice Awards) is coming to the PS3 this March. Sure, cynics will scoff that 360 owners have already been playing Oblivion for a year. But for Sony loyalists starving for triple-A titles, the cities and wilds of Tamriel offer an unprecedented chance to spend quality time with their $600 investment.
Under the hood, the PS3 version was optimized for faster load times and smooth, stable controls. Another subtle tweak slightly sharpens the graphics and improves the mid-range view so it fills in more smoothly (due to some fancy pixel-shader optimization, for those who are keeping track). While this gives the PS3 a graphical leg up.
That is awesome that this games is going to be coming to the PS3, and from the looks of it, the PS3 one will look better. I think that it is good that some games are being converted to other systems aswell, but I also like the fact on how the systems are also trying to break away from the thing where if a game is being released to one system, it is going to be on the others aswell.
This was a major problem with the PS2, XBOX, and Gamecube. Almost every game released for those systems were also released for the other two. So this just made it a battle between graphics and not games. But now, it is good to know that the new systems won't have it were if a game is released for the one system, it would be on the other ones aswell. I think that it is mostly the games that define the system.
So back to Oblivion, I think that it is great that it is being converted to the PS3, but I hope they don't get into the habit of converting allmost all of the games and just keeping a few of them exclusive to the one system. So It's ok to have a few multi platfrom games, but not to many. I think that some games were ruined because they were also featured on other consoles.
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