Upon its release in 2006, "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" was met with nearly unanimous praise for all facets of its design and execution. A decade later, the game is still one the highest-rated role-playing games of all time.
On Metacritic.com, a popular review score aggregate website, "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" is tied with a handful of games as the eighth-best-reviewed game ever released. Individual reviews from the highest echelon of gaming journalism also speak highly of the game. Charles Onyett, a reviewer with IGN.com, gives the game a rating of 9.3 out of 10.
Gamespot.com's Greg Kasavin gives the game a similarly positive review. He notes that compared to "Morrowind," its predecessor in the same series, "Oblivion" is a better overall experience, appealing even to gamers who typically do not enjoy role-playing games. Kasavin also expresses approval of the game's default level of difficulty, which players may further adjust to their preferences.
Reviewers' praise for the game's graphics, sound mixing, orchestration, and quest and mission structure are nearly unparalleled in the industry. Despite a main quest that lasts around 40 hours, many reviewers mention that there are over 200 hours of game play available. "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" is available for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.