Preface: I've been kind of burned out on the Infinity Engine, as well as making a long-overdue hardware upgrade. Reinstalling Windows means a fresh install of various games, which of course tend to be heavily modded on my system.
I relished making Oblivion the first one - I haven't played it in a couple years, and haven't installed/modded it in four or five. There are some great modding guides out there now, and I finally learned how to properly use Wrye Bash. I downloaded about 150 mods (which create about 250 .esp files, which is the hard limit on the number of mods you can use). I unzipped them and repackaged them for proper Wrye Bash installation and uninstallation, resulting in a situation in which, if becomes necessary to do a complete reinstall of the game and all mods, it can be done in a matter of
hours, rather than
I planned to get the massive modded install going and get back to spending some time in Tamriel, with a bit better graphics and better performance this time. I figured I would talk about it a bit in a thread here, to get people talking/reminiscing about Oblivion, and give some perspective to e.g. @Vallmyr
who had once mentioned never playing the game. I could describe why I think that, properly modded, the game exceeds both its predecessor Morrowind and its successor Skyrim.
Unfortunately, remember that "complete reinstall" thing? Looks like it's going to be necessary, because my well-guided, exquisitely modded install is crashing to desktop every 2-4 minutes. Troubleshooting has been impossible - the problem could be in some mod, or in Windows, or maybe even a hardware problem that hasn't manifested otherwise. I just can't pin it down. The game is - well, was
more stable on my creaky six-year-old laptop with a Win7 install that I had ceased to update, than on brand-new 2018 hardware and Win10.
Oblivion, love it though I do, is made of freakin' glass. Look at it the wrong way and it falls apart. (Literally - pointing the in-game camera in the wrong direction could result in a CTD.) @Beamdog
, this cries for your attention! Bethesda is giving us Skyrim Special Edition, but let me reiterate: Skyrim sucks! Please give Bethesda a call and get the rights to make Oblivion Enhanced Edition! The game needs exactly
what has been done for BG1/BG2/PST: a bit of interface cleaning, a lot of stability and load-time improvement, a few cross-platform ports, and continued/expanded support for modding.
Gah, off to reinstall...