Oscuro's Oblivion Overhaul

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Authors: Oscuro and dev_akm
Thread(s): Official Forums OOO Homepage
Version: 1.34Beta5
Download(s): Planet Elder Scrolls, FilePlanet (7-Zip), FilePlanet (.exe installer), TES Nexus



Oscuro's Oblivion Overhaul aims to make Oblivion a much more interesting, challenging, realistic and dangerous place, and also offers great rewards for the daring adventurer regardless of your level.

You must be prepared to cast aside your previous notions about Cyrodiil. The world no longer revolves around you, the player. Do not expect to be able to beat every monster or NPC you meet. Previously familiar areas may now be much more dangerous and you will frequently be forced to retreat from enemies who are too powerful to beat until you are stronger. You will probably die a lot more often now. However, if you have the ingenuity, skill, and luck to survive the odds stacked against you then you will be justly rewarded for your bravery!

OOO changes many aspects of the game and adds a lot of new features. It would be impossible to summarize that here in an acceptable form. My advice to inquisitive people is to download the read me for the official website and spend a while reading over it. That will give you information to help you decide if you do or don't want to use OOO.

General Overview of OOO Game play Vision

Oscuro’s Oblivion Overhaul changes the ways in which the core gameplay elements of TES IV: Oblivion relate to each other. The aim of these changes is to create a more immersive, rewarding, believable and enriching experience as you adventure in the world of Tamriel.

The structures responsible for game play could be divided into several areas. The lines separating them are somewhat arbitrary, and we could be more specific and nuanced, but first it is important to define these areas in general terms. OOO considers them in the following blocks:

A. Gameplay meta‐rules

1. Immersion

2. Risk

3. Reward

B. Game play mechanics

1. Player Character (PC) abilities and Non‐Player Character (NPC) abilities

2. Quests

3. Economy

C. Game play resources

1. Environment

2. Inhabitants

3. Objects

Each of these areas has subclasses, and each subclass can appear as the sum of lower rank classes. For example, the PC abilities include the statistics system, the skill system, the combat system, the magic system, and the faction system. Likewise, Environment is built by smaller resources, like sounds, music, architecture, flora, weather, etc.

OOO does not change every single variable responsible for gameplay, but it does affect many of those listed above. Each of these changes has been carefully measured against every other change to the gameplay structures in order to enhance the ultimate goal of gameplay: to absorb you into an exciting experience that entices you to overcome the many challenges you will face in Cyrodiil through rewarding your skill, ingenuity, and exploration.


Thanks to the following people for making this happen:

• 5hakes • Addikt • Adeliedreams • Adonnay • Aleanne • AshLad • Atronarch • Axeface • Bofra • Baksheesh • Bo Straightarrow • BradRinWI • Belenos • creepyfellowCeano • Cethegus • Chiz • dev_akm • doofdilla • Dejunai • Dheer • DagothBalls • Daeger • Demonizzer • DieterWeb • Dejaside • DragonFireSG • ElementalNimbus • Eikona • Elhoim • Eyren • iron golem • Jounks • Josef K. • Kal Choedan • Lyrondor • Madcat • Natalia • OmegaRED • osprey15 • Soor • Ubik • Frugal • Gristle • Hero2014 • Lap • Laurinque • Momaw • Scruggsywuggsy • Stabbey • Phoenixamon • Tandem • Turgothh • XMarksTheSpot • Xui’ al • Gosu • Growlf • Kafeid • Kearsage • Mark Quinn • Mealmoran • NorrabMaster • Oriphier • Perditio44 • Phitt • Praetorio • Rdjeke • Razkhul • Severian • Silverthorn • Sin • Sleeper25 • Someone1074 • Tda • Tegeal • TemplarGFX • ThrottleKitty • Ulath • VagabondAngel • Vine‐Au • Winter • Zardalu • Star Boi • MiSPWryeQuarnmmmpld • Wolfbain5

And all you other playtesters out there! You know who you are.


Review by Kal Choedan

As the author mentions, this mod addresses two major "issues" with the game. The first is the linearity of challenge. In vanilla Oblivion, all NPCs and creatures in the game world scale to the player's level. This concept does offer some good gameplay elements (freedom of choice - you can complete any quest any time you like, and an easy learning curve) but implemented as indiscriminately as it has been much is left to be desired in terms of challenge. The other issue addressed by this mod is are the elements of realism and immersion, which are somewhat destroyed when encountering puny bandits outfitted in Daedric armour or level 50 rats.

The mod's author has in short, gone through every single NPC, dungeon and encounter in the game and manually tweaked it. This makes for a much more satisfying game for many, but it may not be to everyone's tastes.

Review by Steel_Grunty

As I'm sure, the hype for the latest version of OOO must indicate something! With version 1.3, more than 10 new factions have been added, over 30 new creatures, 250 new weapons, a staggering 2,200 hand-placed unique containers, and many, many changes to the core gameplay.

No longer will you be able to smash through every dungeon, killing everything in sight. Not only do most enemies have static levels, but combat is also much deadlier. Take five hits of a battle axe and you're, quite possibly, finished. Head further into a dungeon, and the difficulty ramps up.

However, not all is focused on making your life harder. Don't you hate it when you defeat that powerful Chief Necromancer or Bandit King only to find that they carry a weak iron sword, or puny staff? No more! In OOO, enemies will drop items related to their strength, and then some.

I've only touched the tip of the iceberg on the changes that OOO v1.3 makes, so get it now, and find out the rest!