Friday, June 24, 2011

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)

    Originally I was going to post a movie review today but something interesting happened. I am a gamer. Yes, I admit that I sit in front of a computer, or TV, for days on end and play video games. With that being said my boyfriend mentioned the other day that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming out in November. I got really excited because I played Oblivion like mad crazy for weeks on end, and then a light bulb went off in my head because I remembered that Sean Bean had done some voice acting for it. The sad thing is that I never finished Oblivion because I got stuck on a level that I didn't have the correct spells to get through. At the time that was okay because I was having a lot of fun breaking into houses in game and stealing stuff while people slept. It was a lot of fun, you ought to try it! However, I never found out if Sean Bean had died.

    For those of you who don't know Oblivion is the fourth installment in a fantasy game franchise. Basically you have to help Martin Septim (Sean Bean), the bastard heir to the throne of Tamriel, defeat an evil cult called the Mythic Dawn and help close some gates that open to the evil world of Oblivion. The gates were opened because no heir supposedly existed to the kingdom. So, with your help Martin will become king and the gates will be closed. That is the basic plot, if I get more into it I'll be here half the day. With that being said you get to talk to Martin in game which is really cool. I didn't know Sean had did any voice acting for it until then. I instantly recognized his voice and thought how cool is it that you get to be in the presence of his disembodied voice! Sure, Martin doesn't look exactly like him but you can't have everything!

    Since this blog is devoted to the many deaths of Sean Bean I have to tell you what happens to Martin. At the end of the game you help him defeat the evil characters. Then he binds himself with a dragon avatar, defeats the lead bad guy, gets fatally wounded in the process and promptly dies when the dragon turns to stone. That's right, he turns into a giant dragon statue. I've read in a couple of places that he just disappears when the dragon is turned to stone but that doesn't really make any sense. If he bound himself to the dragon avatar then it goes without saying that whatever happens to the dragon will happen to him. It would kind of suck becoming a giant stone dragon, you would have to worry about such things as birds dirtying you up and kids aiming spitballs at you. I have to honestly say this this particular death of Sean is among my favorites because it is so creative. I mean, how many characters turn into giant stone statues? Okay, sure, there is the Kraken in Clash Of The Titans. However, Sean Bean didn't appear in that so that automatically makes it less nifty on all counts.

    Here is Sean Bean's death as Martin in all its glory. The speech he makes at the end might just bring a tear to your eye.


  1. You're right, I nearly started crying. : P This was a wonderful video (I could listen to Sean Bean talk all day, even if he was just reading a telephone book), thanks for sharing!

  2. Additionally, there is a huge flaw with the main story line, that makes it almost impossible to beat. I won't go into detail, but if you The Elder Scrolls Online Gold "Kill Miraak," you'll understand how mind-numbingly frustrating it must be. So hopefully we Xbox users see an update soon (yea, still waiting, Bethesda).
    There are a few other glitches I have not personally run across but other players have had that prevent you from being able to complete various other side quests.