One of the most popular action RPGs of the seventh generation was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios more than a decade ago, Oblivion is the story of a prisoner that is pardoned and entrusted with a powerful amulet. However, what happens next is up to the players, as the game counts with many options for customization. The vast open world offers many possibilities of gameplay and questing. As such, the core of the game is whatever a player wants to do with his main character. The protagonist can choose from several races and each one counts with its own bonuses.
Aside from their appearance, players must select 7 out of 21 skills that belong to three different arts: Combat, Magic, and Stealth. They will become major skills, which means starting them at higher levels. Leveling up each skill enough gives the character special abilities like a forward melee attack or being able to pickpocket without anyone noticing. In terms of gameplay, Oblivion offers an expansive world that has side-quests, monsters, and cities. The game is playable in both a first-person and third-person perspective. There are multiple levels of difficulty, but players can switch them at will. As its custom in role-playing games, characters can level up and each time that happens their main skills will receive a major boost. Bethesda received a major boost in popularity once Oblivion was released, and it has influence in future western action RPGs.