So, I just finished Nehrim – At Fate’s Edge and I must say, it is the coolest type of “mod” that I’ve ever played. Everybody probably knows what type of game Oblivion is and how poorly executed it really is. But how many knows anything about Nehrim, the total conversion mod for Oblivion? This game was made with Oblivion as the foundation but with a completely new story and lore and it’s just mind blowing. It’s way longer than Oblivion in story, way better, richer in graphics and so full of things to do.
The game however is fully voiced in german, which was a bit jarring to me at first, but as the story progresses, it really starts to sound strangely natural and fits really well. Probably because the voicing was of really high quality (unlike most mods) and generally better sounding than even vanilla Oblivion.
The story takes off when you, as the main character, responds to a letter that invites you to a gathering of sorts but who would have known what that letter really would mean for your future. The game goes on with sending you on various missions and all the while you never get the feeling that you’re special. There are others like you that does the same thing. But towards the end, the game gives you some fun choices to feel a bit more powerful, even for just a slight while.
The game even introduces romance with the sweet and caring Kim, an aeterna that used to be a slave. He (he’s a she if you play as a male) is one of the sweetest characters I’ve ever seen in a role-playing game and I’m sad that the story wasn’t deeper for the two love birds.
My red headed half-aeterna made her way through the world with a bow and perfect sneak skills. In the end she almost one shot killed anything while stealthy with a 5x sneak bonus to her damage. Well towards the end of the main story anyhow. The game is sort of never ending and I’ve already spent over 65 hours in it.
A thing with this game that I thought I would complain a lot on was the fact that you get achievement for almost everything you do. From surviving lava to finishing a battle with just 1 hp left, from exploring sights to killing enemies and so on. But in the end it was fun to see what the achievements was about even though I would have wished that they were harder to get, to make me work for it.
Speaking of harder, that is something that this game pulled off really nicely, to be as hard as Morrowind is at the beginning to really make your work for it. The fact that you have to really fight at the beginning is something that I like, the only negative part with that is that towards the end, it might get too easy imo.
The game overall is truly mind blowing and the feeling of it being built on Oblivion disappears after a few minutes. The places that makes up this game is breathtaking and so varied. From snow to deserts, beaches to thick forests, and large cities to small camps. The lore is also really interesting and fun to explore.
(The arena was a fun place where I defeated a big monster.)
It’s also worth noting that while Oblivion with mods (and even vanilla Oblivion) always used to be kinda unstable for me, Nehrim worked much better with almost no crashes or anything, despite being much better looking and having much more items and such. So that was refreshing too.
The time it must have taken to complete this with just the will and freetime of the people that did it is awesome. The same people that did this perfect mod, also made the “Cube Experimental” mod for Fallout 3. I’m amazed that there is such people out there still, well done, this is epic. If you haven’t played this game already, I suggest that you do that.