How to play The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition on Mac

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition is a popular rpg game developed by Bethesda Game Studios. It was originally released for Windows on 11 Sep, 2007.

You still can't play The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition on Mac because a native Mac version was never released, but you can play The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition on Windows running inside Mac. Here's how.

What is The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition?

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition presents one of the best RPGs of all time like never before. Step inside the most richly detailed and vibrant game-world ever created. With a powerful combination of freeform gameplay and unprecedented graphics, you can unravel the main quest at your own pace or explore the vast...

How to play The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition using Parallels

Even if you don't have a PC, you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. Parallels is virtualization software with full support of DirectX and GPUs, which will give you a decent graphics performance. With a couple of clicks, you can install Windows 10 on Mac and ten switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition game on Mac.

Even though the virtualization is relatively easy to set up, it requires you to buy both Parallels and Windows licenses. Since you'll be running two operating systems side by side, you'll need to dedicate at least 20-30GB of disk space for this setup and also a strong machine to run both operating systems at the same time.

If you have an older Mac or have a Mac with an M1 chip which doesn't fully support virtualization yet, you might want to try a virtual computer running in the cloud such as Second Computer.

How to play The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition using Second Computer

Alternatively, you can create a virtual computer in the cloud using Second Computer. Instead of license fee for Windows and Parallels, you pay by the hour (so it's much cheaper if you are using it infrequently) and you control the computer via a web browser. That means even if you have an older computer, you can run the latest games in the cloud without maxing out your processor or memory.

One added benfit is that since the computer is located in the cloud, you can access it from any device you own. So in theory you can play The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition not just from your Mac, but also from your iPhone and Android device (it's not going to be a very nice experience though on such a small screen size).

Either way, Second Computer provides a nice alternative for running non-native Mac apps on your Mac by connecting to a computer in the cloud.

Happy gaming!

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3 comments on this post

flytothemoon

Jan 20, 2021

Stop! You violated the law! Pay the court a fine or serve your sentence. Your stolen goods are now forfeit.

sweetc

Aug 4, 2020

The NPCs in Oblivion actually walked from home to a public place in the morning, maybe ate something or had a conversation, and then went back home at night, so much Better than NPCs in Cyberpunk 2077.

_Mitch_

July 13, 2020

Despite its age and well-known awkward NPCs, I can say that The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is a lot more fun compared to it's successor, Skyrim. The quests are more fun and interesting compared to Skyrim's numerous fetch quests. The world is also more colorful, compared to Skyrim's beautiful but dreary world. The gameplay of both games are very similar, and if you've played one you won't have trouble playing and enjoying the other. In here you play as Hero of Kvatch, a person trusted with protecting the Emperor's son and stopping the Oblivion crisis.There are also 5 factions, each with their own questlines. They are the Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, and Arena. You can join each of these factions without cancelling out the other. Each of them has a quite long, unique questline. Arena is an exception, since the quest is basically just defeating enemies in the Arena. They do not affect the main story, so feel free to start them anytime.The Game of the Year Edition Deluxe includes all DLCs, but most of them only gives you items such as houses, spellbooks, and horse armor. The only ones with extra story content are Mehrunes' Razor, Knights of the Nine, and Shivering Isles. Mehrunes' Razor is a single mission DLC that's basically just one long dungeon, with the Daedric weapon at the end. Knights of the Nine is another DLC that adds a joinable faction, with the length of one faction questline, but a bit shorter. I recommend doing KotN in one go, as some of the quests requires you to have 0 infamy, so don't do "evil" quests or you have to do the pilgrimage again to clear your infamy. Shivering Isles is a pretty long DLC that takes place in a whole new area, the realm of Sheogorath the Mad God. There are plenty of unique items and new enemies in this DLC. Sadly, SI is the only long DLC in Oblivion.My only problem with Oblivion is the voice actors, or lack thereof. Despite having big names like Patrick Stewart and Sean Bean, most NPCs only have two voice actors for one race, one male and one female. While this is not a problem with generic NPCs, it does make many important characters forgettable because they sound the same. Other than that, Oblivion is a very good RPG, and if you like Skyrim you should buy this one.