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Molyneux: Oblivion's a 20,000 page book you'll never finish

Oct 21 // Jim Sterling
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Everybody's favorite snuggable game developer Peter Molyneux is once again speaking his mind while making sure to mention Fable 2. This time, the chatty creator is talking about Bethesda's Oblivion, comparing its 60-70 hours of gameplay to a 20,000 page book.

"Now for me, as a designer, if I hear ’sixty or seventy hours’, then in my mind that is the equivalent of giving me a book that is twenty thousand pages long.

And if I said to you, here’s a fantastic book, go and read that… Are you likely to finish a twenty thousand page book? No.

So in Fable 2, the story lasts thirteen to fourteen hours and by the end of that story what you are like, what you look like and how the world treats you is completely up to you. If you want to be evil or good or kind or cruel, then that’s totally up to you. With Oblivion it was basically all about me killing things."

Peter Molyneux says that "Fable 2 rocks, Oblivion sucks cocks" CONFIRMED!

Actually, Peter did say that Oblivion was a "fantastic achievement," but it's clear that he doesn't have time for such a huge game. It's a fair point to make, since Oblivion, for all its beauty, could be a little overwhelming at times. That said, I almost completely finished the main game save for a final quest (where I got screwed over by the stupid weight limits) so I would suggest that, if a 20,000 page book is good enough, you'll damn well finish it.

Just make sure not every book is that long, and we're fine.


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