It seems like I'm not the only one who believes Oblivion is, at times, half-assed. GameSpot's article "Oblivion: Make it Pretty" brings to light several important points. When looking at terrain deep towards the horizon, things start to look more like it was written in Microsoft Paint as an 8-bit bitmap. I didn't realize that Oblivion forum magnates already had a term for this kind of rampant pixelization: "pea soup." Right on.
But yea, GameSpot offers an amalgam of hacks in order to set things straight, including:
Tycho also has his list:
Brad (by way of Rocky) also offered up the Open Cities mods, such as:
The Oblivion Mod Wiki loves:
And Atom PC's:
The crazy thing is these are all mods that don't necessarily add anything radically new... they fix what is already existing. There's tons of mods out there that add or enhance new content... but these are just the ones that "fix" existing content. While I might skip some of these that change the artistic vision or might cause some quests to be wonky, I'm definitely going to make the engine tweaks.
It's good to know I'm not alone in thinking things are kinda... uncanny.