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All told, there is a fairly simple formula that you can apply to yourself if you are wondering if you should get Shivering Isles. Did you love Oblivion? Get Shivering Isles. Did you like Oblivion, but find all those caves and ruins to be a bit repetitive and boring? That didn't happen to me once in the Isles, so get it. Did you hate Oblivion? ... OK, you should probably stay away from Shivering Isles. But personally, I thought it was great, and I can't wait to see if the next expansion follows in the right direction.
The second is at GamerNode with an overall score of 8.9/10:
Oblivion is a phenomenally fun and entertaining experience, and the various technical flaws and annoyances don't really drag it down. While newcomers to Oblivion won't need to pick up Shivering Isles from the get go -- there is an insane amount of content in Oblivion, after all -- anyone looking to get back into the game and those still playing religiously simply must buy Shivering Isles. It's worth every penny.
The third is at Game Vortex with an overall score of 97%:
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles is one of the more expensive pieces of downloadable content available on Live ($30), begging the question is it worth the price? For anyone who has already sunk more hours than they care to count into Oblivion, the answer is a resounding yes. For half the price of a retail Xbox 360 game you are getting a much deeper, and longer lasting experience with a game that has already proven its worth.
The fourth is at Gameplay Monthly with an overall score of "B+":
Shivering Isles is definitely a good investment if you enjoy Oblivion at all. While it doesn't fix any of the major gameplay issues with Oblivion, it is a definite improvement over almost everything else.
The fifth is at Wham Gaming! with an overall score of 8/10:
The first full-fledged expansion for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion takes you on a trip to a skewed and psychotic Oz, full of odd people, new magic and killer creatures. And chances are you'll love it there.
And the sixth is at The Onion with an overall score of "B+":
Everything in the Isles seems wilder and more imaginative than the knights-and-castles world of Oblivion, from a sword that changes at dawn and dusk to the will-o'-the-wisps that float by the paths and the fiery, purple-streaked night sky.