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Hey everybody :), Planning on getting Oblivion GOTY Deluxe I'm at the decision do I download it or get a Physical copy from a store? 1st priority do either run better? about the same, or Downloaded/Store runs better (Less bugs, needed work around's, reliability and finally the Mods). Will the mods still load *Properly into a store bought Oblivion like a Downloaded version?



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There shouldn't be any differences in the software. Both options have their pros and cons.

 

If you choose to go digital, I'd suggest GoG.com because the Galaxy software is optional once you have installed the game, unlike Steam which has to be always on.



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Best place to get the game is GOG.

 

Important to mention as well: Storebought versions work fine, but they usually only have the base game, Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine, whereas most digital versions also have the smaller DLC like Mehrunes Razor, Spell Tomes, etc.



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I have read this games physical version does have issues with modern PCs while the digital versions have been optimized to run on modern machines. Mod's and support are a must so I'm just trying to get some information (This time :)) before I make the decision.



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The Good Old Games (GOG) version is the only version that comes with the 4Gb Patch already implemented for you.



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The Good Old Games (GOG) version is the only version that comes with the 4Gb Patch already implemented for you.

Other then the "Store Bought Version" the one I'm looking at is the Steam "GOTY Deluxe"; thats supposedly everything for that game. Is that what you mean by "4Gb Patch"?



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The Good Old Games (GOG) version is the only version that comes with the 4Gb Patch already implemented for you.

Other then the "Store Bought Version" the one I'm looking at is the Steam "GOTY Deluxe"; thats supposedly everything for that game. Is that what you mean by "4Gb Patch"?

 

 

The 4GB Patch - NTCore allows Oblivion (which is a 32 bit executable) to access more than 2GB of memory when running a 64 bit operating system.

 

When the folks at GOG started offering Oblivion as a download they took care of patching Oblivion.exe with the 4GB patch so the end user doesn't need to do that themselves. None of the disk versions of the game come already patched with the 4GB patch, and as far as I know none of the various downloads of Oblivion from Steam are 4GB patched. That means for any version of the game except the GOG version you will need to run the 4GB patch yourself after you install the game.

 

Be very careful with any of the various Steam downloads to be certain you are actually getting the version that includes all of the DLC ... I've seen posts by many people who thought they were getting the full meal deal from Steam but only got some of the major DLCs with the download they chose (i.e. they were missing most of the minor DLCs). If the download doesn't list the exact DLCs that are included I wouldn't click the button.



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The Good Old Games (GOG) version is the only version that comes with the 4Gb Patch already implemented for you.

Other then the "Store Bought Version" the one I'm looking at is the Steam "GOTY Deluxe"; thats supposedly everything for that game. Is that what you mean by "4Gb Patch"?

 

 

The 4GB Patch - NTCore allows Oblivion (which is a 32 bit executable) to access more than 2GB of memory when running a 64 bit operating system.

 

When the folks at GOG started offering Oblivion as a download they took care of patching Oblivion.exe with the 4GB patch so the end user doesn't need to do that themselves. None of the disk versions of the game come already patched with the 4GB patch, and as far as I know none of the various downloads of Oblivion from Steam are 4GB patched. That means for any version of the game except the GOG version you will need to run the 4GB patch yourself after you install the game.

 

Be very careful with any of the various Steam downloads to be certain you are actually getting the version that includes all of the DLC ... I've seen posts by many people who thought they were getting the full meal deal from Steam but only got some of the major DLCs with the download they chose (i.e. they were missing most of the minor DLCs). If the download doesn't list the exact DLCs that are included I wouldn't click the button.

 

 

Now that is very valuable information. One last question just to be certain; The GOG version does take all the Mods (Mostly from here) like the Steam version? I'm no fan of Steam (Quite the opposite) but I do know what has worked before.



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I don't have first hand knowledge about the GOG version (I'm a disk version dinosaur) but yes, from what I have seen reported all mods will work with the GOG version.

 

Generally the two factors that limit being able to run specific mods comes down to the ability to use Oblivion Script Extender (OBSE) and the ability to use more than 2 GB of memory for the graphic intensive mods.

 

The GOG version ticks the 4GB memory box right off the start as the version from GOG comes already patched for you. If you look at the second pinned comment in the OBSE comments you will see that one of the OBSE current developers has confirmed that the GOG version is compatible with the lastest version OBSE.



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:) Thanks Striker, Thats all the Important Questions & Answers right there. Looks like GOG scores one more and Steam lose's a bit.






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