Good luck searching for real “cheat codes”. All the sites that come up list general Oblivion glitches whether or not they apply to the version (1.2) used on the PS3. In fact there doesn’t appear to be any codes you can enter and I wonder if it’s even possible to bring up the console. Well, anyway I nearly gave up playing due to how hard it was for my character to accomplish anything.
As an Atronach Knight (A green orc I called Charlie) I advanced quickly to level 5 which scaled up the hardiness of the creatures and bandits as well as made it extremely painful to get through even a single battle. While this certainly gave it a feeling of “danger” it quickly became a death fest in my honor and I resorted to searching for cheats on teh internetz. At the point of giving up hope, one submitted cheat flipped the light bulb on in my head (and while I can’t believe the guy thought it was a “cheat”, I’m thankful it made me realize) …
The difficulty setting under Gameplay Options. Duh!
I’m grateful for it, but I also wonder if it’s a side effect of a horribly imbalanced game system? I love some of the freedoms allowed here, but the development team obviously didn’t have time to focus on giving everything proper amounts of advantage and disadvantage. The issue wouldn’t be so pronounced without the, sorry, inane leveling whereby everything else advances in skill and equipment based on your experience level. It must have sounded great on paper, but it either makes the game incredibly easy or difficult.
Fallout 3 spoiled me with its finite levels and perks, but I have to admit I missed the prospect of getting better via practice versus just selecting what my character accels at. Thus in Fallout 3 my “perfect character” is going to max out all his skills even though he doesn’t use half of them.