I was on Facebook and saw a video that represented the evolution of video games from 1957 to 2015. I knew most of them (even the 1957 one), but the one that intrigued me the most that I didn't know was the game for 2006. The HUD of the game looked so familiar to me, but I couldn't put a name to it which is why I'm asking this question.

Here's a screenshot of part of the video:

2006 game

Here is a link to the video as well. The 2006 game starts at 2:06.


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This is The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Your image is from the first person view, but the elements of the HUD match.

Health, mana and stamina bars are at the lower left, followed by icons for the current weapon and spell. Next is the compass with nearby locations. The center icon at the bottom of the screen is indicating that the player can level up. The two icons at the upper right indicate ongoing magical effects.

Comparison image from an IGN Review

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    Note: first person view is the intended view for the Elder Scroll games.
    – Nzall
    Jan 18, 2017 at 8:05
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    @Nzall What do you mean? Elder scrolls games look totally natural in third person, beautiful walking and jumping animations... /s
    – Kevin
    Jan 18, 2017 at 15:25
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    Bethesda added both modes to suit both playstyles. It's up to you whether to play in first or third person (or even to alternate between)
    – Robotnik
    Jan 18, 2017 at 23:41
  • Originally, FP was the only way to play. TP was added at a later date if I am not mistaken. Jan 19, 2017 at 1:23
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    @NZKshatriya TES: Arena and TES II: Daggerfall were both first person only. The spinoff game An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire was also first person only, but the next spinoff TES Adventures: Redguard was third person only. TES III: Morrowind was the first main game to allow both first and third person, although the game defaults to first person and can't even be switched to third person until about ten minutes (since you are walking around but haven't chosen your race and whatever yet). Based on that, I think it was definitely intended to be played in first person. Jan 19, 2017 at 1:33

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