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Dragonborn again: Bethesda shows Skyrim in Utah

Monday, 18 April 2011 15:00 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Bethesda showed us The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in Utah last week. If you haven’t already, put this on the most wanted list right now.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Series launched in 1994 with The Elder Scrolls: Arena for MS-DOS.

First title in the series since Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in 2006 for 360 and PC. It launched on PS3 in 2007.

Developed internally at Bethesda by Todd Howard and team at Bethesda Game Studios.

Launches worldwide on the amazing date of November 11, 2011 – 11/11/11.

Official site.

Bethesda’s apparently odd decision to hold its pre-E3 showcase in Utah’s Park City ski resort made sense when we saw it: the setting looks like Skyrim, the backdrop to what is undoubtedly the biggest RPG event this year. From what we saw of the game last week, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is nothing short of groundbreaking.

High up in the Utah mountains, game director Todd Howard premiered Bethesda Game Studios’ latest epic to the press, with Bethesda PR boss Pete Hines describing the game as the firm’s “My Little Pony” beforehand.

Howard started off by saying that Skyrim’s concept was first conceived in 2006, the year Oblivion released. Its development was put on the backburner to allow focus on Fallout 3, and re-prioritized after the post-apocalyptic smash shipped in October 2008.

The game is set 200 years after Oblivion, with civil war raging among the Nords following the assassination of Skyrim’s king. Most Nords are looking for Skyrim to split from the empire.

The Nord civil war is the last of a chain of events foretold by the Elder Scrolls, which also prophesied the return of the Nordic god of destruction, Alduin, who’s now taken the form of a dragon. Alduin has a group of black dragons, known as Jills.

Dragon hunter

Our demo begins just after the creation area, with Dovahkiin, otherwise known as Dragonborn, being sent to his death. How he escapes is never explained in the demo. Dovahkiin is a dragon hunter appointed by the gods to defeat Alduin and the Jills, and to protect Skyrim and Tamriel.

Guiding you throughout your travels will be Esbern, one of the last of the Blades, who died out due to a lack of heir to the emperor’s throne. They were then either murdered, died gradually or just went underground.

Dovahkiin is not the first Dragonborn, according to Howard, but he is the last.

Howard says Bethesda’s trying to fill the world of Skyrim, the most northern province in Tamriel and home of the Nords, with “tons and tons of detail.” Again, like past Elder Scrolls and recent Fallout games, you can play in first- and third-person views, although he insists it is primarily a first-person game. That said, he says that “it’ll compete with third-person games out there.”

We’re in a forest area: it’s just stunning. We’re looking at the 360 version. As we explore the forest, we encounter our first enemy, a human, and we get our first look at combat. You control your hands with the pad’s triggers – for example, hold a shield in your left hand and it’s LT to use it. Hold a sword in your right hand, it’s RT.

Dragon slayers

Skyrim’s videos so far, including game director Todd Howard debuting the game at the Spike VGAs back in December.

You can also use a combo of magic and the sword, as well as magic in both hands. You can hold down both trigger buttons for powered magic.

We then see how how to switch spells, demoed by Howard using magic called Frostbite. Facing an enemy, Howard brings up a menu by pressing B, showing four of the game’s key categories: skills, magic, map and inventory.

When you go into your items, you can view loot – like weapons, for example – you’ve come across during play, see information and zoom in and out. You can also set favourites for whatever items and spells you have.

Howard then shows us the skills area, which, obviously, shows how much your skills have upgraded through the game and acts as a system to picking perks as you level up.

We then see the map, which is rendered in 3D. It shows the world of Skyrim and the five cities included in the game.

Conversationally fluent

Systems out of the way, we’re off to a small lumber town called Riverwood. Here you can chop wood if you wish, or go down the evil route of sabotaging its lumber site. If you do so, Riverwood’s local economy will be affected.

A mischievous NPC in the town sends us on a quest to see a character called Lucan. He’s just had a break-in at his shop. It’s here we’re introduced to the game’s new conversation system, which is radically different from the one seen in Oblivion, Fallout 3 or New Vegas.

Instead of appearing in the box at the bottom, text appears slap in the middle of the screen, along with your choice of answers. You’re also able to look around the environment while you’re talking to characters, with the text sticking in view no matter where you point the camera. Lucan asks us to go to Bleak Falls Harrow to find a golden dragon claw stolen during the robbery. Lucan’s sister then shows the way out of town.

As we approach the ancient Nordic temple that supposedly holds the claw, we see our first glimpse of Skyrim’s big ticket: dragon fights.

Todd teases us by attacking a dragon and defending a response before heading inside the temple to find the claw. Howard made a point by saying that the game’s dragon fights are real-time.

“The dragons, I promise you, are unscripted. I don’t know what he’s going to do, I don’t know where he’s going to go. They are our big boss fights,” he says.

The conversation system in Skyrim is radically different from the one seen in Oblivion or Fallout 3.

Temple tango

We head in to the temple and Dovahkiin switches to crouch mode for stealth. Inside we see a female character, and Dovahkiin’s creeping skills are shown up as rubbish.

“I know I heard someone,” says the NPC as she spots him and takes him on. Big mistake: she’s immediately loses. Afterwards, Howard loots a nearby chest, but insists the dungeon crawler bits won’t just be based on combat.

Further into the temple we meet Arvel the Swift, who has the dragon claw. He’s stuck in a web. Why? Answer: a Giant Frostbite Spider, who attacks, but is no match for Dragonborn. When we catch up with Arvel, he promises to share the dragon claw and show how it works if he’s cut down. Again, big mistake, this time on DK’s part: Arvel makes off with the claw, but Howard manages to catch up to him and take him down with a bow and arrow.

The Hall of Stories

Dovahkiin grabs the claw and attempts to escape the temple. Using Left Bumper for sprint, we arrive at The Hall of Stories. To access it, we have to enter the correct symbols in the right order, and the answer to the riddle is on the claw itself.

Looking through the items section and using the zooming feature, we see the symbols required to get access to the hall. The Hall of Stories contains something called the Word Wall, which is where you learn “dragon shouts” by combining “words of power,” which are based on the ancient writing of the dragons. Howard learns a new shout called Slow Force.

The shouts are made of up to three words, and give skills used for defeating the dragons. The first example given by Howard is Unrelenting Force. You utter the first word by tapping the right bumper. Press it and that’s two words. Hold it down and you shout the three words for Unrelenting Force, issuing it at maximum power: that’s assuming you’ve actually learnt the words, obviously.

He then shows Slow Time. He only uses one word for the shout, however, as that’s all he’s learnt so far.

After we emerge from the temple, we finally get what we’re waiting for: the dragon battle. After a three-minute fight, Dovahkiin wins. The combat involves fire-breathing, healing spells, much sword-swinging, magic shouting and more. It’s nothing if not dramatic. As Howard goes up to the slayed foe, which bursts into flames after defeat, he presses A and Dovahkiin takes the dragon’s soul.

And with that, our demo ends.

The game looks absolutely terrific. After Fallout 3 and Oblivion having been built on Gamebryo, the newly-formed Creation Engine is staggering to look at, but it’s also allowing Howard and his team much needed development freedom.

“We used Gamebyro as a base renderer for a long time,” Howard told VG247 in a Q&A session following the game’s demo.

“The thought was that Gamebyro was actually a game engine. It’s not. It’s a renderer. They’re very different things.

“With Oblivion and Fallout 3, we’re doing a lot of our own graphics work, just not all of it. Now we’re doing all of it.”

“With Oblivion and Fallout 3, we’re doing a lot of our own graphics work, just not all of it. Now we’re doing all of it.

“That allows us freedom. When we want to change something, and we want a new thing, it happens. We get all of that work done: now we want a new spell effect, new spells and shouts and stuff, you can see there’s a lot more visually we could do with those.”

He continues: “There’s a lot of middleware I like a lot – we still use Havok – but by and large, middleware wants to offer one solution for everybody. And at the end of the day, it works best for us if we have a solution that works for Bethesda.

“If we want to change something, it happens faster.”

As for the PC Creation Kit, the modset Bethesda announced just after the game’s reveal back in December last year, Howard says it’ll hopefully launch it day and date with the game, but that “there may be some slack there.”

Skyrim is shaping very nicely. The world is a step-change in quality, the story looks set to deliver, the battle system is fluid and it has dragon fights, a no-brainer plus. November 11 can’t come quick enough. This is one little pony guaranteed to be wearing the winning ribbon.

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20 Comments

  1. StolenGlory

    It’s a shame that there isn’t some kind of Kinect functionality here for a laugh, as it would be quite amusing to have to do the shouts yourself (and certainly achievement worthy too) :)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. StolenGlory

    Actually no, that would be shit. Ignore me, i’ve had far too much coffee for my own good today.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. onlineatron

    I want to get this out there, ahead of time… Can we all agree that the correct verb for playing Elder Scrolls V is: ‘Skyrimming’?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    Just to put this into perspective, I sent Pat and Steph two groups of IMs while Todd Howard and Pete Hines were answering questions in the Q&A, basically saying: “OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD.”

    It’s a proper knock-out looking game. Seriously stunning.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. UuBuU

    Great info – and it’s good to finally see some screenshots of Skyrim’s take on the Khajiit and Orc races.

    The more I hear about this game though, the more i’m beginning to dislike the idea of shouts. (which is annoying, as it’s such a major part of the game).

    One of the main things I always loved about Elder Scrolls games is how the player’s character is voiceless, nameless (at least to others), and has very little background story besides being in prison for an unknown crime. It leaves everything to the imagination and adds a lot to the roleplaying experience.

    Even a brief magical command shouted out can dictate a lot about a character’s personality; and while it’s noowhere near as bad as a fully voice-acted player-character, I would’ve preferred it if they avoided going down that road all-together.

    Oh well. Everything else looks and sounds amazing.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. StolenGlory

    Any news about the leveling mechanic Johnny? How do the enemies scale to you? Is it a like-for-like system ala Oblivion or less so as seen in F3?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    @6 – Johnny reckons Howard said something about it in the presentation. He’s just listening to the audio now.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. UuBuU

    @6 – I recall reading somewhere that the leveling system will be very similar to Fallout 3′s.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. StolenGlory

    @7

    Ah, brill.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Johnny Cullen

    @6 – There isn’t a leveling cap as such.

    BUT…

    (From the Q&A after the demo): “There’s probably some mathematical level cap, but like Oblivion, it’s just kind of however it works out. We don’t naturally set it. We do kind of balance this game. The levelling’s faster, so in Oblivion and Fallout 3, we kind of think of them as 1 to 25 games. This is a 1 to 50.

    But what that means is that we just sped that up. It’s not like it’s going to take you longer, and because there are so many perks and the power really comes from the perks, we wanted to get it going faster. You level faster and then it slows down. I think the mathematical count is somewhere around 70.”

    #10 4 years ago
  11. GwynbleiddiuM

    Well to your point Johnny boy, TES was always on my list. Skyrim, BF3, Deus Ex and maybe Mass Effect 3 are the only titles I’m interested in this year. And if we’re lucky and God if we’re lucky, and if the almighty Blizzard graces us with Diablo III (Oh God AMEN[I'm an Atheist why I keep involve god? - Guess that's the price of living among hypocrites]), I might quit myjob and pay a year worth of expenses and sit back behind my PC and Diablo 24/7 until I pass out and die.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. KillerDD

    BIG SPIDERS?! I am so NOT buying this game now!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Edo

    So far it sounds to be something really special,now…all we need is some more gameplay footage,I’m guessing that will happen at E3.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Nozz

    Great coverage!

    Can’t wait for this! Especially as gamebryo is done and dusted.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Tomo

    Good article Johnny. Must admit, I don’t tend to read VG247 for features, but I’m glad I did this one. Really informative and to the point without lots of flowers. Noice.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Cangriman

    I really need to see some gameplay footage. Specially the 3rd person view, since I hate to play in 1st person view.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Johnny Cullen

    @16 – Just watch any third-person Oblivion video and pretend its Skyrim. :)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. cowboy2300

    Will random loot respawn after a certain time? And if so, will it be set at the level from when the player first entered the cave/house/mine?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. CreeperTheScamp

    Skyrim looks like it will impress a lot of people.. But will I enjoy it like I did Morrowind? I love the graphics, duel wielding and sprinting, but what all TES fans should really want is that classic immersion TES players have experienced in the past. On that note, finishing moves can be cool if done right. Don’t make us do a backflip or something overzealously ridiculous like that.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. CreeperTheScamp

    I look forward to Skyrim, though, most definitely but can you find truly unique things treasure hunting in hidden caves and whatnot? My favorite bit of Morrowind was having one of a kind treasures lining the tables in my Nerano manor… ones that aren’t all quest related but you find them on your own, exploring true wilderness…

    #20 4 years ago

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  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]