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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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    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]