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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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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

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  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

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  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

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  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

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  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

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  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

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  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

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  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

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  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.