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Flying high: Skyrim aims to redefine the open-world RPG

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 07:35 GMT By Keza Macdonald

The next Elder Scrolls game is everything we’d hoped for – based on the evidence of the E3 demo, anyway. Click to find out why it was one of our games of the show.

BETHESDA’S E3

Skyrim: due out November 11.

Rage: id Software’s latest, due October 7 (October 4 in the US).

Prey 2: Mass Effect meets Bioshock meets Blade Runner meets Brink. Due in 2012.

Our E3 Skyrim demo begins standing at the foot of a craggy, frosty mountain the juts up into a grey sky, disappearing into ashen clouds. This being an Elder Scrolls game, you just know you’re going to end up climbing it to see what’s at the top – even if what’s at the top, be it tomb, sanctuary, ancient monument or reclusive creature, is extremely likely to kill you.

Skyrim’s close now – it’s coming out in November, in the same window as about five other enormous games that I desperately want to play. But this tops the list. It’s a slicker, more visually interesting Elder Scrolls game, one that seems to have no shortage of memorable moments.

Combat – with sword, shield, bow and arrow, magic, mace, axe or whatever else you can find – is still a first-person affair, but the addition of finishing moves and kill-cam makes it feel a bit less sterile. You wield magic in your hands, Bioshock-style, with energy fizzing and crackling around your flexing fingers. Equipping the same spell in both hands lets you cast it with twice the power. There’s a familiar sneak mechanism, which thief-like character builds will rely upon for damage bonuses.

As in every Elder Scrolls game, you learn by doing, levelling up your skills passively. Get hit and your armour skill improves; smash things with a mace to become a master bludgeoner; each of the four magic disciplines has its own stat that improves as you practice. The level-up messages and pause screen fonts are clean, simple and modern, not unnecessarily ornate. The interface in general is efficient and clear – a huge improvement on the massive stat lists and unintelligible that have always weighed Bethesda games down.

Climb time

But anyway. Back to that mountain. After working our way through a village, taking in the sights, we end up at the bottom of the mountain path. It’s hear the we learn that Skyrim involves at least one horse, which according to the Keza MacDonald Horse Metric means that it’s basically bound to be a world-changer.

The weather changes as you ride further up the mountain thanks to Skyrim’s dynamic weather system. Snow starts falling as you climb, turning into a blizzard the further up you get. Switching out into third-person, the animation’s nowhere near as awkward as it was in Oblivion, though the character models still don’t look quite at home in their world. Facial animation during conversations is, disappointingly, still a bit wooden and wonky.

The horse walks convincingly along mountain paths, and the armoured character doesn’t noticeably skate over the ground as he walks, but it’s not the tactile, grounded movement of a Nathan Drake or a Lara Croft. Given that this is a game designed to be played in first-person, though, it’s a minor shortcoming that will hopefully be easy to forgive.

About halfway up the mountain, we come across a dungeon. I’ll spare you the details of the ensuing quest for fear of spoiling the the game, but the dungeon is stylistically very similar to many of Oblivion’s. It’s underground, dank, cold, constructed of winding torch-lit tunnels and blueish, ethereal caverns. It’s menacing, and atmospheric.

Loot porn

It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten excited about an inventory, but Skyrim revitalises that, too. Instead of a huge long list of items in a journal or electronic device – a la Oblivion, Fallout and most other developers’ huge RPGs, too – you have a clean, clear interface accessed via the Start menu, all columns of clear grey background and white text. It’s divided neatly into magic, books, weapons, armour and so forth.

Every item in the inventory comes with a fully rendered 3D image, displayed to the right of its written entry above its vital statistics – what it’s called, even who made it. Press a button and you can rotate that 3D model, examining your loot from every conceivable angle. It’s loot pornography.

Here be dragons

Out the other side of the dungeons, the snowstorm thickens as we near the mountain’s summit. The distant beating of might wings confirms what we knew was coming: a dragon. The beast is enormous, landing on the earth with a tremendous, crashing thump and breathing fire in our demonstrator’s general direction. He flees, and the scene changes – we’re back on level ground, following a herd of mammoths across a plain.

Unfortunately, it turns out that mammoths are dragon bait. The great beast returns, scooping up one of the enormous mammals in its claws before coming back to burn us to a crisp. It circles in the air, flapping those enormous wings; guards and townsmen from a nearby city join the fight to bring it down.

Here, we’re shown a hell of an impressive spell – one that darkens the skies, summoning storms and lightning to strike the lizard out of the sky. It crash-lands, shaking the earth; our demo ends as the demonstrator finally vanquishes it, absorbing its soul.

Skyrim could be the game to fulfil the full potential of the open-world fantasy RPG

Skyrim isn’t conceptually or thematically all that different from Oblivion – but mechanically and aesthetically it’s a big step forward. We couldn’t see it in the demo, but Bethesda claims a change in tone, too – closer to the darker, socio-political material of Morrowind than its successors rather bland plotting and characterisation, which stood in stark contrast to the richly well-crafted nature of the world and its mythology.

Skyrim fulfils that Elder Scrolls mythology – the return of the dragons has been written into these games since the beginning. It could also be the game to fulfil the full potential of the open-world fantasy RPG, now that Bethesda has learned its current-generation development lessons through Oblivion and Fallout 3 . It’s not the conceptual leap that Morrowind was, nor the technical innovation that Oblivion was, but it’s nonetheless the most ambitious game in this ceaselessly ambitious series.

I’m going to have to take a week off in November. I’m sure I won’t be the only one.

Skyrim releases on November 11 for PC, PS3 and 360.

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30 Comments

  1. Johnny Cullen

    You really – and I do mean re-ahhee-ahhee-ahhee-lly – should be excited for this. This is all kinds of amazing.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. alterecho

    I didn’t need to see E3 to be excited for this game!:)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Lutz

    No joke, I *have* booked a week off of work. I’m tempted to book more.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Schindet Nemo

    Bethesda is great in creating beautiful landscapes and great gameplay but their main weakness is and always was the story. I hope they do better this time, Oblivion was pretty bland in that regard.
    I’ll definately skip a week of uni for this though.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    My number one game of the show, I think. I’m actually properly excited. For reals!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Edo

    Actually,Prey 2 is Mass Effect meets Mirror’s Edge meets Blade Runner meets Red Dead Redemption but you we’re not too far off :).

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Blerk

    I saw nothing of Prey 2 from the show itself, but then people have been saying how great it looked in the various podcasts. I need to go and hunt some footage out.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. BraveArse

    @Blerk – excited? Are you mellowing with age? ;)

    There’s some good Prey 2 footage out there actually. From being suspicious of it ( I loved the first one ), I’ve gone to looking forward to it quite a lot.

    I shall fill Blerk’s traditional role re: skyrim, I’m actually not that excited by it yet. What I saw, didn’t look like much of a step up from F3. but I haven’t seen a huge amount yet. Will have a rummage for E3 footage.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Seems that way! I love the look of Infinite’s world, it’s so lush and colourful and detailed, yet wrecked and sinister and…. awesome!

    I didn’t think I would like the original Bioshock, but I loved it. More of that but dialled up to 11? They’ve already got my money.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Erthazus


    Loot porn

    and that is absolutely RETARDED. Because the inventory that is made of a list aka smartphone is a lazy thing to do. For consoles it is ok, because there is no Mouse to search for an items or F1, F2 and etc…

    but if that type of inventory will be in the final game on the PC, i’m sorry no matter how the game is, it’s not going to redefine the open-world RPG.

    Also, i just hear too much about Combat which won’t be on par with Dark Souls thats for sure, no puzzles means that it’s not going to trump Dark souls and Zelda.

    I don’t see any talk about dialogs and Roleplaying System. Where is it?
    They showed us only a perk system which looks very nice. I like how they combined stars and perks (but somehow this reminds me of Final Fantasy XIII linear character progression. I hope it’s not like that)

    If it’s not even close to Morrowind then sorry, it’s not going to be the best open world RPG. No way.
    Because even Morrowind is not the best open world RPG to date.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Schindet Nemo

    @10

    The best open world RPG is and always will be Gothic 2 – at least for me. Skyrim won’t change that. Even Morrowind while great didn’t reach the Gothic level of awesomeness

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @11, absolutely. It’s a fact.
    I’m not sure if someone can trump it, maybe Piranha bytes themselves only :D

    they returned the rights for making a Gothic game, so maybe after RISEN 2 :D

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Schindet Nemo

    I doubt it. Gothic wasn’t very popular outside of Germany.
    The rest of the world is very console centric and Gothic just wouldn’t work on a Xbox.

    Besides that, PB doesn’t have the manpower or the money to develop two games, let alone two franchises at once.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    @13, i said about development AFTER Risen 2

    Risen 1 was on the xbox 360, so i think after the Risen 2 they will do it. they have manpower to do one game, so lets wait and see.

    also, it’s very popular outside of Germany. It’s very popular in Europe and Russia, Belarus, Baltic countires. it’s not popular in the US, because well… Better to play HALO and Call Of duty all night then…

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Fin

    @14

    Ya, probably because Halo and CoD are better games.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Schindet Nemo

    The Risen Xbox port wasn’t very good tbh. PB are a PC developer after all.

    I fear that , should PB return to Gothic and make a pure PC RPG like they used to make, they will suffer the same fate as those Drakensang devs or Jowood. PC centric development combined with a franchise that is only popular in very few areas won’t net them enough profit to break even.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Espers

    this will be my first time playing elder scrolls, I saw the old ones and didn’t like them but this one looks promising. so is a good start for me ?!
    I am usually a JRPG player but I saw the gameplay for this one and I really liked it. Please advise

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Bloodyghost

    @Espers, It is a good start. There is some lore behind the Elder Scrolls but since each new game is in a new area, and questionably in a new era of time, its fine to start out or just jump from game to game.

    This is a GREAT start to the franchise, seeing how Oblivion was questionable and now its really has aged badly. I say, GO FOR IT!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Bloodyghost

    @14 Its really because Risen really didnt get a PR campaign out here in the States. I literally heard this game as one of those titles you just see releasing around with other Major Titles.

    If there is a PR for this game, they are bloody terrible and need to the US audience seeing how the US LOVES games like Demon Souls and Elder Scrolls.

    @15 I would agree with this statement. No matter which demo I tried of the game on both of the platforms it was not fun at all.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Blerk

    That’s weird – I was just looking up through the old comments and my reply @9′s got a load of text I wrote about Bioshock Infinite in it as well as my reply to BraveArse. :-D

    /shakes browser

    I’m not too worried about how Skyrim will play, it sounds from the previews like they’ve learned a lot from their first console outing – I’m especially glad at the talk of the menus and inventory being kept in memory so that there’s no waiting whenever you pop them up. That was a real bind in Oblivion at times, even with the game installed to HDD.

    But I still really liked Oblivion despite the glitches and faults (it’s one of the few games I’ve got ALL of the achievements for, including the DLCs). Hopefully they’ve learned all the lessons they needed to learn from that game and can apply those lessons here.

    The videos all looked great!

    #20 4 years ago
  21. LOLshock94

    have they said what the 10 races are???

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Schindet Nemo

    @21

    If they haven’t changed the lore since the last TES you can assume they’ll be:

    Altmer (High Elf)
    Argonian
    Bosmer (Wood Elf)
    Breton
    Dunmer (Dark Elf)
    Imperial
    Khajiit
    Nord
    Orsimer (Orc)
    Redguard

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Lutz

    I wish they’d release full details about the characters now… I want to build my first character. :(

    #23 4 years ago
  24. LOLshock94

    argonian foreverrr

    #24 4 years ago
  25. UuBuU

    The only thing I REALLY don’t like about Skyrim so far is the combat. I hate the finishers.

    And lol… Gothic 2 the best open-world RPG? Dear oh dear.

    I would say Nehrim: At Fate’s Edge is the best. But that’s just my opinion.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Erthazus

    “I hate the finishers.”

    I think finishers are just for a critical hit animation.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. UuBuU

    I hate them though. I like to be in full control of combat and don’t want to see the game performing fancy moves for me.

    What annoys me the most though is I always play in first-person, and Skyrim sometimes pulls you into third-person to perform a finisher move. :|

    I just hope it’s going to be optional.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. OrbitMonkey

    Loot porn? Fap Fap :D

    I like the sound of finishers too *button mash, button mash… fancy animation, so’s I think i got skillz* sweet ;)

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Schindet Nemo

    @ 25

    The best part of the Gothic series was the exploration, but only because it was rewarding. There was a sense of foreboding when entering high level areas, like the forest, in Gothic 2. Even though the danger of death lurked around every corner, it was possible to explore and still come out alive. You just had to be crafty.

    For instance, there’s that cave with the two skeleton warriors standing guard over a glowing sword stuck in a stone. Even with no chance of victory in direct combat, you could still swipe the high end weapon at a low level if you were able to pull off the perfect bait and switch and then run for your life all the way out the forest.

    The lack of reward is what kills the fun in TES. No danger, no risk, and probably minimal reward.

    NOT being able to wander anywhere is what has endeared me so well to the Gothic series. Having to slowly eke out your territory, being resigned to the beginner areas not because of fake designer-implemented impasses or invisible walls but because you aren’t sure you’re up to the task.

    That being said. I’ll give Nehrim a try.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. UuBuU

    @29 – I would agree with you there. The TES series has always lacked a sense of danger. Hopefully that’s something which will be fixed in Skyrim, with the player able to enter areas or dungeons beyond what they can handle, and gain rewards that aren’t automatically scaled to their level.

    I’ll be really disappointed if they make dragons easy to kill right from the start of the game. When i’m a low level, I want to see a dragon and think certain death unless I run and hide. Early on it should be about survival.

    #30 4 years ago

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    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

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  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

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  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

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  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

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  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    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

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  • 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 […]