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Brutality: watch Skyrim update 1.5′s new kill cams in action

Thursday, 15 March 2012 17:53 GMT By Dave Oshry

When you think of Skyrim I’m sure “kill cams” aren’t the first thing that come to mind.  However, in Bethesda’s latest update, that’s just what you’re gonna get.

1.5 is available now as a Beta Update on Steam and will be arriving soon for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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15 Comments

  1. OrbitMonkey

    Ooh nothing like sexy killcams to make up for the plain Jane combat of Skyrim.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Dave Oshry

    @1 Everything is better with slo mo kill cams. ^__^

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    Ambient occlusion included with the new Nvidia drivers and Kill cams in the next update. It looks like Bathesda is putting all the experiment stuff into the game. Yay!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dave Oshry

    @3 Soon we shall ride dragons!!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Moonwalker1982

    Now this is just awesome. I love those arrow kill cams, really cool addition. And people calling Skyrim’s combat plain and what not…sure it is…compared to a game like The Witcher II but it doesn’t matter, i’m enjoying it alot!

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Edo

    What about footprints in the snow!?Make it happen !!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. TheWulf

    And this is why I do hand-to-hand in Skyrim.

    I’m a very empathetic and sympathetic person by nature, so I actually get saddened by seeing things killed all the time. Makes me feel like some kind of genocidal monster. And the more brutal it is, the more sad it makes me. This is why I talked my way through New Vegas (and I was glad I could).

    I can stand abstracted combat, but stuff that’s really brutal… just gets me. And dragon killing really, really bothers me on levels I can’t even begin to describe. But hey, that’s just me. Everyone else can have fun.

    I’m glad there are mods though which improve hand-to-hand and actually make it non-lethal. I absolutely loved using non-lethal skills in Fallout: New Vegas, especially with mods that let me loot unconscious bodies. So yeah, in F:NV, the few times I had to fight, I didn’t kill.

    I finished F:NV with a grand total of 0 kills.

    I’m still far more proud of that than I feel I really should be. But still.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Maximum Payne

    @7 And yet you love Bulletstorm :D

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Stardog

    Now if only you could lock them to 1st-person view only, they might be useful.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. stretch215

    I haven’t been able to play this game since the last update. The game will hesitate(?) every few seconds and is extremely frustrating. Anyone else have this issue (360)?

    #10 3 years ago
  11. TheWulf

    @8

    I know. It’s weird, isn’t it?

    I think it’s for two reasons:

    1.) The killing in Bulletstorm is too abstracted to bother me. The more ludicrous something is, the less it bothers me. However, Skyrim makes killing feel … very, very real.

    2.) In Bulletstorm you were clearly killing for survival. Does one kill a bandit to survive? Does one kill a wolf to survive? Couldn’t I throw the wolf a hunk of meat, and throw the bandit in jail? (Yes, that was fun to write.)

    I suppose it’s because I feel so powerful in Skyrim, and I’m fighting clearly sapient people and animals I know shouldn’t be behaving that way. In Bulletstorm, it’s crazy mutates who’re barely able to form words, and in their case it seems more like they’re military experiments and I’m putting them out of their suffering.

    I’m an INFP (look that up, it’ll help) and as such I’m very introverted. The thing is is that after a while of playing Bulletstorm and a while of playing Skyrim, I felt completely different. I can’t just not think or feel my way through things. It’s impossible. And often I’ll ask myself questions that most people don’t even care to think of (not that they can’t, just that most don’t care).

    Why was I killing?

    Bulletstorm: To save Ishi. It seemed like an act of mercy, too. In fact, there were only two things that bothered me (the eggs of that big dinosaur critter, and that big dinosaur as a boss fight). Ultimately though, due to the story, I felt genuinely invested in getting Ishi off that planet alive. It was an us or them scenario. And ultimately it felt more like I was fighting biological robots, as they hadn’t expressed any ability to think other than “RIP SHIT UP!” so…

    Skyrim: I… don’t know. They’re never strong enough to actually harm me, and I have no personal stake in killing. It feels wrong. I don’t feel like a hero if I’m killing people and animals like this. I’m not killing crazy mutants or anything, but everyday people and animals. And people and animals that can barely scratch me. And the dragons? According to the lore they only fight because they’re terrified of what Alduin will do to them if they don’t, and they don’t know they can be any other way.

    Following this, I installed a passive animals mod for Skyrim, and I started manually changing the faction of every dragon (until a passive dragons mod finally came along, too). I also used a mod to make my hand-to-hand non-fatal. And I’d often use the werewolf howl just to allow me to get away whilst people were running in fear, and for their lives.

    (I still find that hilarious. A werewolf of Hircine who uses his howl to save people from themselves.)

    So I’m guessing it’s complicated. You can’t say that it should apply to both games because it can’t. Bulletstorm was silly, it had no weight in regards to being real. It was just over the top. Skyrim… Skyrim was too real and that doomed it.

    Essentially, I felt that Bulletstorm was more of a ‘fantasy’ game than Skyrim was. But Bethesda themselves depicted Skyrim as ‘epic reality’ and perhaps that’s what I dislike about it.

    Is that a good enough answer?

    I suppose what you need to understand with me is that I get so involved in everything that I have to rationalise what I do. Being an imaginative person (an INFP), it’s not hard for me to put myself in the boots of the characters I’m playing.

    And thus…

    Gray: Just doing what he had to do to save Ishi, it was an unpleasant business but he was already emotionally disturbed about how much he’d fucked Ishi up all ready and he wasn’t going to be responsible for anything further happening to him. Gray had a strong emotional investment in keeping someone alive, versus foes that clearly were just zombies. Definitely not a hero, just doing the best he can in a horrible situation.

    Dovahkiin: Fucking monster. Runs around slaughtering people and animals when they can’t even put up a fight. Continues to kill shit even after he’s finished his appointed duty. Tends to pretend to have ethical values only to fool people, and everyone is too terrified to say anything about it. “Treat me like a hero or die in the most ghastly way possible.” – the mantra of the Dovahkiin. And ultimately a merc, only ever does something when he profits from it.

    So… yeah.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. polygem

    @7: i hear you. i love games, love shooters, but hate when games are overly brutal. i really enjoy gears of war but at the same time it makes me feel sick. same goes for cod…some of the cutscenes are just stupid. i really enjoyed lost planet for example (the first one) when it released. it was a shooter, it was fun, you killed snow pirates and akrids but there was no blood and gore…i for one don´t need killcams and gore in games. it´s a depressing world anyway i don´t need that shit when i play games. thats why i recently fell in love with mario again i guess.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. D. Gemini

    Bethesda really should stop making games if they don’t want to finish them. Think about it: What other developer do you know that continuously releases games that 1. Lag so bad it sometimes makes certain areas unplayable (or the entire game after your save file gets past a certain size) and usually ends up freezing; 2. Has infinite loading screens; 3. Has so many bugs that they number in the HUNDREDS; 4. That never fixes DOZENS of the major bugs, and doesn’t fix at least 50 of the less major bugs; AND 5. Locks up your system almost every time you play them, forcing a hardboot which wears down the hardware and can eventually break your console? Any company besides Bugthesda that keeps releasing games like this over and over again? Nope, there isn’t one. And it’s the PS3 players they scam, I mean release these broken games for the most. Wake up people! They are horrible game developers, yet win awards? Who gives out these awards? Certainly not me. They should win awards for having the most bugs in a game ever in the history of video games… They are just using the ideas of a brilliant mind that originally made up the world over a decade ago, with it’s history and lore, but they sure as heck don’t do it justice, and the love is just no longer there. It’s like when a smart and beautiful woman starts doing crack and pretends she’s still a great catch. (no offense to people who like the crack ladies) I still think Sony maybe touched Bethesda as children. Skyrim was my last attempt to see if they actually gained talent, but it seems they actually keep losing talent, with each game becoming less stable and more in beta form on release date. All the time telling flat out blatant lies like saying the PS3 version is on par with the 360 version (yet not letting people test the PS3 version pre-release even after asking for it, only giving them another 360 copy) and spreading misinformation, while talking down to their “fan$”. They don’t ever even FIX their games… EVER, they only fix a few dozen bugs in a few patches over the course of about 5-7 months and then say “Ehh… Who cares? We made our money. On to the next scam. I wonder if we can half-azz the next game we make even more, I wonder how much less content we can get away with putting in it… Hey I know! Let’s re-release the same buggy, incomplete game as a GOTY with absolutely NO new content or patching. Let’s NOT EVER address any of the hundreds of bugs that have been reported and are on many websites like UESP under almost every quest and side quest at the bottom of the page, all nice and neat for us to fix. Sounds good to me. Me too. Do you like my new house? Well there’s no indoor pool but it’s alright.” It all makes me angry too because I like the world of Nirn and Fallout’s alternative Earth, and I love RPGs in general, but I finally made the choice to not support them anymore, even if they end up completing a game in the future, which is a REALLY BIG IF, since they keep making games more buggy and not less…. They IP banned me from their forums and never validate my comments on their blog now because one thing they ARE good at damage control, believe me they spend a lot of money hiring people to downplay problems and shift blame all over the internet, and they hate people that finally get fed up and try to speak the ugly truth about how unmoral and greedy they’ve become. They have plenty of practice doing these things now… As Betathesda would say, after not acknowledging they screwed us over once again releasing a broken mess of a game, “Thanks for your support.” I heard they have an “F” grade from the BBB, yet nothing they are doing is actually illegal (releasing broken products) because of the loopholes, or lack of legislature in laws pertaining to software. Rating: 0.25/10.00

    #13 3 years ago
  14. mongbatstar

    @13 That’s pretty unreadable. You really shouldn’t write large amounts of text if you don’t want to use paragraphs.

    Rating: 0.25/10.00

    #14 3 years ago
  15. D. Gemini

    My enter key is broken?

    Okay fixed it.

    LOL

    #15 3 years ago

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    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    Telltale Games has an impressive back catalogue of licensed adventure games to its name, and we have opinions about all of them. Note that this rundown doesn’t include bundles, the non-adventure games or games published by Telltale but created by other developers. It’s also got a fair bit of speculation in it, since at least […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]