PC Gamer previews Enderal: The Shards of Order — a total conversion mod from the makers of Nehrim.
And in quick Dishonored news, the 2012 BAFTA Award nominees were announced earlier today and we’re pleased to share news that Dishonored received three nominations: Best Game Design, Best Story, and Best Game. Read the full nominee list at Guardian UK. Congrats to the team at Arkane Studios!
We’ve reached the final hours of 2012, and since our last update, numerous sites have bestowed year-ending honors to Dishonored.
After receiving thousands of votes, Eurogamer announced that the game topped their Readers’ Top 50 Games of 2012! Big thanks to the Eurogamer community for voting one of our titles #1 for the second year in a row.
The roll call of accolodes for Dishonored continues at these sites:
Hot (pun intended) off the heels of RAGE’s new add-on, The Scorchers, reviews and impressions are making their way online. Embedded above, IGN shares their 10-minute first look at the content, while sites like The Controller Online and HiddenAudioLog are already posting their reviews.
DLC coverage continues with Dragonborn and Dunwall City Trials rounds, after the break…
Described as “Skyrim, with more Skyrim“ by Kotaku, plenty of new reviews are up for Dragonborn – available now on Xbox 360 and early next year on PS3 & PC. Reviews include:
Game Informer (8.5/10) – “Dragonborn delivers a great adventure that rarely apes content from the core game. The dungeon designs are inventive – especially the water temple – and flow nicely from quest to quest. Solstheim is a fun island to explore, offering a wealth of side content and locales to uncover.”
IGN (8.8) – “…there’s enough new stuff here, highlighted by the spectacular island of Solstheim itself, to make Dragonborn the best piece of add-on content for Skyrim yet.”
Joystiq - “Dragonborn is the best of Skyrim’s DLC so far, offering a significantly more substantial update than Dawnguard or Hearthfire. It’s more than reason enough to return to Skyrim.
RipTen (9.5/10) – “Not only is Dragonborn equivalent to an expansion pack, it’s my personal favorite Elder Scrolls DLC released this generation”
Destructoid (8.5/10) - Dragonborn proves that Bethesda can not only still produce, but that they haven’t forgotten their roots either.
Digital Spy (4/5) – “Solstheim is a fantastic location, packed with interesting landmarks, challenging enemies and a wide variety of quests, and reigniting that initial sense of awe.”
OXM UK (8/10) – “… feels both more adventurous and more complete – a differently styled distillation of the things Skyrim does best which should last you well into Christmas.”
The Escapist (4/5) – “Even in the face of unspeakable horror and impossible odds, the inhabitants of Solstheim have chosen to stay and fight for their lives, evoking strong feelings of both pity and admiration, and making them feel totally worth saving. Adding to that the host of new abilities, spells and creatures to interact with and acquire, Dragonborn is well worth your time.”
GamesRadar (Buy It) – “If one word sums up the Elder Scrolls series, it’s certainly “scope.” If you’ve played Skyrim for only ten minutes, you can’t escape the feeling that you’re just a tiny speck on a vast canvas. This is something that Dragonborn recreates very well. The map for the island of Solstheim is sprawling, and getting from one end to the other on foot will sap close to an hour of your life away.”
GameRevolution (4.5/5) - Bottom line, this DLC is well worth your time and money to check this out, especially if you’re going though Skyrim withdrawal.
Gameplanet (8.5/10) – “The Dragonborn downloadable expansion is further evidence – if any were still needed – that Bethesda Softworks are amongst the very strongest singleplayer developers in the industry. A must for Skyrim fans.”
VentureBeat (80/100) - The moment my character started building the shrine and a weird voice spoke about Miraak in a disjointed way, I knew I had to see the story through.
The Penny Arcade Report – “‘Dragonborn’ shows you can’t have your cake and eat it too. You can have the lengthy missions and story of ‘Dawnguard,’ or you can have the world additions and new sights of ‘Dragonborn.’”
Dunwall City Trials
Reviewers are also testing their abilities in Arkane’s skill-based DLC for Dishonored, Dunwall City Trials:
We Got This Covered – “Dunwall City Trials is an impressive, thoughtfully designed and entertaining experience that only the best will be able to master.”
Attack of the Fanboy – “Dunwall City Trials is well worth the price of admission, and you just might get the bug to do the single player all over again once you’ve completed them.”
GameFront (80/100) – “This sort of thing is a skill player or a completionist’s idea of a really good time.”
Eurogamer (7/10) – “Dedicated single-player story DLC is on the way in 2013, so while this selection of piecemeal distractions doesn’t always play to Dishonored’s strengths, it’s ample to tide us over until something more substantial comes along.”
The Controller Online – “Regardless of where you are in the main campaign, you can start playing the Dunwall City Trials, so it’s a great way to practice your skills and I can already see myself getting better at certain things, like using Blink to quickly and accurately fly around the map. I look at Dunwall City Trials as preparation before I even think about attempting to beat the game on Very Hard. I think I’m going to need all of the practice I can get.”
FPS Guru – “For the few hours you’ll get out of it, it’s worth it easily for everyone. If you’re the competitive guy looking to up your skills, take to the leaderboards and rise to the top.”
Kotaku – Mark Serrels plays Dishonored, possesses a fish, and shares, “In Dishonored there are seemingly endless matrices of choice, multiple different ways to approach multiple different problems. Room to breathe, room to think, space to engage meaningfully with an environment.”
PC Powerplay – “Not only does Dishonored look set to be Arkane’s best title yet, but if Looking Glass were around today, it is undoubtedly the kind of game they would be making”.
CVG – Calls Dishonored “the most amazing new IP of the year.”
IGN – Executive Producer Julien Roby discusses why now is a good time to release a new IP like Dishonored.
Last but not least, visit Game of the Year Picks Blog to check out an updated list of the GOTY awards Skyrim has received. By their count, the game has won 190 GOTY awards — making it the third Bethesda Game Studios title to be named their “Big Winner”.
A little late to the party, but we’d be remiss to call out the fantastic Dragonborn Comes/Main Theme cover by YouTube user malufenix. It’s been mesmerizing folks at our office for weeks now.
Other highlights from around the web…
Machinima presented their Inside Gaming Awards last night — with Skyrim winning Game of the Year, the Gamers’ Choice Award, and the Realm award (Best RPG). Meanwhile, Fallout: New Vegas’ third DLC, Old World Blues, won Best DLC!
Check out NVIDIA’s helpful PC Tweak Guide to get the most out of the game
IGN asks the question, “Should there be a Skyrim movie?”
Famous Japanese magazine Famitsu awards Skyrim a perfect 40/40 score!
Watch YouTube user greQ111′s dragon fight art come to life in a time-lapse video
Whoa! German site ElHabib reviews Skyrim giving it an 11/10!
If you haven’t watched Giant Bomb’s highly-entertaining quick look for Skyrim, watch the embedded video above. I’ve gone ahead and set it to the 28:45 mark, so you can catch the clip I’ve been watching over and over.
Elsewhere, check out Skyrim coolness at these sites:
Stuff.co.nz (9.5/10) — ”… without any shadow of doubt, the best RPG experience available right now.”
Now Gamer(93%) — “Building upon everything that made Oblivion such a joy, Skyrim has easily secured the crown as the biggest game this gen and also as one of the best. Even if you don’t ordinarily like ye olde fantasy RPGs, this is brilliant.”
While RAGE doesn’t hit Europe until tomorrow, if you’re in or around London, you’ll see that the game is everywhere — on the streets, in the tube, on the front of magazines, and on your TV. Thankfully, I haven’t heard any reports of mutants running around the city.