Updated: Wait is over! If you visit PSN and search “Skyrim” you’ll be able to find Dragonborn!

As you wait for the North American PlayStation Store update, here’s some fun links to check out from around the web.

In a recent fan poll at Gametrailers, Skyrim and Fallout 3 were named the #1 and #2 fan favorite RPGs of this generation. See the full list here, and let us know how it stacks up with your top five.

Elsewhere…

  • Pixar animator Austin Madison recaps this year’s NFL season with some hilarious drawings that tie-in pop culture. We all got a kick out of the Vikings-Rams imagery posted above.
  • AnimBowz popular Dovahbear video has inspired an in-game Skyrim mod.
  • Kotaku shares a Skyrim performance by the legendary creator of Chocolate Rain.
  • The popular Christopher Walkenthrough Machinima series explores the Super Skyrim Bros. mod.
  • 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!

And now back to the countdown…

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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:

Also worth celebrating, Xbox LIVE is ending the year with a one-day sale on The Elder Scrolls. Titles include:

  • Skyrim (Games on Demand) – .99
  • Dawnguard – 800 MS Points
  • Hearthfire – 200 MS Points
  • Oblivion (Games on Demand) – .99
  • Shivering Isles – 600 MS Points
  • Knights of the Nine – 200 MS Points
And in id Software news, Wolfenstein, DOOM, and QUAKE are all prominently discussed in GamesRadar’s recent feature on the history of the first-person shooter. Elsewhere, GameRevolution ranks Wolfenstein 3D as one of the 10 Most Influential Retro Games of All Time.

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Around the web: DLC review roundup

Posted in News at December 20th, 2012 / No Comments »

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…

Dragonborn

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.

GamingBolt (8.5/10) – “Dragonborn is brilliant.”

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.”

 

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Around the web: Award Season

Posted in News at December 8th, 2012 / No Comments »

Updated: Congrats to Arkane and BGS for winning Best Action/Adventure Game and Best DLC, respectively, tonight at the VGAs!

Starting… right now, the 10th Annual VGA Awards are live on SPIKE – with both Dishonored and Dawnguard up for nominations. Best of luck to the developers at Arkane and Bethesda Game Studios.

Elsewhere, voting and nominee announcements for other year-end awards are beginning to surface on numerous gaming sites. They include:

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Around the web with Dishonored

Posted in News at September 11th, 2012 / No Comments »

Four weeks. You’re only four weeks from being able to play Dishonored for yourself. Until then, here’s a roundup of some of the latest online coverage…

To start, Revision3 named Dishonored their PAX Prime Game of Show. Watch their new interview with Raf Colantonio above.

  • 1Up -  ”…if Dishonored doesn’t end up being one of the best games of the year, I’ll be absolutely shocked.”
  • The New York Times – “The most intriguing original fiction of the next four months.”
  • 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.
  • VG247 – New interview with Raf Colantonio

Finally, take a photo tour of Arkane’s offices in a new feature at Business Insider.

Four weeks!

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Skyrim around the web

Posted in News at February 5th, 2012 / No Comments »

We’re back with more of our favorite Skyrim videos, comics, awards, and more. One of my personal favorites this month was  live-action tribute, Fus Ro Dah!!!!. Watch it above..

Elsewhere on the web, check out these Skyrim-related goodies…

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”.

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Around the Web

Posted in News at December 11th, 2011 / No Comments »

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…

That’s all for now. Don’t get forget to tune into the SPIKE VGA Awards tonight at 8 PM EST. Skyrim, RAGE, Prey 2, and Fallout: New Vegas are all nominated for awards.

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Skyrim around the web

Posted in News at November 24th, 2011 / No Comments »

Heading into the Thanksgiving weekend, here’s some of our favorite Skyrim stories from the past week…

In the video above, watch Elder Scrolls’ fans Lara and Taylor’s beautiful rendition of the themes for both Morrowind and Skyrim.

Elsewhere, check out these links:

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Around the web: Skyrim edition

Posted in News at November 21st, 2011 / No Comments »

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:

And then there’s plenty of new reviews. Check out the latest at these sites:

  • OXM US (10/10) — “If you aren’t normally drawn to role-playing games, get over it — to miss out on this extraordinary gaming experience would be positively criminal.”
  • Wizard World – “The Greatest Video Game Role-Playing Game Ever”
  • The Onion AV Club (A) — “Where many games with lavish production values seek to direct players’ imaginations, Skyrim seeks to ignite them.”
  • Game Shark (A) — “Skyrim is a role-playing masterpiece.”
  • Huffington Post/AP (4/4) — “Skyrim is one of the most ambitious video games ever developed, and it lives up to its ambitions in every way.”
  • Dual Shockers (10/10) — “The electrifying world comes alive from the very beginning, inviting you to get swept up in the endless adventures that await you.”
  • Student Life (5/5) — “This is the game of the year, hands down.”
  • USA Today (4/4) — “Even when you think you’ve spent hundreds of hours exploring, there’s always one more fresh face to meet, or dragon to slay, or thrilling adventure waiting.”
  • Associated Press (4/4) — “Skyrim has taken over my life. But, hey, it’s a good life.”
  • NZ Gamer (9.5/10) — “Playing Skyrim is like getting lost in a massive series of fantasy novels, only this time you’re writing them yourself.”
  • Game Chronicles (9.9/10) — Editor’s Choice
  • MSNBC’s Gaming Zone (9/10) — “Whether you like swords and sorcery or not, whether you’re a role-playing gamer or not, if you don’t buy Skyrim, you’re missing out.”
  • Mirror UK (5/5) — “A truly unforgettable adventure.”
  • Impulse Gamer (9.9/10) — Editor’s Choice
  • Gamers Haven (9.5/10)
  • 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.”

For more reviews, check out our previous roundup.

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RAGE around the world tomorrow!

Posted in News at October 6th, 2011 / No Comments »

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.

Similar to what we did with RAGE taxis in the US, if you see a bus promoting RAGE, be one of the first 10 to send us a pic (bethblog@bethsoft.com) and we’ll send some swag your way!

As you wait to play the game, check out a history lesson on id from Gamespot UK

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