The Evil Within Completionist

[Caution: Minor Spoilers Within]

Unless you’re Jimmy Woods or The Last Starfighter, playing The Evil Within isn’t going to be a walk in the park. From personal experience and hearing the horror stories of others playtesting the game, you’re more than likely looking at over 15 (probably 20+) hours of gameplay on the game’s default difficulty (Survival).

And what of the completionists? Those trying to get all the achievements/trophies, play through the game’s most challenging mode (AKUMU), or fans tackling the madness of New Game + mode (see the “Blow Up the Playing Field” achievement)? With so much to take on, we thought we’d give you a head’s up on what to prepare for with our Completionist Guide for The Evil Within.

By finishing the puzzle at this link, you’ll unlock an exclusive wallpaper for the game as well as a PDF that will help you learn about all the game’s trophies and achievements.

Click here to play THE EVIL WITHIN Completionist Guide

Announcing the ESO Loyalty Program

Tamriel is growing, as is the amount of adventurers traversing the lands, but that doesn’t mean that recognition shouldn’t be given to the players that have been in The Elder Scrolls Online since the beginning.

September introduces the Elder Scrolls Online subscriber loyalty program. Paid accounts that has been subscribed for three months will receive the Ice Wraith vanity pet that will follow you on your journey.

Keep checking elderscrollsonline.com to find out about future rewards and continuing news on the growth of Tamriel.

By Azura… that’s cold!

The ALS ice bucket challenge has made its way to Bethesda HQ! Watch our chairman Robert Altman dump a cold bucket of ice water on his wife, Lynda Carter (a.k.a Wonder Woman & Azura), and see the Ice Queen of QuakeCon, Jenny McWhorter, treat our marketing guru, Pete Hines, to an ice bath worthy of a Super Bowl championship.

And the ice bucket challenge continues. Shinji and Harvey… get ready!

Lynda has issued her own challenge—to CBS broadcasters Julie Chen and Norah O’Donnell and to Blaine Trump.

As amusing as these videos are, the message is much more important — finding a cure for ALS. Please donate to this worthwhile cause at http://www.alsa.org/donate.

Gamescom 2014 – The Evil Within Wins ‘Best Console Game (PlayStation)’

Not that I can speak about it personally (I’ve never been to Gamescom), but talking to those that attended and knowing that more than 300,000 attend the show, it sounds pretty hectic.

And with that, we’d like to give thanks to all the folks that helped make this year’s show such a success for Bethesda — for The Elder Scrolls Online, BATTLECRY, and The Evil Within.

Specific to The Evil Within, we’re very excited about the awards the game claimed at the show, including the official Gamescom award for Best Console Game (Sony PlayStation), JeuxVideo.com’s Best Survival Horror Game, and Computer Bild Spiele’s Best Next Gen Game.

To everyone that attended, and everyone that worked the booth, thanks for making this year’s Gamescom so memorable!

Below are some photo highlights from the show, as well as the newest screenshots for The Evil Within.

In and around the show

Get more details on the game here!

Dunwall’s finest free on Xbox LIVE and coming to your coffee table in November

As mentioned earlier in the month, beginning today and throughout the remainder of the month, Dishonored is a free download on Xbox LIVE for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. Boot up your Xbox 360 or head to Xbox.com to download.

And if you can’t get enough of Dishonored, below is a look at pages from Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives. This hardbound collection from Dark Horse uses all of Dishonored’s in-game text — diaries, notes, letters, etc — and combines them with the fantastic concept art that set the stage for the game’s unforgettable art style. It’s a must-have collection for Dishonored’s biggest fans and arrives this November.

Check out the cover and sample pages below…

Bethesda TwitchWorks: #EvilTakesHold of Twitch

#EvilTakesHold of Pete Hines.

We’d like to say that Pete Hines is our fearless leader, but when it comes to survival horror games, it probably apt to call him our fearful leader. And for that reason, we thought he’d be the perfect first guest for Bethesda Twitchworks to play The Evil Within. In the dark.

So how will he do? Tune in at 4pm EDT to Twitch.tv/Bethesda to witness the fate of Detective Castellanos & Mr. Hines as they explore The Evil Within.

#gamescom and carry on!

Here’s a quick look at some pics sent from Cologne, Germany from our team working Gamescom 2014. In the pic above, Peter Langhofer from our German office accepts Computer Bild Spiele’s award for “Best Next Gen Game” of the show — presented earlier in the day for The Evil Within!

And below check out pictures of our ongoing multiplayer matches for BATTLECRY.

Here’s hoping our friends in Germany send more pics our way. And beer, sausages, and spaetzle. And if you have pics from the show, be sure to tweet @bethblog so we can check them out!

Skyrim Voted #1 Game (of All Time) Down Under!

Watch until the end to hear a special thanks from BGS!

During the month of July, Australian TV show Good Game ran a poll to vote for the country’s top 100  games of all time, and we are happy to report that Skyrim was selected as the #1 game, and Fallout 3 also cracked the top 10 at #8 on the list.

Watch the video above to get the countdown experience or if reading is more your speed, see the full list here. Big congrats to the team at Bethesda Game Studios and thanks to all the Aussies that voted!