Around the web: DLC review roundup (Updated)

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, ZTGD, and HiddenAudioLog are already posting their reviews. And this just in, OXM UK scores The Scorchers a 9/10 and declares that it is a “not unpleasant burning sensation.” Hmm.. okay, we’ll take it!

DLC coverage continues with Dragonborn and Dunwall City Trials rounds, after the break…

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Dishonored, Honored (Updated!)

Update (12/19): IGN has named Dishonored the Best Action Game of 2012!

It’s that time of the year when publications are naming their favorite games from months past, and Dishonored is hitting list after GOTY list.

Just today, EDGE bestowed its Game of the Year award to Dishonored, while also naming Arkane the Studio of the Year. Meanwhile, GameSpot granted both its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platform GOTY awards to Dishonored, in addition to naming it Action/Adventure of the Year.

Publications that have also recently honored Dishonored with awards and nominations include:

Dishonored is still being played and replayed, and people are writing many words about their experiences. EDGE talks up the game in its Still Playing column, while 1UP chimes in with a spoiler-filled dissection of one of the game’s endings. Also recommended is the Gamasutra blog entry “Spatial and Social Realism in Dishonored” by Scott Juster, which breaks down why Dunwall is such a believable and lived-in setting.

Elsewhere, co-creative director Harvey Smith has a new column at The Penny Arcade Report where he discusses the genius of Far Cry 2. Here’s an excerpt:

“My ultimate moment of unbridled joy playing FC2 came during a side mission, picked up in the form of an assassination contract via radio tower. A couple of jeeps full of armed men were protecting a convoy carrying my target, a sophisticatedly-dressed man with close-cropped white hair and a burgundy suit riding in an SUV.”

Finally, if you missed the VGAs, check out the Dishonored version of “Sam Jackson Mode” on Spike. The party starts at 4:05.

RAGE DLC arrives next week on PS3, 360, and PC!

Return to the Wasteland in The Scorchers, an all-new RAGE add-on from id Software – arriving on 360, PC, and PS3 next week for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points).

In this brand-new adventure spanning six all-new areas, you will fight alongside new allies to defend the Hager Settlment from a maniacal bandit clan known as The Scorchers. Along the way, you’ll participate in a new season of Mutant Bash TV, encounter new mini-games, and wield the overpowering and brutal Nailgun.

In addition to the new content, this DLC includes ‘Ultra-Nightmare’, a new high difficulty mode, as well as an ‘Extended Play’ option that allows you to play past the original ending of the game – giving you the opportunity to finish collecting items and achievements.

ESO: Questions and Answers

This week on ElderScrollsOnline.com, the ZOS Community team answers your questions about The Aldmeri Dominion – comprised of the Altmer, Bosmer, and Khajiit. Here’s but one of the answers provided:

What made the Bosmers decide to join the Dominion?  - By Tamás Várfalvi

After the recent civil war between the Camorans, Valenwood was in disarray and vulnerable. The Cabal who were running the Imperial City took advantage of this by sending in Colovian troops to grab up some of the Wood Elves’ northern territory. Seeking an ally to help repulse the Colovians, King Aeradan of the Bosmer turned to Queen Ayrenn and her new Dominion.

Visit ElderScrollsOnline.com to read the remaining questions, and check out the most recent Developer Question of the Week — posed by Effects Lead Todd Yarbrough.

Dunwall City Trials Available Today

Update: The North American PSN store has updated and Dunwall City Trials is now available.

We are pleased to announce Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials, the first add-on pack for the critically-acclaimed first-person action game developed by Arkane Studios, is now available for Xbox 360 and PC for $4.99, £3.99, €4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points). For PS3, the add-on pack will be available later today in North America and on December 19th in Europe.

To learn more about the DLC’s 10 trials, read a new blog post up on the PlayStation Blog.

Around the web: Award Season

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:

Happy 15th, QUAKE II!

Today marks the 15th anniversary of QUAKE II’s release on PC. Celebrating the affair, id Software’s Tim Willits shared some fun facts about the game:

  • Only three artists made all the 2D and 3D art for the entire game.
  • One of the original suggested names for QUAKE II was WOR, but the game’s fast-paced, tactile feel felt closer to a QUAKE game than a new franchise.
  • ‘The Edge’ (Tim’s favorite deathmatch level in QUAKE II or any other game), has over 50 trick jumps possible in the map. Tim only designed two of them, and the rest were discovered by the QUAKE II community.

Later today, Tim plans to celebrate by taking these QUAKE action figures out of the display case and reenacting his favorite moments from the game. Let us know how you’ll be celebrating the game’s anniversary in the comment section below.

Put Your Skills to the Test with Dunwall City Trials

Watch the newly-released gameplay trailer for Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials, arriving on Xbox LIVE, PSN, and Steam next week!

Dunwall City Trials will include 10 challenge maps that will test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills. Creatively combine your supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets to eliminate as many targets as possible, fight off waves of tallboys, guards, weepers and thugs, or take out targets in a non-stop run of drop assassinations. Dunwall City Trials also features a new set of achievements and trophies as well as a global online leaderboard.

Accompanying the trailer is Dan Bull’s “Dishonored Rap” track. You can listen to the full track on his YouTube Channel.