DOOM 3 BFG & Dishonored wrap: Convention Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! While we’re getting ready for the weekend, Gamescom 2012 is still going strong in Cologne, Germany.

Plenty to share on Dishonored, beginning with a trident of coverage at Gamespot:

Masquerade Murder - Watch a new interview with lead designer Ricardo Bare as he discusses the Lady Boyle mission.

New Preview from Peter Brown - “Side missions within the main quest are equally capable of affecting Corvo’s future. Upon approaching the entrance to the party, you’re presented with the option to hand a note from one of the corrupt Pendleton twins to an attendee of the ball.”

Five Things We Learned About Dishonored (Gamescom 2012) - Gamespot’s crew for GC2012 recaps what they learned from playing the Boyle mission.

After the break, we’ve got new coverage for Dishonored, plus new coverage for DOOM 3 BFG Edition.

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Web Roundup: Dishonored

Plenty of new details to share on GameTrailers’ Best New IP of E3, Dishonored!

Interviews

I. Eat. Games – Raphael Colantonio talks about working with Viktor Antonov, non-lethal playthroughs, different endings, and more. To learn more about how decisions impact the game’s ending, read this article at The Escapist.

Develop – Art Director Sebastien Mitton discusses how crucial pre-production was to Dishonored’s development.

The Penny Arcade Report – Designs decisions relating to supernatural powers and the game’s “Chaos” rating are discussed by Harvey and Raf.

Previews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - “It’s quite good. Actually, that’s unfair. It’s better than quite good. And it’s making me yearn.”

PC Gamer – “Experimentally, I clang my knife against a metal pipe. A second later, the guard comes running down the corridor, passes through the field, and disintegrates into floating, glowing dust. Wow.”

OXM UK – New preview shares seven amusing ways to fail completely and die

CVG – “What we’re really excited about is delving into a game that delivers bags of player freedom and immense prospects for experimentation, coupled with the tightly focused density of gameplay impossible in vast open world games.”

RipTen -”Dishonored’s earned its action-stealth label quite a few times over. The blend of skills along with Corvo’s array of weapons lends itself perfectly to either kind of play through.”

Telegraph UK – “What impressed most about about Dishonored was that the two scenarios were quite clearly two ends of a wide spectrum. How much creativity and impromptu adaptation exist within that range will determine the game’s success, and Arkane certainly appear to be offering an impressive palette with which to experiment. That thirst for invention and interpretation, coupled with the creeping atmosphere of Dunwall should make Dishonored a dark horse for the best game of 2012.”

Xbox 360 Achievements – “Our first hands-on taste of Dishonored was short, sweet and easy, but it was also utterly brilliant… if I do say so myself. There are so many more powers we could have used throughout the mission as well, including the whirlwind, and we did all that without so much as firing a bullet, just how we like it. And that’s the beauty of Dishonored: you can play it exactly how you want, whether that’s quiet, loud or a mix of the two.”

Oh, and the image above? That’s one of the latest updates from our Dishonored tumblr page. Visit the site regularly for concept pieces, animated GIFs, and other pieces that capture the the game’s unique flavor.

E3 Wrap: DOOM 3 BFG Edition

Hard to believe it’s been about a week since E3 wrapped up. This week we’ve been catching up with all the coverage out of the event and there’s plenty to share! Before covering The Elder Scrolls Online, Dawnguard, and Dishonored, here’s a look at the highlights for DOOM 3 BFG Edition.

We start with a preview at PCGamesN, who declared John Carmack’s VR presentation the winner of E3. Here’s an excerpt…

“Bethesda turned up with a pair of goggles, spare rocket parts, a hacked copy of Doom 3, Ph.D level genius and duct tape. Lots of duct tape. Designed by Palmer Lucky, and optimised by Carmack, the HMD provides full, true 3D virtual reality immersion with zero latency. I played with it at the show, behind closed doors at Bethesda’s booth; it was easily the highlight of my life as a gamer. Next-generation doesn’t cut it; as I took the goggles off I was left reeling. It was fluid, fast, and mind-bending. Doom 3: BFG edition might be an updated version of an eight year old game; but after playing it in 3D-O-Vision, it became the most exciting game on the planet.”

We wish we could show everyone how cool the Oculus Rift VR Headset-powered presentation is in person, but these videos and interviews featuring John Carmack should not be missed.
  • Giant Bomb - Watch a 17+ minute interview with John Carmack.
  • PC Gamer – Catch three video with John Carmack showing off DOOM 3 BFG.
  • USA Today – Mike Snider comes away impressed by the VR setup.
  • Kotaku – Stephen Totilo spends time with “One of Video Games’ Smartest People”.
  • G4TV – In their E3 awards, they nominate the DOOM 3 goggles for Best Hardware.
  • GamesRadar - Learn why John Carmack is ready for virtual reality.
  • CNN – Find out why DOOM 3 BFG was Larry Frum’s ‘Most Amazing Experience’.
  • T3.com -  John Carmack unveils virtual reality gaming headset.

Weekend Update

Here’s a quick look at some recent coverage from around the web…

Continuing their month-long look at The Elder Scrolls Online, Game Informer shares what ZeniMax Online has planned to appeal to an array of audiences — whether they be Elder Scrolls fans or MMO fans.

October is still months away, but there’s plenty of Dishonored coverage to keep you busy until then. Game InformerInside Gaming, and PlayStation Blog all have new previews for the game. And at CVG, you can watch a new interview with Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio. Watch the interview above.

Elsewhere on the world wide web, check out these videos…

And in case you missed it a few weeks ago, don’t miss this badass video from freddiew w below…

Skyrim Roundup: Mods, Kinect impressions, and more arrows to the knee

Here’s a look at some of the best Skyrim news on the web from the last week.
Watch Gamespot’s weekly look at Skyrim mods as they highlight Dragon Bone weapons, Katamari-esque madness, and more. Featured mods include:
More mods and news after the break…

Dishonored Roundup

Following last week’s debut trailer, gaming press have begun dissecting and analyzing the video with hopes of finding new information on the game. Check these sites for recaps:

If last week’s trailer was your introduction to Dishonored, below is a recap of previous coverage on the game.

Game Informer revealed Dishonored last summer with their August cover story. Visit their Dishonored hub and watch the following videos featuring members of Arkane’s team.

More recently, first looks at gameplay were included in interviews with Gamespot and Xplay. Watch these videos.
  • Gamespot — Creating Steampunk Beauty
  • Gamespot — Stealthy, Gruesome Murder
  • Xplay — First Look Preview

Now that you’re up to speed, be on the lookout for new impressions of the game this week.

Weekend update

Gamespot continues their search for the best Skyrim mods (video above) featuring the following great mods:

Another video worth catching is G4′s sketch showing how Skyrim has taken over all facets of their office life. Watch it below.

Have a great weekend!

Skyrim Roundup

In addition to our 1.5 update on Steam, here’s some notable Skyrim news from around the web.

The Christian Science Monitor recently visited Bethesda Game Studios to learn more about why people play videogames. The feature is worth a read for any gamer, and perfect to share with that family member that doesn’t understand your favorite past time. Here’s a quick excerpt:

“I was a latchkey kid,” remembers production director Ashley Cheng, 38. “When my grandmother came home, she’d feel the TV. If it was warm, that meant I was playing games – instead of practicing piano.”

In addition to Ashley, the article includes insights from Todd Howard, Matt Carafano, and Bruce Nesmith. Read the entire eight page feature here.

More stories from around the web…

Finally, in the player above, watch wrenthereaper’s Skyrim-inspired short (no pun intended) on IGN’s YouTube channel.

Roundup: Mods and Mayhem

Gamespot continues turns to the Dark Side with their latest Skyrim update. Featured (and unbelievably sweet) mods include:

Haven’t started using the Creation Kit? Eurogamer put together an article on getting started. Check it out here, and don’t forget to check out www.CreationKit.com for more.

In other news, both Bethesda Game Studios and id Software have advanced to Round 2 of The Escapist’s March Mayhem Developer Showdown. Show your support as id takes on Nintendo, while  BGS challenges Hal Laboratory.

Skyrim Roundup

We’re back with another round of updates on Skyrim…

In the video above, Gamespot continues their weekly look Skyrim mods — both from the Skyrim Workshop and Skyrim Nexus. Mods featured this time include:

Looking for more Skyrim mods. Techland’s Matt Peckham has a new feature sharing his top 20 mods for the game.

Elsewhere on the web, check out these links…

Before we go… we leave you with BenSpinSpace’s piano arrangement for Morrowind.