Skyrim around the web

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:

Around the web: Skyrim edition

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.

Catch new Skyrim footage on GTTV tomorrow night!

Elder Scrolls fans won’t want to miss tomorrow night’s episode of GameTrailers TV. Following host Geoff Keighley’s recent visit to Bethesda Game Studios, you’ll be treated to all-new interviews and gameplay footage!

Stay up late tomorrow night to watch the episode at 1 am ET/12 am CT. While you wait, take a look at the latest online coverage from our recent press tour..

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Alec Meer covers crafting and answers questions for colleague Jim Rossignol.

G4TV – “The session ended with a vicious showdown with an Ice Wraith that was protecting something called a Serpent Stone. Activating the stone gave me the ability to paralyze enemies for five seconds. It didn’t help bring down the Ice Wraith (my dual-wielded fire spell sure did though), but I’m sure it would have come in handy had I been given another three, or preferably 300, hours to put it to good use. Thankfully, in less than a month, that’s precisely what I’ll be able to do, and I can’t horking wait.”

PC Gamer – “I can’t shake the obsession Skyrim has left me with. I’m pulling screenshots up on my monitor just to feel like I’m playing again. I’m scribbling character builds on napkins. I’m replaying only the snowiest bits of Oblivion. And I’m wondering what the hell November is doing way over there.”

GamePro – “Skyrim pushes all the right buttons in that regard–it’s a big, open, snowy world with fortresses, bandits and quaint little villages. If not for the mountains, it would be just like being home in Minnesota.”

Wizard World – “Bethesda has created a living, breathing, glorious world, and you’re going to want to spend a lot of time in there.”

And for more on Skyrim, UK readers can check out EDGE, OXM, PC Gamer previews via iTunes!

New hands-on impressions for Skyrim!

Last week Skyrim took a world tour — with the game being shown to press in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and across Europe. Read press impressions at the following sites:

Destructoid – “‘Epic’ is a word that has been thrown around to the point of irrelevance, but it’s absolutely the right word for Skyrim. Skyrim is huge, majestic, and genuinely awe-insipring. I have no doubt that hardcore Elder Scrolls fans will play this game for the next half a decade.”

DualShockers - “Playing three hours of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was the best tease I’ve ever had”

The Sixth Axis – “ Skyrim isn’t just 2011’s biggest RPG, it could just be the best ever. You should be very, very excited.”

Shacknews – “Very few games get such a charge of excitement out of me, but Skyrim is probably my most anticipated game of the year.”

New York Post – “From the limited time I had with Skyrim, I can say with confidence that this will be one of the biggest and most engrossing titles ever. The massive world, numerous side quests and the seemingly endless paths will certainly make Skyrim a game worthy of the Elder Scrolls name.”

CVG - “But what we can’t do is present our readership with a full picture. We can’t put them in the mind-set of being swallowed by the incredible world that Skyrim contains, or becoming immersed in its truly epic storyline.”

Joystiq - “Ever since Skyrim was announced, I’ve had one thing on my mind: dragons. You see, I need to kill them. I need to kill an infinite number of dragons. I don’t know what it is that is fueling this need within me, but there it is: I’m a genocidal maniac and every last dragon must die.”

Videogamer - “The franchise has always prided itself on its open world tendencies, but this is easily working up to have the most vivid depiction of a fantasy setting in an RPG.”

G4TV - “The weather mechanics implemented into Skyrim are the best I’ve ever seen. The blizzard I walked through looked like snow, milky white diamonds plummeting to the ground.”

Kotaku - “Skyrim is so immersive and deep an experience that a person could play for a third of a work day and never even brush by the main storyline.”

Wired – “Though the three-hour demo didn’t answer those heavy questions, it did get me pumped to spend hundreds more hours immersed in Skyrim’s ridiculously detailed world next month. And the first thing I’m going to do when I pick up the game again is collect better loot, max out my skills and slay that freaking dragon. I can’t wait.”
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Around the web: Ready up for RAGE

Today at IGN, watch a new video showcasing your arsenal in RAGE – from your standard weapons to (literally) mind-blowing ammo types and and quickuse weapons.

Elsewhere, check out RAGE news at these sites…

With RAGE releasing in a week (!!), we’ll have plenty more to share on the game soon.

Around the web: Mega Roundup!!

Back with a super-mega coverage roundup that includes videos, interviews, previews and more.

Let’s start with Skyrim…

  • Xbox.com — Watch Todd Howard discuss dragons in Skyrim (above)
  • Gametrailers — Todd joins Ken Levine (Bioshock), David Jaffe (Twisted Metal, God of War) and host Geoff Keighley at PAX for a special episode of Bonus Round
  • Totally Rad Show — Jeff Cannata goes behind closed doors to look at Skyrim
  • Destructoid – Interview with Matt Carafano
  • G4TV – The X-Play crew catch up with Todd Howard at PAX Prime

For more on Skyrim, RAGE, Prey 2, and Dishonored, hit the jump below…

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QuakeCon 2011: Skyrim hands-on previews (Updated)

UPDATED 8/9: In addition to Todd’s stage demo at E3, we’ve various press folks go hands on with the game for the first time. Below are some of the initial previews making their way online. As we find more, we’ll keep you posted.

  • Kotaku — “It’s amazing”
  • 1Up — “Bethesda has crafted such a large and all-encompassing realization of the Elder Scrolls universe in this newest installment, that dipping your toe into the pool only results in your entire leg being dragged into the water by the game’s vicious undercurrent.”
  • Game Informer (more here) — “Overall, Skyrim played great. The framerate was fluid, the combat satisfying, and the world beckons more exploration.”
  • Eurogamer — “RPGs send you into menus more than almost any other game genre, so it’s weird that more thought doesn’t go into inventory design, but as I play around with powers, weapons and items to lighten my load it becomes clear that Skyrim is a welcome exception.”
  • Destructoid — “After spending an hour aimlessly exploring a very tiny area of Skyrim’s world, I’m convinced Bethesda will deliver on Oblivion’s promise while outdoing any previous ambitions.”
  • Gamespot – “Our hands-on time with Skyrim left us with the impression that Bethesda isn’t trying to reinvent The Elder Scrolls formula; instead, it’s taking what was great about the previous games and adding some interesting new content on top of it.”
  • Neowin — “Even though we only saw The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim for just a few minutes it’s clear that Bethesda Game Studios is going all out to make this latest game in this long running RPG series the best yet.”
  • IGN — “The view from a snow-choked cave mouth to distant mountains wreathed in a drifting cloak of cloud is clear and detailed.”
  • G4TV — “Skyrim did not disappoint, and I’m eagerly awaiting getting back into that world to wreak some havoc.”
  • GameSpy – “Frankly, it’s a little exhilarating.”
  • AusGamers — “…this is probably the most tantalising hour I’ve spent with a game in a long time…”

And in case you missed it, read how one woman went into labor during Todd’s Skyrim presentation.

Around the web and on newsstands (Updated)

It’s been a busy week: Old World Blues reviews, Skyrim creations you can wear and play, details and screens for Brink DLC, a new Bethesda Podcast, studio tours for Tango & id, and plenty of updates for Dishonored & QuakeCon. So what did I miss? Apparently quite a bit!!

In print, get new details on Skyrim in the latest issue of PSM3 — now on newsstands in the UK. Meanwhile, folks in the US can read GameInformer’s E3 impressions of both Skyrim & RAGE in their August issue.

There’s plenty more to read online, including various features with the folks that make our games great

  • Pete Hines talks Bethesda in a two-part interview (part 1part 2) with Edge. Todd Howard chats with them, too.
  • USA Today interviews John Carmack about RAGE
  • IGN looks back at the early years (before Resident Evil) of Tango’s Shinji Mikami
  • id Software senior producer Jason Kim answers RAGE questions for CVG (part 1, part 2)
  • Kotaku takes a look back at the work of Dishonored’s visual design director, Viktor Antonov

After the break, check out the latest Skyrim coverage…

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