- Game Informer named Skyrim their Editor and Reader pick for Game of the Year!
- Our own Nick Breckon started a Twitter account (@SkyrimMom) featuring notable quotables from his mother as she plays through the game.
- Game Informer does their best Highlights magazine impression by placing famous videogame items and icons within Alduin’s Wall. See if you can find them all.
- The Consumer Electronics Show is currently going in Vegas. See how Skyrim was shown on a tablet at NVIDIA’s booth!
- Skyrim songstress Malukah shares her latest Skyrim cover, The Age of Aggression.
- See how deviantART user ~oddeh created a Monopoly-inspired Skyrim game board.
- UGO continues their Skyrim covering marriages the many diseases you can contract.
- Craving some Skyrim Sweetrolls? Watch this video from YouTube creator SashasBiscuits
- The (new and improved) Escapist shares some of their favorite mods available now on Skyrim Nexus.
- Check out some great hand-crafted Skyrim snowflakes.
Here’s one last roundup before the holidays.
- Check out holiday-inspired Skyrim mods at GameSpy
- As proven by a new feature at UGO, throwing in-game items down the side of a mountain never gets old.
- To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, modder Handski has created a Link-inspired Skyrim mod. See it at Kotaku
- Todd Howard talks with Morgan and Adam from X-Play. Watch the interview at G4TV.com.
- IGN has named Skyrim their Game of the Year and RPG of the Year on PC and Xbox 360. Elsewhere, the game has received top honors from USA Today, 1Up, Destructoid (Readers’ Choice), The New York Daily News, Game Revolution, Gamespot, Wired, Planet Xbox 360, UGO, RipTen, Ars Technica, 411 Mania, and GamingBolt.
The picture above features members of Bethesda meeting with X-Play after learning Skyrim won their 2011 Game of the Year Award. Congrats to Todd Howard and his team on this award! In addition to X-Play, Skyrim has recently received GOTY honors from Machinima (watch the video), Jeux Video (who awarded RAGE Best Shooter), Gaming Bolt, Planet Xbox 360, The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy, MMGN, Kotaku AU and Official Xbox Magazine.
In other news, check out these stories…
- Xbox 360 Achievements has a mega Bethesda swag pack featuring Elder Scrolls, RAGE, and Fallout swag.
- French site Jeux Video has ranked Skyrim the #1 RPG of all-time – with Fallout 3 (#40), Daggerfall (#23), Oblivion (#11), Morrowind (#4) and Arkane’s Arx Fatalis #6.
- G4TV shares a hilarious Thundercats-inspired mod
- Todd Howard briefly discusses DLC plans with Joystiq
- Popular GTA IV modder Hayssam Keilany gives a first look at his killer mod project for Skyrim
- IGN and Destructoid announce their year-end award nominees
- TIME and Slant include Skyrim in their Top 10 games of the year
- You can vote for Todd Howard as Industry Gamers’ person of the year. Vote here
- At The Escapist, listen to Miracle of Sound’s Sovngarde Song
- Arnold is back in a new Skyrim mod shown at GameSpy
Annnd my personal favorite story of the week: how one fan made a Skyrim mask out of bacon.
It doesn’t get any better than that!
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…
- Machinima presented their Inside Gaming Awards last night — with Skyrim winning Game of the Year, the Gamers’ Choice Award, and the Realm award (Best RPG). Meanwhile, Fallout: New Vegas’ third DLC, Old World Blues, won Best DLC!
- Check out NVIDIA’s helpful PC Tweak Guide to get the most out of the game
- IGN asks the question, “Should there be a Skyrim movie?”
- Famous Japanese magazine Famitsu awards Skyrim a perfect 40/40 score!
- Watch YouTube user greQ111’s dragon fight art come to life in a time-lapse video
- Whoa! German site ElHabib reviews Skyrim giving it an 11/10!
- UGO shares their favorite companions from Skyrim
- Read the New York Times review for Skyrim
- The Escapist shares how one person added motion controls and voice command using a PC and Kinect
- Watch YouTube user deepcameo’s Skyrim time-lapse video with Ultra Settings
- Head to imgur to see some amazing Skyrim panoramic shots
- The always-entertaining Yahtzee reviews Skyrim
- Raptr names Skyrim the Most Played Game of 2011
- Techland shares their favorite Skyrim mods
- Just Push Start names Skyrim their favorite game (and RPG) of the year
- Check out an amazing archery skillshot from YouTube user MrTeamVideo
- Follow Piki Geek’s Tamriel Times diaries
- LOTS OF CHEESE!
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.
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:
- The Shacknews team are sharing their favorite stories from Skyrim. Read them here.
- Watch Wren the Reaper and Digital Foundry’s time-lapse tributes to Skyrim
- Kotaku declares Skyrim the Pinnacle of Short Attention Span Gaming and shares their full review for the game.
- NPCs be damned! G4TV shares tips on being evil
- Finance experts playing Skyrim? Read new reviews at The Wall Street Journal and Forbes
- Vote for Skyrim (and RAGE) in G4TV’s Videogame Deathmatch to determine the best game of 2011.
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:
- Watch zwoooooosh’s hilarious YouTube video, Dovahkiin’s Day Off
- PC Gamer has already put together their 10 best Skyrim mods so far (sans Creation Kit)
- TheGameStation YouTube Channel asks how a person becomes Dragonborn (possibly NSFW)
- Penny Arcade has not one, but two comics dedicated to Skyrim
- Kotaku shares an amazing fan-made Skyrim PC case
- PC Mag shares 7 Things You Should Do in Skyrim
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.
More fun after the break…
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..
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.”
Wizard World – “Bethesda has created a living, breathing, glorious world, and you’re going to want to spend a lot of time in there.”
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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Here’s a first look at the cover of the December issue of PC Gamer. Look for it on newsstands!
And after the break, check out more Elder Scrolls news…