VGX Nominee: The Knife of Dunwall

2013 brings a new era to Spike’s annual video game award show. Now known as VGX, we’re excited to announce that Dishonored’s The Knife of Dunwall has received a nomination in the Best DLC category! It’s a great honor for Arkane Studios, who took home the VGA for Best Action/Adventure Game last year.

Nominees were voted on by the VGX Advisory Council, a group comprised of game journalists from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press. Winners will also be determined by the council, with the exception of the Most Anticipated Game and Character of the Year categories, which will be voted on at VGXLIVE.com.

Want to see who wins? This year’s awards will be streamed in nearly a bazillion ways — including but not limited to Twitch.TV, Xbox LIVE, PlayStation 3, and VGXLIVE.com. The three hour stream begins on Saturday, December 7, beginning at 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT.

Now Available in North America – Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition

Beginning today, you can experience all of Dishonored’s content with the newly released Game of the Year Edition.

In addition to the award-winning original game, the DLC features all of the games add-on content, including:

The Knife of Dunwall - In The Knife of Dunwall, take on the role of Daud, the legendary assassin who killed the Empress. After assassinating the Empress, and forever changing the fate of Dunwall, you embark on a search for redemption. Gain access to Daud’s new weapons, gadgets and supernatural abilities as you traverse through parts of Dunwall yet unseen, including the city’s whaling center, Rothwild Slaughterhouse, and the heavily guarded Legal District.

The Brigmore Witches - Continue your journey as the legendary assassin, Daud, in The Brigmore Witches. This conclusion to Daud’s story will put you at odds with warring gang factions and the dangerous Brigmore witch coven. Journey through undiscovered locales within Dunwall, including Drapers Ward and the Brigmore Manor, where you will be met with supernatural forces that test the limits of your new weapons and abilities.

Dunwall City Trials - In Dunwall City Trials, experience Dishonored’s flexible combat system, stealth gameplay, and distinct settings in a whole new way as you make your way through 10 distinct maps that feature a variety of challenges. Put your stealth, combat and mobility skills to the test as you clear demanding objectives, unlock new achievements and secrets, and climb up the global online leaderboards.

Void Walker’s Arsenal - With the Void Walker’s Arsenal add-on pack, gain access to four content bundles previously available only through pre-ordering Dishonored. These bundles offer unique character bonuses, additional bone charm slots and more.

Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition is available for $39.99 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The game will release in Europe this Friday for 39.99 € / £ 29.99 /$69.95 AUD on PS3 and Xbox 360, and 29.99 € / £24.99 / $49.95 AUD on PC.

Best RPG of E3 2013!

Following last week’s nominations, we’re thrilled to share news that The Elder Scrolls Online has been named Best Role Playing Game of E3 2013… congrats to the team at ZeniMax Online Studios! For a look at the game’s other E3 awards, check out our post from last month.

As a company, ESO is the fourth Bethesda-published game to win Best Role Playing Game. Previously Bethesda Game Studios’ Oblivion (2005), Fallout 3 (2008), and Skyrim (2011) received the same accolade.

For more on ESO, visit the official website to grab new Google+/Facebook cover images and read a new feature on the game’s dungeons. Here’s an excerpt…

“Dungeons represent some of the toughest challenges in The Elder Scrolls Online, and they add yet another adventure you can choose to experience as you explore Tamriel. We hope this peek behind the portcullis helped give you some insight about dungeon design, and we’re excited to see how you choose to tackle these dangerous delves in your own groups. Make sure to share this with your prospective party members so they’ll be prepared, too!”

Also worth checking out, the team at Tamriel Foundry have put together a great new video, titled An Overview of The Elder Scrolls Online. Watch the video in the embed below.

ESO captures three ‘Game Critics Awards’ nominations

The annual Game Critics Awards for E3 — determined by 30 outlets that cover games — have been announced, and we’re excited to share news that The Elder Scrolls Online received three nominations:  Best PC Game, Best RPG, and Best Online Multiplayer. Congrats to everyone at ZeniMax Online Studios for their hard work and this prestigious honor.

Winners of this year’s awards will be announced next week on July 2nd. To learn more about the Game Critics Awards — including details on the judging panel and rules — at gamecriticsawards.com.

Magic Carpet Ride – E3 Awards & Nominations (Updated)

With E3 riding into the sunset, we’re beginning to see various sites announce their ‘Best of E3′ Awards. As you’ll see below, we’ve already received plenty of accolades for our 2013 lineup: The Elder Scrolls Online, The Evil Within, and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Best award? The early nominee has to be winning ‘Best Overall Carpet of E3 2013′ from the always hilarious Yogscast. Scrub ahead to the 5:10 mark of the video above to watch Pete Hines graciously accepts the awards.

What awards and nominations have us feeling like we’re walking on air soft carpet? Check out the list below….

The Elder Scrolls Online

  • Game Critics Awards – Winner of ‘Best RPG’. Also nominated for ‘Best PC Game’ and ‘Best Online Multiplayer’.
  • IGN – Winner of ‘Best MMO’. Also nominated for ‘Best PlayStation 4 Game’, ‘Best PC Game’, and ‘Best MMO’
  • Game Informer — Winner of ‘Best MMO’
  • PC Gamer – ‘Most Valuable Game’ selection
  • Machinima — Nominated for ‘Best MMO’ and ‘Best Online Multiplayer’
  • Game Informer — ‘Best of E3′ Nominee
  • The Escapist – ‘We Love It’ award recipient
  • MMORPG — Winner of ‘Most Anticipated’
  • Digital Trends — Winner for ‘Best MMO’. Also nominated for ‘Best RPG’.
  • Neoseeker — Nominated for ‘Best RPG’ and ‘Best Online Game’
  • Destructoid– Nominated for ‘Best MMO’
  • GameFront — ‘Best of Show’ nominee
  • OXM – ‘Most Valuable Game’ selection
  • Gaming Excellence – Nominated for ‘Best MMO’, ‘Best RPG’, and ‘Best PC Exclusive’.
  • STFU & Play — Winner of ‘Best MMORPG’
  • WarCry — Winner of ‘Best MMO’
  • GamingTrend — Winner of ‘Best PC Game’
  • Nerdist — Winner of ‘Best MMO’

The Evil Within

  • Telegraph – Top 15 Games of E3
  • IGN — Nominated for ‘Best Xbox One Game’, ‘Best PlayStation 4 Game’, ‘Best Action Game’, and ‘Best New Franchise’.
  • PC Gamer – Best of E3 selection
  • Neoseeker — Winner for ‘Best Original Game’. Also nominated for ‘Best Action/Adventure Game’ and ‘Game of the Show’.
  • CV-Games — ‘Best of E3′ selection
  • Destructoid– nominated for ‘Best Action/Adventure Game’
  • Metro UK — ‘Best Non-Playable Game’ runner-up
  • OXM – ‘Most Valuable Game’ selection

Wolfenstein

  • IGN — nominated for ‘Best Shooter’
  • Neoseeker — nominated for ‘Best Action/Adventure Game’
  • Digital Trends — nominated for ‘Best Action/Adventure Game’
  • Destructoid– nominated for ‘Best Shooter’
  • GameFront — ‘Best of Show’ nominee
  • EGM — ‘Underappreciated Pick of the Show’ (Brooks Huber)
  • Metro UK — ‘Most Unexpectedely Good Game’ runner-up
  • PC Gamer — ‘Most Valuable Game’ selection

Ausgezeichnet!

Today we’re sending congrats to everyone at Arkane Studios and our German office, as Dishonored was named ‘Best International Console Game’ at this year’s LARA — a.k.a. the biggest video game award show for Germany.

On hand to receive the award and smile for the camera are (from left): Kurt Krömer (German Comedian), Harvey Smith, Julien Roby, and Raphael Colantonio.

Dishonored: Awards & All the text that’s fit to print

After picking up the Action-Adventure Game of the Year from the VGAS, Dishonored has continued to possess the hearts and minds of critics. Announced earlier today, Dishonored received four nominations from the Game Developers Choice Awards, including Best Game Design, Best Visuals Arts, Best Narrative and, overall Game of the Year. For more, visit the awards’ official website.

In other award news, we’re two weeks away from the 16th Annual DICE Awards, where Dishonored is nominated for five awards. Nominations include Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction and Adventure Game of the Year.

Additional web highlights to check out include:

  • PC Gamer – What if Dishonored was an early 80s text-adventure? PC Gamer fantasizes about such a prospect.
  • Electric Playground – Learn what’s on Harvey Smith’s mind in a new interview for the EP podcast
  • Unleash the Fanboy– Recounting favorite moments of 2012, the site recounts “… the intoxicating view of the Victorian, steam-punk city of Dunwall.”
  • PC Games N – Read how the game’s Heart changed robzacny’s approach to the game, and creating a “balancing act between moral vanity and damnation”.

With so many things to love about Dishonored, OXM UK recently put together a wishlist for a Dishonored follow up. Read the article and share your ideas in the comment section below.

Around the Web: Year-End Celebration Edition

We’ve reached the final hours of 2012, and since our last update, numerous sites have bestowed year-ending honors to Dishonored.

After receiving thousands of votes, Eurogamer announced that the game topped their Readers’ Top 50 Games of 2012! Big thanks to the Eurogamer community for voting one of our titles #1 for the second year in a row.

The roll call of accolodes for Dishonored continues at these sites:

Also worth celebrating, Xbox LIVE is ending the year with a one-day sale on The Elder Scrolls. Titles include:

  • Skyrim (Games on Demand) – $29.99
  • Dawnguard – 800 MS Points
  • Hearthfire – 200 MS Points
  • Oblivion (Games on Demand) – $9.99
  • Shivering Isles – 600 MS Points
  • Knights of the Nine – 200 MS Points
And in id Software news, Wolfenstein, DOOM, and QUAKE are all prominently discussed in GamesRadar’s recent feature on the history of the first-person shooter. Elsewhere, GameRevolution ranks Wolfenstein 3D as one of the 10 Most Influential Retro Games of All Time.

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:

VGA Nominations: Honoring Dishonored and Dawnguard

Nominations for the 10th Annual SPIKE Video Game Awards were announced today and we’re happy to share that both Dishonored and Dawnguard received nominations. Huge congrats to both Arkane Studios and Bethesda Game Studios for this well-deserved honor.

Here’s the nomination breakdown:

Dishonored

Game of the Year
Best XBOX 360 Game
Best PS3 Game
Best Action Adventure Game
Best Graphics

Arkane Studios

Studio of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best DLC – Dawnguard

See all the nominees and learn about the advisory panel behind the awards at Spike.com. Then tune in for the VGAs, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, on Saturday, December 7th at 9 PM ET.