Game Critics Awards nominations!

Congrats to Arkane Studios, Bethesda Game Studios, and id Software on their newly-announced “Best of E3 2012″ nominations from the Game Critics Awards’ judging panel. In total, Team Bethesda scored six nominations.

Tied for the most nominations of any game (four), Dishonored received nominations for Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Console Game, Best Original Game, and the overall Best of Show award!

Meanwhile, John Carmack’s VR presentation of DOOM 3 BFG Edition scored a nomination for Best Hardware, while Skyrim’s first game add-on, Dawnguard, was nominated for Best RPG.

Catch up on E3 highlights for all three titles, which only I refer to as “The Triple D”, in the roundup posts below.

E3 Wrap: Dishonored, Part 2

We’re back today with more Dishonored goodness from E3. Don’t miss Raphael Colantonio’s interview with GameTrailers (above), Harvey Smith’s G4TV interview, and a slew of interviews with Lead Designer Richard Bare up at JoystiqPC GamerGamespotGiant BombThe Yogscast, and Polygon.

After the break, check out new previews and screenshots from the game.

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E3 Wrap: Dishonored, Part 1

Prior to E3, fans got a taste of Dishonored’s unique first-person gameplay with the game’s E3 trailer. If you liked what you saw, you’ll love all the interviews, footage, and more that came out of last week’s event.

The gaming press certainly loved what they saw, as the game has already received more than 50 E3 Awards globally. Some of those awards include:

Want to see more for yourself, don’t miss these videos from the show…

  • Machinima - 20-minute gameplay demo
  • Gamespot – 18-minute walkthrough with Raphael Colantonio
  • IGN – 10-minute feature with Raphael
  • G4TV – Live demo with Harvey & Raph

There’s plenty more Dishonored coverage to take in — stayed tuned for part 2 of our E3 wrap in the near future.

Weekly Dishonored Q&A

Update: Regarding the question about how long Dishonored will be, co-creative director Harvey Smith added the following in a tweet today:

Regarding play-time in #Dishonored: Very direct players finish in ~12 hours and explorers who eavesdrop finish in ~24.

Over the last week, we’ve collected your Dishonored questions both here on the blog and on our Facebook pages. To answer the first batch of questions we have  co-creative directors, Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio.

Q: How does mana work in Dishonored?

A: A small portion of the mana bar regens; just enough to use powers like Blink and Dark Vision, making them basically free. Beyond that, for the expensive powers like Possession or Bend Time, the player must rely on Piero’s Spiritual Remedy (mana potions).

Q: How many different powers will there be?

A: There are six major active powers and four enhancements (passive powers), in addition to weapons and gadgets; plus there are 40 bone charms in the game that grant small supernatural perks. But no one can have all of these things in one playthrough.

Q: How long will the game be?

A: Play-style matters a lot. Very direct players will probably get through the game in 12 or 14 hours. Explorers who eavesdrop a lot will take twice as long.

Thanks for the great questions. If there’s something you’d like to know about Dishonored, post your question here on the blog or at https://facebook.com/dishonored