Around the Web: Countdown Collection

As the end of the year draws near, more and more lists and countdowns are starting to sweep the internet. With the advent of new consoles and the opportunity for new titles, we take a look at some of the praise last generation titles received.

Crowning glory comes from Examiner.com who granted Skyrim the coveted title of “Game of the Generation”. This was the first of several “Best of a Generation” mentions we received in 2013. Kotaku included Skyrim as a Game that defined “last gen”, while Hardcore Gamer honored multiple Bethesda titles in their Top 100 Games of the Generation, including: Oblivion, Dishonored, Fallout: New Vegas, Skyrim, and Fallout 3.

And where there are last-gen countdowns, one should expect next-gen (err… current gen?) countdowns. In such a list, Gameranx listed Wolfenstein The New Order as one of the Top 10 games to look forward to in 2014.

Elsewhere in the land of the lists, something about the bitter-cold temperatures in Skyrim gave inspiration for Winter weather countdowns. Shortlist mentions the frigid temperatures found atop the Throat of the World in their list, while IGN celebrates Skyrim for being the perfect seasonal game. As you ready for the holidays, curl up in a blanket, drink some hot chocolate, and give Skyrim a revisit during your winter break.

Dishonored savings on Xbox LIVE

Looking for a little more out of your Xbox 360 before the launch of Xbox One? This week there’s some big time savings on Dishonored and it’s add-on content — including the VGX-nominated The Knife of Dunwall.

Xbox LIVE Gold savings through November 25th include:

Dishonored – $9.89

The Knife of Dunwall – $4.99

The Brigmore Witches -$4.99

Void Walker’s Arsenal – $1.99

Dunwall City Trials – $2.49

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.

Around the web: Other Places and Other Stuff

Thumbing through PC Gamer, I read about PC Gamer contributor Andy Kelly’s video series “Other Places.” The video series focuses on the visual eye candy of various game worlds. Among the world’s already featured are Dishonored’s Dunwall and various areas from Skyrim. Definitely worth checking out both videos which are embedded in this post.

Elsewhere on the web, we recommend checking out these links.

  • Metro UK talks about The Evil Within and getting the right balance when implementing action into a survival-horror game.
  • Both The Elder Scrolls Online and Wolfenstein: The New Order are included in Gameranx look at the Best PC Games of 2014.
  • Watch Gamespot’s newest episode of Skyrim Mods.
  • In time for Halloween last week, GameFront took a look back at DOOM in two parts. In part 1, they reflect on the game’s impact after 20 years, while part 2 highlights 23 memorable mods made by the community.
  • On the subject of DOOM, we spotted perhaps the finest game-related tattoo of all time on Tumblr user Saguzar’s page. For more proof that is awesome 20 years later, check out the tat below.

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We’re in the Halloween Spirit

Carved by our very own, Jenny McWhorter

Halloween is drawing near and we’ve been spotting some fun and creative uses of talent in celebration of the Fall holiday. With all of the vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and Boxmen we’ve had through our office we thought this could offer you guys the chance to show off your artistic skills. We’ve seen Jack-o-lanterns, illustrations, and costumes of all kinds over the years and would love to see more.

If you happen to be scaring children while dropping from trees as Corvo, or carving a pumpkin into the Pint Sized Slasher we want to see it and everyone else to see it as well! Submit your Halloween-themed pictures and pieces to bethblog@bethsoft.com or any one of our social media pages and we’ll post our favorites.

Here’s some inspiration to get the creatives juices flowing!

Just in case you need some help with carving ideas, nothing says SURVIVAL HORROR like taking a knife…to a pumpkin! Here’s a template for our Evil Within logo if you want to make a jack-o-lantern like Jenny’s.

Last chance to vote for the 31st Golden Joysticks

Voting for this year’s Golden Joysticks is nearing the final stretch, but there’s still time to support your favorite games.

Dishonored and Arkane are nominated in six categories, including:

  • Game of the Year
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Storytelling
  • Studio of the Year
  • Top Gaming Moment (Lady Boyle’s Last Party)
  • Visual Design

Meanwhile, TES fans can show support for ESO in this year’s ‘Most Wanted’ category.

Voting continues between now and October 20th. A week later, on the 25th, you can watch the awards streamed live. For more information and to vote, visit www.goldenjoysticks.com.

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.

Dead End Thrills provides a Dishonored feast for the eyes

Dead End Thrills has been supplying the video game art-loving world with gorgeous imagery at Hi-Res for awhile now. Recently they added some breathtaking new Dishonored artwork that could easily be mistaken for photographs.

Be sure to explore their site to experience all the eye candy Dead End Thrills has to offer, including some familiar favorites.