E3 2013 Roundup: The Elder Scrolls Online

As indicated by early awards, E3 2013 was a great showing for The Elder Scrolls Online.

In a Day 1 hands-on preview, The Escapist’s Greg Tito told the world, “The Elder Scrolls Online Sucked Me in Instantly.” Here’s an excerpt:

“The world is just as rich and detailed as Skyrim, but the area around the town of Daggerfall was more akin to Oblivion in its temperate vegetation. Squirrels and rabbits hopped along in the grass, and the trees on the rocky paths through the fields seemed lifelike. On the high-end PC I played it on, the graphics looked great, but there’s no word on whether it will be just as good-looking on a middling or low end machine. Hopefully, the graphics scale well.”

There’s much more to come before ESO hits PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 next year. To tide you over, check out more E3 highlights…

Game Informer — “The Elder Scrolls Online is an undeniably pretty MMO, with great looking characters, monsters, and environments, and the established world of Tamriel should be an exciting place to explore. After finally getting some hands-on time with the game, I’m most enthusiastic about the combat mechanics, and the way they combine strategic use of powers with a decidedly action game feel.”

Massively — “This may sound like a dream to some people, but after playing some other games that seemed like long lost twins, I found that The Elder Scrolls Online was a good change of pace.”

Gamespot — Stage demo with creative director Paul Sage.

MMORPG — Interview with PvP lead Brian Wheeler.

PlayStation LifeStyle — “The Elder Scrolls Online is literally a massively multiplayer Skyrim and it’s looking to steal your life. Our time spent with this game impressed us so much that we awarded it with one of our Best of E3 awards.”

Machinima — Paul Sage returns for a stage demo with Team Machinima.

Kotaku — Seeing the game again, Stephen Totilo shares thoughts on how ESO finally looking like the online Elder Scrolls experience he was looking for… thanks to first-person combat!

IGN — Shown above, Marty Sliva (an MMO guy) and Caleb Lawson (TES fan) of IGN discuss the pleasure of going on a Daedric questline together while playing ESO. Declaring that the game “feels like Skyrim”.

For more E3 highlights, be sure to visit ElderScrollsOnline.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

E3 2013 Roundup: Wolfenstein

Playable at our booth, there’s tons of new reactions to Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Kicking things off on Monday, creative director Jens Matthies walks Gametrailers through an area with Daniel Kaysar. Watch the video above.

Read what other people are saying in our preview roundup below:

  • Jared Newman over at Time’s Techland talks about his impressions of the game. “I already have fond memories of sprinting down a narrow hallway, shotgunning mechanized Nazis without even breaking stride.”
  • GameInformer- “Machine Games’ next chapter in the Wolfenstein series continues to impress.”
  • The Escapist- “Being completely outmatched never seemed so fun.”
  • Just Push Start – “The demo that they showed is really action packed, especially with the weapons that you get to use.”
  • Cinemablend- “The next scene we see, however, IS exactly what you’d expect from a Wolfenstein game, complete with big, explosive guns, lots of enemies to put bullets into, cover, shredding environments and even some platforming. Oh, and, yeah, there’s some wonderfully cheesy one-liners along the way, just in case you start taking the shooting portion of the game too seriously.”
  • Pocket-Lint- “It’s madness, carnage, malaise even.”
  • The Sixth Axis- ” It genuinely feels good to play, the weapons are fun to use, and it has the potential to to tell an interesting in a nicely character driven way.”
  • Softpedia- “Overall, the experience is very enjoyable and even while I died repeatedly at the hands of robots and Nazis, I itched for a chance to try the same battle again and finally defeat them.”

Elsewhere at Destructoid, Wolfenstein (along with ESO) is nominated for Destructoid’s Community Choice Award. Head on over and vote!

Finally, take a look at some more gameplay videos from PlayStation Blog, Revision3, IGN, and Gamespot after the break.

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E3 2013 Roundup: The Evil Within

E3 continues on and GameTrailers has given us a first look at The Evil Within’s chilling atmosphere (see above).

To learn more about what people are saying about Shinji Mikami’s terrifying new entry in the world of survival horror, read our preview roundup below.

  • The Guardian — “The Evil Within is perfectly paced, oscillating between nail-biting chase scenes and giant horrific spectacle, such as when Castellanos wanders outside the hospital to find that its grounds suhave become an island cut adrift from the rest of the world.”
  • The Escapist — “Shinji Mikami, creator of Resident Evil, however, hopes to reclaim his place at the top of the survival horror food chain by ‘taking survival horror back to its original roots.’ What these roots are, exactly, wasn’t made clear, but from what we saw in the The Evil Within demo, he’s off to a good start.”
  • Just Push Start — “Based on what was shown, The Evil Within conveys the survival horror that we’ve all been waiting for.”
  • Xbox360 Achievements — “And large multi-limbed spider-like humanoids jump out of a corpse… yeah, it looks like it’s going to get a little weird and wild, and where better to end the demo than at that point.”
  • USA Today — “This is where the hands-off demo gets incredibly intense. A giant, masked man — splotches of blood covering his body — wielding a chainsaw starts chasing Sebastian through sections of the asylum.”
  • Destructoid – “Looks promising as heck, at any rate, and that art style is simply distressing. Love that.”
  • EGM — “From what I’ve seen of it so far, I’m definitely excited for The Evil Within…”
  • Leviathyn — “Well, being that it’s E3 and that we’re being treated to a deluge of games and interviews, we’ve finally had a look at and learned more details about The Evil Within. And yes, you should be excited.”
  • BeefJack — “Everything about The Evil Within made me feel like I was back in the cold, zombified arms of Resident Evil 1 or 2 – a great feeling in my book. “

Shinji Mikami took some time to sit down and chat with SA News Informer, The Sixth Axis, Cinema Blend, and GetaShirtLikeMine about his vision for the game.

Meanwhile Pete Hines shared the game with Revision3 , IGN, and PlayStation Blog. Watch all three embeds after the break.

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LIVE at E3: The Evil Within, Wolfenstein, and The Elder Scrolls Online

E3 week is here! With so much happening this week, we’ve attached the current schedule of when you can catch live interviews and presentations for The Elder Scrolls Online, The Evil Within, and Wolfenstein: The New Order

All times PST and subject to change. To get the latest during E3, be sure to follow @bethblog on Twitter.

The Elder Scrolls Online

Tuesday, June 11th

  • GameTrailers TV — 10:30am

Wednesday, June 12th

  • Revision3– 10 am
  • Machinima — 1 pm
  • Gamespot – 4:40 pm

Thursday, June 13th

  • IGN — 10:40 am
  • Twitch.TV — 11:25 am

The Evil Within

Monday, June 10th

  • GameTrailers TV — 11:25 pm

Tuesday, June 11th

  • Revision3 — 5 pm

Wednesday, June 12th

  • PlayStation — 10:30 am
  • IGN — 4 pm

Thursday, June 13th

  • Gamespot — 10 am
  • Twitch.TV — 12:45 pm
  • Machinima — 1:05 pm

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Monday, June 10th

  • GameTrailers TV — 12:45 pm

Tuesday, June 11th

  • Revision3– 2 pm

Wednesday, June 12th

  • PlayStation — 10:40 am
  • Gamespot — 11:40 am
  • IGN — 1:40 pm

Thursday, June 13th

  • Twitch.TV — 11:10 am
  • Machinima — 3:20 pm

Around the Web: The Evil Within

No gameplay (yet!) for The Evil Within, but there’s plenty of new coverage to check out while you mentally prepare to see the game in action.

Learn more about Tango Gameworks’ survival-horror style in a new Machinima interview with Masato Kimura. Kimura-san returns for more interview, including ones posted at MMGN, 411 Mania and GamePlanet.

Elsewhere…

  • Giving Masato a break, Game Reactor UK interviews Pete Hines and producer Jason Bergman.
  • In an extensive two-page look, Phil Hornshaw of Game Front recaps Tango’s suspenseful Pre-E3 presentation that evokes “The Spirit of Resident Evil 4″.
  • Closing out this recap, watch as CVG recap their first impressions of seeing The Evil Within.

Much more to come next week!

Elder Scrolls Food Truck fast travels to E3 on Wednesday, June 12th

Not everyone can get into E3, but if you’re downtown and around the LA Convention Center on Wednesday, June 12th, you’ll have chance to visit our ESO Food Truck. Fans can cool off with Sugared Rootwine or Wintersbreath Treat ice cream mocktails, or feast upon the always-popular Pressed Eidarmelt — a pressed grilled cheese accompanied by dipping sauces created by finest taste alchemists of Tamriel.

Interested? Place a quest marker near the LACC’s West Hall Entrance (near the corner of Gilbert Lindsay & 12th), and stop by between 11 AM- 6:00 PM. The food is first come, first served — the earlier the better!

Stay tuned for plenty more E3 news, as we cover this year’s lineup: The Elder Scrolls Online, The Evil Within, and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Wolfenstein: The New Order – E3 Trailer

Taking place in 1960, Wolfenstein: The New Order depicts an alternate timeline – one in which the Nazis won World War II and took over the world… and only B.J. Blazkowicz can stand up to them. Learn more in our new E3 trailer featuring new gameplay footage.

For more information on the game coming out of E3, visit http://wolfenstein.com and our social media sites:

Pre-E3 Wolfenstein Roundup, Part Zwei

No, we’re not talking about The Evil Within (formerly codenamed Zwei)… that’ll come soon enough. Tonight’s coverage roundup focuses on Wolfenstein: The New Order.   

  • The Penny Arcade Report — The latest Wolfenstein pays homage to classic shooters like its grandaddy, Wolfenstein 3D, but The New Order brings an added emphasis to story. In Ben Kuchera’s preview for the game, he recaps one particular (and memorable) story-driven sequence.
  • 411 Mania — Going hands-on with the game, 411Mania.com sees hints of Tarantino, calling Wolfenstein, “… the videogame version of Inglorious Basterds.”
  • Machinima — Machinima goes head to head with the game’s creative director, Jen Matthies, to get an overview of MachineGame’s inspirations for the project.
  • GameZone — Hands-on impressions leave David Sanchez summing the game up as a mix of old-school, modern, and bad-ass.
  • VG247 — VG247’s Stace Harman declares MachineGames’ shooter an “unapologetically old-school shooter”.
  • The Escapist — Watch as game director Jens Matthies answers questions about The New Order’s gameplay.

With E3 only days away, you can look forward to plenty more on Wolfenstein next week.