E3 Roundup: BATTLECRY

Missed some of the E3 coverage on BATTLECRY? Fear not, we’ve got reactions, gameplay, and more in a new roundup.

Kicking off things is Gamespot, who featured the BattleCry Studios’ game in their video feature of the Impressive PC Games of E3 and interviewed the studio’s executive producer, Rich Vogel. Watch that interview above.

What else is being said about the team combat action game? Check out more impressions below.

MMOBomb – “Mobility in BattleCry is also surprisingly fast. Characters automatically sprint while out of combat making traversing the medium-sized E3 demo map Fracture a quick affair. Players also have access to a magnetic grappling hook ala Bioshock Infinite which propels them across the sky and onto the map’s more vertical locations.”

Game Informer – “I’m always skeptical of multiplayer-focused free-to-play action games, but I enjoyed what I played of BATTLECRY. The action is fast-paced but also felt fair, and required less twitch reflexes than cover-based shooters.”

The Escapist – “BATTLECRY is definitely something to keep an eye on. It’s fast, exciting, fun, and equally brutal and beautiful. When you do get in the game, though, stick with your squad and don’t wander off alone. This is clearly a game designed to be played with a team.”

Game Revolution – “My short time with BATTLECRY was nutty, running about the battlefield as a Cossack Duelist, taking advantage of Royal Marines running around alone. Due to physical space limitations at the Bethesda booth, our game only held 16 players, but the full game actually supports 32 at a time. Seeing the juxtaposition of the graphics with the kooky animations and the pools of violently-hewn blood was definitely a unique experience.”

Pocket Lint – “The studio confirmed that there will be no pay-to-advance route through the game, so you can’t throw cash at it and become invincible. To earn you’ll need to acquire medals and salutes from your co-players to translate into iron.”

Twitch – New Interview with Lucas Davis.

And after the break, check out additional video previews featuring Rich Vogel, Lucas Davis, and Viktor Antonov.

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E3 Roundup – The Evil Within

The Evil Within Extended Gameplay Demo w/ IGN 

Day 3 of E3. Everyone looks unnerved or as if they’ve seen a ghost. At the Bethesda E3 booth, we’ve actually seen that look all week from folks terrorized by our demo for The Evil Within.

Susan Arendt at Joystiq had shown concern that the game would not be scary enough. In her latest playthrough, her only worry concern was not completely freaking out from the game:

“Moving from room to ruined room, I found a few notes left behind by the previous inhabitant, who was engaged in some kind of experiments. Mad scientist, sure, I can work with that, wait, why are all of the faces in that portrait slashed except for the young boy? Ok, no problem, I get it, the boy’s the survivor, wait oh my god what is that thing trying to kill me shotgun shotgun take its head off GAHHH it turned into some guy in a hood that’s coming right at me and my bullets are doing nothing and GAHHHHHHHH.”

Meanwhile, resident survival-horror writer Tim Turi at Game Informer played the game and stated, “The Evil Within feels like an alternate reality where the Resident Evil franchise doubled down on tense combat, scares, and creepy environments rather than fun, over-the-top action.”

Who else braved our E3 demo of the game. Check out more highlights below…

IGN – “So how many ways are there to die in The Evil Within? Well, in my 20-minute hands-on play session, I had a pickaxe lodged in my chest, was strangled and bit, had my skull crushed by a hulking ghoul’s meaty foot, and got blown to bits by a tripwire bomb. ”

Gameranx – “… Shinji Mikami and his team at Tango Gameworks have made a game that promises to embody the dread and suspense the way only a survival horror game can.”

God is a Geek – “…it is shaping up to be the purest and most varied third-person horror experience in years.”

Shacknews – “Head shots don’t always kill enemies, and downed creatures don’t always stay dead unless you light them on fire with matches (another scarce item).”

HorrorMovies.CA – “I think this game is on track to satisfy those old-school horror cravings you might be having. ”

EGMNow — “There’s a great balance between puzzles and action, with both having a flair that you’d expect from a team like Tango.”

After the break, see more video features taken from the E3 show floor.

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BATTLECRY & The Evil Within at E3

E3 week is upon us! We’ve made things a bit easier on you by gathering all of the presentations and interviews scheduled in one place. Tune in so you don’t miss out on all the details for The Evil Within and BATTLECRY.

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

BATTLECRY

Monday, June 9th

  • Game Trailers (On SPIKE TV) – 1:20pm
  • Twitch – 4:00pm

Wednesday, June 11th

  • IGN – 11:50am

Thursday, June 12th

  • Gamespot – 10:40am

The Evil Within

Monday, June 9th

  • Game Trailers (On SPIKE TV) – 2:15pm
  • IGN – 2:20pm

Tuesday, June 10th

  • Twitch – 1:20pm
  • PlayStation Blog – 3:30pm

Wednesday, June 11th

  • Gamespot – 2:40pm

Around the web: Pre-E3 Edition

Before hopping on a plane to Los Angeles for E3 2014, here’s some videos and articles we thought you’d enjoy this weekend.

While in Munich to receive the LARA of Honor award, Todd Howard chatted with GameStar on a number of topics: career highlights, gaming philosophies, favorite German cuisine, and much more are all covered in the video above.

Elsewhere…

“Turn the pain into something positive. Use the darkness to make good art.” — Those words mean a great deal to Wolfenstein narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk. Find out why in a heartfelt column this week on The Huffington Post.

Next… err current-gen gaming is all the rage these days, but IGN recently took time to share their 100 favorite games from the previous generation. Bethesda published games make quite a splash in the list — with five games making the list: Dishonored (#67), Oblivion (#40), Fallout: New Vegas (#26),  Fallout 3 (#5), and Skyrim (#4).

The Skyrim Mash-up for Minecraft on Xbox 360 recently won the “Coming Back for Seconds” award from the Xbox community. Thanks to everyone for voting.

If you’ve ever eaten at Nando’s, you know their chicken is peri peri good! It’s so good that MachineGames developers flew from Sweden to the UK to celebrate their first paycheck. Learn more on this and other tidbits about Wolfenstein: The New Order’s development at Shortlist.

Are The Evil Within and BATTLECRY your most anticipated games of E3? Share your support in a new poll up at FavsList!.

Here’s some scary thinking: A new feature at Games Radar focuses on eight bizarre parallels that can be made between the real world and the world of Wolfenstein. Yikes!

Do you know what time it is? It’s time for a Wolfenstein Penny Arcade cartoon!

Finally, a little love for Dishonored. Below you can watch a jaw-dropping play-through of the Lord Regent assassination mission — courtesy of StealthGamerBR. The video is an awesome reminder that you can always find new and creative ways to play through the game.

Have an awesome weekend!

Weekend Update: Polygon previews The Evil Within

We’re only two weeks away from E3, but there’s already plenty of folks sharing their hands-on experience with The Evil Within. This weekend Polygon has a new video preview featuring Griffin McElroy and Mike McWhertor discussing the latter’s hands-on experience with the game. Watch it above, and check out more previews from our Tuesday roundup.

As a reminder, The Evil Within is arriving this October – releasing on October 21st in North America, October 23rd in Australia, and throughout Europe on October 24th, 2014. With your pre-order of the game, you’ll receive The Fighting Chance Pack. 

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.

E3 2013 Roundup: Wolfenstein

With hourly presentations from game director Jens Matthies and more than a dozen hands-on kiosks within our booth, there’s still plenty of E3 buzz for Wolfenstein: The New Order making its way online. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Start by watching a video feature filmed at our booth featuring Polygon’s Matt Leone. Once you’ve watch the video, read his MachineGames feature, The Team Reviving Wolfenstein.

Also at Polygon, Jenna Pitcher discusses the satisfying feeling of wielding guns after playing the hand-on demo:

“It felt great, and a little naughty, dual-wielding machine guns, especially since they felt like they had at least three times the heft and punch of other games’ machine guns. Other weapons encountered included a metal cutting tool called the Lazerkraftwerk, a detachable gatling gun and more.”

For more on Wolfenstein, keep reading…

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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