The Evil Within Launch Day — Reviews & More!

The game is out!! When taking a break from playing The Evil Within, there’s plenty to watch/read/share about the game online!

We start with a *groundbreaking report* from The Onion, who look at how the game’s terrors stack up with real world problems. You. Must. Watch.

Speaking of reporting, early reviews are in! Among the highlights, Game Informer’s Tim Turi scored the game a 9/10, calling it a, “a wonderfully horrifying experience”. For more in-depth thoughts from Game Informer, watch their Test Chamber video below.

Elsewhere, AusGamers honored the game with a perfect score, 10/10 (!!). Here’s an intense snippet from the review:

“Where BioShock Infinite aggressively tugged on heartstrings, The Evil Within tears them from your chest and crucifies you. It strangles you with your own tendrils and feeds you your own beating heart, mouth locked shut and tied with entrails, forcing you to chew and swallow.”

And more reviews below…

IGN (8.7/10) — “The Evil Within is a brutal, challenging, and remarkably fun game.”

Game Informer (9/10) — “A Masterwork of Absolute Insanity”

Gametrailers (9/10) — “Tense pacing, stunning atmosphere, and terrifying enemy encounters come together to create a journey you may never forget.”

The Sixth Axis (8/10) — “The introduction of new weapons and enemies, such as the squid-like Quell and horrendous Devil Dog keeps the pace up during the fifteen or so hours of game time and a couple of difficulty levels mean the game has some replay value.”

We The Nerdy (8/10) — “… The Evil Within managed to win me over through smart design decisions, varied boss fights and gameplay, and its insane unpredictability.”

PlayStation LifeStyle (8/10) – “Playing on Survival difficulty or higher is a true challenge, and you need to make quick decisions about which enemies to take out first, when to run and hide, and which crossbow bolts to make in semi-real time.”

Entertainment Buddha (86/100) – “The Evil Within is a brutal, terrifying game that boasts some of the most impressive atmosphere in video game history.”

Pocket-lint (8/10) – “But the crossbow is the cleverest weapon: you can craft bolts which immobilise zombies by giving them an electric shock or freezing them, or which pack an explosive punch. And you can craft the precise bolts you need.”

MMGN (8/5/10) – “…the well balanced gameplay and unrelenting atmosphere makeThe Evil Within one of the best survival horror games in years for just that: stingy survival and creepy horror.”

GameZone (8/20) – “Much of what makes The Evil Within scary is the environment. From the grainy filter to the eerie ambiance, Tango Gameworks simply nailed it. ”

HardcoreGamer (8/10) – “The Evil Within is a breath of fresh air that deserves to be inhaled by every survival horror fan.”

God is a Geek – “… the art direction is often incredible, helped by the decision to use a letterbox aspect ratio. It’s surprisingly effective and the visual impact is clear. ”

Stevivor (9/10) — “The Evil Within is incredible example of going above and beyond expectations. Living up to hype is always a difficult task and it’s particularly hard in this case because The Evil Within falls somewhere between the categories of a Resident Evil reboot while still remaining to be a completely separate and new IP.”

Need more gameplay? Be sure to check out Giant Bomb’s Quick Look and check out PewDiePie’s Walkthrough #1.

Roundup: The Wolfen-wide Web

It’s only been a week since Wolfenstein: The New Order’s, but there’s already plenty of web highlights from around the web. On top of our initial review roundup, there’s plenty of must-read coverage to catch up on.

To start, recently we had the opportunity to send Wolfenstein’s collection of awesome goodies, The Panzerhund Edition, to MachineGames’ office so they could do a proper unboxing video. Watch their video, featuring Jens Matthies and Jerk Gustafsson, in the embed above. To purchase this collection, visit the Official Bethesda Store.

Elsewhere, catch these articles, features, and videos…

  • Polygon – As a story-driven experience, Polygon’s Ben Kuchera discusses how Wolfenstein manages to handle sexual situations the right way — unlike most pop-culture affairs. Elsewhere on the site, watch a 2-minute primer for playing the game.
  • Prima Games — Known for their prowess on gameplay strategy, Prima tackles beginner’s tips, Easter eggs, and throwback surprises.
  • Who is more imposing than B.J. Blaskowicz? Perhaps UFC middleweight/TUF Nations champ Elias Theodorou and UFC welterweight Sean Pierson. Watch them play Wolfenstein here.

Continuing our review roundup, read and watch full reviews after the break…
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Review Roundup: The Brigmore Witches

Early reviews are in for The Brigmore Witches! They include:

Eurogamer (9/10) — “The Brigmore Witches emerges as one of the finest examples of how to not only expand a blockbuster video game, but also of how to enrich and deepen one.”

EDGE Online — “Like the best expansions, The Brigmore Witches offers more of the game you know while hinting at a game you don’t: a game with different powers in a different part of Dishonored’s world. Corvo’s story seemed rather tidily concluded by the end of Dishonored, but Daud’s shorter tale shows there’s plenty more to be done in the Empire Of Isles.”

Kotaku — “It’s a fine story, with a few wrinkles, and it features the Corvo vs. Daud showdown that you’ve seen before if you’ve played Dishonored.”

GameTrailers (8.9) — “If you know who Daud is, and what he’s capable of, you’ll certainly want to see his story through.”

The Controller Online (10/10) — “Not only does it do a great job of concluding Daud’s story but, when taken as a whole, it competes closely with that of the main campaign.”

Rock, Paper, Shotgun — “In conclusion, then: you should get this. After Knife Of Dunwall. I’ve enjoyed them both enough to the point where I can honestly say that they are more entertaining slices of Dunwall than much of the original game.”

The Koalition (95%) — ” I cannot recommend you purchase this DLC any more adamantly, as it is simply fantastic.”

The Gamers Hub (4.5/5) — “Given that this is the final DLC for Dishonored, it’s a great send-off and one worthy of your cash if you’re fan of the city of Dunwall.”

FPSGuru (9/10) — “Arkane Studios manages to always deliver an enticing experience leaving you wanting more, you won’t stop until your finished.”

GameFront (85%) — When you take The Knife of Dunwall and The Brigmore Witches together, you get $20 of content that winds up being an extensive expansion of Dishonored at a pretty good value. What’s more, the story of the overall whole of Dishonored becomes a lot deeper and more interesting for the additions. Dishonored is better for its DLC, but the story works both ways.

BeefJack (Recommended) — “Another triumph for Arkane.”

Pixel Related (9/10) — “The Brigmore Witches is the final piece of DLC for Dishonored and it’s a fitting send off for the game.”

Digital Chumps (8.4/10) — “he idea of single player downloadable content offering a meaningful narrative and a familiar yet engaging mechanics sounds like an idea allambitious games should exhibit, but for whatever reason it rarely happens. The Brigmore Witches is another exception to the unfortunate rule.”

Strategy Informer (8.5/10) — “Combined with The Knife of DunwallThe Brigmore Witches and the story of Daud is exactly what Dishonored’s DLC needed to be – a fun side-story with an interesting character that adds to the main story but doesn’t take anything away.”

GameRanx — “But what’s more important about this tale is the context it provides.”

Attack of the Fanboy (The Verdict: Loved) — “by the end, it’s every bit as good as the original game. ”

We Got This Covered (4/5) — “Dishonored fans won’t want to miss out on what is a fitting, thoroughly interesting and well-priced conclusion to Daud’s storyline.”

Meristation (8.5/10)

We’ll update this post as new review scores make their way online. You can purchase the content on Xbox LIVE and Steam, and it will be live on PlayStation Store later today.

Review Roundup: The Knife of Dunwall

Looking to further your adventures in Dishonored? In the past week numerous gaming sites have reviewed The Knife of Dunwall and believe it’s a great way to extend the game. In the embed above, watch Gametrailers review in which they scored the content an impressive 8.9/10!

At Kotaku, they don’t give review scores, but they emphatically say “YES!” to the content — with Jason Schreier’s conclusion summing things up nicely:

“Just more Dishonored,” it must be said, is not a complaint. You don’t go to a steakhouse expecting to get fish. Sometimes another big chunk of meat is just what you need—even if you won’t get to finish eating until later this year.

Elsewhere, check out reviews at these fine sites.

OXM (9/10) – It’s been a long seven months since Corvo’s tale ended, but we’re glad Arkane didn’t rush out the next chapter. Knife of Dunwall sharpens Dishonored’s storytelling and combat in one slice.

Gamespot (8.5/10) – Watch the video review.

NBC News – Watch the video review.

Gametrailers (8.9/10)– Whale vivisection, electric mines, and other fun toys make this story-driven DLC a must have for any fan of teleportation-assisted assassination!

Polygon (8/10) — “The Knife of Dunwall is almost exactly what it needs to be. Familiar without feeling the same, comprehensible but more demanding. The Knife of Dunwall artfully builds onto Arkane’s world, even if it shares some of the fictional and design difficulties of its foundation — and the most exciting thing about it is what it promises for the continuing story of Dunwall.”

Eurogamer (8/10) – “It’s all that’s great about Dishonored, essentially, a subtly tweaked and well fleshed out return to the dirty streets of Dunwall, and its handful of shortcomings and taste for blood over stealth are never really enough to stop it from being essential.”

GamerLimit (8.5/10) – “It takes the core fundamentals from the original game without sacrificing the integrity of it and provides its own spin on the formula. Honestly, at this point I wish Daud was the main character of Dishonored to begin with. If you even slightly enjoyed Dishonored, this is a no-brainer.”

OXM UK (8/10) — “Level design still invites experimentation, but your tool set nudges you towards combat rather than stealth. The tougher difficulty means you’ll likely rely trial and error to get the perfect stealth run, and Daud’s arsenal often feels against you if you’re not getting into bloody combat.”

Forbes (8/10) — “In our first trip back to Dunwall, we control Daud, the hard-as-nails assassin who kicked off Dishonored by murdering the Empress. He plays like Corvo, only just different enough to make him feel like his own man.”

The Koalition (8/10 — “Knife of Dunwall is a nice addition to an already excellent game.”

Destructoid (8/10) — “The promise of more DLC has me excited, if not to finish Daud’s adventure, then to explore more of this detailed world, and embark on more devilishly challenging assassinations.”

GamrReview (8.7/100) — “I’m glad that this DLC was made: we do get to see a little more of everyone’s favourite Dishonored character, the Outsider, and we do get another two and a half levels of stealthy brutal goodness.”

Gaming Trend (93/100) — “If you enjoyed Dishonored you know exactly what you are in for here.

Later this year, the adventures of Daud will continue with The Brigmore Witches. As new details on the content become available, we’ll share them here.

London’s ‘The Shard’ Receives Whalepunk Makeover

Happy Friday, everyone — especially to Europeans that can now purchase Dishonored!

To celebrate the today’s release date, our London office coordinated with visual design director Viktor Antonov and art director Sebastien Mittion to Dishonor-ize one of London’s most recognizable buildings, “The Shard”.

To see more pics, visit the official website of the UK newspaper,  The Daily Record.

After the break, see the latest news and reviews for Dishonored…

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Dishonored Launch Week: Riding the midnight train to Reviewville

“It’s a big, shiny example of so much we keep asking for in games, but rarely get. Luckily, the best way to vindicate it is to buy and then play an amazing game.” – PC Gamer (92/100)

That’s one of many highlights from all the reviews pouring in for Dishonored. With under 24 hours until the game launches in North America, there’s plenty of reviews to read up on.

Before heading off to bed, here’s a quick rundown:

Polygon (9/10) – “With everything against it, Arkane has created a game with a unifying vision and design that stands apart from its contemporaries as something different. But more importantly, Dishonored succeeds as an ambitious game not content to take one thing and do it well.”

Gamespot (9/10) – “It’s a rare game that feels so compulsively replayable, but Dishonored is such a game.”

EDGE (9/10) – “It’s a rare delight to play a game with such consistency of vision, its art design, level architecture, rulesets, storylines and writing all working in lockstep.”

Revision3 (video review above) – “It’s detailed and engaging and unique. It’s one of the best game of the year.”

Official PlayStation Magazine(9/10) – It succeeds because it gives you the freedom to mastermind incredible set-pieces for yourself, rather than showing you a scripted sequence. It’s as good as first-person gaming gets, and it’s set in one of the most original gameworlds in years, calling to mind Half-Life 2’s oppression-ravaged streets, and an intricate level design style reminiscent of Deus Ex, System Shock and Thief games from the old days, necromancing gaming maxims that seem to have all but died in recent times.”

The Escapist (5/5) – “Grab it so you’ll know what everyone is talking about when the Game of the Year conversations start happening.”

GameSpy(4.5.5) – “A supernatural work of videogame art.”

CVG (9.5/10) – “One of the greatest game of this generation.”

Kotaku – “It’s a bizarre, eclectic blend, the type of combination that might seem too ambitious to work. But the resulting game is nothing short of a masterpiece.”

Rock, Paper, Shotgun – “Dishonored is a work of rare imagination and skill, the sort of thing that can’t simply be copied and repeated.”

Destructoid (9/10) – “Dishonored is that game of 2012. It’s the big intellectual property that comes to retail and shows up the competition by being bold, original, and — more importantly — brilliant. Easily deserving of its place among the BioShocks and the Borderlandses, Arkane’s aggressive, non-aggressive, unsubtle, sneaky, thoroughly versatile tale of intrigue makes for the kind of game that reminds us this generation isn’t all straightforward shooters and “me too” trend-seekers.”

GameArena (10/10) – “Dishonored, like Thief, or Deus Ex, is one of those timeless games you’ll play a dozen times.”

IGN (9.2/10) – “Players who really take the time to enjoy the experience are rewarded too. The more runes, bone charms and money you find, the more you can augment and upgrade your character, and the more bad-ass you’ll become.”

OXM (9/10) – ” Arkane Studios has crafted what’s likely the year’s best new IP, and by tapping into elements of so many of this generation’s greatest games, this adventure sneaks up, grabs you, and won’t let go.”

Joystiq (4.5.5) – “Dishonored is remarkably polished, bending stealth action in new directions and offering plenty of freedom.”

GamesRadar (4.5/5) – “Dishonored is a game that you won’t want to miss.”

Giant Bomb (4/5) – “Dishonored is an excellent game, and one worthy of your attention.”

Game Informer (8.75/10) – “The team at Arkane Studios has injected an array of cool possibilities into the simulated city of Dunwall, and discovering them all is a blast.”

Phew! That’s a lot of late night reading. We’ll be sharing plenty more throughout Dishonored’s launch week.

The wait is almost over!!

It seems like only yesterday we were first teasing Skyrim at the 2010 VGAs. Now we’re hours away from the game being available globally!As folks in North America countdown the final hours, check out all the new coverage up today…

  • Giant Bomb – 12 hour stream still going strong
  • PC Gamer — Cool video showing a character traverse from one side of the map to the other
  • Revision3 (for Destructoid) — 20 minute video review
  • G4TV — Beginner’s Guide To The People And Places Of Elder Scrolls 5
  • GameTrailers – Tune in at 9PM EST for their “Hour One” presentation
And if that’s not enough, check out the numerous reviews posted for the game.
  • Shacknews — “I simply fell in love with the world of Skyrim, and I plan to lose myself in it for some time to come.”
  • PC Gamer (94/100) — “It’s the best open world game I’ve ever played, the most liberating RPG I’ve ever played, and one of my favourite places in this or any other world.”
  • Joystiq (5/5) — “This is the deepest, loveliest world ever created for a single player to explore, and one that no one should deny themselves.”
  • G4TV (5/5) — “Skyrim offers the single most impressive gaming landscape I have ever seen, not just in its scope, but in the variety and detail, a truly monumental achievement that allows for sublime absorption of the player in its verisimilitude.”
  • USA Today (4/4) — “Even when you think you’ve spent hundreds of hours exploring, there’s always one more fresh face to meet, or dragon to slay, or thrilling adventure waiting.”
  • Associated Press (4/4) — “Skyrim has taken over my life. But, hey, it’s a good life.”
  • Destructoid(10/10) — “Submit you will, for The Elder Scrolls V is the new zenith of role-playing games and it commands you to look up.”
  • Eurogamer (10/10) — “a masterpiece”
  • IGN (9.5/10) — “playing Skyrim is a rare kind of intensely personal, deeply rewarding experience, and one of the best role-playing games yet produced”
  • UGO — “Skyrim is the closest Bethesda has made it to making a perfect open-world game.”
  • Wired (10/10) — “Boundless Skyrim Will Become Your Life”
  • NZ Gamer (9.5/10) — “Playing Skyrim is like getting lost in a massive series of fantasy novels, only this time you’re writing them yourself.”
  • Machinima (9.5/10) — “Quit your job. Divorce your spouse. Give your children up for adoption. Do whatever you need to do to find the time to play Skyrim.”
  • Giant Bomb (5/5) — “The sheer amount of content packed into the game is a true marvel of video game production; it’s even more marvelous that all of it is so well executed that you want to see and do everything, and better still that you’re free to play it all in whatever way you want.”
  • Xbox 360 Achievements (99/100): “Simply put, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has raised the bar in the RPG genre.”
  • GamesRadar (10/10) — “Skyrim is sprawling, generous, gorgeous and ambitious.”
  • Team Xbox (9.8/10) — “This is easily one of the best RPGs to come out in this generation of consoles. You must own this game.”
  • The Escapist (5/5) — “An absolutely first-rate roleplaying game that combines an abundance of content with an abundance of quality.”
  • Game Informer (9.5/10) — “It’s one of the biggest, most content rich games I’ve had the pleasure of playing.”
More reviews after the break…

RAGE Released!

After long years of hard work by the id Software team, RAGE has hit stores and is now available for purchase. Have you picked it up yet? Having fun? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Plenty of press are having a blast, as evidenced by the reviews that have poured in. Here are a few to peruse:

EGM (9.5/10): “Rage is one hell of an experience.”
TeamXbox (9.5/10): “Simply put, it’s a blast to play.”
GameTrailers (9.0/10): “RAGE is not what you expect, but exactly what you didn’t know you wanted.”
Game Informer (9.0): “Id’s return is worth the wait and stands out in the crowded FPS market.”
IGN (8.5, Editor’s Choice): “One of the best looking games ever made.”
AusGamers (9/10): RAGE is a triumph for id Software”
Gaming Chronicles (10/10): “Rage looks like a launch title for whatever system Xbox is planning for us next.”
Gaming Trend (95/100): “Rage is just that damned good.”
Machinima (9.0/10): “Rage represents the team at id stepping out of a 20-year long comfort zone and (gracefully) stepping into the modern era. It’s been a long time coming and I think I can speak on behalf of gaming when I say they are most welcome.”
Giant Bomb (4/5): “The sheer complexity of texture and detail packed into every one of the game’s environments is nothing short of staggering, especially in the two town hubs that you’ll return to again and again between missions.”
GamingExcellence (9.6/10): “RAGE is an easy candidate for the best game of the year, and was well worth the wait. Don’t miss it.”
Voodoo Extreme (4.5/5): “The id Tech 5 engine looks amazing on the Xbox 360. So amazing in fact that RAGE may very well be the best looking game on the Xbox 360 to date.”
USA Today (3.5/4): “An extraordinary adventure”
PikiGeek (5/5): “A Classic Shooter in the Modern Era”

Let’s get this RAGE party started!

On Friday night, we celebrated the upcoming release of RAGE in Los Angeles with team members from id Software & Bethesda, The Black Keys (they rocked), and celebrity gamers that showed up to play the game early. Check out pics above!

For everyone else in North America, the RAGE party gets started in just a few hours. While you wait for midnight, be sure to read EGM Now’s review for the game. Here’s an excerpt from their review, where they scored the game at 9.5/10!

“All things considered, Rage is one hell of an experience. It would be easy to knock this game for some of the elements it lacks, but what is here in is easily on par with some of the best titles in the genre. If you’re a fan of FPS gaming and the kids at id, you won’t be sorry you picked this one up.”

Elsewhere, get a head start on learning the ins and outs of RAGE’s in-game card game, RAGE Frenzy, in a new feature at Kotaku.