Much more on the soft side than the scaley side, Gaming Heads introduces the new Guar plush from The Elder Scrolls Online. These Morrowind natives can now dwell in your house and be a fun enhancement to your Tamriel experience. Speaking of which–this little guy enables you to get the item code for your very own in-game Guar pet!
Since last year, we’ve dabbled w/ Twitch – for gameplay livestreams and QuakeCon presentations for our games, but now we’re ready to try something new – beginning with our first episode of a regularly scheduled “variety show”.
Starting this Friday at 4pm (EDT for us East Coasters), we’ll be torturing ourselves for everyone to see via Wolfenstein: The New Order’s “Ironman Mode”. For those of you who aren’t familiar, “Ironman Mode” starts you off on UBER difficulty with one –and only one life, and if you die you have to completely start over.
Once we’re done being punished, we’ll be taking your questions and making small talk in the Twitch chatroom. Tune in and see what happens by watching below or by visiting Twitch.tv/Bethesda.
Have suggestions for what you’d like to see on the show (no, we’re not announcing new games) – we’d love to hear your feedback via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by tweeting us with #BethesdaTwitchWorks in the message.
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A holiday weekend done right can feel like an eternity, but it also means missing everything that the world wide web has to offer — including the latest for The Evil Within, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Wolfenstein.
Starting light, in the embed above, watch The Onion’s in-depth look at new character customization features for The Elder Scrolls Online. It’s the best fun anyone’s had with mitochondria since A Wind in the Door.
Actually, there are new customization coming to ESO — including the ability to dye your armors. Learn more on that, combat improvements, guild enhancements, and much more in the July edition of ESO – The Road Ahead.
Elsewhere, Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek has a pair of posts worth checking out. DOOM fans will want to check out his interview with DOOM modder Sam Prebble, whose Total Chaos mod takes the DOOM engine in a haunting (and visually stunning) new direction.
What else is worth checking up on? Highlights below…
- New interviews with The Evil Within’s Shinji Mikami are now up at AusGamers and Telegraph UK.
- The Mirror UK has it’s review of Wolfenstein: The New Order up, and they decide, “With its oppressive – yet thought-provoking – environment, explosive action and addictive nature, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a must-buy.”
- The fun-loving folks at MTV have taken a break to share their 7 Video Games to Keep You Inside This Summer. Find out where Wolfenstein made the list (hint: it’s pretty high) here.
- Total Xbox looks at The Evil Within and declares that the game is “the game survival horror fans have been waiting for”.
That’s all for now. If you see an article worth featuring on “Around the Web”, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
What’s new on the web? Plenty!
With Wolfenstein out for more than a month now, Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek caught up with MachineGames’ creative director, Jens Matthies, for a must-read interview. Topics covered include: what it takes to make a Wolfenstein game, spoilers [alert!] about the ending, and what’s on the horizon for MachineGames.
Here’s an excerpt…
Giant Bomb: So you actually liked the idea of trying to resolve the potential contradictions in the story you wanted to tell with the legacy of the storytelling in Wolfenstein?
Jens Matthies: Yeah, of course. We want this to be part of a greater saga. That said, of course, this game stands completely on its own. It’s not a requirement that you play anything of the previous games. You can be completely new to Wolfenstein and have a complete experience. But we also want to build upon things that have been established on their own.
Who else is putting their post-mortem wrap on Wolfenstein? The Escapist. One of the site’s feature writers, Shamus Young, shares his surprise in how great the game ended up being — drawing comparisons to Valve’s Half-Life 2. Read Shamus’ article here.
Going from what’s already out to what’s coming later this year, we move to The Evil Within. And with The Evil Within at E3, you also get plenty of face time with Shini Mikami. Read a pair of interviews with him at both Metro UK and Telegraph.
Previewed in a dark room, we had to be careful not to make players scream at the top of their lungs as we strolled by. Below are some E3 highlights…
Official Xbox Magazine – “… it could be the modern Resident Evil that fans like me have been waiting for.”
Platform Nation - “Bewildered by the blank wall, I turn around and the hall goes all hazy, riddled with static, and then the doctor and patient disappear after the kid gives some sort of creepy psycho premonition speech. The hallway ends at a door that wasn’t there before, and the other side appears to go on interminably. It’s disconcerting to say the least.”
USA Today — Watch a new video preview with Pete Hines.
Closing out our wrap up, read impressed impressions from folks that tried BattleCry Studios’ self-titled debut. Among recent previews, USA Today ranked the game as one of their Top 10 game of the show. Previews below…
Quest Gaming Network – “Fast and fluid, pretty yet gritty; BattleCry Studios seem to know what their doing, which is no surprise with vets from all around the industry in their ranks.”
Tom’s Hardware – “BATTLECRY in its present state was a blast. A number of us played as the Cossacks while another set played as the Royal Marines. Because there is no gunpowder in this alternate timeline, players must rely on melee and basic ranged weapons such as swords, bows, energy-powered blades and more. That made the gameplay feel a bit more personal and frantic.”
USA Today – “It’s a fascinating approach for an online multiplayer game, which anyone with a headset and public chat settings enabled will tell you is sometimes a hostile experience.”
E3 saw the release of the DOOM Teaser. Show off your excitement (and pride) for DOOM with the new UAC — that’s Union Aerospace Corporation tshirt.
AND in case you missed it, we wanted help you grow your vinyl collection with tracks inspired by and used in Wolfenstein: The New Order.
Pre-order the Neumond Classics: Superhits of the 1960s LP to be able to listen to all your favorite Neumond songs the way they were meant to be heard!
- Viktor & Die Vokalisten – Berlin Boys & Stuttgart Girls
- Wílbert Eckart und seine Volksmusík Stars – House of the Rising Sun
- Schwarz-Rote Welle – Ich bin überall
- Hans – Mein kleiner VW
- Die Käfer – Mond, Mond, Ja, Ja!
- Karl & Karla – Tapferer kleiner Liebling
- The Bunkers – Toe the Line
- The Comet Tails – Weltraumsurfen
- Die Schäferhunde – Zug nach Hamburg
In other Wolfenstore news, we’re pleased to share that the Panzerhund Edition — a collection of Wolfenstein: The New Order goodies — is available with free shipping in the continental United States.
It’s E3 week, but the New York Times throws out that Wolfenstein: The New Order is “one of the very best releases of the year”. Read Chris Sullentrop’s review here.
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.
“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.
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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