Around the web: It came from Tokyo

As indicated from our new trailer for The Evil Within, Tokyo Game Show is going on this week. From the show we’re already seeing great reactions to both The Evil Within and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Starting with the latter, Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft shares the following after playing The New Order…

“During the demo I played, Wolfenstein: New Order didn’t seem to be out to reinvent the wheel. That’s not what the game wants to do, and bless the game’s developers for keeping things familiar enough and at the same time pushing forward with smart game design and fun play.

Meanwhile, The Evil Within’s hourly presentations have already received high praise from the likes of IGN and Kotaku. You can check out the previews, but we also want to remind you that you can watch the demo next week on September 26th — live from this year’s EuroGamer Expo!

We’ll keep you posted on new TGS coverage as they get posted. In the meantime, here’s more web highlights to check out.

Finally, if you’re craving new live-action community videos for The Elder Scrolls, look no further than Dragonborn – Act 1 from Yong Yea. Embed provided below.

Wolfenstein 3D returns to PSN/XBLA

Before Wolfenstein: The New Order arrives in Q4 2013, turn back the clock to Wolfenstein 3D — the seminal first-person shooter from id Software — is back on Xbox LIVE and the North American PlayStation Store (PSN Europe is coming soon).

Taking the role of spy agent B.J. Blazkowicz (who returns as the hero in The New Order) and you must escape from Castle Wolfenstein and defeat the twisted Nazi regime! Fight all of the memorable enemies from Hans Grosse to Mecha-Hitler in the legendary game that launched the First Person Shooter genre. Search classic levels for hidden secrets that reveal stolen Nazi treasure, health packs, ammo and weapons, or even short cuts.

Wolfenstein 3D is available for $4.99 (PSN) and 400 Microsoft Points. Playing on PC? You can purchase the game on Steam, too.

 

Around the web

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Start your weekend off right with an inside look into the creation of the The Evil Within live-action trailer. Creative Agency Prologue talks to Polygon about designing the dark and unsettling trailer for the newly announced Survival Horror game.

Delve even further into The Evil Within’s terrifying world. Shinji Mikami and the team at Tango talks to Famitsu (via Polygon) about their game. “I want users to get so scared that their hands are in a cold sweat on the controller.”

Youtube user and Bethblog familiar Tyrannicon has put Ironman and Skyrim together. The results are pretty much epic.

Gamespot’s Cam Robinson and Seb Ford discuss their Top Five Skyrim Mods of the Week. Speaking of mods, ever see a Mudcrab and think, “Wow, I wish that was the size of a mountain?” Well, wish granted. Enjoy the enemies of Skyrim in Giant form.

Minecraft and Wolfenstein go hand in hand thanks to Youtube user thornofnight’s recreation.

And finally, Senior Designer Joel Burgess and Senior Environment Artist Nathan Purkeypile explain in depth the modular approach to level design.

Wolfenstein: The New Order revealed today at Gamespot

The FPS that started it all is back! Visit GameSpot.com today to watch our announcement trailer for Wolfenstein: The New Order — in development from our team at MachineGames!

Keep your eyes peeled for new updates on Gamespot.com this week, and follow the game on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

For high-level details on the game, check out our hot-off-the-press release after the break…

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Happy 20th, Wolfenstein 3D

Update: Steam users can celebrate Wolfenstein’s anniversary with these deals…

  • Wolf Pack for $3.75 (75% off) — includes Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Spear of Destiny, and Wolfenstein 3D
  • id Software Super Pack for $49.99 (50% off) — includes so many games, you should just visit Steam to get the lowdown.

Original Post: This past Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of id Software’s legendary FPS game, Wolfenstein 3D. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve got a few treats so you can “Get Psyched!”.

At wolfenstein.bethsoft.com, you can relive all the glory of id’s seminal shooter with a free-to-play browser version of the game. And for limited time, iOS users can download Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum for free on iTunes.

For a retrospective on the game, Nick and I recently sat down with John Carmack for a director’s commentary track. Watch the video above, as he discusses his memories of the game while playing the original DOS release.

Last but not least, we’ve put up two Wolfenstein items on Xbox LIVE’s Avatar Marketplace. Purchase a Wolfenstein t-shirt (male/female) for 80 Microsoft Point and the Classic B.J. Blaskowicz Mask for 160 points.

Have a favorite memory of Wolf 3D? Feel free to share it with us in the comments section.

iOS updates & source code for Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum & DOOM Classic

Today we’ve got some great news for iOS fans. On the heels of recent updates (v 2.1) for both Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum & DOOM Classic, we’ve also released the 2.1 source code for both titles!

Wolfenstein 3D Platinum Source Code 2.1
DOOM Classic Source Code 2.1

What’s new in the update? Here’s the rundown…

  • Universal apps with iPad and Retina Display support
  • Revised user interface with a re-mastered HUD and all new menu art
  • Re-mastered sound from the original MIDI source files
  • Original cover art splash images
  • Locked 60 fps for Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum/Lite (improved framerate on all devices)
  • In App Purchase in Wolfenstein 3D Classic Lite to purchase the full game (Platinum Pack)
  • Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum/Lite now under the Apple 20MB download cap for 3G
  • Optimized for the iPad 2 (re-compiled under iOS 4.x with XCode 4.x)
  • Assorted bugfixes
  • Removed multiplayer support (currently broken due to iOS 3 and iOS 4 releases). MP will be re-released at a later date in a more robust fashion.

If you haven’t picked up these classics for your iOS device, check out the links below…

DOOM Classic — $6.99

Weekend Update

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. While I wait for Michigan and Penn State to kick off, I thought I’d share some coverage I’ve seen online in the last week.

With Halloween just a week away, Kotaku is sharing fan-made Jack-O-Lanterns — including the one you see above of Vault Boy. If you happen to create one based on one of our games, be sure to shoot us an email.

Speaking of Kotaku, they posted information on a new community project called The Wasteland Commentaries. It’s purpose is for fans to “create an audio commentary track for Fallout 3 that is accessible in-game via audio holotapes. If successful the Wasteland Commentaries will take some discussions of the game into the spaces that inspired them and provide greater context for reflection.” Sounds cool. To read more about the project, head here.

On the print side, Game Informer #199 (complete with a brand new look) has an article called The Lore Masters, which includes Senior Game Designer Kurt Kuhlmann discussing the lore of The Elder Scrolls, as well as its effect on Greg Keyes writing The Infernal City. Check out the issue on newsstands now.

In id Software news, Digital Battle shares their list of 20 games to look forward to in 2010 — a list which includes RAGE. Meanwhile, Gaming Bolt counts down the Top 20 Greatest FPS Games with three id games making the list — Wolfenstein (#16), Quake (#7), and DOOM 2 (#5). To read the whole list, check out parts 1 and 2.

Finally, through my Google Alerts, I found this column at The Whitworthian, which looks back at The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Here’s an excerpt:

“The modding community for the Elder Scrolls games is huge and going strong. Almost anything that’s in the game can be modified, expanded, or completely removed, and nearly anything that can be dreamed up can be added in. My copy of “Morrowind” is currently running something like 50 mods, three or four of which are my own.”

That’s all for now.