Posts Tagged ‘Bethesda Softworks’

Quake Live Free, (Let’s You) Die Hard On Steam Today

By Graham Smith on September 17th, 2014.

Quake Live launches on Steam later today. At the time of writing, it’s fewer than 12 hours until the free-to-play variation of Quake 3 makes its way onto the service, after four years running via its own site. Bethesda have released a lovely ‘launch’ trailer to mark the occasion, which acts as a fine reminder of everything that’s great about the game.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , .

18 Comments »

Fewer Oceans: The Evil Within Bumped Up In Europe

By Alice O'Connor on September 4th, 2014.

Please help me! I can't open this box until three days after the NA release!

It is quite daft that big publishers still delay international releases of games–coming out on Tuesday in North America, then the Thursday or Friday elsewhere. Here on this wide wonderful web, which has no oceans, it’s silly that they artificially stagger releases to appease retailers, especially given that most retail releases nowadays are little more than a Steam key in a box.

But it’s fine, Bethesda have finally come to their senses with The Evil Within and bumped the release date forward to- oh no, nope, they’ve made it even sillier. Most of the world will now get the survival horror at the same time, but some of you will still need to wait a few days, because reasons.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , .

23 Comments »

Doom 4 Reveal Will Not Leave QuakeCon, Apparently

By Nathan Grayson on July 2nd, 2014.

NO DON'T LOOK AT MEEEEEEEEEEEE, I'M NOT READY YETTTTT

So the new Doom game will emerge from its eons-long hellsleep at QuakeCon later this month. That much is known. I don’t think it was unreasonable for people to assume that any and all footage would make its way onto the Internet in short order, given that this is the year 2014. That, however, apparently isn’t the plan. Bethesda and id want to make this reveal special for QuakeCon attendees, so it’s for their eyes only. I guess that means press folks like me will just have to settle for writing about it. Yuck, writing about videogames? It’ll never catch on.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , , , .

67 Comments »

DOOM 4 Definitely Actually Really Revealed At QuakeCon

By Alice O'Connor on June 10th, 2014.

DOOM over the world.

You know how id Software always used to say they’d tell us more about Doom 4 at QuakeCon? And that they really meant it this time? Then they stopped doing that because they never had anything to say about Doom 4? Well, you guys, they really mean it this time. They mean it so much, they’ve even whipped together a cinematic teaser trailer saying that at QuakeCon this July, they’ll really, definitely, for real have something to say about Doom 4. Or DOOM, as they’re simply calling it now. It’s got a Cyberdemon and everything so they must really mean it.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , , , , .

107 Comments »

Not A MOBA: Bethesda Announce F2P BattleCry

By Alice O'Connor on May 28th, 2014.

Murders!

Oh splendid here comes another conventional publisher announcing a new free-to-play game, let’s all look forward to pushing some lanes and levelling up some wizar- hang on. Bethesda’s BattleCry isn’t a Dote ‘em up. No, it’s not even a FPS or TBS or RPG or CCG Dote ‘em up hybrid. BattleCry’s a melee-focused third-person multiplayer game, with up to 32 stylish soldiers murdering each other. And they are quite stylish, as the art direction is by Dishonored visual designer Viktor Antonov.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , .

51 Comments »

Shock! Horror! The Evil Within Delayed Into October

By Alice O'Connor on May 27th, 2014.

Boo!

The monsters we fear reflect anxieties of the era, some say. Frankenstein’s creature is unmediated ambition of science. Godzilla was atomic weapons. Vampires are sexuality or, alternatively, posh people. Zombies are death or boredom or something I don’t know I mean I glaze over any time someone starts to lecture me on them. What about the 21st century’s first big new monster, The Slender Man? What does he represent, lurking in the distance, hinting at his presence, vanishing, then swooping in to make teenagers scream and swear? Why, video game delays, of course!

Boo! Publishers Bethesda have delayed The Evil Within. The Slender Man grows more powerful.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , .

10 Comments »

Chow Down On 30 Minutes Of Wolfenstein: The New Order

By Alice O'Connor on April 22nd, 2014.

Bang bang

Wolfenstein: The New Order is a curious bird, going by a recent half-hour livestream showing a hearty chunk of the first campaign chapter. Yes, BJ Blazkowicz does stab dogs in the neck in QTEs and stand behind turrets in scripted sequences, like those modern video games wot all the kids like nowadays. He can also eat dog food to regain health and collect maps and treasure, like those old video games wot were proper games and not for babies. Then there’s stuff that’s just plain fancy, like dual-wielding knives and sliding and I think “interesting” is the word I’m feeling around? The game’s interesting. I’m interested in playing it.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , .

53 Comments »

Bad Medicine: The Evil Within Trailer

By Alice O'Connor on April 9th, 2014.

Awfully unhygenic

Mysterious things, boxes. What’s in them? Biscuits, cats, our wife’s severed head… we simply won’t know until we open them. How enigmatic this makes The Evil Within‘s villainous Boxman, so named because he’s a man with a box on his head. What ever could this box contain! It’s quite comforting, though. Seeing Boxman and co in a new trailer for the scare-o-shooter reminds me of Resident Evil 4, which is certainly welcome. We’ve got cruel countryfolk, silly science, mansion deathtraps, honking great fleshy monsters, and characters taking very seriously things which are quite absurd.

Capcom have clearly lost the knack of making good Resident Evil games, not to mention that it’s drowning with tons of horrible lore pushing it down into dark waters, but perhaps other people can nail that tone. To a wall. Then write something cryptic in blood. Then a shocked character cries “Wha- what is this!”

Read the rest of this entry »

, , .

56 Comments »

Robonazis A Go-Go In Wolfenstein: The New Order Trailer

By Alice O'Connor on April 9th, 2014.

Robonazis

We broadly accept space-Nazis and robo-Nazis in video games because they’re so fantastical, but Wolfenstein: The New Order‘s marketing strikes an odd note. Take this new trailer, which mixes Nazi robodogs with a Nazi referee gunning down a player in the 1950 Brazil World Cup. This is comic book villainy, certainly, but it’s a touch tone-deaf to have goofy Nazi atomic robomen while cracking jokes about what else the Nazi regime might have killed people for had it continued. The blurring of real and fictional is a bit off.

Curiously semi-serious plot aside, it is looking awfully pleasant, with chunky great guns, power armour, robodogs, and leaning to shoot around corners (leaning in a mainstream FPS! oh joy!).

Read the rest of this entry »

, , .

71 Comments »

Impressions: The Elder Scrolls Online

By Brendan Caldwell on April 7th, 2014.

I don’t know what to tell you. My first few days in the Elder Scrolls Online universe have left me feeling very fed up. It was always going to be a tough job for Bethesda to recreate the awe and adventure of their single-player fantasy games for a mass(ively multiplayer) audience. But there was a hope that, actually, everything might turn out all right for fans. I’m sorry to say that, based on my 21 hours or so of questing, that hope should be laid to rest. You could say that 21 hours is short enough in MMO terms to be called a ‘gut reaction’. I suppose could have approached the game more scientifically, but to do that I would have had to measure my progress in ‘sighs per hour.’

It isn’t all bad.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , , .

198 Comments »

Oh So Cinematic: The Elder Scrolls Online’s Launch Trailer

By Alice O'Connor on April 5th, 2014.

Zzzap!

Alien shapes swarm across a once-majestic landscape, now fractured and ruined. An endless battlefield unfolds before our eyes. A struggle against surely-impossible odds, yet camaraderie pulls us together. Death. Chaos. Madness. We field terrible weapons which may save the day but at what cost to our our humanity? From all this, a lone hero rises, the only one who can save us all.

The Elder Scrolls Online, you may have heard, launched on Friday. Our crack reviewer is still reviewing away (we slide a kipper under the locked door every time we hear Brendan’s typing slow) so we can’t tell you what it’s like quite yet, but we can show you a cinematic trailer accompanying the launch and speculate about what it’d like to be.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , .

103 Comments »