Welcome to my third entry in Our Year in Games 2016. I hope everyone has had a merry Christmas and festive period so far, and with 2017 just around the corner, I think it is about time I actually talked about some of the games from this year that I have been playing.
Now I’ve got nothing against modding – I applaud when fans of PC gaming go that extra mile and tweak games that are often already good into something truly fantastic. New characters, new weapons, new locations – there’s almost nothing that modders can’t do given enough time and motivation. I’ve flown the Tardis across the wastelands of Fallout: New Vegas, I’ve driven the Batmobile through Liberty City and played GTA5 as a police officer. Modding is the very reason that I champion the PC as the platform of choice for gamers, and it’s usually the reason I have to re-install my games every few weeks after completely breaking them.
Sometimes however, I do have to draw the line. There are occasions when I’ve had to hold up my hand and say ‘no, you cannot mod that into a game. It’s sick, it’s offensive, and above all else, it’s just wrong.’
I’ve never spent considerable time with a collectible card game, I tried Hearthstone earlier this year after seeing everyone rave about it for so long, and I didn’t get the attraction. I’m not going to proclaim that The Elder Scrolls: Legends, the new CCG set in the Scrolls universe is going to keep me playing for months on end, but it looks fun, to a newcomer at least.
There was a moment in the new (and awesome by the way) Doom which instantly reminded me of Half-Life. The moment came when I entered the core of the Argent Energy Tower, and I was sent back in time to Anomalous Materials in Half-Life. Bear with me, and I will explain all after the break.
This new trailer shows you just how devastating traps can be in The Evil Within, but also shows how you can turn them to your advantage. Some traps can be avoided and turned on enemies, others can be dismantled and used to create stronger weapons and ammo. One things for sure, you’re going to need to use your head just as much as your gun to survive.
Horror games. You either love them, or you hate them. Me, personally I love them. That intense feeling you get that at any moment something… anything could happen, it really makes my arms tingle with adrenaline. Undoubtedly I will jump out my seat at any slight sign of movement, any noise, or even at my own shadow, but that’s what makes horror games fun. The Evil Within looks like a horror game that I would enjoy a lot.
In a break from our currently non-existent E3 coverage, a teaser trailer has been released by Bethesda for DOOM, (capital letters essential) ahead of a full reveal at QuakeCon in July. Check it out after the break.
This afternoon, Bethesda dropped a rather stealthy looking screenshot on its official Twitter account. Fans of Dishonored will find the surroundings somewhat familiar, as in the background Dishonored‘s protagonist Corvo converses with Empress Kaldwin, moments before her rather unexpected and stabby demise.
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved by a great deal of running away. It’s a lesson I learnt long ago playing Oblivion – whilst many of my friends battled their way through hell’s minions, I’d sprint through the daedric realm at a dead run, dash up the demonic towers and grab the crystal in some bizarre tribute to memories of watching the Crystal Maze as a child. It’s apparently applicable to most demonic realms, as Dragonborn was…
It was always clear that the city of Dunwall is a cesspit of filth and corruption and not a little blood. Until now, screenshots and videos have only scratched the surface with their rats and tired-eyed prostitutes. Here we have some signs of the true madness in the heart of Dishonored, after the jump.
Today’s Steam deal for the ‘Elder Scrolls Collection‘ may at first seem like nothing special. Until you look a bit closer and notice the words Dawnguard in there. Bethesda, you sneaky snake you. As if by magic the first DLC pack for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has now been released on PC, coinciding with Bethesda’s presence at this weekends QuakeCon. Priced at £13.99, the equivalent value of the 1600 Microsoft Points paid by Xbox 360 owners, this DLC is…
If there’s one thing I love about Skyrim it’s that it gives the sense of a deep and real, living and breathing world with meaningful consequences. There are various different stories to delve into, different paths to choose and even random chance encounters with a troll or necromancer that could potentially take you halfway across Skyrim on a quest for glory. Dawnguard is the first available DLC from producers Bethesda and adds to this world by deepening your characters story and environment even more.
Having sunk around 125 hours into my original Skyrim playthrough I thought I had more than had my fill of being dragonborn. But after an absence from the game of around three months, Dawnguard has reminded me of my love for the game and made me realise just how much I had actually been missing it. Certainly I had exhausted almost everything my original mage could do, but Dawnguard gives me a good excuse to start afresh with a new class and gives me the chance to do any quests I missed the first time around. Besides I wanted to try out that awesome looking new crossbow and become an evil vampire lord and my goodie two-shoes mage just didn’t seem like the kind of person to do this.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Wolfenstein 3D, Bethesda have released the game as a free-to-play browser game. Just head here and enjoy some classic FPS action. The above video features iD’s John Carmack talk through the development of the game. What are you waiting for? Getting playing soldier.
Skyrim has come along and taken us off to an amazing world full of dragons and adventure, I think we are all agreed that it is a ‘Red Mist’ title, and definitely a Game of the Year contender. I am sure though that you want to know more about it than that, thus a few of us here on The Reticule have come together to share ‘Our Thoughts’ on this amazing title. Hit the jump to read our words.
The end of the month, that means pay-day for most, but if you were planning for a month of austerity – think again. This years Steam Summer Sale has just kicked off!