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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim screenshots show lizard men, cat men, Orcs and Elves

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim - alert Argonian
Recently Bethesda released the results of their Skyrim character creator poll, a screenshot of a Dark Elf thief against he backdrop of a sinister aurora. Now more character screenshots have been gathered together on the Beth Blog, showing a lizardy Argonian, a feline Khajiit warrior, an Ork, a wood elf and some very serious looking human types. Absorb their frowns below.

Each image was created by a different journalist at Quakecon, with efforts from G4TV, Destructoid,, Eurogamer, Game Informer, Epic Battle Axe, Ripten and Kotaku.

Oh my lawd do they look badass. I know which one I'm choosing, do you?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Valve announces Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, playable at PAX

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As rumor confirmations go, this one’s pretty quick. Valve just issued a press release announcing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a standalone release that seems to be a full update of Counter-Strike: Source with new weapons, maps, matchmaking, leaderboards, and more. No screenshots have been released, but from Valve’s language, it seems like more of an “anniversary
edition” of CS:S that dresses up the existing content than a full-on sequel. CS:GO will also be released on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. Read the full press release within.
This is great news. Can't wait to see the new source engine at PAX. (Well, I'm not going of course) 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Valve announces Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Next Gen Console, PC, and Mac Release Targeted for Early 2012
August 13, 2011 – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO).
Targeted for release via Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac) in early 2012, CS: GO will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched exactly 12 years ago (CS beta 1, August 1999).
CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.
“Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999,” said Doug Lombard, VP of Marketing at Valve. “For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS’ award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac.”
CS: GO is being developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment. The title is targeted for release in early 2012 and will be playable at this year’s PAX Prime and London Games Festival.

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Counter Strike. One of my all time favourite games, But how could they possibly make it better? Don't like the idea of it being on consoles much. It's their second try on this. And the first one didn't go well. We'll see. I'm excited nonetheless.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Battlefield 3 Limited Edition and UK pre-order bonuses

Guildford, UK. – August 4, 2011 - The heat of the battle intensifies today as DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio(NASDAQ: ERTS) announces two editions of Battlefield 3™ and the unique pre-order items available at participating retailers in UK. Soldiers and squads looking to claim battlefield superiority this Oct. 28, 2011 have an exciting array of options available when pre-ordering Battlefield 3 from select retailers. Fans worldwide are already gearing up to play in squads and are pre-ordering the game in record numbers. Battlefield 3 pre-orders are up more than 10x Battlefield: Bad Company™ 2.

Battlefield 3 Standard Edition
In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines. As the first boots on the ground, players experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York City. In the field, periods of tension and anticipation are punctuated by moments of complete chaos. As bullets whiz by, as walls crumble, as explosions force players to the ground, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before. To complement the single-player campaign, Battlefield 3 delivers 10 massive co-op maps and multiple multiplayer modes – a proven strength of DICE.
Battlefield 3 Limited Edition
Gamers who pre-order Battlefield 3 are assured a copy of the Limited Edition, which includes the deep and immersive Back to Karkand post-launch digital expansion pack at no extra charge. With Back to Karkand, players can wage all-out war on four of the most celebrated maps from Battlefield 2™ including Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman and the Sharqi Peninsula, all stunningly re-created using the power of Frostbite 2. Gamers who choose to purchase the digital expansion separately can do so for £11.99.
Select retailers are also offering Battlefield 3 pre-order customers the following promotional items*:
Physical Warfare Pack
Storm the battlefield armed with a set of three exclusive weapons in the Physical Warfare Pack including: 1) the Type 88 light machine gun with bipod for deadly firepower and total zone control; 2) the SKS sniper rifle flash suppressor that provides increased stealth abilities for Recon soldiers; and 3) the lethal armor-piercing flechette ammo for the DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun that will tear through anything in its path. Each weapon will be available for a limited time in-game, and will later become available to all players. Also unlocked is instant access to the highly versatile DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun. This item is available to purchase in the UK at GAME Group (GAME and Gamestation) and Origin.
Players can expand their customizable options in Battlefield 3 with a set of eight unique multiplayer skins, one for each class in Battlefield 3. This item is available to purchase in the UK at Amazon.
Dog Tag Pack
In Battlefield 3, dog tags serve as the player’s in-game signature, allowing gamers to customize their soldiers. Dog tags are displayed on screen every time a player takes down an enemy or claims an opponent’s dog tags. This pre-order exclusive item comes with five new, unique dog tags. This item is available to purchase in the UK at
*Conditions and restrictions apply. See for details.
Alright, first of all, I am NOT a fan of limited editions and preorder bonuses, simply because most of 'em are crap. But this one gives you an expansion pack and BF2 maps for free. Nice.

Physical warfare pack including 3 exclusive weapons? Ok, nice. But the other packs don't look too exciting though. Skins and dog tags? Meh.