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Bethesda announce The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

Bethesda Softworks have announced The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, returning Elder Scrolls fans to the legendary island of Vvardenfell, the same iconic environment featured in Bethesda Game Studios’ open world RPG, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

Featuring more than 30 hours of main story content, a new Trial, and a new three-team, 4v4v4 PvP mode, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind will be the biggest addition to The Elder Scrolls Online yet.

New players can jump into The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind and start a new character without having to complete any previous ESO content. And, since the original ESO game is included with The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, new players will have instant access to hundreds of hours of additional adventures throughout Tamriel. While existing players will be able to upgrade and immediately journey to Vvardenfell to start the new adventure.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind will release globally for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 6, 2017.

Bethesda will be at E3 2016

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Despite there being four months until we get to enjoy the madness of E3 2016, Bethesda have gone and announced their plans already, confirming they will be holding their second ever E3 briefing on Sunday, June 12, starting at 1900 PST / 0300 Monday BST.

Although precisely what the briefing will contain hasn’t been revealed the image they released along with this announcement contains references to the Fallout and Elder Scrolls franchises as well as Doom and Dishonored.

It’d be reasonable to assume that we’ll be seeing more on Dishonored 2, Fallout 4 DLC, a release date for Doom and more info on the Elder Scrolls Online’s future content. But for fun lets speculate wildly and hope for a new Elder Scrolls game reveal.

RPG of the Year

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The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015.

Every day up until the end of the year we’ll be revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, all the way up until the coveted Game of the Year reveal.

Next up is RPG of the Year.

Third Place – The Elder Scrolls Online

Although an MMO in name, The Elder Scrolls Online does in fact support singleplayer play just as strongly. The result is the kind of experience you’d expect from an Elder scrolls solo adventure but with other players populating the world and offering you assistance.

Add to that an impressive visual engine that reviewer Derek McRoberts described as:

…despite some minor character and texture popping when things get hectic, the beauty of this massive world is apparent and eminently impressive.

and you’ve got yourself a massive world full of adventure you can tackle alone or with friends. And with its PVP escapades cleverly designed to allow multiple play styles or to be avoided completely, this MMO offers an accessibility seldom seen in the genre.

Derek goes on to say:

…Elder Scrolls Online delivers a large swathe of the lands of Tamriel for you to explore at your leisure, with thoroughly competent MMO mechanics blended seamlessly with tried and tested elements from their legacy Elder Scrolls games.

And indeed we all agreed, giving The Elder Scrolls Online the third place ribbon in our RPG of Year awards.

Check out the review here.

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Second Place – The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

It’s unlikely to take anyone by surprise that The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is in our top three for RPG of the Year. Richard Berry described it in his review as:

I can’t remember the last time an RPG gripped me so much, and it’s thanks to CD Projekt RED’s masterful crafting of the story and allowing me to play out some incredible adventures within the vast open world of Tamaria – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is about as close as it comes to being my ideal game.

And indeed The Witcher 3 impressed practically everyone who played it to a similar level.

The immersive world full of adventure and danger, the incredible visuals, clever combat, and compelling card game within, all gripped us for many months with it’s practically perfect RPG mechanics and narrative, and yet another RPG came along later in the year to challenge it…

Check out the review here.

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RPG of the Year – Fallout 4

exploration is profusely rewarding. Every nook and cranny hides ammo, medical supplies, crafting and building resources, wasteland lore, easter eggs, enemies, missions and general adventure. It’s meticulously crafted to look lived-in as well as match aesthetically with every other aspect of the title. It’s truly a delight to roam this nuclear wasteland.

Says Greg Giddens (me) in his review, and the majority would agree, with Fallout 4 achieving widespread critical success and the TiX team all falling in love with this post-apocalyptic RPG.

The tremendous visuals, and clever enhancements of the mechanics that made Fallout 3 so successful in the last console generation, has made Fallout 4 a hugely immersive and exceptionally fun RPG to get lost in. And despite The Witcher 3’s equally wonderful experience Fallout 4 was able to take the crown in this year’s GotY rewards, taking RPG of the Year.

Check out the review here.

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Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see the next category and its winner.

Honourable mentions go to Wasteland, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, all of which were nominated by the TiX team but didn’t quite make the cut.

The Elder Scrolls Online final gameplay trailer

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With just days to go until the release of the highly anticipated and VERY overdue release of The Elder Scrolls Online for Xbox One, today the final installment in the This is The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited video series was released.

This third video, Exploring Tamriel, highlights the game’s expansive world. From hunting the forces of Molag Bal to gathering natural resources for crafting, to plumbing ancient ruins for treasure, your next big adventure awaits in Tamriel.

New Elder Scrolls Online gameplay trailer released

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Bethesda are now in the final throes of preparing The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited for it’s release. They have started the final stretch of this long and arduous campaign by creating the first of a new video series giving insight into the world of Tamriel.

This first trailer then is called Freedom and Choice in Tamriel and talks us through your origins, deciding your class, alliance and race. It also covers your playing style, specialised abilities and which weapons and armour you can and maybe can’t use. It also goes on to explain the Champions System, allowing you to always progress in the game.

Will you be trying to find limitations in Tamriel?

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is due for release on Xbox One on the 9th of June.

Dragon Age: Inquisition review

If I was a Bioware writer during the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition I’d have been scared as hell. Mass Effect 3 was the end of one of the biggest RPG franchises in the last 10 years but was met with major criticism because of its ending. Then there was Dragon Age II, which although I thoroughly enjoyed, it was also met with quite the backlash from fans for being too different to the original game. Dragon Age: Inquisition however is a spectacular RPG that will keep players coming back for more, months after they first load it up.

Without giving away any spoilers, the game starts off with the Mages and Templars attempting to find peace with one another, the Chantry are caught in the middle brokering the deal. Something goes horribly wrong and during an explosion delegates from all three parties are killed. The Templars blame the Mages and the Mages want revenge against the Templars, it looks like Thedas is about to fall once again into a bloody war zone. Oh and did I mention the big gaping green hole in sky? That’s a tear in the Fade and through it demons are spilling out across Thedas killing indiscriminately. Members of the Chantry’s delegation pull you (the player) from out of the rubble and through a series of twists and turns you are chosen to help resolve the mess all while being labelled ‘The Herald’. The Inquisition is born from chaos and it is down to you and a chosen few to restore order across the land. As with all RPG’s nowadays, who you recruit and how you choose to play is completely up to you. Keep in mind however that your decisions directly affect the world around you. Not always for the better.

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There is an incredible amount of history and lore in the Dragon Age universe and it can be a daunting task trying to absorb it all, let alone remember what had happened during Dragon Age I and II. Bioware have you covered here and released the Dragon Age Keep prior to the launch of Dragon Age: Inquisition. With no save game import feature present for the latest title, Dragon Age Keep allows you to go back and enter all the choices and decisions you made during the first two games (including all DLC) and then save this against your profile on the Dragon Age servers. Start a new game on your console and import this file and the world around you is shaped to your choices. Of course this also gives you the chance to alter decisions you made in the previous titles to see a different set of results and lore unravel in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Inquisition’s world is, for the lack of a better choice of words, bloody huge! You start in an area known as the Hinterlands. Those that played the first Dragon Age will be familiar with this part of Thedas as Redcliff is based here. I spent around 12 hours in the Hinterlands exploring, completing side quests and missions before I released this was just the beginning. As The Herald you lead the Inquisition’s War Council deciding what missions take place across both Thedas and Orlais, directing troop movements, espionage missions and diplomatic envoys. The more areas you send your scouts to explore, the more of the map you open up for yourself. From seizing control and rebuilding large fortresses to exploring arid deserts and snowy peaks, Dragon Age: Inquisition has enough content in the world to keep you occupied for 60 hours and beyond. Perfectionists can expect to reach triple figures.

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Taking a break from the main part of the game, let’s discuss the multiplayer, which is very different from the main game. You and three other friends team up to explore dungeons and areas of the main game in smaller bite sized chunks. Your progress doesn’t have any effect on the single player campaign but can be fun due to the limitations in place.  These limitations are there to ensure you work together as a team. For example, you will have limited access to weapons and potions and you can only succumb to the enemy three times before it’s game over. I spent a limited amount of time with multiplayer. It’s OK, but you’ll soon find yourself bored and craving the single player.

Gameplay is split into three main areas; exploration and combat, narrative and decision-making and management of your Inquisition and troops across the game world. Bioware have mixed these three elements perfectly, ensuring that no single type gets boring too quickly. There is a fantastic story line branch in Orlais which will see you in the Royal Court having to dance, spy, gather clues and impress the aristocracy to complete the mission. The pace is slower than the rest of the game but the gameplay is well thought out and keeps you engaged throughout. Completing missions like this and others will increase the Inquisition’s power and influence, which opens more areas for you to explore and more missions to undertake. Some missions/areas require you to spend your accumulated power points whilst others only open after certain prerequisites have been met.

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I particularly enjoyed the combat mechanics in Dragon Age II and Bioware have improved these further for Dragon Age: Inquisition. You get to pick from two combat modes; either real-time or tactical mode. You can of course pick how you play through combat but I strongly suggest experimenting with the tactical view, there are particular missions that become a lot more manageable while using this view, which allows you to pause, scan the battlefield and assign specific orders out one stage at a time. Co-ordinating attacks like this when storming fortresses later in the game makes things a lot easier to control.

We all know the power of the Xbox One by now and visually Dragon Age: Inquisition is gorgeously detailed and stunning to look at. Character customisation is deep and detailed, the frame rate is steady throughout and there appears to be no obvious evidence of tearing on-screen.

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One of my favourite bits of Dragon Age: Inquisition is the music. Trevor Morris was brought in to replace Inon Zur, the composer of Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II to compose the soundtracks for Inquisition. The tone the soundtrack sets is just right; from the opening cut screen through to dancing in Orlais, battles along the shore to just wandering around the Inquisition’s stronghold – the music helps place you in this world and fits right at home.

Dragon Age: Inquisition may have had a lot to put right for Bioware fans, but Bioware didn’t shy away from the challenge. The final result is a fantastic title. If you’re an RPG fan then this isn’t to be missed, especially while you sit around waiting for The Witcher 3 and/or The Elder Scrolls Online.

Thanks to Xbox for providing TiX with a download code

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Elder Scrolls Online gets confrontational in new trailer

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Let’s face facts, if you’re a fantasy RPG fan and you haven’t played Skyrim, you’ve been living under a rock for the last 5 years.

The Elder Scrolls epic has taken many twists and turns over its many guises and this June will see the release of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Bethesda have taken the bold step to move from a subscription-based play model to a more traditional buy-to-play, which can only be a good thing.

This promises to be the biggest Elder Scrolls games to date and will include not only all the updates from the original PC/MAC release, but the Justice and Champion systems as well.

Micro-transactions can be made from within the game using the Crown Store, which I would presume would utilise Xbox Live credits for transactions, although I cannot find any confirmation of this at the moment.

Game Director, Matt Firor had this to say on the announcement,

“Our fans are our biggest inspiration and we’ve listened to the feedback on the entertainment experience they want. We know that Elder Scrolls fans want choice when it comes to how they play and how they pay, and that is what they will get. We have made numerous changes to the game over the past year and we are confident that this is a game that Elder Scrolls fans will want to play.”

 

“Players can explore Tamriel with friends, battle creatures, craft, fish, steal or siege. The choice is theirs. The game offers hundreds of hours of gameplay with unlimited adventures with one single game purchase. We can’t wait for everyone, whether they’ve played before or will be experiencing for the first time, to begin adventuring in The Edler Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.”

Just because it is now free to play, that doesn’t mean that you cannot pay an optional monthly fee for ESO Plus, a premium membership service providing in-game bonuses and a monthly allocation of Crowns to spend. This will also give members access to all DLC game packs while membership is still active. Think of it as a monthly Season Pass if you will, although again, how this will work on consoles is, as yet, not clear.

So, without further ado, the official launch date on Xbox One for this feast of adventuring will be the 9th of June.

To celebrate these announcements Bethesda have released the final cinematic trailer of four, have a look, bearing in mind, it’s not a gameplay trailer, and tell us if it whets your appetite for more adventuring.

The Elder Scrolls Online Screenshot Update

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June will finally see the release of The Elder Scrolls Online for Xbox One. Already out on both PC & MAC, The Elder Scrolls Online was one of the most highly anticipated MMORPG releases for a long time. With a great initial response from both media critics and players alike Bethesda have released some new screenshots in preparation for TESO’s release on our beloved home console. Enjoy the gallery below.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Brings Together An All-Star Cast

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Bethesda has today announced the members of the renowned cast lending their voices to The Elder Scrolls Online, the highly-anticipated game arriving this June 2014 for the Xbox One. The line-up of voice talent includes Academy Award nominee John Cleese (“A Fish Called Wanda,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”), Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Kate Beckinsale (“The Aviator,” “Pearl Harbor”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2”) and Golden Globe nominees Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), and Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”). In addition, Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) returns to the Elder Scrolls series to reprise her role from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest chapter of the award-winning franchise and will bring the legendary experience online for the first time. Players can choose their own style of play as they embark upon an epic adventure across all of Tamriel, playing alone on heroic quests as in previous Elder Scrolls games, exploring the huge, rich world with a few friends, or joining with hundreds of others in massive PvP battles to save the Empire.

John Cleese plays Cadwell, the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince. Joining the cast as High King Emeric, Bill Nighy portrays a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne. Kate Beckinsale takes on the role of Queen Ayrenn, the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves who is far more comfortable with a blade than her crown.

In addition, Alfred Molina takes on the role of Abnur Tharn, a wily old wizard and politician who is the head of the Empire’s Elder Council, and the de facto power behind the Ruby Throne. Lynda Carter plays Azura, the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore. Michael Gambon voices The Prophet, a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul; and Malcolm McDowell plays the key figure Molag Bal, an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel.

The Elder Scrolls Online has been named one of the industry’s most anticipated titles for 2014 and marks a historic point for the franchise with its multiplayer online play after nearly 20 years of developing these best-selling, award-winning fantasy role-playing games for single player only.