The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Patch 1.8 Now Live on Xbox 360 !

Bethesda has released patch 1.8 for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Xbox 360 which fixes various bugs and improves overall game stability.

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The full list of changes can be found below:

  • General memory and stability improvements
  • Fixed rare crash when using vampiric grip
  • Fixed issue where Arnleif and Sons Trading Company could become permanently locked
  • Fixed issue related to duplicate NPCs
  • Fixed rare issue where exterior door would not open properly

The Elder Scrolls Online — Gameplay /Dev Diary Introduction

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An extended look at ZeniMax Online’s in-development MMO.

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dragonborn – Official Trailer

Watch the trailer for Dragonborn™, the next official game add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®.

Dragonborn will be available for download for 1600 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE® on December 4.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Hearthfire DLC Trailer (HD)


Bethesda is giving you that option with the Hearthfire DLC, which will be available for download on Xbox LIVE on Sept. 4 for 400 Microsoft Points.

Build your own house !

With Skyrim’s newest game add-on, Hearthfire, you can purchase land and build your own home from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden, and more. Use all-new tools like the drafting table and carpenter’s workbench to transform quarried stone, clay, and sawn logs into structures and furnishings. Even transform your house into a home by adopting children.

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dawnguard – Official Trailer

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Watch the official trailer for Dawnguard, the first game add-on for Skyrim. Dawnguard will be available for download for 1600 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE  today !

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Dragon Age 3 Features Open World !?!

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne

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To quote Wired,

“The next Dragon Age is gonna have the best of features from the prior Dragon Age games, but it’s also gonna have a lot of things I think players are gonna find compelling from some of the games that are out now that are doing really well with more of an open world feel,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare to Wired.

“We’re checking The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim out aggressively. We like it. We’re big admirers of Bethesda and the product. We think we can do some wonderful things. How do we combine the new innovations we brought in Dragon Age 2 with the experience people were looking for in Dragon Age: Origins?”

Spike Video Game Awards 2011 winners !

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NO SWTOR MMO !?!

GAME OF THE YEAR
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

STUDIO OF THE YEAR
Bethesda Game Studios

CHARACTER OF THE YEAR
The Joker – Batman: Arkham City

VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME AWARD
“The Legend of Zelda”

GAMER GOD AWARD
Blizzard Entertainment

BEST XBOX 360 GAME
Batman: Arkham City

BEST PS3 GAME
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

BEST Wii GAME
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

BEST PC GAME
Portal 2

BEST HANDHELD/MOBILE GAME
Super Mario 3D Land

BEST SHOOTER
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME
Batman: Arkham City

BEST RPG
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

BEST MULTI-PLAYER
Portal 2

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
Fight Night Champion

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME
NBA 2K12

BEST DRIVING GAME
Forza Motorsport 4

BEST FIGHTING GAME
Mortal Kombat

BEST MOTION GAME
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
Minecraft

BEST ADAPTED VIDEO GAME
Batman: Arkham City

BEST SONG IN A GAME
“Build that Wall (Zia’s Theme)” by Darren Korb – Bastion

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Bastion

BEST GRAPHICS
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN MALE
Stephen Merchant as Wheatley – Portal 2

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALE
Ellen McLain as GLaDOS – Portal 2

BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME
Bastion

BEST DLC
Portal 2 Peer Review

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
Mass Effect 3

GAMETRAILERS.COM TRAILER OF THE YEAR
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – E3 2011 Trailer

EA SPORTS NFL BLITZ DIGITAL COVER ATHLETE
Ray Rice

Dragon Shout App – Skyrim Mobile iOS App coming soon !

Your journal, everywhere

Create a Dragon Shout account and your data is accessible on any device you log in.

Around the world

Drop map markers and journal entries for your battles, quests, items, and more.

Don’t go alone

Coming Soon: Share map markers and journal entries with your friends and community.

Dragon Shout App – Skyrim Mobile iOS App.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim v1.2 Patch Soon!

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Bethesda Softworks announced that the next updates for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have been submitted for certification, and that the PC patch is also coming. “The current estimate is that they will be live the week after Thanksgiving.Related Resources:

Skyrim 360 installed texture glitch being fixed

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Bethesda have revealed that it is working on a patch to fix a glitch related to low-details textures on the Xbox 360 version of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

If you install the game to your 360 hard drive, an error is triggered in which the game is unable to load up high-detail textures, leaving you blurry visuals.

Over at Bethesda’s official forums, the developers have tried to explain the bug and how it relates to the features of the 360′s hard drive caching.

Skyrim uses a lot of dynamic streaming systems, including textures. We’ve seen a few reports of certain textures temporarily scaling down on the Xbox 360, and not scaling back up. We have verified that this issue does not occur when playing off the disk and when the game is fully cached (not installed). Skyrim makes heavy use of the Xbox 360 caching system, and caches over the normal course of play while in menus or interiors. This cache can be wiped when other games are played or when the user manually removes it. We’re working on a solution in the next title update for those who have installed the game.

The simple fix at the moment is to delete the game’s install file from your Hard Drive until the title update is released.

Skyrim 360 installed texture glitch being fixed | Xboxer360.com.

VGW Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
5
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC, PS3
Publisher(s): Bethesda Game Studios
Developer(s): Bethesda Softworks
Genre(s): RPG
Release Date: November 11, 2011
ESRB Rating: M
Buy It/Rent It/Skip It?: Buy It

Few role-playing franchises can claim a pedigree quite as extensive as that of The Elder Scrolls. Spanning nearly 20 years, the series has seen multiple Game of the Year awards, and with good reason. Each installment builds upon the last, creating a vast open-world experience unlike any other. The series’ hallmark has been the ability to lose yourself within the lore and landscape for endless hours. Having successfully completed nearly 70 hours of gameplay, I am nowhere near finished with this game, so we present a mid-way point review for your enjoyment. Please look for our Skyrim Notes tomorrow, which will include more details on skills, crafting, and other minutia that didn’t quite fit here. If you’re a fellow ES nut and just want to Cut to the Chase, feel free to do so.

Building upon the rich, established lore, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim transports players to the frozen northern lands of Tamriel. Set two hundred years after the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the world of Tamriel is in a period of unrest, and events that could change the course of the world are unfolding in Skyrim. The game begins with the familiar intro-by-way-of-dungeon, that allows your to create your character and get a feel for what is going on in the world. It appears Skyrim is on the cusp of civil war as the Nordic Stormcloaks seek to remove the Imperial forces from their land. Of course, the appearance of dragons — long thought extinct in Tamriel — has raised the stakes.

FINISH THE REVIEW BELOW :

VGW Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Skyrim Day One Patch Detailed

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Earlier this morning, a patch for Skyrim on consoles went live and Bethesda revealed the details today as to what the patch does.

For those who will pick up Skyrim this Friday, expect a patch to download onto your console. Here’s what the patch fixes;

– some minor stability
– quest progression issues

Americas Pre-Order Chart Week Ending 29th Oct 2011

Americas Pre-Order Chart

Week Ending 29th Oct 2011

Pos Name Console Weeks to Launch Weekly Change Total
1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 X360 2 406,250 2,386,019
2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 PS3 2 195,752 968,794
3 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim X360 2 162,522 966,417
4 Star Wars: The Old Republic PC 8 56,014 752,655
5 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii 4 68,675 521,500
6 Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary X360 3 64,066 475,142
7 Assassin’s Creed: Revelations X360 3 40,062 471,768
8 Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception PS3 1 82,300 437,122
9 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PS3 2 62,136 350,613
10 Mass Effect 3 X360 19 17,069 296,252
11 Assassin’s Creed: Revelations PS3 3 37,649 262,990
12 Saints Row: The Third X360 3 38,049 221,853
13 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PC 2 30,002 183,265
14 Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier X360 19 6,729 169,005
15 Diablo III PC N/A 9,356 149,783
16 Kinect Star Wars X360 N/A 12,661 134,525
17 Super Mario 3D Land 3DS 3 32,925 133,313
18 Saints Row: The Third PS3 3 21,245 121,606
19 Halo 4 X360 N/A 11,163 106,176
20 Mario Kart 7 3DS 6 14,671 100,975
21 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 PC 2 14,491 99,207
22 The Lord of the Rings: War in the North X360 1 17,516 92,653
23 Need for Speed: The Run X360 3 18,478 92,315
24 Metal Gear Solid HD Collection PS3 2 21,043 87,919
25 WWE ’12 X360 4 16,930 86,915
26 Need for Speed: The Run PS3 3 12,874 83,027
27 WWE ’12 PS3 4 14,961 79,249
28 Final Fantasy XIII-2 PS3 14 10,113 76,539
29 Twisted Metal PS3 16 5,767 75,864
30 Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns 3DS 1 11,424 73,105
31 Sonic Generations X360 1 17,265 72,593
32 Mass Effect 3 PS3 19 5,374 69,000
33 BioShock Infinite X360 N/A 4,412 66,507
34 Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier PS3 19 3,374 62,838
35 The Lord of the Rings: War in the North PS3 1 12,934 60,528
36 Final Fantasy XIV Online PS3 N/A 1,121 60,503
37 Fate/Extra PSP 1 17,135 58,835
38 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 X360 2 16,634 57,235
39 Assassin’s Creed III X360 N/A 11,709 56,156
40 The King of Fighters XIII X360 4 5,811 56,009
41 Sonic Generations PS3 1 12,233 54,740
42 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City X360 N/A 5,478 52,220
43 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Wii 2 15,981 49,738
44 Max Payne 3 X360 N/A 2,439 47,961
45 Metal Gear Solid HD Collection X360 2 10,681 47,435
46 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City PS3 N/A 5,536 45,438
47 The King of Fighters XIII PS3 4 6,712 43,324
48 Paper Mario 3DS N/A 3,086 43,149
49 Luigi’s Mansion 2 3DS N/A 5,422 42,856
50 Metal Gear Solid: Rising PS3 N/A 3,296 42,194

Source: VGChartz

Will The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim System Requirements Melt Your PC?

Bethesda Softworks revealed the system requirements for the PC version of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim today. The good news is that many gamers should have a system capable of slaying dragons in the frozen north.

Minimum Specs

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
  • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
  • 2GB System RAM
  • 6GB free HDD Space
  • Direct X 9 compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
  • DirectX compatible sound card
  • Internet access for Steam activation

Recommended Specs

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
  • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
  • 4GB System RAM
  • 6GB free HDD space
  • DirectX 9 compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher).
  • DirectX compatible sound card
  • Internet access for Steam activation

“The Min specs get you playing,. The recommended specs let you play on High, not on Ultra. You’ll want beefier rig for that,” explained Bethesda vice prez of PR and marketing Pete Hines via Twitter.

For what it’s worth, the minimum specs for Skyrim are actually gentler than the specs for Battlefield 3 or Batman: Arkham City. For starters, Skyrim takes up less than half as much hard drive space. It doesn’t require as beefy of a processor, either.

Skyrim will debut on November 11th on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s Map Revealed

Skyrim Map

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Attendees of the recent Igromir gaming show in Moscow got a first-glimpse of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim‘s massive worldmap (pictured above). Looking closely at the map, you can pick out the game’s major cities and their corresponding coats of arms.

With just one more month to go until the 11/11/11 release date, there’s not much longer to wait for Bethesda‘s epic RPG. Until then, you can map out the route you want to take across the game’s fictional plains, maybe write some fanfic, and draw some cool dragon and krakens on the existing map so that it looks even cooler.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Perks List Leaked!

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Speech Perks

1. Buying and selling price 10% better (5 ranks)
2. 10% price buying from opposite sex
3. Invest in shops and increase available gold permanently in invested stores
4. Master Trader – every merchant in world gains 1000 gold for bartering
5. Buy and sell from any merchant regardless of what they normally buy and sell
6. Intimidation attempts twice as successful
7. Persuasion attempts more likely successful

Alchemy Perks

1. Potions 20% stronger (5 ranks)
2. Potions for restore health, magicka or stamina are 25% more powerful (maybe ranked)
3. Poisons 25% more effective (maybe ranked)
4. Poisons last for twice as many hits
5. Two ingredients are gathered from plants
6. 50% resistance to all poisons
7. All negative effects removed from potions and all positive removed from poisons
8. 2 effects of an ingredient are revealed when testing it for the first time (instead of just one)
9. Another (unclear recording, sorry!)

Illusion Perks

1. Dual casting overcharges effect for more powerful spell
2. Cast Novice spells for 50% less magicka
3. Cast Apprentice spells for 50% less magicka
4. Cast Adept, Expert, Master etc spells for 50% less magicka (more levels this time around)
5. Spells work on higher level animals
6. Spells work on higher level people
7. All spellcasting (from ANY school) is done silently
8. Spells work on undead, daedra and automatons
9. One I genuinely didn’t understand, and it wasn’t clear on the recording either – something about “Kindred Mage” or something.
10. Fear spells work on higher level enemies

Conjuration Perks

1. Novice for 50% magicka etc (up to Master)
2. Dual casting overcharges –> greater spell effect
3. Bound weapons do more damage
4. Bound weapons cast Soul Trap on target
5. Bound weapons banish certain creatures (and I think summon creature in their place, not 100% on that though, dodgy recording)
6. Reanimate undead with 100 more health
7. Summon 2 Atronachs or reanimated zombies
8. Summon Atronachs at twice the distance
9. Summoned Atronachs twice as strong

Destruction Perks

1. More damage for each school (fire, frost and shock) – ranked
2. Novice for 50% magicka etc.
3. Shock damage chance to disintegrate targets if their health is under 10%
4. Frost damage chance to paralyse targets if health low
5. Fire damage chance to make low health enemies flee
6. Place runes 5x farther away

Restoration Perks

1. Healing spells also restore stamina
2. Novice for 50% less magicka etc
3. Healing spells do 50% more healing
4. Something about recharging healing spells (sorry about poor recording quality, it was in my pocket!)
5. More is recharged with each hit with healing spells (again, sorry not 100% sure what this means!)
6. Spells more effective against undead
7. Once a day chance to autocast 250HP restoration when health drops low
8. Magicka regenerates 25% faster

Alteration Perks

1. Novice for 50% less etc
2. Alteration spells have greater duration (probably ranked)
3. Absorb 30% magicka that hits you
4. Another couple – bad recording again

Enchanting Perks

1. Enchants are 20% stronger (ranked)
2. Enchanted armour 25% stronger
3. “Soul gems provide extra magicka for recharging” – again, dodgy recording but that’s what I heard, even if it doesn’t make much sense
4. Death blows to creatures but not people trap souls for weapon recharge
5. Health, magicka and stamina enchants stronger
6. Extra effect on already-enchanted weapon can be applied
7. Shock, Frost and Fire enchants 25% stronger (individual perks for each element) (probably ranked)

Heavy Armor Perks

1. Increase armour rating 20% (5 ranks)
2. Unarmed attacks with heavy armour gauntlets – damage increased by gauntlets’ armour rating
3. Half fall damage if all in heavy armour
4. Heavy armour weighs nothing and doesn’t slow you at all
5. Additional 25% armour if in matching set
6. 25% armour bonus if all in heavy armour (not necessarily matching)
7. 50% less stagger if all in heavy armour
8. 10% damage reflected back to enemy if all in heavy armour

Two-Handed Weapons

1. 2h weapons do 20% more damage (5 ranks)
2. Attacks with warhammers ignore 25% armour (ranked)
3. Attacks with battleaxes do extra bleeding damage (ranked)
4. Attacks with greatswords do extra critical damage (ranked)
5. Power attacks cost 25% less stamina
6. Standing power attacks do 25% bonus damage, chance to decapitate
7. Sprinting power attacks do double (critical) damage
8. Sideways power attacks hit all targets
9. Backwards power attacks have 25% chance of paralysis

Archery Perks

1. Bows do 25% more damage
2. Zoom in
3. Zooming slows time
4. 10% crit chance
5. Move faster with drawn bow
6. Recover twice as many arrows from dead bodies
7. 50% chance of paralysing for few seconds (might be 15%, can’t really hear…)
8. Draw bow 30% faster
9. Another about arrows – can’t hear

Sneak Perks

1. 20% harder to detect (ranked)
2. Sneak attacks do 6x damage with 1h weapons
3 Sneak attacks with bows do 3x damage
– Sneak attacks with daggers do 15x damage (end perk on skill tree)
– Noise from armour reduced 50%
– No longer activate pressure plates
– Sprinting while sneaking performs silent forward roll
– Running does not affect detection chance
– Crouching can make hostile enemies lose sight of you and search for a target