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The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion at 15 – The Ted Peterson Interview

We chat to the series’ co-creator as we look back on one of that generation’s defining games and those that came before it.Here’s a list of things The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion is older than: Michael Bay’s Transformers, My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade, The Big Bang Theory, and Gears of War. When it was released, Daniel Craig’s first Bond movie had yet to hit cinemas, the as-yet-unreleased PS3 still had a boomerang-shaped controller, and Iron Man was a B-Tier Marvel hero that seemed a strange choice for a feature film.This weekend, Bethesda‘s seminal RPG turns 15. The fourth installment…

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion at 15 – The Ted Peterson Interview

We chat to the series’ co-creator as we look back on one of that generation’s defining games and those that came before it.Here’s a list of things The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is older than: Michael Bay’s Transformers, My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade, The Big Bang Theory, and Gears of War. When it was released, Daniel Craig’s first Bond movie had yet to hit cinemas, the as-yet-unreleased PS3 still had a boomerang-shaped controller, and Iron Man was a B-Tier Marvel hero that seemed a strange choice for a feature film.This weekend, Bethesda‘s seminal RPG turns 15. The fourth installment…

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Cult classic El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is making its PC debut “soon”

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 17:11 GMT The 2011 action game is making a return in the near future.Action title El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is going to be launching on PC at some point in the near future.In a rather vague press release, producer Sawaki Takeyasu – who led development on the original game – said that the title will be coming to Steam “very soon.” There’s no more information than that right now, but this does following Takeyasu teasing that El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron would be making its PC debut at the end…

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Xbox Series X|S FPS Boost technique “does not work on all titles”, says Microsoft

Microsoft has clarified some information about FPS Boost, the newly-announced enhancement feature that can be applied to backwards compatible games.In mid-February, Microsoft announced the first set of backwards compatible titles to take advantage of FPS Boost, a feature that improves legacy games with higher, steadier framerates to make games visually smoother.Working on a system level, the feature boasts the ability to boost Xbox One games so they run at up to four times their original frame rate.If you were waiting for a favorite legacy title of yours to get this treatment, though, there may be disappointment ahead.Xbox’s director of program management, Jason Ronald,…

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It’s taken over 10 years, but Halo 3 is getting a brand new multiplayer map

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 14 February 2021 13:40 GMT 343 Industries has announced that a new map is coming to Halo 3 via Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and it’ll be the first new map since 2009’s Mythic II Map Pack.In a blog post released on Halo Waypoint on Friday, developer 343 Industries announced that a new map is coming to the game from the canceled Halo Online project that was developed by Saber Interactive.  This is likely the “new place” part of the “new place and way to play” that 343 teased just last week.In case you’re unaware, Halo Online was a free-to-play Halo…

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BioWare was working on a Han Solo-inspired Mass Effect spin-off game

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 17:56 GMT The studio was looking for interesting points of view to tell stories. EA’s BioWare studio was once working on a Mass Effect spin-off inspired by more morally gray characters like Star Wars’ Han Solo.Speaking to The Gamer, the studio’s then-development director Dorian Kieken said that after the first Mass Effect title shipped in 2007, the firm was toying around with new concepts for future entries in the series.“We explored a game concept back in 2008, a bit after the shipping of [the first] ME, where you were playing a Han Solo…

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Playthrough of canceled GoldenEye HD remaster for XBLA pops up online

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 30 January 2021 21:03 GMT A port of GoldenEye 007 was in development for Xbox Live Arcade at one point before it was canned.Footage of the XBLA version of GoldenEye 007 has been posted online by Graslu00, and you can see for yourself what might have been in the video below (thanks, GoldenEye Dossier).The Xbox 360 port was in development at Rare many years ago for XBLA and was meant to feature higher resolution and better character and weapon models among other improvements. Due to licensing issues, the game was never released. The footage you see…

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Take-Two shuts down GTA Online cheat maker

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:07 GMT Company donating proceeds to a charity of the publishing giant’s choosing.Video games giant Take-Two Interactive has killed a website that made and distributed exploits for GTA Online.As spotted by Eurogamer, LunaCheats has been shut down after having had “discussions” with – read: legal threats from – Rockstar’s parent company. This has resulted in the outfit closing down its business, with its website saying that it will be donating proceeds from selling GTA Online cheats to a charity of Take-Two’s choosing.“After discussions with Take-Two Interactive, we are immediately ceasing all maintenance, development,…

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Fox News controversy impacted Mass Effect 2’s non-straight relationships

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 22 January 2021 19:26 GMT Tweaks were made to stop the game’s audience facing further criticism, apparently.Mass Effect 2‘s Jack was originally intended to be pansexual, but BioWare cut down non-straight romances over concerns of negative media coverage.Speaking to The Gamer, Mass Effect 2 writer Brian Kindregan said that the decision to only allow Jack to be romanceable if users were playing as a male Commander Shephard occurred later in development. This came in the wake of a Fox News report in 2007 debating the depiction of sex in the sci-fi RPG.That Jack was initially intended…

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Best Minecraft Seeds 2020 | Top worlds to play right now

Minecraft seeds are a numerical code which represent the foundations of your world. When creating a new Minecraft adventure, you can type in a seed to either control the type of world you spawn into, or perhaps just write some random digits and see what you get.No matter what kind of starting area you prefer, there’s bound to be a seed for you; there are craggy icebergs, lofty clifftops, sprawling villages. Some seeds will offer a challenge, others are ideal for new players. We’ve even got some gorgeous scenery, too.You can also check out our lists of the best Minecraft…

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Here’s when you can pre-load and play Cyberpunk 2077 this week

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 6 December 2020 10:37 GMT CD Projekt Red has shared the exact times you’ll be able to start pre-loading – and playing – Cyberpunk 2077 when it launches later this week.Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has revealed on Twitter just when you’ll be able to start downloading and booting up the game on various platforms.If you want to play the title on Xbox One or PS4 (or play via backwards compatibility on Xbox Series S/X or PS5), the game will be available in your time zone at midnight on December 10. The game, apparently, runs pretty well on last-gen…

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Xbox One best Cyber Monday deals 2020; games, controllers, Xbox Game Pass, hard-drives and accessories

Black Friday is dead, long live Cyber Monday. The Xbox Cyber Monday deals are here and you can get your mitts on plenty of bargains this weekend.With the Xbox Series X/S now in the wild, it could be the perfect time to save a good chunk of money on the last generation’s Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles. Although Microsoft has stated that production on the One X and All-Digital Edition has ceased, there’s still some remaining stock out there that retailers want to shift.Now the Black Friday sales have kicked off properly you’ll be able to find all the…

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Apex Legends most popular characters have been revealed

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 29 November 2020 15:58 GMT Respawn has shared a little bit of data with us this weekend that lifts the lid of which characters get chosen the most in the on-going battle royale game Apex Legends.Earlier in the week, Respawn put out a tweet that asked players to guess which playable Apex Legends characters enjoyed the highest pick rate in the title.Moreover, the developer tasked players with ranking which Legends they thought were more popular, on a scale of 1-5. Despite the developer’s insistence, it would get back to curious players within the hour, the studio…

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Xbox One best Black Friday deals 2020; games, controllers, Xbox Game Pass, hard-drives and accessories

Oh right, here we go: Xbox Black Friday deals are alive and kicking and you can get you mitts on plenty of bargains this weekend.With the Xbox Series X/S now in the wild, it could be the perfect time to save a good chunk of money on the last generation’s Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles. Although Microsoft has stated that production on the One X and All-Digital Edition has ceased, there’s still some remaining stock out there that retailers want to shift.Now the Black Friday sales have kicked off properly you’ll be able to find all the…

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343 Industries director steps away from Halo Infinite

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 28 October 2020 17:20 GMT 343 Industries’ Chris Lee, director of Halo Infinite, has stepped back from the project.According to Bloomberg, Chris Lee has left the project and has placed Halo Infinite in the hands of the current team.Lee told Bloomberg he is looking for “future opportunities,” and is confident the team will “deliver a great game, and now is a good time for me to step away.”Microsoft confirmed the news, stating that Lee remains a Microsoft employee.Lee is the second high profile developer to leave the project, as 343 Industries creative director Tim Longo departed the studio…