Get Games are currently running a '2 for £10' sale on several Bethesda titles - though it's worth noting that many of these games often sell for less than £5 each in regular deals, making for a false saving here. As far as I can work out, buying Doom 3: BFG Edition and either Dishonored, Oblivion GOTY or Morrowind GOTY will save you a few quid.
Might be a good time to round out your collection, perhaps.
We've been talking about The Elder Scrolls franchise a lot lately, what with The Elder Scrolls Online being revealed, Dawnguard being officially announced and Morrowind turning ten in the same week. We've bantered about the past, present and future of the series in our latest PWNcast, and that got us thinking about what we'd like to see from future TES titles.
Whether we see our wish list implemented by Dawnguard, The Elder Scrolls Online or the next numerical Elder Scrolls sequel is irrelevant. This is what we want from the franchise - in order of how badly we want it.
Let's get this out of the way with early. Bethesda RPGs are almost immune to criticism about bugs and glitches, on merit of them being sensational, but goodwill will only get you so far. Skyrim nearly faltered as PS3 fans were subjected to horrific frame rates, and subsequent patches on all platforms frequently made things worse rather than better. With such a huge game, there will always be bugs - but our patience is finite. With luck, a new engine (sorry, Creation, but I think we still need a brand new one) will help to sort out TES VI.
The Elder Scrolls franchise - and Fallout 3, not to ignore Bethesda's other RPG - offer us more choice on a gameplay level than we sometimes know what to do with, and that's absolutely wonderful. Indeed, it's why most of us became fans in the first place. But The Elder Scrolls isn't good at allowing us to make the big decisions, most of which we're railroaded into by the storyline or faction-specific quests.Click here to read more...
The Elder Scrolls series cemented Bethesda's reputation as the undisputed kings of the open-world RPG... but since the barnstorming success of Oblivion, fans have been languishing in anticipation of the next title in the series. It has been a long and arduous wait, but a new report from Eurogamer Denmark states that the Elder Scrolls V is indeed in development... and will be a direct sequel to Oblivion.
[Our Bethesda source] confirmed, with official game documents in hand, that this will be the chronological sequel to what happened in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which is the latest game in the now 16-years-old Elder Scrolls saga and by itself one of the better RPGs for PC and consoles.
The sequel to Oblivion is coming, we can hereby confirm without hesitation. It's been a while since 2006, hasn't it?
We've long suspected that TES5 has been taking shape in the Bethsda skunkworks for some time... but with rumours of an MMO slant doing the rounds every now and again, we're glad of any confirmation that a direct canonical sequel to Oblivion is on the cards. It's been too long. We're so ready for this. [Eurogamer Denmark via EG]
We absolutely adored Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light when it hit the downloadable marketplaces this summer, but the lack of online cooperative play was absolutely exasperating. GOL was designed from the ground up to be played with a friend, after all. The Xbox 360 version received a cooperative patch last month, but a tweet from Crystal Dynamics has now confirmed PS3 owners can finally take their game online via a software update.
Apparently the PC patch is "coming soon." We'll let you know when it hits. [via VG247]
After myriad delays, rampant rumours and hundreds of apologetic twitter updates, the long-awaited Gran Turismo 5 will be releasing tomorrow. Note, however, that it will require an immediate and mandatory 133Mb patch to enable online play. Over the last few months, critics have been quick to point out that tastes have changed since Gran Turismo's last outing (notably the advent of cinematic racers like Burnout and Need For Speed)- so SCE UK Boss Ray Maguire has stepped up to the plate to state that we, as gamers, are still interested in the Gran Turismo experience. Just in case the overloaded forums and massive media exposure aren't enough proof.
We have to understand that the gaming landscape has changed and recognise that, but at the end of the day, I want it all. I don’t just want Angry Birds and Doodle Jump, I want Gran Turismo as well. Consumers will decide what they want to entertain themselves with at a certain point in time.
What’s interesting is that there’s been nothing until now on GT. That’s because the hardware that we have now allows for so much more freedom. The passion and the drive for excellence that Kazunori has is taking him all the way through to try and push the technology we have now. - SCE Ray Maguire To EG
In my Gamescom preview, I did note that GT5 doesn't provide the flashy and cinematic experience that many of its peers deliver. At the end of the day it comes down to personal taste.
So, here we go. Are you still interested? Can't wait for tomorrow? Or have you moved on to new pastures over the last few years? Have your say in the comments!
A few nights ago I attended the PC Zone magazine wake, which was pretty intense. Great laugh with some industry veterans and a whole bunch of thoroughly nice chaps and chapesses. Lots of people shouting the word C*nt very loud as well, as you'd expect when you throw so many reprobates into the same place together. Charlie Brooker wasn't there, but you can't have everything, I guess. What there was, though, was talking about games, even on a night such as this. And, to tie this in ever so tenuously with the theme of this particular column, there was talk of a certain game called Minecraft. I seem to be the only person in the world who doesn't care about it, but I also cared not a jot for Garry's Mod. And, as Minecraft can be paid for now, I officially rule it out of the discussion in this column. Do go have a look if you like all that creativity business, though, right here. It would be remiss of me never to even mention it.
So, that's that done and dusted. I never have to talk about that game ever again. Quick little mention for Dwarf Fortress, though, basically the ASCII version of Minecraft, which can be looked at here. Today we're in regular indie/free town, so none of these genre-spanning uber-games. Games about paper and cutting with scissors. That's much more the thing, not creating various Enterprises in a certain aforementioned game. Cut It is very much in the same mould as Crayon Physics Deluxe and things of that ilk, which was an extremely worthwhile little puzzler that suffered from repetition and some bonkers puzzles towards the end.
Cut It seems to be going down the same sort of road, but we've not been asked to part with cash for it yet, so it's much easier to forgive such issues. Creator Petri Purho is nothing if not prolific, and has a refreshing openness and willingness to put his ideas into practice that means, when one clicks with the public, any and all 'proper' developers scramble to steal his ideas and beat him to the punch.
The object of each level is to get the white box onto the green platform, with key concepts being introduced gradually. Soon you've gone from easy snips to stabbing yourself in the groin with the scissors in frustration. Like Crayon Physics, it's great at first, but there's the suspicion that pixel-perfect precision is too necessary in the later rounds, meaning only frustration rather than the satisfaction of solution. And, like Crayon Physics, the idea is a good one, so expect to see 20 different variants hurried out the door before a full version of Cut It comes out. Just remember where it came from, people.
Oblivion is the most recent instalment in Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series and a must have for any western rpg fan. It's crazy just how much game you get for your money with this deal; Oblivion is a game of almost unprecedented size and scope, at least as far as non-MMO console titles go. And that's before you factor in the extra content included in this Game of the Year version! The GotY extras include expansions Knights of the Nine and The Shivering Isles (which could easily make for a decent sized game in its own right). Thanks to goonertillidie at Hotukdeals!
Steam are currently offering the Game of the Year editions of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for a very discounted rate. The next best price for a downloadable version of the Game of the Year Deluxe edition of Oblivion is £19.95 from Direct2Drive. If you want the regular GotY edition on the other hand, a digital download from elsewhere will drain at least £14 more with the next best offer being £19.95 from Direct2Drive while a physical copy will set you back at least £26.56 (from Cool Shop).
The Game of the Year Edition includes the Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles expansion packs, while the Deluxe version also boasts the Fighters' Stronghold expansion, Vile Lair, Spell Tome Treasures, Mehrunes Razor and more.
Alternatively you can get the Deluxe GotY edition as part of the QuakeCon Pack which is comprised of 27 titles including a plethora of Quake and Doom games and the previous Elder Scrolls title Morrowind for just £49.99
This most recent instalment in the Elder Scrolls series is set in the Cyrodiil region of Tamriel and concerns the turmoil created when the Emperor dies without leaving an heir, allowing the Prince of hellish parallel world Oblivion to set into motion a plan to invade the peaceful kingdom. It is up to you, a humble prisoner, to find the Emperor's heir and help him to overcome Mehrunes Daegon and his dark minions.
However, this main plot can easily be little more than a backdrop if you choose to strike out on your own and explore all that the world of Cyrodiil has to offer. Wherever you go you will find caves, abandoned forts and strange ruins to investigate and pillage as well as plenty of side quests allowing you to play the wandering saint or lonely mercenary, moving from village to village running errands or taking care of problems. Or you can train with the Mages' Guild to become a top ranking wizard, become a master sneak in the Thieves' Guild or even indulge your dark side as a cold blooded killer as part of the Dark Brotherhood.
The expansion packs add even more value to this huge game; The Shivering Isles add-on actually gives you a whole new world to explore, filled with new flora and fauna and very different characters from those found in Cyrodiil.
I have never understood why many people turn their noses up at Oblivion; there is just so much here to keep you entertained and it is easy to lose, literally, hundreds of hours without even grazing upon the main quest. Of course it is not perfect, however. The main narrative is somewhat slight which is a shame but it is perfectly serviceable and entertaining enough and the fact that Sean Bean, Patrick Stuart and Terence Stamp all lend their voices to characters really adds to its appeal. It's a shame that elsewhere the voice acting is so skimpy with far too many characters sharing a single voice and some real hit and miss moments. Worst of all, there are glitches galore, some of which can be fatal to your game which is obviously a massive issue.
Problems aside, Oblivion is one of my favourite games of recent years and represents a massive achievement from Bethesda and this deluxe version is a total steal at this price.
Thanks to kidblast at Hotukdeals!
Oblivion allows players to escape into the beautiful plains of Cyrodiil, what you do there is your choice, and believe me you won't be short of options.
You can grab the Game of The Year edition from Asda for £8.93, which is a bargain for a game of this calibre and'll save you just over £1 on the next best offer of £9.98 from Amazon and GameStation.
The game allows you to explore a massive environment, every inch of which looks amazing. The longevity of the game is just as impressive, and I've clocked up well over a hundred hours without even scratching the main quest, spending the majority of that time joining and working my way up the various guilds and completing the numerous side quests that are dotted around.
The gameplay is a mix of first person shooter and classic RPG, with the option to switch into 3rd person if you prefer. Your time'll be divided between talking to the huge number of characters you'll find throughout the game and battling enemies using weapons and magic.
The Game of the Year edition also includes the two expansion packs, Kinghts of the Nine and Shivering Isles. Kinghts of the Nine is quite short in comparison to the majority of quests in the game and the armour you'll receive on completion isn't bad but you'll be stripped of it if you do even the slightest thing wrong, which is incredibly frustrating as you'll have to go on a large pilgrimage around the environment to absolve your sins and wear the armour once more. Shivering Isles is much bigger by comparison and takes place into an insane realm, which is divided up into two sections, Mania and Dementia. I love the contrast to the rest of the world that Shivering Isles offers and the weapons and armour you can pick up are among some of the best you'll come across.
Oblivion is still one of the best games out there and is a great investment as you'll be able to create a range of unique characters for multiple play throughs, which should keep you entertained for a long time.
Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD
Two phenomenal games for an unbelievable price, what more could you want from a deal. Bioshock throws you into the chaotic underwater city of Rapture, whilst Oblivion allows you to roam the plains of Cyrodiil.
Picking up copies of the two games separately will set you back £18.89, so with this deal you're saving £11.90! And don't forget to check out our ShopTo vouchers promo to save a further £1.
Bioshock is one of those games that hooks and reels you in immediately, with a plot full of twists and turns. The city of Rapture is truly breathtaking, and feels like you're playing within a living breathing character. The combat system combines the use of plasmids and conventional weapons, creating a number of ways to dispatch enemies, some of which depend on their location within the environment, for example zapping splicers standing in water with your electrobolt plasmid or igniting a pool of oil they're standing in using the incinerate plasmid.
Oblivion may well be my favourite game ever! I've clocked up a ridiculous amount of time with several different characters, without even scratching the surface of the main game. It's crowning achievement is the sheer amount of variation in the different characters you can create and the size of the environments, which leads to a completely different experience on each play through. It seems that there are a never ending list of missions and tasks that you can undertake, and I for one have never completed all of them. My copy of the game is for the Xbox 360, but I would kill for the chance to pick up a copy on the PC, for the impressive list of online modifications and add-ons.
Both games have picked up a huge list of awards and if you want to find out why, or maybe you parted with your original copies and have wanted them back ever since, you couldn't ask for a better price.
Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD
We like this deal, and it pops up quite a bit because other people seem to as well and pounce upon it whenever there are copies in stock, leaving many a buyer saddened and disheartened when said stock evaporates. But there's awesome news! Gameplay has the PC version of this RPG-tastic bumper pack back in stock, and a copy could be yours for just 6.99. This'll save you about a fiver, seeing as the nearest competitor - Play.com - is selling the double pack for £11.99.
Just thinking about the number of hours thee two games combined togetehr have to offer is enough to make a man go slightly dizzy. Let's start with Bioshock. The spiritual successor to the fantastic System Shock 2 is an FPS-RPG of wondrous design and brilliantly implemented gameplay mechanics.
In Rapture, the game has perhaps one of the most fully realised gaming environments seen in the last ten years. Bioshock tells the twisting tale of a utopian vision gone badly wrong, where stimulant-addicts lurk in the shadows waiting to cut your throat, and young girls are harvested for their implanted superhuman capabilities. There are a bunch of mean-spirited drill enthusiasts thrown in for fun too. Bioshock is a feast for the eyes, ears and mind: a fully rounded game that drags us into its world through all of the details and a gripping narrative, and never lets go.
Oblivion, by contrast, simply plonks you down in the middle of the vast country Cyrodiil and after an hour or two of kicking it with Patrick Stewart the game sets you free to do pretty much whatever you please. Fancy becoming an assassin? Go for it. Need some money? Well, you could become a thief and break into people's houses for their valuable loot, you could go off and slay fantastical creatures for their pelts, or maybe dabble in some gladiatorial gambling. In fact there's so much to do in Oblivion that you'll happily wander around trying out lots of different things for hours on end, until you near the triple digit mark and remember that there's a story mission somewhere you completely forgot about.
Put simply, these are two brilliant games that any RPG fan worth their salt needs to own. They're so good, in fact, that they'll probably end up converting several people as well. At this price, they're an absolute steal!
Thanks to JayW at HUKD
Are you a fan of engrossing, well-made games with gripping storylines, gameplay with tons of depth and significant replayability? Well if you are then you've probably heard of these two stellar action-RPGs already. What you might have missed, however, is that you can now pick up the both of them as a sweet double pack for just £9.99 from Play.com. Individually, you'd have to shell out a little bit more as the nearest competition for Bioshock is £8 from ShopTo, with Oblivion at £10.50 from CoolShop.
These are two exceptional games that, if I'm being really honest, haven't dated a bit - except perhaps in the graphics department. Having said that, the underwater would-be utopia of Bioshock's Rapture is still pretty beautiful to behold, and the gripping, cinematic storytelling, level-design and fearsome, disturbing foes are no less striking now than they were a year or so back. This combination of first-person shooter and action-RPG will feel very similar to anyone who played its predecessor System Shock 2, but I'd argue that Bioshock almost trumps that gaming masterpiece. There's a lot of palaver over actually getting the game started for the first time on the PC, but once you're away you quickly get the perception that you're playing through a true modern classic. Well, at least I did.
Oblivion is a different game of sorts. Developed by Bethesda - the company behind the massively award-winning Fallout 3 - this is a grander and more expansively designed open world RPG than its apocalyptic cousin. The sheer amount of options open to you, the number of different ways you can play through this epic saga, the depth of character customisation, are still breathtaking. You want to be seven foot tall combat juggernaut? Go right ahead. You want to try giving Dumbledore a run for his money and playing as a massively powerful mage? It's entirely up to you. Fancy doing a bit of everything, freelancing as a gladiator and beast hunter whilst becoming a paid assassin on the side? Sure thing! In amongst the numerous side quests, the caves, castles and cabins that dot the landscape ripe for exploration, and the engaging main storyline is a beauty of a game.
I'm of the opinion that games this good don't come around very often. If you haven't checked these two out yet and want to experience some of the best that video gaming has to offer, this is definitely a good place to start!
Lydia posted the best deal for the Xbox 360 version a few days back, and the deal is still on. You can find it here if you prefer twin joysticks to a mouse and keyboard.
Thanks to andywedge from Hotukdeals
If, for some crazy reason, you own an Xbox 360 but you still do not have these two top class games which each provide some of the best experiences that the console has to offer, then you should be pleased to hear that you can buy the two in a neat little package that will save you a packet! Shop To are currently selling the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion/Bioshock double pack for just £17.99, over £5 more than the next best price from Everything Play.
This fourth edition of the Elder Scrolls series and Bioshock offer two really quite different gaming experiences, so seem an odd pairing. However, both are absolute classics of the current console generation and anyone with a console should at least try them both.
Bioshock is probably my favourite game on the 360 (yes, it's so darn fantastic that I can even overlook the frankly immensely disappointing ending). An action adventure/FPS shooter combination with more style and substance than a years worth of the rubbish Hollywood seems to churn out these days. While visually it cannot stand up to the very best that the console has to offer in technical terms, it still has the best level design I have seen on the 360; its setting, Rapture, is a masterpiece. This incredible art deco dystopia is an environment unlike any other and you will want to explore every inch and uncover all of its many secrets.
Oblivion also offers you a fascinating world full of secrets and history to explore but on a much greater and somewhat diluted level. Tamriel is an incredibly vast wonderland, choc full of caves, mines, abandoned forts and curious ancient ruins all waiting to be discovered and plundered.
It offers extremely deep character customisation allowing you to play in whichever way you wish, be it as sneak, warrior, mage or cold blooded mercenary. As well as a fun and engaging, if somewhat slight, main story, there are near-uncountable side quests to steal away your hours, guilds to join, gladiatorial matches to sate your blood lust and a whole world to turn over.
This is a great opportunity to right a grievous wrong and get your hands on these two essential titles!
Thanks to Reaper200 at Hotukdeals!
It sounds like we're in for a long wait for the next Elder Scrolls instalment so if you're in the mood for some epic adventuring and for some reason do not have Oblivion already then it may interest you to know that Shop To are currently offering the PC version for a mere £5.99. The next best price I have found is £12.60 so you stand to save over £6!
Oblivion tells of the events that unfold after the Emperor of Tamriel dies without leaving an heir; a worryingly state of affairs that leaves the realm open to invasion from the world of Oblivion, a harsh land filled with hostile creatures who aren't too fond of humans (or elves, or orcs, or two legged reptilian/feline races).
However, to complete the main quest is to merely scratch the surface - Tamriel is a huge, living world, just waiting to be explored. In fact you may choose to forego the central storyline entirely. There are side-quests a-plenty as well as caves, forts and strange ancients ruins just waiting to be plundered for all the riches that they hide. You can play as one of the ten different races that populate the vast continent of Cyrodiil and customise your character to be a mage, warrior, thief or anything in between. You can make your own moral choices too, though the game could be improved by more far reaching consequences from the decisions that you make.
Thanks to QenTox at Hotukdeals!
Oblivion is one of those games that you either love or hate. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, there's no denying the scope of the game's achievement. This is the western role playing game genre at its most epic and it is easy to lose yourself for hours in the world of Tamriel without even making a dent on the main quest. The Game of the Year Edition includes the expansions "Shivering Isles" and "Knights of the Nine" which add even more depth and value.
Zavvi are currently offering the Game of the Year edition of the game for £9.95 which is a considerable mark-down; even used copies on Amazon are more expensive at the moment and the next cheapest price for a new copy is £14.73 from thehut. It's worth bearing in mind that confusion can arise when shopping around for this game thanks to the differing prices between original and platinum versions.
Oblivion is the most recent instalment of the Elder Scrolls series and, it seems, the last one we are likely to get for some time, as mentioned in the recent gaming news post. Set in the lush but rather generic province of Cyrodiil, you begin the game as an escaped prisoner and go on to become... whatever you want!
Follow the main quest and you can close the gates to Oblivion to become the hero of Tamriel. But you can just as easily avoid this path altogether and choose to be more of a small time saint/lonely mercenary; visiting villages and towns, running errands and solving problems for the citizens. Or you can follow the path of magic in the Mages Guild, sneak through ancient ruins, dank caves or abandoned mines, looting and pillaging or even become a cold blooded assassin, as part of the scourge of Cyrodiil "The Dark Brotherhood".
The world is huge, often gorgeous and bursting at the seams with places to explore, mysteries to uncover and people just waiting to see you for a chin-wag. The Shivering Isles add-on gives you a whole new world to explore, filled with very different characters and far more colourful and exciting scenery than that present in the main game.
Combat is frantic, fast and fun and magic is far less fiddly and frustrating than in the previous Elder Scrolls title Morrowind. It is visually very pleasing and the soundtrack fits well, despite being repetitive.
Oblivion is by no means perfect: many people see the game as hollow, lacking in characterisation, devoid of any real choices and shallow despite its scale. Other complaints centre around the level-scaling which can seemingly remove all reward for increasing your own level.
The vast swathes of non-player characters, with just a few voices to share between them is jarring and can zap you straight back to reality. At times, the voice acting is hilariously hit and miss, with beggars sounding suitably down-trodden when approaching you for a coin, in order to "git some shoes" then suddenly switching to perfect clipped tones when responding to a question. (But hey, maybe it's not so weird when coming from "Irlav the faker"...) Perhaps worst of all the game often suffers from glitches that can vary from causing mild irritation to potentially ruining your game - serious stuff when saved games can incorporate hundreds of hours of play.
Despite all these concerns, I personally love Oblivion and rarely get tired of trawling through cave after cave, sneaking and looting... but then this could just be because I am the kind of simple minded fool who would probably spend hours at a time chasing my own tail, if only I had one.
If you like the idea of getting your hands on two great games for the price of one, check out this deal being offered by The Hut. For just £12.73 you can get both Bioshock and Oblivion, which is a fantastic deal given that Oblivion alone would set you back nearly £15. The cheapest price for a brand new copy of Bioshock is £8.99, so altogether that’s a combined saving of over £9!
Not bad at all - especially considering these games are some of the best releases in recent years. However Bioshock definitely has the edge on Oblivion, and is easily one the best first person shooters on market. One of the greatest things about Bioshock is its mind blowing story. It follows the exploits of an everyday man called Jack who, after surviving a plane crash, stumbles across the entrance to an underground Utopian society called ‘Rapture’. Jack finds that this once prosperous civilization has been torn apart after a war over ADAM: a material capable of enhancing beings on a genetic level.
Jack has to fight his way through Rapture and, if he hopes to acquire ADAM, defeat the guardians of the Little Sisters known as ‘Big Daddies’. The ‘Little Sisters’ contain the last reserves of ADAM, and to posses it, Jack must decide whether he is willing - just like the people of Rapture – to turn his back on his humanity. But overall this is one of the most atmospheric and gripping first person shooters of recent times, if not, ever…
Oblivion on the other hand is an RPG game which, unlike Bioshock, is more true to the tradition of the fantasy/adventure game genre. The player plays as an escaped convict who must fight to stop a fanatical cult from releasing the evils - contained within a realm called Oblivion – into the mortal world. The game was very well reviewed by critics. Some reviews gave the game a perfect all round score, while the likes of IGN gave it a massive 9.3. So if you love a good RPG and are into fantasy, Oblivion is the perfect game for you.
All in all, it’s not often that you get two great titles in a deal like this. So take advantage of this offer before it’s too late!