I spent most of my extended winter break playing The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition. There are so many new games I could have played with that time, but the fact that I chose to spend it with Skyrim is a testament to how good the game is a decade after its release, and how different it is from modern RPGs. It's been about ten years since I last played Skyrim and last lost hundreds of hours wandering its mountain ranges and exploring its network of dank caves. But as soon as I boot up the anniversary edition on my PS5 I can feel the pull of its allure, made even more appealing by lightning-fast loading screens and higher quality visuals. Dragonborn wanderer In Skyrim, aimlessness is encouraged. Most modern RPGs seem hesitant to give players free time, choosing instead to offer up a barrage of side-quests straight out of the gate or crowd the world map with POIs. But Skyrim is very content to leave you alone, choosing to show most waypoints on just the compass in … [Read more...] about Why I spent my winter break playing Skyrim instead of any new game
The room shifts ever so slightly to the right, back to centre, then left and back again. Lightbulbs flicker above, then pop like bubble wrap. A child's xylophone plays a looping, unsettling melody against the omnipresent purr of a ship's engine somewhere in the distance. You ease tentatively down the red carpeted aisle of the lunch hall as its bloated patrons moan through contorted expressions and slump to the floor before you. When the closing 10 minutes of a horror game evokes everything from Greek mythology to the works of Guillermo del Toro, Tim Burton, Hunter S. Thompson, and Roald Dahl in one swoop, it's doing something right. Little Nightmares is bloody terrifying, right to the very end. "Ultimately, you're a small child in a wilderness not meant for children. And with that, everything is planned so meticulously on a design level, from the layout of levels, to movement patterns of enemies, the timing of scares, and audio cues," says Little Nightmares senior producer Lucas … [Read more...] about Creativity and risk are driving modern horror games – but where does the genre go next?
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said he is keen to revive Activision franchises the publisher has recently ignored. Spencer also suggested Activision studios such as Crash Bandicoot 4 developer Toys for Bob would also be released from its recent retooling to become cogs in the Call of Duty machine. "I was looking at the IP list, I mean, let's go!" Spencer told The Washington Post . "'King's Quest,' 'Guitar Hero,'... I should know this but I think they got 'HeXen.'" On the topic of developers like Toys for Bob, Spencer said his team would talk to studios about working on games from Activision Blizzard's franchise history. "We're hoping that we'll be able to work with them when the deal closes to make sure we have resources to work on franchises that I love from my childhood, and that the teams really want to get," Spencer continued. "I'm looking forward to these conversations. I really think it's about adding resources and increasing capability." Aside from Crash, Guitar Hero … [Read more...] about Xbox boss keen to revive dormant Activision franchises
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick held an internal meeting on the morning of 20th January to address employee concerns about the Microsoft acquisition . However, according to a report by The Washington Post , employees were left frustrated. The "Fireside Chat", which took place over video conference, was just 16 minutes long instead of the billed 30 minutes. Kotick rocked up seven minutes late and failed to respond to fielded questions submitted by employees in advance of the meeting. Instead of addressing employee concerns around the takeover and the ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit, he discussed Microsoft's interest in the metaverse and joked that employees wouldn't have to migrate to Microsoft Teams. "I can tell you that my commitment to the company is [to] remain in my role," said Kotick. "Once the deal closes, what I've committed to Microsoft is I will stay as long as is necessary to ensure that we have a great integration and a great transition." Employees … [Read more...] about Bobby Kotick frustrates Activision Blizzard employees at internal meeting
Activision's Call of Duty charity, the Call of Duty Endowment, is not technically a part of Activision Blizzard, and for that reason, it might not be included in the proposed sale to Microsoft. The details are still being worked out, though, and there are no firm answers yet about what will happen should Microsoft's deal to buy Activision Blizzard go through. Contract details for the proposed Microsoft/Activision Blizzard acquisition have been published, and the document includes a line pertaining to the Call of Duty Endowment. It points out, "CODE is not a part of Activision Blizzard. It is an independent non-profit organization." It goes on to say: "We are at the beginning of a comprehensive integration planning process that will help finalize the specifics of the future organization and this will take some time. There are currently no changes to our anticipated events or pipeline." The Call of Duty Endowment Bowl was scheduled to take place on December 10 as a live event … [Read more...] about What Will Happen To Activision’s Call Of Duty Charity After Microsoft Buyout?
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A full list of Uncharted The Lost Legacy hidden trophies will help keep you informed about all the secret achievements and challenges hidden around this robust spin-off game. There's a total of 21 hidden trophies hidden around this particular instalment, making trophies in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy as much a hidden treasure as any of the adventurer's loot. We've laid out all Uncharted The Lost Legacy hidden trophies and how to complete them. General challenges and trophies The Way of the Warrior (Gold) - Make it to the outskirts of Halebidu in Chapter 5 without using a firearm or explosive This basically means beginning a new game and getting all the way to the start of Chapter 5 without using any weapons. Make sure you start a new game and don't carry over any stats or Treasures - we recommend playing on Explorer difficulty take make things easier. Ignore any weapons in Chapters 3 and 4, and instead use only stealth takedowns and melee attacks on any enemies you … [Read more...] about Uncharted The Lost Legacy hidden trophies full list
The existence of an ending for Ubisoft's annual Assassin's Creed series is "not exactly true", one of the franchise's lead writers has said. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail told Eurogamer last year that the developer had "an idea of where the end is, what the end is", despite the mega-selling franchise having no end in sight. Speaking to Edge , Assassin's Creed Revelations and Black Flag scribe Darby McDevitt has now said that while the current story arc may have a conclusion, the series could still continue. "There's been a bit of confusion in that [Ismail] once said that Assassin's Creed has an ending - that's not exactly true," he explained. "This storyline has an ending, but because all of history is open to us we see the universe as a Doctor Who type thing. There are so many possibilities we don't want to definitively end the universe, but we can have storylines that have endings." McDevitt described last year's piratey adventure Black Flag as a … [Read more...] about Assassin’s Creed series ending existence “not exactly true”
Assassin's Creed developer Ubisoft has said it has ideas in place for the series' eventual ending - whenever that might be. In a conversation with Eurogamer, Assassin's Creed 4 game director Ashraf Ismail explained the franchise's bosses had a rough idea of how they wanted the series to finish. "We have multiple development teams, then we have the brand team that sits on top and is filled with writers and designers concerned with the series' overall arc," Ismail explained. "So there is an overall arc, and each iteration has its place inside this. "We have an idea of where the end is, what the end is. But of course Yves [Guillemot, Ubisoft's overall boss] announced we are a yearly title, we ship one game a year. So depending on the setting, depending on what fans want, we've given ourselves room to fit more in this arc. But there is an end." "We have an idea of where the end is, what the end is. But of course Yves announced we are a yearly title." One advantage of having … [Read more...] about “There is an end” to the Assassin’s Creed series, Ubisoft says
Call of Duty has been the best-selling video game series in the US for 13 years in a row now , but despite that, there have reportedly been discussions about no longer releasing the series annually. According to a report from Bloomberg , "high-level employees have discussed moving away from the annual release schedule..." as part of Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but the report said "there's a belief among many Call of Duty developers that releasing games at a slower cadence will please players and help bolster the franchise." This change could happen in 2023, or potentially later, the report said. 2022's new Call of Duty game, which is said to be a sequel to Infinity Ward's hugely popular Modern Warfare reboot , is poised to "redeem the franchise's fortunes," Bloomberg's report said. "Slowing down the Call of Duty release schedule may lighten developers' intense workloads and could provide new opportunities for … [Read more...] about Call Of Duty Might Stop Being A Yearly Series, But Maybe Not Soon Or Ever