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Bethesda Softworks confirms that a number of top film stars will be lending their voices to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, including Christopher Plummer ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," "The Insider"), Max Von Sydow ("The Exorcist," "Minority Report"), and Joan Allen ("The Contender," "The Bourne Ultimatum").

"Christopher Plummer, a two-time Emmy Award winner, two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee, takes on the role of Arngeir, a powerful Greybeard elder. An order of philosopher monks who are masters of the Way of the Voice, the Greybeards live in silent isolation atop Skyrim's largest mountain."

"Academy Award nominee, Max Von Sydow, stars as Esbern, a chronicler and agent of the Blades who has survived in hiding. Long obsessed with the foretold return of the dragon Alduin, the World Eater, Esbern will teach you how to confront this epic evil."

"Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee, Joan Allen, will be making her videogame debut as Delphine, one of the last remaining members of the Blades ' an ancient warrior society once sworn to protect the Emperor. Like you, Delphine is trying to unravel the mystery of the dragons' return."

Additional cast includes:

  • Michael Hogan ("Battlestar Galactica"), who plays Imperial General Tullius, in charge of crushing the Stormcloak rebellion.
  • Vladimir Kulich ("The 13th Warrior," "Smoking Aces") portrays Hogan's nemesis Ulfric Stormcloak, Jarl of Windhelm and charismatic leader of the Stormcloaks, who aims to make Skyrim independent of the Empire.
  • Claudia Christian ("Babylon 5") joins the cast as Legate Rikke, General Tullius's chief lieutenant, a loyal Imperial officer as well as a Nord who firmly believes Skyrim must remain part of the Empire.
  • Diane Louise Salinger ("Carnivale"), Renee Victor ("Weeds"), and Saturday Night Live-alum George Coe ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon") round out the star-studded cast of more than 70 different voice actors delivering over 60,000 lines of dialogue.

Check out the recent gameplay footage from Skyrim and be prepared on November 11, 2011, when the game will be available in stores.

"still think jonathan statham needs to be in there somewhere :) as some mercenary :) - araczynski"21


Activision releases the X-Men: Destiny launch trailer:

The game is all about choices, apparently, as the recent X-Men: Destiny video explains.

"Never been a fan of X-men games, but this one looks decent, more than the other Diablo-esque titles. - WereGerbel"3



The third installment in the survival horror series Dead Space is supposedly going to take place on an icy planet named Tau Volantis. Evidently, there won't be much traversing through space ships this time around, if this report is to be believed.

In the beginning of Dead Space 3, Isaac Clarke, the central character of the series, crash-lands on this icy new world and for a while is convinced that he's the only survivor. He heads to an abandoned waystation, to hide from a powerful snowstorm. Turns out there is another survivor, badly injured.

Pretty soon Isaac discovers that Ellie (a crucial character in the Dead Space series) is located at a nearby facility. Immediately after that, Isaac snatches a snowsuit and goes out in the blizzard to find her.

Mind you, other new characters are reportedly in the picture as well, such as a character named Jennifer. "The trio scale a mountain, but Jennifer is reluctant to do so. She's a tech type excited over finding a codex and plans to reverse engineer research by a group called Rosetta to gain access to it. As they climb up the mountain, they hear a howl from below, but cannot spot what kind of creature made the sound," reports Siliconera.

"Don't hurt Yeti you bastards ! - Un Om Bun"7


Namco confirmed that Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is going to feature plenty of downloadable content following the game's launch. Here's a few screenshots from the DLC:


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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is going to hit stores on October 14 for PS3 and Xbox 360.

"Should I say it? Yes, I think I will. Needs more explosions! - stochinblockin"2


A rather psychotic trailer for The Darkness 2 emphasizes the origins of the Darkness entity and how it affects Jackie Estacado, the main character.

The Darkness 2 is in development for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms and will be available in February, 2012.

"Did I just watch the trailer for an emo action game? - optimus slime"4



Color me suitably pissed off. Personally, I had my heart set on Ubisoft deliver some sort of logical/puzzle action adventure with strong survival elements. Buuut, that's just me. On the other hand, 'I Am Still Alive' is being described as a 3rd person action game. Not only that, but albeit initially designed as retail release, Ubi means to launch this as a download title for PSN and Xbox Live.

"This is an action game in which players assume the role of a man who must find his family in a post-apocalyptic world. From a third-person perspective, players traverse through city ruins and use a machete to kill human enemies in melee-style combat," that's according to the the Mature ESRB rating summary.

It continues: "Battles are accompanied by realistic gunfire, slashing sounds, and cries of pain; characters emit brief splashes of blood when hit. Players have the ability to kill or knock unconscious wounded/vulnerable enemies via finishing moves (e.g., throat slashing, impaling, pistol-whipping); these scenes are highlighted by close-up camera angles and increased player control (e.g., on-screen prompts with button-press sequences)."

"During the course of the game, players encounter women who can be saved from nearby enemies; sexual mistreatment is sometimes implied in the dialogue (e.g., 'These guys kept me as their pet, or mascot, or something.'). One sequence depicts the background silhouette of a man fondling and threatening a captured female survivor; the exchange includes phrases such as 'Do you hear me? Don't touch me!' and 'Don't be like that. You know I can make your life a lot easier if you would just cooperate.'

"The words "p*ssy," "f**k," and "sh*t" can be heard in the dialogue." - (that's the best thing we've heard so far).

So, essentially, plenty of action, finishing moves and QTEs. That's just terrific.

Source.

"God, I hope this is an action-adventure game and not just another God of War clone. - Fatty"14


So the whole non-skill-tree-constant-internet-connection-wow-style-gameplay thing Diablo 3 has going for it, may lead to two things. Number one; it's definitely going to trigger a huge tidal wave of cash directly towards Blizzard HQ. Number two; it's also going to trigger a massive tidal wave of vomit from people who just aren't into this sort of thing anymore. In terms of gameplay, Blizzard appears to have chosen a string of practical solutions, as opposed to creating something a bit more complex. It's like they're scared that the game might slow down in the sense that players might actually have to stop, think for a while or indeed make certain choices about how they want to play their game. Ever since folks started to lose interest in WoW, Blizzard got more and more obsessed about 'keeping people in the game'. They're afraid to lose their community, which seems absurd, because so far, most of their design decisions for Diablo 3 are clearly the opposite of what the fucking community wants. So, once again, it seems, it's about watering the experience down for the casual gamer and dare I say, the average console couch fag. Now, being a passionate gamer, I enjoy both console and PC games (looks like I'm a couch fag too), as most of you know, but from what we've seen in Diablo 3, making the experience 'accessible' to everyone is Blizzard's top concern here. Pleasing hardcore fans (and there are a lot of them) is way down on the developer's list of priorities.

Damn, I never thought I'd hear myself sounding so bitter. I mean let's get one thing straight, I don't think Diablo 2 is a perfect game. And Diablo 3 is still a hack'n'slashing click-fest. It's a straightforward game and it always has been. Therefore, it has the tendency to attract casual audiences. In the end, I'm afraid gamers will just bite the bullet on this one and gulp down whatever Blizzard brings to the table.

"Bullets are for shooting people, not eating. As for Blizzard setting the table it looks like some... - Zenmuron"33







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