Bethesda just announced a massive open world RPG that’s coming to next-generation consoles, including a release date for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Elder Scrolls 6 will be called The Elder Scrolls 6, and it will be out sometime in 2018, according to the official press release. This is the first time a Bethesda game has been called by a single name, and it’s a pretty big deal for the developer.
The news is hard to ignore. Bethesda confirmed they were working on a new Elder Scrolls game for next-gen consoles and PC earlier this year, which many people took as confirmation of a new Elder Scrolls 6. Well, the truth is there won’t be a new Elder Scrolls 6 for quite a long time, as Bethesda has yet to even announce the game – and they aren’t talking – and we won’t be seeing it until at least 2020. So, we’ll just have to wait and see what the company has in mind for us next.
Is the next Elder Scrolls game going to be set in Hammerfell? (Photo courtesy of Bethesda)
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There will be no more cat humans. Although many people are thrilled about Starfield, I’m a fantasy lover who is looking forward to its release for a different reason: so Bethesda can focus on The Elder Scrolls 6.
I’m not sure whether non-fans are aware, but there has been a lot of discussion over where the game will be set, since they’re always set in a new part of the world that was referenced in a prior post but never the primary setting. Obviously, there are a limited amount of them, and although they might be used to create a new continent or something, many believe Bethesda has been leaking information via map pictures and even rust on the side of a Starfield spacecraft control panel (really!).
All of the evidence, in my opinion, leads to Hammerfell. It’s described as being extremely vast, and it’s home to the Redguards, which avoids the issue of fantasy games only being about white people, and it implies The Elder Scrolls 6: Hammerfell will be the game’s name. I believe that knowing that name sounds good is pretty much all Bethesda will need to make a choice.
Elsweyr, which is home to the Khajiit cat people, is the next best option, but… no. Thank you, but I’m not interested in a game that revolves entirely on cat people. The fan art alone would be too much to stomach. Vinny
Low-cost and cheerful When the PlayStation 5 was initially unveiled approximately a year ago, I had to admit that I loved the look. I felt it was a bold new appearance for Sony’s new machine, and let’s face it, last generation’s offerings in terms of console design were, at best, poor. I loved the two-tone black and white clean edges, and I thought it looked unlike anything we’d seen before.
That grew on me over time, and now that I’ve seen one in the wild and heard from others that it’s not very useful horizontally, I’m not so keen on it anymore.
The true winner of the best-looking current-gen computer, in my opinion, has to be the Xbox Series S. Its sharp looking clean cut edges, somewhat modest yet eye arresting design was precisely what I anticipated from Apple when rumors of them entering the console industry a decade ago circulated.
Considering it’s the cheapest current-gen home console on the market (excluding the Switch Lite, which is exclusively for portable gaming), I’d have to say it’s the most expensive-looking system of the bunch.
Of course, none of this matters since no one spends much time looking at the machine while playing games on the big screen, but it’s great to not have an eyesore next to your television for no purpose. highway 77
GC: That’s very much our stance as well.
Everyone has one. The last Hot Topic was excellent, and I applaud the GC team for inviting feedback. It emphasized how subjective evaluations may be, as well as why it’s pointless to get enraged when you disagree with a score.
I wasn’t shocked to see Red Dead Redemption 2 mentioned, since my own feelings on the game have changed over time. I can see why some people believe it’s way overrated, yet I can also see why other people think it’s one of the greatest games ever created.
I believe I fall somewhere in the center of the spectrum. I like the atmosphere that Rockstar has created, and it is just stunning. The gaming mechanics, on the other hand, are irritating and just obsolete. My main criticism is how cinematic they made it, to the point where I think they should have produced a film if that is the narrative they demand every player go through.
I believe it is extremely simple to pick out things that might or could have been done to enhance Red Dead Redemption 2, and this, in my opinion, implies it does not earn the title of “greatest game ever.” That isn’t to say I don’t believe it’s a fantastic accomplishment, and I’ve had a great time playing it; it’s simply my own opinion. Matt PS: I remember seeing someone cite South Park on the N64 as a review they didn’t agree with, and it brought back memories. £50 saved up as a teenager was squandered on the game, thanks in large part to the Nintendo magazine’s 90 percent rating. That day, I learned a valuable lesson.
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This is an old issue. Here’s a fun game that I’ve devised. I don’t believe it’s Hot Topic material, but we’ll see what happens. It’s possible that I’ll be the only one that plays! It’s always disappointing when a critically praised game fails to meet your expectations for whatever reason. At what point, and for which games, would it be reasonable to call it a day and go on?
The major one, for example, is Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. When is the appropriate moment to quit up if this game isn’t accomplishing anything for you personally? You gave it your best go, but it’s not for you. Tough. I’d recommend going to Dodongo’s Cavern (the second dungeon) and, preferably, defeating the level’s monster.
Now, if you really despise something, you can quit up in a matter of seconds, but if you can go beyond the first few chambers of the cavern and didn’t like it, or maybe simply didn’t fall in love with it, it’s probably better to put the game back on the shelf. There’s more to come, but if you haven’t been blown away by that point, you won’t be.
That makes logical, right? What additional examples do the others have? DMR
GC: That isn’t a very current example.
Doesn’t add up So, Jurassic World Evolution 2 has a release date, and I’m pre-ordering it next week. I’ve given up on Call of Duty because all you do is spend your time screaming at the screen, and if I’m being honest, you do the same thing over and over again, and it’s becoming tedious. Hopefully, next year’s Call Of Duty will be Modern Warfare 2 (I adore modern-day Call Of Duty), which would pique my interest once again.
Battlefield is too similar to Black Ops 3, it’s set in the future, everyone will be raving about it for a few months, then it’ll be “I’m sick of it,” therefore, yes, Jurassic World Evolution 2 is on my list. I can’t wait for it to come out; it’ll keep me occupied throughout the winter months till the PlayStation 4/5 exclusives, hopefully, arrive. David
GC: You’re tired of seeing the same thing over and again, but you’re hoping for a sequel to a reboot in the next game?
There will be no competition. The second-hand game market will be obliterated by Game Pass. That’s it, I’ve said it! I anticipate a Sony competitor to emerge in the future, and Nintendo may be forced to follow suit as well.
I’ve owned an Xbox One X since February, but I’ve just recently signed up for Game Pass Ultimate. From the time I got my new console, Game Pass seemed like a wonderful bargain, but I’m in my 40s and have my head buried in the sand, unable to alter my habits and always preferring to purchase physical copies of games. In the computer games business, things change quickly, and I’ve had to give in and adapt.
I joined up on the day Psychonauts 2 was launched, saving me £50 on the game right away. Forza Horizon 5 is a must-have for me, thus the cost of those two titles is almost equal to the cost of a full year of Game Pass Ultimate. When you consider that I signed up for a month for £1 and received a three-month membership for free, it’s a no-brainer financially.
I’ve downloaded around 20 games so far, and I can’t claim they’re all excellent. Maneater and Steep quickly became tedious to me. The Unravel games are entertaining enough to pass the time before going to bed. I haven’t played a FIFA game since 2009, and I’m now playing FIFA 21 on the service. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is something I wouldn’t have tried before, but it’s something I love playing now that I have.
There’s a lot to choose from. I felt like a child in a candy store, downloading everything I could before realizing I could only play one game at a time. When you first join up and see all of the games available, it’s hard to believe they’re all free.
I dislike purchasing digital versions of games, but I’ve got to admit that Microsoft has won me over. I despise having to alter my methods, and I despise it even more! But I’ve got to adapt to the changing times.
I’m sure I’ll continue to buy physical copies of the games I like, but they’ll be few and far between now.
High-street gaming shops will have to reconsider their business strategies since they will no longer be able to compete if these subscription services take traction. Nick The Greek is a fictional character created by Nick The Greek
Retrospectively, I just funded a game called Goodboy Galaxy on Kickstarter, which is a platformer made for the Game Boy Advance. It’s being physically released on Game Boy Advance(!) and Switch; I was going to write in and say that all of the physical copies had sold out before I could buy one, but they’ve now made more (unlimited) available for Game Boy Advance and Switch, so I now have digital versions for both the Game Boy Advance and the PC, as well as a physical copy for the Game Boy Advance.
For the Switch version, it’s also available digitally. It has already surpassed its initial £18,000 target by a significant margin. Andrew J. is a member of the Andrew J. PS: From 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 2nd, Yoku’s Island Express will be available for free on the Epic Games Store for PC. It was fun when it initially came out on PlayStation 4, and I suggest it.
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Redemption’s Breath When Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is added to the mix, I believe the claim that no one else can make games like Rockstar becomes difficult. Breath Of The Wild is a much more sophisticated and ambitious game than Red Dead Redemption 2 or Grand Theft Auto 5 when the visuals are removed (at least their single-player modes).
Its intertwining physics and logic systems, mechanics and abilities, placement of landmarks and places, riddles, attraction to exploration and play, and, most importantly, its diversity of new and interesting material remain unrivaled.
Although there are more built-up areas, more characters (or rather character models), and properly done stories in Rockstar Games, a large portion of the setting is superficial dressing that results in some mind-blowing scenery, repetitive gameplay, and a slew of cut scene/dialogue triggers, and that’s about it.
Even their most recent behemoths are essentially improvements of what they began in the early 2000s, as amazing as they are. Breath Of The Wild was Nintendo’s first effort at a contemporary open world game, and I’ve seen no indication that Rockstar is capable of producing anything with that kind of complexity.
I understand Rockstar’s emphasis on realism and authenticity, but Zelda doesn’t need to be restricted in this manner. However, it’s possible that one of the reasons so many people think Red Dead Redemption 2 is overrated is because it seems like Zelda has destroyed other open world games. Panda
also-rans in your inbox I had no idea the Xbox Series X/S was doing well in Japan, but I guess it isn’t really. It’s simply that the PlayStation 5 isn’t performing well. In their own country, Sony has completely lost the plot. Caspian
I have to admit, the amount of work that has gone into the Dead Space remake is very amazing. But it’s nearly to the point where I wish they’d simply produced another sequel at this point. Apart from the anti-gravity aspect and shooting asteroids – which could easily be added in a future game – I’m not convinced Dead Space is as iconic as Resident Evil. Leftio
The topic for this week’s Hot Topic is Reader Ishi proposed the topic for this weekend’s Inbox, asking, “How much do you really play video games at the moment?”
How much time do you spend playing games on a typical week, ignoring time spent reading about them or watching others play? Is there a regular pattern or time of day when you play games, or does it rely on whether or not anything new has come out?
Do you play on a regular basis, and does it change depending on the time of year or other factors? How has the amount of time you spend playing changed as you’ve gotten older?
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