The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood

The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood Preview: Companions and conflict

April 21, 2021

The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood is trying to solve to an impossible problem the game has grappled with for most of its life. Unable to fully emulate the trappings of its beloved parent series, and willing to fully embrace being its own thing, TESO has instead tried to do both. For the longest time, it has […]

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Indiana Jones

Bethesda teases new Indiana Jones game from Wolfenstein dev

January 13, 2021

It took the new LucasFilm Games division just 24 hours to announce a new Indiana Jones game. The still-untitled game has landed at Wolfenstein: The New Colossus developer MachineGames. Its parent company Bethesda, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft, shared a teaser video on its social media accounts. It then clarified that the game is still in […]

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Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal unveils its brutal metal choir

March 6, 2020

One of the most beloved aspects of 2016’s DOOM was its furious, hypnotic heavy metal soundtrack. Composed by Melbourne producer Mick Gordon, it perfectly complemented the game’s hellish atmosphere and balletic combat. With DOOM Eternal now only weeks away, metal fans are primed to hear Gordon’s new material. Part of that new material may surprise: Gordon […]

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2K Bethesda Australian bushfire relief

Bethesda and 2K Games unite for Australian bushfire relief

February 5, 2020

Two of the world’s largest game publishers are coming together to raise money for Australian bushfire relief The Sydney offices of Bethesda and 2K Games will unite on February 15 for a one-off broadcast. They’ll be taking to Twitch to play a couple of one another’s games, Skyrim and Borderlands 3. The goal is to […]

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Rage 2 ups the ante with new “Rise of the Ghosts” expansion

September 27, 2019

Bethesda have now released the first of two substantial expansions for shooter Rage 2, rolling out a brand new story, region and enemy faction tied into Rise of the Ghosts. Said to push up the game’s already bonkers narrative, this new stretch appears to play heavily on the more action-heavy parts of the game with […]

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review: Sisters of battle

July 30, 2019

Let’s face it. The release of Wolfenstein: Youngblood has been predictably depressing. Angry men whining that the game has a SJW agenda. Angry men whining that it’s putting politics in their gaming. Angry men just being, you know. Angry men. And 2019 is peak angry internet man season, let’s be real. Parcel out a gleaming […]

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Review: Dragons, Dragons Everywhere

June 5, 2019

I’m in a funk with The Elder Scrolls Online — and I’m not sure how to feel. Its latest expansion, Elsweyr, brings skeletons, zombies and dragons to the fore, it’s spooky, creepy and kooky. There’s a talking, alcoholic cat, a frighteningly tall Khajit and a homeless gentleman known for wearing a pot on his head. […]

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E3 2019: Press conference times and where you can see them in Australia

June 4, 2019

E3 2019 is almost upon us. The year’s biggest storm of gaming news begins in earnest next week but the announcement-packed press conferences kick off as early as Friday morning Australian time. This year’s show promises to be a pivotal one, with two high profile changes to the lineup. The first change has to do […]

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Bethesda celebrates Doom‘s 25th birthday with a commemorative trailer

December 11, 2018

id Software’s Doom, the progenitor of the first person shooter genre as we know it, turns 25 today. A game that was so uniquely itself that the term First Person Shooter was invented so we could stop called them “Doom clones,” Doom is an indelible component in the gaming landscape. To commemorate the 25 year […]

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Games Review: Fallout 76 is great for about four hours, and then it’s pretty awful

December 4, 2018

The biggest fear I had following Bethesda’s announcement of Fallout 76 was that the move to an online would blow up in their faces. Adding real people to the equation has always been one of fastest ways to ruin any gaming experience. But, from time to time, it’s also the best way to create unique, […]

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PAX Aus 2018: ZeniMax’s Matt Firor Talks The Future of The Elder Scrolls Online and How Fans have Shaped the Franchise

November 7, 2018

The Elder Scrolls Online, first launched in 2014, has leapt from strength to strength in recent years having since launched multiple new content packs, including the gargantuan Morrowind and Summerset expansions in 2017 and 2018 respectively. At PAX Australia, we had the chance to sit down with Elder Scrolls Online’s Game Director, Matt Firor, to […]

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Bethesda reveals Pete Hines, Tim Willits and Matt Firor are coming to Melbourne for PAX Aus

October 12, 2018

Annual gaming festival Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is held in multiple cities around the world, and luckily for us Melbourne is one of them! These festivals combine table top gaming, arcade gaming and video gaming and host a stack of tournaments, panels and performances all in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. A unique aspect […]

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The “B.E.T.A.” dates for Fallout 76 have been revealed

September 29, 2018

Fallout 76 will be letting players start the apocalypse early, with the announcement of dates for the game’s B.E.T.A. test. Usually these kinds of short-window early marks are called a beta period, but the Fallout developers love their abbreviations — it stands for “Break-It Early Test Application”. But first, the Official In-Game Intro for Fallout […]

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Games Opinion: Will Fallout 76 be problematic for Modders?

September 8, 2018

When Bethesda first teased Fallout 76 earlier this year, people were absolutely thrilled. A new Fallout game within just three years of a mainline title? Unheard of. Was this a follow up to Fallout 4 or a project by an external developer, like Fallout: New Vegas? But then the game was announced. An online, multiplayer-only version […]

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Games Opinion: Is Interactive Anger a Selling Point?

September 7, 2018

An Immersive, Interactive experience brings with it the opportunity for Players to make  their own decisions, choose their own paths, play with the freedom they want – but is it problematic when the player is thrust into playing an Angry Protagonist? The above video is from the gameplay showcase of DOOM Eternal, developed by id […]

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Games Review: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch, 2018)

July 25, 2018

Wolfenstein II‘s latest Nazi-stomping iteration was one of the biggest and best FPS releases of last year, praised for its original script, compelling characters and bucketloads of aggressive, absorbing gameplay; the title — officially Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus — once again reinvented a classic franchise and continued the quality from The New Order and […]

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The Elder Scrolls Online‘s New Wolfhunter DLC Lets The Dogs Out

July 19, 2018

The world of The Elder Scrolls Online continues to expand with its latest DLC chapter, Wolfhunter, which contains two brand new werewolf-themed dungeons: March of the Sacrifices and Moon Hunter Keep.

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Games Review: Prey: Mooncrash (PS4, 2018): Giant Steps Are What You Take

July 4, 2018

The surprise release of Prey: Mooncrash flew under radar at E3, buried among hype for the next Elder Scrolls, the bombastic Rage 2, and Starfield among other brilliant announcements. The original title has often been similarly ignored, and considering it was a strong early contender for game of the year in 2017, it’s high time […]

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E3 2018: The Elder Scrolls VI is real and Bethesda are definitely working on it

June 11, 2018

Its real. It’s real and it’s coming. This is not a drill.

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E3 2018: Fallout 76 is indeed online, but don’t let that get in the way of your hype

June 11, 2018

So, the rumours were true. Fallout 76 is indeed an online version of the Fallout you know and love. But it’s not an MMO. Not really. In fact, from Bethesda had to show off at their E3 press event, it actually looks like the Fallout and Elder Scrolls multiplayer mode

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E3 2018: Rage 2 kicks off the Bethesda E3 showcase

June 11, 2018

Kicking the Bethesda E3 showcase off with a fast, sugary one-song concert by Andrew WK and a pretty hilarious barb from Bethesda’s Pete Hines over Walmart Canada leaking the game’s existence, Rage 2 dropped a brand new trailer re-explaining the world and its main character, Walker, the last ranger.

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E3 2018: Doom Eternal unleashes Hell on Earth

June 11, 2018

id Software has confirmed a sequel to their hit 2015 reboot of Doom at the Bethesda E3 showcase.

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E3 2018: Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a co-op 80’s adventure coming in 2019

June 11, 2018

We all knew Wolfenstein II would find its way to Nintendo Switch eventually, and it is, that’s not the story here. What we were not expecting is a seperate co-operative adventure set in the 1980’s starring the twin daughters of BJ Blaskowicz, but that’s what we’re getting.

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E3 2018: Starfield is Bethesda Studios’ first new original IP in over 20 years

June 11, 2018

Something fans of Bethesda RPG’s have been asking for for years is a version of the now-classic Bethesda formula with a sci fi setting.  With their first new IP in over 20 years, Bethesda is answering those prayers. Starfield beckons.

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Game Bants: The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset (PC, 2018): The adventure continues

June 5, 2018

Game Bants is something new we’re trying here on The Iris, a pair of perspectives on the same topic, a conversation and a less formal review style. Our first crack at this style is a chat between games writer Leah Williams and games editor David Smith about the ancticipated MMO expansion, The Elder Scrolls Online: […]

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Bethesda confirms Rage 2 is on the way, gameplay trailer tomorrow

May 14, 2018

Last week, Walmart Canada inadvertently spilled the beans on what appeared to be a number of high profile (and mostly still unconfirmed) E3 announcements. Among them was Rage 2, a sequel to id Software’s oddball post-apocalyptic shooter from 2010. Rather than go dark until E3, Bethesda spent a few days teasing an announcement and then […]

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Games Review: DOOM (Switch, 2017): Non-stop demon destruction, now in your pocket

November 18, 2017

God, DOOM is good. It’s so good. It was good when we reviewed it on PS4 last year and it remains good now, almost 18 months later, as it debuts on the Nintendo Switch. One of the biggest questions gamers had for the Switch at launch was whether it could support portable versions of major AAA releases. […]

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Games Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Switch, 2017): Return of the King

November 16, 2017

Reliving the opening moments of Skyrim always feels a lot like going home. The music, atmosphere and landscapes always bring me right back to my first moments with the game, when I first discovered how monumental and incredible the game truly was. It feels strange, then, to be reviewing it in 2017, six years after […]

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Games Review: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Xbox One, 2017): Complexity and nuance with a hint of dead Nazi

October 31, 2017

Oh boy, where does one start with an experience like the one Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus offers? The second game in a week to prove that the single-player experience as we know it is still very much alive and well, Wolfenstein II is the kind of shooter we haven’t had in a while — one with a […]

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“Come and fu*kin’ get me, you fascist Nazi pigs.” The Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launch trailer is here

October 18, 2017

The marketing for Bethesda’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has been among the year’s absolute best. After finding itself in the peculiar position of having to defend its core tenet of “Fuck Nazis” in a world where white nationalists rally in the open, the game has steered aggressively into any and all online resistance. It’s final trailer ahead […]

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