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“Skyrim” – get it whilst it’s cheap!

What's that, nice Gamestation man, you have a deal for us?

I post games deals on the blog when I can find them – you’ll find that the nice people at Frugal Gaming are really good for sniffing out the best prices – so it is with your best interests at heart that I point out that UK chain Gamestation are selling “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” until 14th December for the frankly stupid price of £22.49.

If you’re in the UK, I’d rush down to your local branch and snap up a copy before they run out.

Fortunately, this lovely Terrier doesn't come with the game. But, so cute!


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Thinking about buying “Skyrim”? Don’t buy it on PS3…

No matter how you slice it, the PS3 has had its share of problems in this gaming generation.  The latest of which would appear to be Bethesda’s PS3 version of “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”.

Bethesda's PR department took the latest news badly...

Eurogamer‘s Digital Foundry bods have examined problems that people have been having with the game’s save system – when their game saves head north of thirty hours, this kind of thing begins to happen.  Not good, is it?

As “Skyrim” has a marketing campaign which prominently notes the depth of content and game that you get for your money, that’s going to be something of a problem…

In any other industry you suspect that customers would be able to return their games to the store as they don’t appear to work properly.  I know that gaming is a business where things move quickly (not on the evidence of that Digital Foundry video.  Oh, I went there…) but this kind of nonsense shouldn’t be stood for.

It’s not like “Skyrim” was turned around in five months to meet a movie release tie-in date.  At the bare minimum, the game should work – Bethesda’s games are noted for their bugs, but this lag is not dragons flying backwards or bits of scenery disappearing.   When the game starts to resemble still images with the occasional moment of animation, it’s time to get your patching trousers on and handle these problems properly.

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Warhammer 40K author Aaron Dembski-Bowden nicely sums up what’s happening on my PSN/Xbox friends list at the moment.

Although people who check out my PSN ID will notice that I’m always playing Free-For-All mode in “Uncharted 3” multi-player, which I’m sure is every bit as annoying for them.

It’s an online multiplayer mode that I stand a chance in – even with the slightly iffy gunplay in “UC3”

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Your weekend gaming Quick Hits…

It’s the weekend and you don’t have time to read blogs – you want links to cool stuff and you want them now.  Who am I to argue?

The Gamecube's controller is my favourite console controller - fact!

Nintendo World Report celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Gamecube…

…Whilst Joystiq ponders the 10 greatest GameCube exclusives (Not an exclusive, but where, pray tell, is the love for ZooCube?)

The console is literally the size of a small child. Possibly.

It’s not all Ninty goodness, of course – Microsoft’s Xbox platform had its tenth birthday this week as and in a suite of anniversary features, US Official Xbox magazine laments the loss of the pioneering interactive gameshow, “1 vs 100”  – still the only 360 game I have all the achievements for.

Yahtzee's fair and balanced review of "Uncharted 3" awaits

Meanwhile, over The Escapist, lovely Yahtzee reviews “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Decision”.  It gets a bit rough…

Finally, PCMag.com has a list of things that you might want to try in “Skyrim”.

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An action RPG fan writes…

I’ll come out and say it – I like to think that I’m amongst friends here – so that there can be no secrets between us:

I like my Western-style RPG console games, but Bethesda’s huge time sink “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” scares the crap out of me.

I don’t regard the prospect of a 100 hour plus game as something to be cherished – I see it as that game that I bought that I’m never going to see the end of (unless I get sacked, have my legs broken or experience some other more random phenomenon which gifts me a whole mess of time on my hands to play the game in).  “Skyrim” is Everest and I’m the plucky yet still eminently disposable Sherpa who’s destined never to see its terrifying peak.

Given that game’s rampant success and universal critical acclaim, I think it’s fair to say that they won’t miss me – so I’m going to get my WRPG fix on by diving into:

Well, his hair's better than mine...

I’m really looking forward to “Deus Ex: Human Revolution”, despite a lot of forum chatter about how broken and annoying the boss fights are.

I’m pretty sure that I won’t see the end of this game before the end of the year – like many clumsy-fingered, deserted-by-talent gamers my age, I tend to play in small nibbles of time and any advance in a game is often hard-won and not without much cursing and threats of unwarranted violence towards my blameless Xbox 360 controller.

It’ll hopefully fill the gap between now and “Mass Effect 3” in March 2012 – with Starbreeze’s reboot of “Syndicate” also helping me get my black duster coat and mirror shade cosplay Jones sated.

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“Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” getting great reviews.

In some respects, this is a crap time of year to be a gamer.

Every week from now until the end of November, and into the beginning of December, sees two or three huge games franchises on release, with so many titles jostling for not enough space in the hearts of games fans that it comes as no surprise when some major series or a high-profile new IP fails to get its moment in the sun.

I’m slightly worried that this fate might yet befall “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” when it comes out next week.

How can you resist the awesome? You can't!

Sure the reviews will help  the game’s cause, but it’s a PS3 platform exclusive, so it doesn’t benefit from any 360 or PC sales to bolster the Sony’s sales in this quarter of the year.  It’s out the week after “Battlefield 3”, and has a very limited amount of time before “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” comes out, and “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” crashing through the window and stealing the hearts and minds of most gamers until some time next spring.

Where does this leave games like “Uncharted 3” or the new “Need for Speed: The Run” in the run-up to the festive season?

Logically, I feel sure that the PS3 massive is going to be out in force to support this game, but there’s a part of me that worries that the same treatment which befell the apparently awesome “Resistance 3” might affect this game.

I’ve pre-ordered it – have you?

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Mass Effect 3 – now with online multiplayer.

A lesser man would use this news post as an excuse to post a picture of erstwhile “Mass Effect 2” uber-space babe Miranda Lawson (or her real-life inspiration, Australian actress and “Chuck” star, Yvonne Strahovski.

Shallow? Not me.

Nope, round Fluffrick towers, we’re all about Tali.  Which is a long-winded way of telling you that there is “Mass Effect 3” news on the vine and as Eurogamer’s story today alluded, one of the worst-kept secrets in video games has been outed by Australian games mag, PC Powerplay.

“Mass Effect 3”?  It’s shipping with online multiplayer, for the first time in the series.  Bagsy playing as a tooled-up Mordin Solus, complete with punishing ‘Gilbert and Sullivan operetta’ finishing move.

I'm Commander Shepard and I'm going to cut this dude...

If you’re in the UK and feel that Australia is a bit far to go for your magazine-based multiplayer exclusive reveals then Xbox World also have an upcoming cover story (issue out on October 25) where they’re promising more details on the multiplayer joys which await us in March 2012.  If you’re of a role-playing bent, I suspect that “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” will more or less tide you over until you get to fight the Reapers for the last time.

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