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News: Bethesda Details Latest Skyrim Patch, Confirms 'Long Term Play Optimisations' For PS3

Bethesda Details Latest Skyrim Patch, Confirms 'Long Term Play Optimisations' For PS3

It's been a long road, but Bethesda finally appears to be on the verge of correcting many of Skyrim's biggest troubles on PlayStation 3

In a detailed patch note, the publisher has promised that the upcoming version 1.4 will bring with it "long term play optimisations for memory and performance" on the PlayStation 3. In short: the game shouldn't stutter like an out of gas car once the..

News: Fallout: New Vegas Scoops Up Ultimate Edition Footage

Fallout: New Vegas Scoops Up Ultimate Edition Footage

When's the best time to play a Bethesda game? Our estimate is about 12 months after release, giving the publisher ample time to fix the initial product's inevitable bugs

It's said fixes that help to make Fallout: New Vegas' upcoming "Ultimate Edition" so, well, erm, ultimate. The game was borderline unplayable at launch. It's improved since. But the Ultimate Edition is not all about..

News: Bethesda To Solve Skyrim Issues With Next PlayStation 3 Patch

Bethesda To Solve Skyrim Issues With Next PlayStation 3 Patch

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim should have got more love on this website than it did

We adored Bethesda's sprawling RPG, but couldn't wholly recommend it due to the slew of technical issues that the game experienced at launch. Sure, it's easy to overlook the odd frame-rate stutter or two — but Skyrim brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "technical inconsistencies". Despite the quality..

News: UK Sales Charts: Skyrim Scoops Christmas Number One

UK Sales Charts: Skyrim Scoops Christmas Number One

It's practically unprecedented for a game not published by EA or Activision to scoop the UK Christmas number one, but after a slew of heavy discounts and promising offers, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has broken tradition

The Bethesda published RPG toppled Just Dance 3, to finish up in first. That pushed Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 into third. The excellent FIFA 12 finished up in fourth, while..

News: Bethesda Ships Ten Million Copies Of Skyrim

Bethesda Ships Ten Million Copies Of Skyrim

There are ten million copies of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in the wilderness, Bethesda has confirmed

The game has netted the publisher $650 million in sales since its release last month. Hopefully the publisher can spend a bit of that money fixing up the partially broken PlayStation 3 version. “We are gratified that Skyrim continues to garner high review scores and accolades around the world,”..

News: Bethesda Planning 'Meaty' DLC Add-Ons For The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bethesda Planning 'Meaty' DLC Add-Ons For The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

How are you getting on with Skyrim? Assuming you've got past the horrendous technical issues -- that cause the game to lag and stutter on PlayStation 3 once your save-file reaches a certain size -- then we anticipate that you've just about managing to scratch the surface, right? Bethesda doesn't care if you've already got a quest list as long as your arm, as the publisher has started to share details about the game's forthcoming DLC

Game director Todd Howard told Joystiq that the expansion packs will be "meaty". But he clarified that, be..

News: Obsidian Entertainment Sheds Light On Game Destroying Skyrim Bug

Obsidian Entertainment Sheds Light On Game Destroying Skyrim Bug

"Where's your Skyrim review?" is a question we're getting asked quite a lot at the moment

The answer is that it's in limbo. Those of you that follow all the major PlayStation websites will already be aware of the game-breaking Skyrim bug, which essentially renders the PS3 version of the game unplayable. For those unaware, we'll provide a quick recap. Bethesda's latest fantasy adventure suffers from..

News: Explore Skyrim With An Enormous Printable Map

Explore Skyrim With An Enormous Printable Map

We have a rule: never read a novel with a map inside the front-cover

It's just not worth it. Thus if Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was a novel, we'd avoid it like the plague. Thankfully, it's a video game, and a gigantic one at that. Indeed, Skyrim is so big that it's easy to get lost. And that's where the helpful folks at GameBanshee come in. They've produced an enormous printable map of..

News: Players Claim Skyrim Patch Is Available For PlayStation 3 Now

Players Claim Skyrim Patch Is Available For PlayStation 3 Now

Users on Bethesda's official forum are reporting that the promised patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has launched in parts of Europe

The 92MB fix is designed to solve stuttering issues that occur when players have invested a significant number of hours into the enormous open-world RPG, and initial feedback is positive. "Yeah, it fixed it," explained one jubilant poster. Bethesda's yet..

News: Skyrim Patch Coming A Week After Thanksgiving

Skyrim Patch Coming A Week After Thanksgiving

Terrified of your Skyrim save-file hopping over the dreaded 6MB limit? Bethesda's got your back -- but you're going to have to wait until the week after Thanksgiving first

(That's the week starting November 28th for everyone outside of North America.) According to Bethesda's Pete Hines a patch is in submission with Sony. No word on exactly what the patch contains, but we're expecting the publisher..

News: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Sells 3.5 Million Copies In Just Two Days

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Sells 3.5 Million Copies In Just Two Days

Bethesda employees will be donning their cosplay costumes and dancing around the office this evening, as the publisher has just announced that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has sold a whopping 3

5 million copies globally in just 48 hours. The company expects the game to rake in an eye-watering $450 million worldwide in retail sales. “We are grateful for the fans’ response to Skyrim,” said chuffed..

News: Skyrim Players Voice Concerns Over Save File Bug

Skyrim Players Voice Concerns Over Save File Bug

It wouldn't be a Bethesda game without a game-breaking bug hanging over it

PlayStation 3 owners of the publisher's mammoth role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, have voiced concern over the game's performance hindering save file bug. In a slew posts on Bethesda's forum, players have noted that once the game crosses a certain save file size threshold (around 6MB) its performance is..

News: Skyrim Trailer Shows Off Spells And Animation

Skyrim Trailer Shows Off Spells And Animation

We're now ostensibly hours away from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

That means Bethesda's finally dropped us some good news — no more trailers. These things have been bombarding our inbox since this time last year. Seriously, how much Skyrim do people want? Oh that's right yeah, lots. Well we suppose this animation trailer should tide you over until release on Friday. Come on guys, hold it together..

News: Bethesda Labels Doom 4 Rumours 'Complete Bollocks'

Bethesda Labels Doom 4 Rumours 'Complete Bollocks'

Bethesda has emphatically denied reports that development on Doom 4 has been suspended, labelling the rumours as "complete bollocks"

Responding to a series of Twitter queries regarding the matter, marketing gaffer Pete Hines explained, "Games are done when they are done and no title under development at id has been postponed - indefinitely or otherwise." We suspect that's the end of that,..

Rumour: Bethesda Temporarily Postpones Development Of Doom 4

Bethesda Temporarily Postpones Development Of Doom 4

Oh wow

Rumours are flying that Bethesda has temporarily postponed development of Doom 4 after the recently released RAGE didn't meet expectations. Apparently parent company Zenimax has "a serious lack of confidence in the project management at id," following the technical issues and luke-warm reviews surrounding RAGE. We thought the game was above average in our review, but struggled to..

News: Skyrim Can Be Completed In A Reasonable Time-Frame

Skyrim Can Be Completed In A Reasonable Time-Frame

Worried you're going to have to set aside hundreds of hours in order to complete The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? There's hope for you

Sort of. Bethesda's announced that Sam Bernstein, a member of the publisher's quality assurance team, has finished the game in over two hours, beating level designer Jeff Browne's time. Bernstein was previously recognised for competing against Bethesda employees in a..

News: Someone Managed To Leak Skyrim's Instruction Manual Onto The Internet

Someone Managed To Leak Skyrim's Instruction Manual Onto The Internet

Such is the furore surrounding Bethesda's upcoming colossal RPG, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, that someone has took it upon themselves to leak the game

.. 's instruction manual. That's right, the entire manual has been uploaded onto Imgur. We've decided against re-producing it here for obvious reasons, but we will include a friendly link for you. The manual includes a variety of morsels, including..

News: Bethesda Releases Final RAGE Gameplay Tidbit

Bethesda Releases Final RAGE Gameplay Tidbit

RAGE is just a week away from release now, and to celebrate Bethesda's released a sixth gameplay video taken straight out of the game's campaign

In the video, the Resistance has heard rumors of an Ark surfacing in Jackal Valley and they need you to search the site for a valuable data decrypter. Unfortunately you'll be met with resistance from the Jackal Clan. Catch the footage after the jump. The..

News: RAGE Trailer Outlines Anarchy Edition

RAGE Trailer Outlines Anarchy Edition

Pre-order a copy of RAGE ahead of its October 7th release date and you'll have your copy automatically upgraded to the Anarchy Edition

This extended version of the game adds four additional items to your arsenal, including a Double Barrel Shotgun, Crimson Elite Armour, Fists Of Rage knuckle-dusters, and a Rat Rod Buggy. Hit the jump to see the goods in action.