Content about Skyrim


Skyrim is a sprawling quest for anyone to undertake, packing a potential few hundreds of hours of gameplay to exhaust -- and that's not counting its previous DLC expansion, excellent as it was. It's a behemoth of a game that you approach when you've got the time and availability, because once you commit, you're in it for the long haul.


Welcome back to your favorite Steam Summer Sale updates and recommendations. In personal news, I just got an email from my aunt saying she sent me a Gamestop gift certificate for my birthday, which is on Monday. I mean literally, she couldn’t have picked a worse time, right as the Steam Summer Sale has gotten started. Oh well, maybe I’ll get a bit of cash to help out the cause. Anyway, today is Saturday, so let’s look at some of today’s deals and bundles that you should take advantage of…


It’s the event that PC gamers have been waiting for since school ended. What all their hard months of working and saving up money have been for. It’s like Mardi Gras and Black Friday combined into one. The happiest ten days of the summer to anyone with a Steam account: the Steam Summer Sale. But with so many options and deals to choose from, how do you decide? Well, while many more deals are sure to come over the next ten days, if you want to start taking advantage of the savings right away, here are my recommendations.


Releasing an open-world adventure game these days is a pretty risky move, not only because you need to have the right amount of content to make it worthwhile, but also because of the competition.  Skyrim has been ruling the online realm for months, despite PlayStation 3 problems; The Witcher 2 introduced a captivating tale in its own right; and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning certainly isn’t a slouch.  Undaunted, Capcom has decided to release Dragon’s Dogma anyway, and though it’s hardly a trouble-free experience, adventurers will love what it has to offer.


When The Witcher 2 came out for PC last year, gamers everywhere were entranced with its open-ended world, hours full of quests and decisions that would eventually shape the fate of Geralt of Rivia, the main hero (or anti-hero) of the game.  So when we heard that WB Games was interested in porting the game to Xbox 360, we were intrigued, while at the same time concerned, considering that most PC-to-console ports didn’t meet with that much success.  However, leave it to CD Projekt RED, the original game’s developer, to not only step up to the task, but exceed it, giving the Xbox 360 one of its better adventure games since Skyrim and Kingdoms of Amalur.  And that’s saying something.


2011 brought a lot of sequels our way.  Some were necessary improvements to formula, while others had us scratching our heads wondering what was up.  (NOTE: Resistance 3.)  Anyway, we've decided to count down our top ten favorite retail games (a downloadable list is coming very soon), along with a few honorable mentions for good measure.  You might be shocked to see what takes number one.


Every year I set out to attend the Gamers United holiday event in Los Angeles, for two reasons.  One, I like helping out for a good cause, in this case providing games to sick kids to help them get through their tough times.  Second, it's a good opportunity to see friends and simply have fun, something I definitely could use during any given holiday season.  So, without further ado, here's the report from the event...


LOS ANGELES -- Bethesda's Todd Howard and team talk about winning the coveted Game of the Year award, the Video Game Awards' equivalent to the Oscar's Best Picture award, at the VGAs backstage. Check after the break for video of them talking backstage.


It happens once a year, and yeah, it's a little too overhyped for its own good, but tonight, all eyes should be on the Spike TV Video Game Awards, which kick off at 8 PM EDT/5 PM PDT on both Spike TV and online at  The show promises to be a good one, with tight competition between various games and plenty of exclusive reveals.