Discussion around Fallout 76’s free Wastelanders expansion, which adds living, non-player residents to its map for the first time, has understandably focused on the new potential for dialogue. The term ‘human NPCs’ carries with it an implicit benevolence, despite all we know about human beings. Edge’s first taste of faction life, however, is the Blood Eagles, a sort of highly evolved raider group that isn’t big on conversation.
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When we heard, around the time of its announcement, that Elden Ring was going to be essentially “open-world Dark Souls”, we weren’t entirely confident in the summary. Because isn’t that precisely what Dark Souls fans would ask for? And when did get fans get what they want? (And, in the rare cases that it happens, when have the results stood up to close scrutiny?) And yet here we are looking forward to one of 2022’s biggest games delivering pretty much everything Dark Souls devotees yearn for: screen-filling bosses, endlessly rewarding character builds, secrets by the sackful – plus magic, multiplayer and a whole lot more besides.
Perhaps the two most important words of Microsoft’s showcase came just a few minutes in, at the end of a teaser for Bethesda’s next open-world epic: ‘Xbox exclusive’. It wasn’t the only time we would see them, but this was the moment it became crystal clear that Microsoft would never have spent $7.5bn on the studio behind Skyrim and Fallout if it didn’t plan to keep at least some of its output to itself.
Shoot first, ask questions later
Which is fortunate, because learning that this team is working on an open-world co-op shooter with vampires is frankly disappointing. There was no shortage of Left-4-Dead-alike at this year’s show and, at first glance, it doesn’t seem like a structure that plays to Arkane’s strengths. But then we consider that the Austin team’s previous project was Mooncrash, a Prey expansion that pushed the immersive sim into Roguelike territory – not to mention Deathloop’s exciting experiments with multiplayer – and Redfall makes sense as an evolution of this lineage, rather than simply a comfortable repetition.
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THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD 2
As Nintendo’s own press site calls it, Sequel To The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild cannot have its official title unveiled just yet, because it might give too much away – a clue to something significant about this much-anticipated successor.
COLLECTED WORKS GLEN SCHOFIELD
The artist-turned-producer reflects on 30 years with very little dead space
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Has wood ever been this good?
A Match Made In Skyrim
Bethesda officially joins Microsoft
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SIM SETTLEMENTS 2
Tune up Fallout 4’s settlement system.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Starting Tackle Kolton Miller is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Wanted: Defensive coordinator
The Raiders didn’t wait long to begin their search for a new defensive coordinator, and it’s becoming clear that Jon Gruden has already narrowed his list down.
Raiders' good, bad, ugly
Raiders’ good, bad, ugly
NEWS & NOTES
The Raiders had one of the easier schedules in 2020 and got only eight wins to show for it. Things won’t get any easier in 2021, either.
Looking back at 2020 season
The 2020 season will absolutely be remembered for being one of the strangest and most disappointing in franchise history.
Gruden feeling the heat?
“I know there is a big bull’s-eye on my chest, certainly. If the people want to use that as an incentive, then so be it. I worked for Al Davis in 1998. That was pressure. I was 34 years old. I’ve dealt with pressure before. I don’t really feel pressure. I love the excitement and thrill of competing, and I can’t worry about things I can’t control in that regard. I know people will want to step on me and beat me, and that is just the way this league is.”
From the SILVERANDBLACK.com Message Boards
S&BI continually scans the message boards across Raider Nation to see what Raider fans are talking about now that the 2020 season has ended for the Raiders. We chose some of the better posts and present them here.