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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Aug, 2017 At 11:17 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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BJ Blazkowicz is back in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – and now he’s got even more friends to help him eradicate the evil occupiers of his beloved homeland.

 

Well, not at first. Bloodied and barely alive after his battles in Germany, BJ returns to America in a state of disrepair. At his side is the entirety of the Kreisau Circle – the German resistance movement that BJ joined in the first game. With General Deathshead now defeated, BJ must rebuild himself and rally a new resistance across the United States to take back his country.

“At the end of Wolfenstein: The New Order, BJ was at death’s door,” says Creative Director Jens Matthies. “He faced off against Deathshead. He was very, very gruesomely injured. Thankfully, of course, his friends wouldn’t leave him to die. Now, he is recovering from the immense physical trauma of that experience. Of course, he has survived severe traumas in the past, but this is a BJ Blazkowicz who’s more affected than he has ever been by injuries and just pure age. He’s really bearing the scars of life on the front lines.”

This time the stakes are also higher. Aside from an open front in Africa, the Nazis pretty much rule the world. America has been occupied for 14 years, and the once-proud nation that was founded on the notion of freedom is now at risk of losing everything. But BJ isn’t only concerned about his country. “BJ’s relationship with Anya is evolving,” Matthies says. “She is pregnant with twins, and he’s about to become a father.”

 

Aboard a nuclear submarine called Eva’s Hammer (which also serves as the game’s hub), BJ and his crew travel to various locations to rally the resistance and ignite the next American Revolution. But it won’t be easy. Frau Engel has also returned… and she has a bone to pick with Blazkowicz.
“Frau Engel has a personal beef with BJ because they had clashed before,” Matthies says. “Through a series of events in the first game, she ended up horribly scarred. Her companion was also killed by BJ. Now she has been promoted to general, and she is spearheading the effort to capture and kill BJ Blaskowicz.”
Aboard her flying fortress, the Ausmerzer, Frau Engel relentlessly pursues BJ, who has become an icon of the resistance – and a scourge of the Nazi regime. “They call him Terror-Billy, because he is really throwing a spanner in the works for them,” Berg says. “So along with her personal vendetta, she has a mission to take him out.”

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From a Manhattan still reeling from a nuclear attack to small-town Roswell to the bayous of New Orleans – with stops elsewhere and in between – BJ takes the fight to the Nazis, with Frau Engel always in hot pursuit.
“We get to explore the relationship between Frau Engel and BJ, and see where that relationship is going,” Matthies says. “It’s very interesting and quite freaky.”

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Enter a new cast of supporting characters – unrelenting revolutionaries who have long been fighting on their local fronts. But recruiting these fighters to a unified cause and igniting a real revolution is a daunting task. Some – like Horton, the leader of the New Orleans Resistance – have a deep mistrust of centralized authority. Others, like Grace – the Manhattan-based leader of the Black Revolutionary Front – have been fighting the Nazis on their own terms and are slow to trust Blazkowicz and his cohorts.

But one thing is certain: Just like in the original game, all of BJ’s new allies are real characters. “We have this new fellow called Super Spesh, and he’s just a fantastic piece of entertainment,” says Berg about one of his favorites among the new cast. “He’s a bit nuts, but he’s on your side, so I’m OK with that.”

Crazy or not, BJ will need all the help he can get from his compatriots – both old and new – to take back his homeland and spark a revolution.

Wolfenstein II is looking incredible, and the developers are putting their all into it. I think this will be a must have game, that fans of alternate history, or just action in general will like.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Aug, 2017 At 10:35 AM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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This weekend at QuakeCon 2017 in Dallas, TX, the Finals for the $1 Million Quake World Championships will bring together the best players in the world to battle for their share of the prize pool and the title as the first QWC Champion. 40 Duel competitors and eight Sacrifice teams have three days of rocket jumping and fragging in Quake Champions to prove they deserve to join other legends of esports as Quake champions.

 

Can’t make it to QuakeCon? Don’t worry, you can watch live online, Thursday through Saturday, Aug 24-26, at https://www.twitch.tv/quakechampions and https://www.facebook.com/Quake/. The Final matches for both Sacrifice and Duel will begin on Saturday at Noon, CST.

You can check out the Quake World Championships Hype Trailer below

 

 

The Quake World Championships is a great event, and Bethesda has shown that they are committed to this classic franchise. Will you be watching the finals?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 10:17 AM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Next Tuesday, on August 22, id Software’s incredible multiplayer fragfest, Quake Champions, will officially exit the Closed Beta phase and enter into Early Access on Steam and through the Bethesda.net launcher, bringing with it a host of new content, including new maps, features, and a special new Champion – the mighty DOOM Slayer from id Software’s hit game, DOOM.

 

Players who want to jump in and frag their way to global dominance will be able to buy the Champions Pack, which will unlock all current and future Champions as well as other exclusive in-game bonuses for $29.99, 25% off the final retail price of $39.99.

 

“With a fast, skill-based game like Quake Champions, nothing is more important than continual testing and refining, based on player feedback, to ensure the game is balanced, optimized, and fun for all levels of players, from pro to new,” said Tim Willits, Studio Director, id Software. “The Early Access version of Quake Champions is, obviously, a work-in-progress, but represents a solid and robust version of the game, with four modes, 11 Champions, a variety of maps, and a thriving community of fans. Early Access will allow us to work closely with players to improve the game and add additional features before the official launch of Quake Champions in the coming months.”

 

The Champions Pack

To play Quake Champions during Early Access, players can buy the Champions Pack, which includes:

  • All 11 current Champions, including Ranger, Visor, Scalebearer, Nyx, Anarki, Clutch, Sorlag, Galena, Slash, BJ Blazkowicz from id Software’s Wolfenstein, and the new DOOM Slayer
  • All future Champions, including at least six additional Champions expected to release before the end of 2018, and any that follow
  • An exclusive Early Access skin for series diehard Ranger, available only during the Early Access period for Champions Pack players
  • Three Reliquaries (loot chests containing three in-game items for profile, Champion, and weapon customization, like skins, shaders, nameplates, and more)

 

Quake Champions’ free-to-play version will launch at a later date. However, players who previously redeemed a Closed Beta key will be able to continue playing Quake Champions in free-to-play mode, only via Bethesda.net. These players will play on the same servers as Champions Pack owners and have the option of upgrading to the Champions Pack or buying additional Champions at any time. Players new to Quake Champions will need to either buy the Champions Pack or wait until free-to-play mode launches at a later date.

 

Put a little DOOM in Your Quake!

Quake Champions’ newest playable Champion, DOOM Slayer, comes straight from the depths of hell to the Arenas, wielding his pounding fists and a deadly hunger for blood. Fans of DOOM can run amok using DOOM Slayer’s Active Ability – Berserk – smashing enemies into bloody piles of gibs with his bare hands. DOOM Slayer’s passive will also be familiar to DOOM fans — Double Jump — allowing him to jump a second time while in the air.

 

Additional Content and Features Going Live at Early Access

Quake Champions Early Access will also introduce a host of new content and features for players, including:

  • Two New Maps: Church of Azathoth and Tempest Shrine

  • The New Champion: DOOM Slayer

  • Rune Challenges: Players will be rewarded for completing new Rune Challenges found in backpacks

  • Lore System: Players will find Lore Items hidden throughout Arenas in vases. By collecting all 10 Lore Items for a specific Champion, they will unlock that Champion’s high-end Lore Skin

  • Improved New Player Onboarding: New features to help get fresh fraggers up to speed include a movement tutorial, shooting gallery, and the ability to choose a skill level

  • New Customization Options: New options include new Champion skin sets and weapon shaders

  • In-Game Voice Chat

This is really cool news. Bethesda has been making all the right moves with Quake Champions, and this new information will no doubt have many excited for the game. Will you be checking this out? You should definitely keep an eye on this.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Aug, 2017 At 10:39 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

Don’t miss the mind-bending sci-fi adventure that some are already calling one of the best games of 2017. If you’re a PC gamer and haven’t yet played Prey, now you have the perfect opportunity. Starting today, the critically acclaimed game from the masterminds at Arkane Studios will be available as a PC trial for the first-time ever.

 

Also today, Prey will shift from a demo to a trial on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That means anyone who wants to test out Prey ahead of a purchase can retain their progress along with any Trophies/Achievements earned during the trial.

 

In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station, your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities.

 

Check out the newly released video to celebrate the trial

This is great news, as Prey is a game that more people should check out. If you haven’t seen it yet, our review of the PS4 version is here

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Aug, 2017 At 10:14 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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After losing his eye in an explosion during his time as a war photographer, Stefano rapidly descended into madness. His newfound “vision” drove him to become fascinated by the precise instant when death takes a person – that split second in time when people are, in his opinion, at their most open and most beautiful. Stefano returned home from the war with a newfound purpose. But he wouldn’t wait for these perfect moments to arise on their own. Why should he, when he could orchestrate those final breaths? One victim became two, and soon enough he had become a serial killer, photographing each of his victims’ faces at the exact moment of their demise.

 

But the real world could never appreciate his talents. Stefano was hunted, until he found himself in this STEM world – a world of “pure creation.” A world he could shape to suit his own desires. And Lily is the key to unlocking the potential of this world.

 

And he’s not alone in his endeavors. Born from an untethered and immoral imagination and sculpted from blood and bone and flesh, Obscura is one of Stefano’s greatest masterpieces. Somewhere inside of Obscura is a story from another life, long before Stefano ever even learned of the existence of STEM – a story you’ll have to uncover for yourself as you explore Union and discover more about the twisted artist behind some of the horrors hunting you. Check out Bethesda.net for even more details.

The Evil Within 2 will launch worldwide Friday the 13th, October 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Evil Within 2  has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information about the game, visit www.TheEvilWithin.com

 

 

The game is looking fantastic and to be a even better than the original. The game looks to have the right blend of horror elements that fans want in their games. Will you be getting it?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Aug, 2017 At 09:19 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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We’re pleased to announce that Ventrilo, the premier group voice communication program used in tournaments and multiplayer games, will sponsor QuakeCon’s 10th annual ‘Ultimate Power Up’ sweepstakes. As part of the sweepstakes, 100 lucky QuakeCon attendees will be entered into a drawing for their chance to be one of three randomly selected winners to each receive a $10,000 cash prize.

QuakeCon, the ultimate video game festival, will take place on-site at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Doors to QuakeCon will open on Thursday, August 24th at 10am CT and will remain open through 12pm CT on Sunday, August 27th. For more information visit: www.quakecon.org.

“It means a great deal to have the Ventrilo team return as the official sponsors of the 10th annual QuakeCon sweepstakes,” said Tim Willits, studio director at id Software. “We’re lucky to have a partner like Ventrilo who’s continued support has allowed us to give back to our community year after year.”

“Flagship Industries is honored to be part of QuakeCon for the 10th annual ‘Ultimate Power Up’ sweepstakes and host Ventrilo Version 4 servers on the local LAN’s for all attendees to use,” said Brian Knapp, President of Flagship Industries. “The gaming community’s support for both Ventrilo and QuakeCon has been tremendous throughout the years and we’re excited to show our appreciation once again.”

The ‘Ultimate Power Up’ winners will be randomly selected on Saturday, August 26th alongside Master Pancake starting at 7pm. A total of 100 coveted tickets will be awarded to attendees throughout each day of the show via QuakeCon contests, random drawings, and other events.

QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours are:

  • Thursday, August 24th: 10am – 6pm CT

  • Friday, August 25th: 10am – 6pm CT

  • Saturday, August 26th: 10am – 6pm CT

The free event is open to general admission attendees thanks to the support of id Software and Bethesda Softworks, as well as the QuakeCon volunteer staff and the 2017 event sponsors and exhibitors.

To pre-register for QuakeCon today go to: registration.quakecon.org. For more information on QuakeCon 2017 visit www.quakecon.org.

QuakeCon Ultimate Power Up Rules:

The ‘Ultimate Power Up’ Sweepstakes is open to all QuakeCon 2017 registered attendees who are 18 years of age and older and are legal residents of the United States, its territories and possessions and the District of Columbia. No purchase necessary. A total of 100 raffle tickets will be distributed throughout the QuakeCon event. Additional information about contest rules, eligibility, restrictions and requirements will be available at www.quakecon.org.

The news from Quakecon always is exciting and this year it will be a great convention. Will you be going?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Aug, 2017 At 10:50 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Today marks the release of the first DLC for The Elder Scrolls Online since the launch of the ESO: Morrowind Chapter in June. The Horns of the Reach DLC game pack introduces two new incredible dungeons – Falkreath Hold and Bloodroot Forge – in addition to a slew of new items.

 

Launching alongside Horns of the Reach are a host of improvements to the base game available to all players for free, as well as a new PvP Battlegrounds mode, Chaosball, and a new map, Arcane University.

 

The Horns of the Reach two-dungeon pack is now available on PC and Mac, free for all ESO Plus Members, or for purchase via the in-game Crown Store for 1,500 Crowns. Update 15 general improvements are available free for all players, while Battlegrounds additions are free for owners of ESO: Morrowind (Battlegrounds requires ESO: Morrowind). Both will also release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One adventurers on August 29.

Horns of the Reach DLC Game Pack

Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold, two new challenging dungeons, pit four-player groups against the menacing hordes of the Dreadhorn Clan. Both dungeons contain unique item sets, monster masks, achievements, and collectibles. For more details on the lore, enemies, and rewards, please see the preview articles for Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold on the ESO web site.

 

Horns of the Reach is also available in a special Collector’s Bundle, which offers a unique selection Horns of the Reach-themed items in addition to the DLC game pack, including the Karthwolf Charger mount, Karthwolf Shepherd pet, and five Crown Experience Scrolls. This exclusive bundle is available for a limited time in the Crown Store for 3,500 crowns.

 

Update 15 Details

Alongside Horns of the Reach, ZeniMax Online Studios has also released Update 15 for PC and Mac, delivering  a host of overall game improvements that are free for everyone, as well as major additions to ESO’s fast-moving new Battlegrounds PvP, which are free for all owners of ESO: Morrowind.

 

Battlegrounds additions include a new arena – Arcane University – set in the heart of Cyrodiil’s ruined university, as well as a new game mode, Chaosball, in which players must capture and protect a “ball” to earn points for their team. For more information, please see the ESO web site’s Battlegrounds preview.

 

Update 15’s general game updates — free for all players — includes fixes, balance changes, additions, and improvements that everybody can enjoy. For a complete list of changes and additions, please see the base game update preview on the ESO web site.

This is a pretty great update and dlc addition to The Elder Scrolls Online. Horns of The Reach looks to be a nice new part of Elder Scrolls Online, which is getting better and better every day. Will you check this out?

 

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I am a fan of The Elder Scrolls series as should be well evident from my articles by now. Instead of talking about a particular game today however, I wanted to do something else and discuss the various DLC expansions released for the main games. I will not be discussing Elder Scrolls Online at this time, but may do another list in the future. This list is purely my opinion, and I ranked the DLC based off of quality, what it did for the game, how well it was received, and how well it held up years later.

 

 

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

 

 

Without further delay, let us start with Number 7.

 

7: Hearthfire 

Hearthfire is a great little DLC, but there is emphasis needed for the word little. It doesn’t have a huge amount of content like the other expansions, but what it does offer is some new followers, new houses and children to adopt. It isn’t the most exciting DLC but it does help the role playing experience and does allow a greater degree of immersion. There isn’t much to talk about. Its a nice way to build on the game but there isn’t much to it.

6: Knights of the Nine 

Knights of the Nine was the first major expansion for Oblivion and it was well received at the time. However, I honestly feel it hasn’t actually held up as well as the main game or what came later. To me, Knights of the Nine feels like an attempt to bring Morrowind’s narrative style to Oblivion in a way that just didn’t fit. The story was good, don’t get me wrong and the expansion did offer a neat experience, but it just has not held up as well as others. It is also rather short and doesn’t feel as well developed as the other expansions, bar Hearthfire.

5: Tribunal

I can hear the anger already. Tribunal serves as a direct sequel to the story of Morrowind, one of the most acclaimed games in the series, so how could I only put it at number 5? Well, to be honest, it isn’t very good. I rated this above Knights of the Nine because of the fact that the story is a continuation of the events of the main game and is very important for that reason. That being said, the expansion has a lot of issues, a story that feels ill plotted at times, and game mechanics that take you out of the immersion. It is an important DLC but not one that I particularly like.

4: Dawnguard

The top 4 DLC expansions are all amazing and I had a hard time choosing which to put in number 4 through 2, but I came to the conclusion that Dawnguard fits best in this spot. The vampire threat is a big departure from the main quest of Skyrim, but the story does actually build on the lore of the game and the series in general. It introduced amazing characters like Serana, explored the history of Skyrim and the Falmer, and showed us the truth about the soul gems. It had an atmosphere of adventure, tough enemies and great new abilities. Plus it overhauled the perk system and due to the choice you make early one, there are two ways to actually explore the DLC.

3: Bloodmoon

The 2nd expansion for Morrowind is far and away the better one.  This is the first time we are introduced to Solstheim and the Skaal people among other things. Bloodmoon introduced the Lycanthropy ability to the game and offered a unique area that felt large and yet different from the main game. it felt new and different and had a great charm to it. The quests were great, there was a lot to do in the expansion and it brought a lot of innovation. It does not get the attention that Tribunal gets, which is a shame because it is a far better expansion, as it is better developers, has a better story, and a much better sense of immersion with more choices for the player.  It has aged better than tribunal and is simpley a better experience.

 

2: Dragonborn

The third and final dlc expansion for Skyrim, Dragonborn is set once again on Solstheim, only 200 years have passed since Bloodmoon. You can now see how things have changd, while exploring a familiar setting for players of Morrowind. As with Bloodmoon, there is a lot to do in this expansion, but it goes beyond as we get an epic plot that discusses the nature of the Dragonborn more, awesome new abilities and shouts, great new weapons and armor and more. This isn’t even mentioning the excellent quests and characters that are in the dlc. Reviving Raven Rock gives a real sense of accomplishment, and honestly, this feels like proper semi sequel to Skyrim more than Tribunal felt like a continuation of Morrowind. This is a story that emphasizes how things have changed and how you are the one to help make things right.

 

1: Shivering Isles

There was no other choice for the number one spot. Shivering Isles  is the greatest DLC expansion for an Elder Scrolls game so far. If Cyrodil felt like too much of a typical European fantasy setting, then this solved that problem by making the setting a bizarre would where madness ruled. It made Sheogorath into a fan favourite character and gave him some amazing lines. There was so much to do, and so many ways to do them. There was a sense of whimsicalness as well as a tragic undertone building up throughout the story. The ending was amazing, with Jyggalag being freed from his curse and the cycle of the Greymarch broken, and then your character ascending to godhood as the new Sheogorath. Nothing has topped this yet, and I doubt anything will. Shivering Isles could have been a standalone game and it would still have been amazing. There is a reason the fans love this one the most, and time has been very kind to it, unlike some other expansions. It is simply a masterpiece of game design.

 

 

Well I hope you enjoyed the list. Let me know what you think of it, and some suggestions you think would make good lists.

 

 

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The above was the opinion solely of the author and not necessarily the views of ROG or its staff.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Aug, 2017 At 10:03 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda has released the official trailer for Dishonored: Death of The Outsider

 

 

See a new side of Karnaca as Death of the Outsider takes you through its gritty underbelly. Investigate mysterious cults, infiltrate underground fight clubs, and even pull off a bank heist as you search for a way to do the impossible: kill a god. Playing as a new assassin, you’ll have access to slew of powerful new supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets, all of which are designed to help you cut a bloody swath through Karnaca and leave your mark on the history. Or perhaps you’ll choose to be merciful and use your skills to slip unnoticed through the world. In true Arkane fashion, the intricately designed levels allow for a wide array of playstyles, with branching paths and heavy choices that will greatly affect the outcome of your mission.

 

Death of the Outsider brings players back to the Empire of the Isles, with breathtaking visuals, intricately designed levels, and brutal combat systems that are a hallmark of the Dishonored series. With a new character comes a unique new set of supernatural abilities, deadly weapons and powerful gear, empowering players to become the ultimate assassin. And with developer Arkane Studios’ signature style, you can once again be as bloodthirsty – or as merciful – as you like. Check out Bethesda.net for even more details in our recently released video featuring insights from Creative Director, Harvey Smith.

Dishonored: Death of The Outsider is looking fantastic, and is shaping up to be a worthy addition to the Dishonored canon. Are you looking forward to the game?

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Aug, 2017 At 09:21 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

Return to the Wasteland on September 26 with Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition. With all the latest gameplay updates(including Survival mode), graphical enhancements, the ability to play Mods for free on PC and consoles, plus all official add-ons included, this is the ultimate way to experience the award-winning post-nuclear adventure from Bethesda Game Studios.

 

Winner of more than 200 “Best Of” awards – including the 2016 BAFTA and 2016 D.I.C.E. Game of the Year – Fallout 4 is the studio’s most ambitious game yet. As the sole survivor of Vault 111, players enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. In a fight for survival they are faced with rebuilding and determining the fate of the Wasteland.

 

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition includes the fully updated original game along with all six add-ons: Nuka-World, Vault-Tec Workshop, Contraptions Workshop, Far Harbor, Wasteland Workshop and Automatron. Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition will be available on September 26 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

 

To celebrate the Game of the Year Edition, a limited quantity of Fallout 4 G.O.T.Y. Pip-Boy collector editions will be made exclusively available in North America at select retailers. The Pip-Boy Edition includes Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition and will retail for $99.99 USD, and will also release on September 26.

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This is great news, and fans who have been waiting to get into the game now have a great opportunity to do so. Will you be checking this out?