Welcome back to another edition of A Week(ish) In News! If all goes according to plan this should be quite the lengthy edition, so to speak. Why such an extended edition you ask? Well this last week has just been fraught with technical issues for our little site, as well as personal issues that dramatically decreased my ability to get any writing done. But, that is the past now and this is the future…or the past I guess since this article is about the past week. Anyways, on with the words:

Shouting at your screen now serves a purpose in Skyrim

So, by this point the topic of Kinect controls coming to Skyrim has been discussed to death. But we here at Constantly Calibrating are in no way above beating a dead horse; especially when the horse is quite alive and enjoying a healthy, relaxing day.

Now the first thing some people might point out is that Skyrim for the PC already has most, if not all or even more of these features via mods. Well in that you are right, but those of us playing it on the 360 don’t have these features yet and don’t have any alternative, so shut up and go play with some string.

Some of the features coming to Skyrim with this free update include:

  • Dragon Shouts: Now you can yell Fus Roh Dah to your heart’s content at your screen and watch as time and again Lydia flies forth from the Throat of the World. What, just I do that? Whatever. Now the one caveat to this is that stating the name of the shout in English will activate it, but to use the dragon language for shouts you will need to hold a button down. This is due to Kinect’s inability to recognize non-English speech. Still a nifty little feature.
  • Command your allies: Have you ever thought to yourself “Why do I have to spend minutes on end in a conversation menu to order my companion to attack something, stand still, or even trade with me?” What, again just me? You bastages. Anyways, now with simple commands like “Ally follow”, “Ally wait”, “Ally attack”, and “Ally trade”. Pretty simple, and seemingly easy to use.
  • Item Hotkeys: Have you ever felt it was incredibly frustrating to equip and switch out items and weapons on the fly, even with the Favorites pull-down? See that one I know you agree with. Obviously we all know that the inventory system leaves a lot to be desired. Now you can pull up your Favorites window, highlight your favorite bow and state “Assign Bow”. From that point on no matter what you have equipped you can state “Equip Bow” and suddenly whip out your Glass Bow of Infinite Face Rape. This works for all weapons, spells, items, and even armor it seems.
  • Better Sorting: With Kinect while in your inventory or a shop’s inventory you can state “Sort by weight” or “Sort by value”. This will help you to find what items to trade to your follower when over-encumbered or what items are best to sell for most profit.
  • Efficient Menu Navigation: A simple announcement of “Quick Map” is all it takes to pull up the full world map now. Stating a location such as “Whiterun” or asking “Where am I?” will bring the map to the proper location. Stating “Quick Skills” will also pull up your skill constellations. Saying a name of a skill like “Archery” or “Sneak” will bring you to that skill. Finally, the phrases “Quick Save” and “Quick Load” also work for all of your saving and loading needs.

To see the Kinect in action check out the below video.

As a person who recently started playing Skyrim again, I find all of these features highly interesting. I look forward to trying out our new Kinect when the Kinect update for Skryim shouts its way into the world sometime this during the week of April 23rd.

Fable Heroes goes Gold

Now many of you might not know, but I’m a huge fan of the Fable series of games. Yes, that includes Fable II, Fable III (even though it was lackluster), and yes I’m looking forward to Fable: The Journey. Even at their worst, I still find the games highly enjoyable and desirable. Lionhead Studios has made many missteps over the years with the franchise, but that doesn’t in any way diminish it for me.

Now, that brings us to Fable Heroes for the Xbox Live Arcade. I already discussed Fable Heroes in a previous article, but to summarize; in Fable Heroes you play as a hero doll. The dolls are based on characters from throughout the franchise, including: Reaver, Garth, Reaver, Theresa, Jack of Blades, Reaver, and Ben Finn. It appears to be a combination of Fable styled combat and a classic beat’em up game.

Fable Heroes releases on Xbox Live Arcade as part of the Arcade Next project on May 2nd.

Source: Fable Heroes gone Gold! (Lionhead.com)

Sorcery story trailer release

This morning Sony released a trailer for the highly anticipated (Ed: Is this game still highly anticipated?) PlayStation 3 exclusive, Sorcery. Sorcery is the story of a sorcerer’s apprentice, minus the mouse ears, and his wacky adventures using the PlayStation Move, err, his magic wand.

Look, I’m going to level with you all. When Sorcery was first announced back at E3 in 2010 I went absolutely ape-shit over it. My then girlfriend, now wife, and I had just begun to  reread the Harry Potter in preparation for the upcoming release of the final two movies, so obviously we were on a bit of a wizarding high. At the time I had even stated that if they released Sorcery in a bundle with all the PlayStation Move components I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Cut to now pre-E3 2012 and finally a new trailer showing off the story for Sorcery hits the web. Honestly before watching it and even afterwards, I could give two shits whether they be ape or otherwise. The trailer is decent, but nothing about it really pulls me in. Maybe my wizard world hype has died down in the intervening two years; or maybe Pottermore’s decision that I’m a Gryffindor (Fuck you Pottermore!) has killed my inner-child for the last time. Either way this game just doesn’t seem like the system seller it once was.

In the end time will tell, but if you want to watch the trailer yourself you can find it below.

GOD OF WAR ASCENSION?!

Ok, I’ll calm down now. There’s not much I can say on this yet, but Sony released a teaser trailer two days ago for the next God of War game for the PS3. It will be called God of War: Ascension and it will take place prior to the established games in the series. I’m still sifting through information, so soon I might be able to do a proper preview write-up, but for now you can watch the teaser trailer below.

Well, this brings us to the end of another Week(ish) in News. Keep checking in with us here and follow the blog to be kept up-to-date on all things nerd culture; not just gaming.

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