Bethesda just wrapped up the first press conference of E3 2015. Not only was it the first conference of the show, it was also their first conference ever. But with an expanding library of AAA games, they certainly deserve center stage. Here are a few thoughts on what we saw tonight:
I didn’t think I cared about Doom, but I was wrong. I liked the original games, but I feel like we’ve moved so far beyond them in the modern gaming era. Also, Doom 3 was just a bunch of dark corridors and lacked the ridiculousness extremes of the early games. This new Doom, essentially a reboot, looks to remedy that. The guns are big, loud and violent. Actually, the environments are also big, loud and violent, too. Gone are the claustrophobic hallways and slow pace. The game is quick and the areas are brightly lit by fiery hellscapes. And the single player campaign looks gorgeous. Expect Doom to set new levels of expectations for what current gen systems can do. A cool new multiplayer feature is SnapMap where players can use easy in-game tools to build levels and experiment with different types of game play. Doom will come out for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in spring 2016.
Sorry, this one isn’t for me. Battlecry is basically an arena slasher/shooter that doesn’t look to offer much. The movement looks odd in 2015. Kind of like an old Quake game, but not as good. The Beta will be out soon for those that want to check it out.
Yes! I really loved the first game. It created an amazing atmosphere and tone, and the open-ended gameplay was fantastic. I personally liked to play like a very stealthy assassin, but you could also be more of a guns blazing type. We now get a new game where we can play as either Corvo, the original protagonist, or Emily, a new female assassin. Expect cool new abilities that are unique to each of the two characters. And this game is set in a new coastal setting that looks to shake up the look of the game a bit. Also, for those who missed the first game or for those who want to replay it on your new console, a Definitive Edition of Dishonored is coming out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Dishonored 2 will release sometime next year.
Elder Scrolls: Legends
After a brief reminder that Elder Scrolls: Tamriel Unlimited just released five days ago on consoles, Bethesda announced a new card-based strategy game from the Elder Scrolls universe. There weren’t a lot of details, but the game sounds a little like Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone. I really love BOTH of those games, and Skyrim is maybe my favorite game of all time, so I’m certainly interested. The game will be available for iPad and PC.
This is what everyone was waiting for. FALLOUT FREAKING 4! Without spoiling much story, Bethesda showed quite a few things from Fallout. The game takes place in Boston and actually starts before the bombs drop. After that prologue/tutorial, we’ll get to explore the destroyed world. But the first thing I noticed was how much more dense the world was than Fallout 3. It’s still a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but the amount of trees, houses, junk, debris, etc.. really seemed to flesh out the world. The character creation tools look unique, fun and easy to use and you can play as either a man or a woman. Combat looks just as great as before and the VATS system has returned. But the coolest stuff for me is all of the crafting systems. Crafting weapons and armor is amazing, and the variety of unique and interesting weapons that you can make is incredible. But you can also start to rebuild the city. Around the map are several zones that allow you to use materials that you’ve gathered, break them down, and turn them into doors, walls, signs, turrets, etc… It really looked like Fallout meets Minecraft. Like most things in these open-world Bethesda games, it’s totally optional, but I know I’ll be sinking countless hours into that stuff.
The PIP Boy has been revamped to be a little more dynamic, but they’re also putting out a PIP Boy app that you can use on your phone! It works just like the in-game version, and if you buy the collector’s edition of the game, you get your own PIP Boy that you can put your phone inside. There’s also an iOS game called Fallout Shelter that comes out tonight. It’s a cute little strategy game where you get to manage a vault yourself. It’s free and you don’t need to be connected to the internet to play. Great marketing tool.
The best news is that Fallout 4 comes out this year: 11/10/15. I can’t wait. Easily one of my most anticipated games this year.
Check back tomorrow for more opinions on E3 announcements. Game on!