E3 2015 – My Break down [Bethesda]




I was going to write this after I had watched all of the Conferences, but I have little time with work being a problem currently. I decided to write what I can when I can.


The first game they showed was the New Doom a complete overhaul of the game that started my love for the the FPS genre. It’s reinvented the good old gib and I love it, they have added finishing moves which is indicated by a external glow around a enemy you have damaged. The great thing about it is the finishing move is its dependant on where you are looking, you aim at the feet and you can swipe the legs or blow the legs off, aim at the head and you snap the enemies neck or blow it off. The violence in this game is truly on a level of its own. When changing the guns the game goes into slow motion as you select the weapon you want from the selection wheel and they have added the good old chainsaw and at the end of the video you see the good old BFG come into play. The solo video starts off in a Mars UAC facility which was infested with the daemons from hell. Most of them are all from the original game but they look so bad ass.

Multi player looks fun its like the original unreal tournament style of multiplayer with power ups, unlocks, weapons etc being placed throughout the map and by the look of the video one of the power ups lets you play as the enemies too.

The best thing about New Doom is the Snapmap which is multi platform so you make a map on the PS4 and it can be played on PC or XB1. It’s as simple as the name you snap a map together can choose the mode which can literally be anything you want. You place objects and items through out its a map builder at your fingertips.

The second game they showed was from a new studio, unfortunately it just didn’t appeal to me it was called Battlecry from Battlecry Studios and uses the Cry-engine. It looked a lot like Team fortress style team based combat game. The characters are a mix of modern day yet historic so samurai with steam punkesk weapons with a mass if classes like a Brawler, Enforcer, Infiltrator, Ranger and Gadgeteer all with there own abilities and fighting style.

The next game they showed is from a series I like, Dishonored 2, this time around you can choose from either a Heroine or Hero each with there own unique talents, weapons and abilities. You have arcane powers inculding a grappling hook to help you get around. Its set in the same locations as the original the Empire Of Isles in a steam punk era. You can play the whole game in stealth or 100% combat the style you play is up to you. There was no gameplay but going off the trailer any fan of the original will love the sequel. They also have the Dishonored Definitive Edition for those who didn’t play the original or just want to try it in next gen, it come with all the DLC which was released.

Next was a short breif on The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited, it was released before E3 around the 10th of June. It basically showed New DLC will be coming through 2015. As a game ESO was not for me, I hate subscription games you bought the base game and then paid to play the game and if you could only get online once a week it was 4 few hour sessions for a £15 fee a month. Now the game has removed monthly fees it has been added to my shopping cart a few times but I just don’t think I will have the time to play it.

There has been an influx in Strategy card games lately, it seems with the runaway success of Hearthstone everyone is trying there hand at it.There was even one put into Witcher 3 called gwent and jokingly players are saying witcher 3 was added to gwent as its was that enjoyable. Bethesda have there own in the making called Elder Scrolls Legends, it  will be free to play and on PC and iOS but there was no real information given just a trailer.

Finally the game we have all been waiting for Fallout 4, they started of straight into character creation and with the unique sculpting you choose what your player looks like along with sex and race. Its starts off in Boston before the nuke you see all the classics from Fallout 3 Nuka Cola, Sugar Bombs etc with Vault tec going door to door and this is the point you select your attributes for your character. After the nuke you submerge the soul survivor of vault 111 and enter the Boston ruins. You even have your Codsworth robot, there is dynamic dialogue through the game and V.A.C as in Fallout 3, the graphics for this game and the lighting is amazing they but the effort in to make each button, light on in game console/terminals blink to its own unique pattern. You get a dog which is command able with everything from fetch to attack. This time the game has gone total survival with base building, this is one thing I thought would have been amazing in Fallout 3. There is finally a use for all the trash items you collect as you play, they are used in both building and in crafting. There is hundreds of craftable mods for weapons and your power suit. You defend your settlements with turrets and travellers who come to trade there against raid parties coming they have literally thought of everything. There is also little extras like PiP boy games and the interactivity with the PiP Boy isn’t as ominous as the previous with the players hands being animated for that extra detail.

As if Fallout 4 wasn’t the icing on the cake they then brought out Fallout Shelter a mobile game which makes you the overseer of your unique vault. You build rooms gain people from the outside and send people off to explorer. Its in the style of the base building from Xcom and looks like it could be a winner its F2P but there is a microtransaaction but it wont effect the game you buy lunch boxes with mods and drops in but its is totally optional. It was released in the day of the conference but is currently only available on iOS but will be coming to android in the future.

From the Conference I am even more excited for Fallout 4 also Doom and Dishonored 2 are now on my radar too. I think Bethesda have hit a homerun with there first E3 show. Lets hope next time has as much as this one.


Bethesda The Fall & Fall


 Now I’m going to start by going back to over 6 years ago when I was a big 360 gamer, I bought The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in March 2006 due to it being highly recommended by gamers I played with and also having great reviews. After a few months of playing I soon realized my game had glithched, not so much so it was unplayable but I couldn’t get some achievements and complete some quests and tasks. Now this was a known problem to Bethesda but nothing was done about it until it was too late for some gamers. Needless to say I got the update but it didn’t fix any problems I had, I contacted Bethesda and was simply told that the game I had played and enjoyed for months had to be started again, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be able get all the achievements and do all the quests and some tasks. That was the end of that game for me I had spent far too much time on it to have to start again.

I hadn’t lost all hope in Bethesda and in November 2008 I bought Fallout 3 for my PS3 another great game which could keep a gamer going for months. Unfortunately this game had numerous problems on the PS3 random crashing and locking up. I still played but got very frustrated. Then the DLC was released on 360 and I thought ok ill wait for it to be released on PS3 but it wasn’t released until May 2009. When Bethesda’s Todd Howard was asked about the DLC coming to PS3 he simply said “No not at this time”. I decided not to get the DLC as I had got bored of the crashing which was still happening even when the GOTY edition was released.

Now you would have thought with these two games not being at there best on release, I might have been begrudge in getting Skyrim and at first I was, but in the end I decided surely they couldn’t mess up another game, I was wrong, and they could. At the start the game ran fine, but then it started crashing and lagging frequently and some unlucky peoples saves that got over 6mb would become corrupt. There were again numerous quest glitches, and again I couldn’t get some trophies or finish some tasks. I played as much as I could and waited for a patch to fix the quests but unfortunately the patch only fixed quests I hadn’t started. I soon became bored of this game and sold it while it was still worth something. Several patches later and from some peoples comments Bethesda still hasn’t fixed the game properly. In May 2012 the Dawnguard DLC was announced for the 360, I like most people thought this would be a 30 day exclusive but in gaming news today this doesn’t look like the case. Bethesda’s Pete Hines said “We have not announced Dawnguard for any other platform, nor given a timeline for any such news” he then hit out at gamers saying “expecting or demanding something today is unfounded”. Going off the Fallout 3 DLC gamers may have a long wait.

I like most gamers find the way Bethesda has handled all the problems with the above three games to be very poor. And I also wonder how much Microsoft paid Bethesda for the exclusivity of Fallout 3 and Skyrim. It seems PS3 & PC gamers have been given the short straw.

Also announced today by Bethesda was the Dishonored pre order bonus DLC, after the news of the long wait for Dawnguard for PS3 gamers, why should they give Bethesda there business. I for one will not be getting Dishonored and may not get another Bethesda title.

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