E3 2018 – Bethesda Conference

The show basically started off with some ego stroking, which is fine. There was the promise of “surprises” and the “best of gaming” with this years theme, since Bethesda has a theme every year, being “create.” So did Bethesda hold up on any of these promises? Keep reading to find out.

The show kicks off with Rage 2 and some jokes bout the leak. After some music from Andrew W.K, we get a closer look at what Rage 2 is all about. The game kind of has this Borderlands feel to it, but not in a good way. If feels like the poor man’s substitute for the new Borderlands that everyone is waiting so patiently for. This was a total pass for me.

Then it was onto some talk about The Elder Scrolls: Legends, which is the mobile card game, and it’s coming to all consoles before the year is out. While I’m not really interested in playing the mobile version, if it’s free, I might just pickup the PS4 version.

Now onto the new expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online which is Summerset. To tell the truth, I completely lost track of this game about a week after it came out on the PS4. I just don’t know what to do or thing about this game. New DLC for this game will come out every quarter and the year will round off with a new Werewolf DLC coming out next quarter and another DLC about the Black Marsh to round out the year.

After that a very brief look at Doom Eternal is given. Doom was re-booted and released back in 2016 and I recently had the chance to play it. Doom Eternal is a direct sequel to the reboot. Hell on Earth is now here as everyone wanted and more will be revealed at QuakeCon in Dallas.

That was a good lead in to talk about some Quake stuff. There was talk about Quake Champions and eSports and the new feathers being added so that you get now git gud.

Next was a jump into Prey since it’s been released for a whole year now. The game will update the next time you boot up your disc with a new game + mode and survival mode. DLC is also going to be available and is a moon simulator type thing called Mooncrash that promises every playthrough will be unique and different. PVP will also be introduced into Prey very soon and it will consist of 5V1. Five people will be mimic’s and one human to chase them down or be killed by them.

Some unexpected Wolfenstein news is up next with the announcement of Wolfenstein II coming to the Switch. That’s not all though, a small preview is then shown of Wolfenstein: Young Blood which will tell the story of BJ’s two twin daughters and can be played completely in co-op mode. The game will be set in 1980’s Paris and will be released in 2019. Needless to say I am super pumped.

A little nap comes next as there’s talk about some VR stuff that includes Prey and Wolfenstein.

Then it’s what everyone has been waiting for which is Fallout 76. The little tease that was shown off at the Xbox conference, which you can read about here, was shown again as well as talk about how Fallout 76 is four times bigger than Fallout 4 and is basically the setup for all of the Fallout games as it’s a prequel. Vault 76 is where it all began and you start the game already underground and you are one of 25 people to leave the vault with instructions given by the Overseer. This game promises to be rich in West Virginia history and bring a lot of its folk lore to life. As some people already figured out, the game will be completely online, but if you want to play solo you can do that too. Every person you meet in the game will be a real person and you can join your friends whenever you want. Choices are yours to make and there are no rules. You can now build wherever you want and then move it to wherever you want. You can also now launch nuclear missiles and destroy parts of West Virginia. Promised support for release and years to come as well as a release date of 11-14-2018.

Last night also marked the three year anniversary of Fallout Shelter and it’s coming to the PS4 and Switch for free. Both versions are available now so go and download them!

The Elder Scrolls Blades is then announced, since Fallout Shelter did so well, for mobile platforms. Kind of feels like a joke though instead of an actual game. This will eventually be available on consoles and it will be free to play this fall on mobile devices.

A look into the future ends the show with the announcement of Starfield, which is set in space. I’m thinking that this is going to be the new Mass Effect since apparently BioWare doesn’t want to capitalize on that game anymore. And then, the moment everyone in the world has been waiting for, a confirmation that The Elder Scrolls VI is in the works! There is no release date or details, but I’m still super excited.

That was it for Bethesda and I have to say that this was probably the best show of E3 so far with just huge game after huge game being shown off. Totally looking forward to the year that Bethesda has planned and I can’t wait to play Fallout 76.

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What to Expect at E3…Maybe Part 2

Because yesterday’s blog was getting way too long, I decided to break up the conferences and let you see what I think is going to possibly happen at this years E3. Today I’ll be looking at the Microsoft and Bethesda conference. If you want, click here to see what I’m expecting to see at EA’s conference.

Microsoft Conference

• I totally expect to see a bunch of Microsoft exclusives that will make me completely jealous and bitter about not having an Xbox. The game that will make me the most jealous? Sea of Thieves.
• Then I expect some Forza stuff because they have that every year right?
• Finally I expect that the Xbox Scorpio to have a huge spot on this conference. I don’t think it will be released this year or even next year, because I think that would be too soon. I’m thinking this will be the holiday gift of 2019.

Not being that huge into Xbox that’s basically what I’ll be looking for, but I’m open to being completely surprised.

Bethesda Conference

• I’m really surprised that Bethesda is having a conference this year, but I’m expecting the announcement of the next Doom game. (I had to add that in there because my buddy, mm, is a huge Doom fan and thinks a new game will be announced this year.)
• I’m expecting some updates to ESO that I probably won’t be interested in, since I can’t seem to get back into that game no matter how hard I try.
• I’m sure there will be some talk about Fallout Shelter which has become surprisingly addictive for me as of late since it made the move to PC. (Don’t tell my PS4 I’ve been cheating on it with my PC!)
• Since they’ve decided to hold a conference, I’m thinking the next Elder Scrolls game will get some sort of announcement but won’t be released until 2019.

SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT!
A huge surprise would be the remaster of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas as a package deal.

Other than that I’m not sure what else they could announce besides some DLC for Prey.

That’s basically what I’m expecting out of those two conferences. Agree? Disagree? Have your own ideas of what will be happening at these two conferences? Let me know in the comments section and come back to tomorrow to see what I’ll be expecting from the Ubisoft conference and the Sony conference.

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E3! E3! E3! – Part # 1

So it was that time of year again. The gamer version of Christmas where just about every big name in video games makes an appearance to show off what they’ve been working on for the past year, or the past couple of years for every gamer to ooo and ahh over. There was so much news coming out of E3, it was almost hard to keep up with everything going on. I tried as best as possible, and here are my highlights from this years E3. Because there was just way too much to put into one blog, I’ve broken it up into two parts. Kicking off part one of my E3 blog are my highlights from the Bethesda, Microsoft, and EA conference.

Fallout 4

Bethesda kicked off E3 this year with their first ever press conference and boy did they really set the bar. While they started off a little slow with Doom, they slowly worked their way up by announcing Dishonored 2 with a new female protagonist. Nice. I have to admit I have the first Dishonored sitting on my game shelf just begging me to play it and I’m going to have to get to it one of these days before Dishonored 2 comes out. While the Dishonored 2 announcement was pretty big, it wasn’t as big as the Fallout 4 presentation. Fallout 4 was what everyone was really waiting for and it made just about everything else that was shown look like a filler since they couldn’t possibly devote whole hour to this game. I mean, they could have but they didn’t. Everything about this game looks amazing. From new ways to create your characters with out the character “sliders” to the reveal about being able to create your own settlement in game for other survivors to join you, everything about this game excited me. Then just when you thought it was over, the release date was announced. 11/10/2015. This year! This game is only months away!

Bonus: After the announcement of Fallout Shelter, the new mobile game, I was quick to download it since it was released that night and I’ve been addicted ever since. While you can spend money if you want, there really isn’t a reason too and this game is totally free.

Backwards Compatibility

Although I’m a strictly Playstation gamer, I still watch the Microsoft conference just to see what the competition is offering. I have to be honest and say that they’re kind of offering a lot, not a lot that it would ever make me change my gaming system, but I was pretty impressed by their show. There were just a ton of games announced during this show it was crazy to try and keep up with all the games. While some were just blah so I didn’t mind those being exclusives there were some games that wowed me and I was a little sad that they were exclusives but that’s how it goes. Some of the best looking games that were shown at the Xbox conference were Tacoma, Ashen, Day Z, Sea of Thieves, and Fable Legends. Sure, Rise of the Tomb Raider was shown during the conference as their big “this is OUR Uncharted” type thing, but at this point I don’t even care. The game seriously looked like the previous game but now with ice and snow, so whatever. Backwards compatibility was a huge thing because as of now Playstation has said they aren’t doing it which makes me sad. I would love to play some of my PS3 games on my PS4 with all the capabilities that my PS4 has, but what are you going to do. Kudos to Xbox for being the first to do this. Finally, how badass did Hololens look especially while playing Minecraft?

Seriously? So after announcing that you don’t have to waste your money buying games that you already own since the Xbox One is now backwards compatible, the Gears of War Ultimate Edition was announced. Seriously?

Mass Effect: Andromeda

While most of the EA conference was just a huge snooze fest, I mean did Pele really have to be on stage that long for what had to be the most boring interview in the history of interviews, but the conference as a whole just dragged. Racing games, sports games, and a bunch of other stuff I wasn’t interested in made up this really long conference. Although I haven’t played Star Wars: The Old Republic, I like how EA is finally letting BioWare do what they do best with this game and that’s tell stories. The expansion looks really cool and while I would like this to come to console like ESO I know it will never happen. As excited as I am about Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, I was just as bored with Mirrors Edge: Catalyst because I really disliked the first game. I know I’m in the minority with that game but it just didn’t appeal to me. It seemed like every good game that was announced came with one that wasn’t as good. I also couldn’t not mention Unravel which not only looks totally amazing, but has a deep meaningful story to it that I can’t wait to play. Now to the show opener, the game that I thought was going to set the pace of the show, but sadly didn’t, Mass Effect: Andromeda. Nothing was said about the game at all except for the title and cryptic “Holiday 2016” release, but nevertheless I was excited. Although I enjoyed the tease I could have done without it since they aren’t going to do a big showing of this game until next year. Knowing EA and BioWare, this date will roughly change and I’m thinking that Holiday 2016 will turn into Holiday 2017.

Predicting the Future: So, any of my friends could vouch for me as I always said that the next Mass Effect would never be Mass Effect 4. I have always said that it would be Mass Effect “Whatever” and it totally is. Why have I been saying that? Because I still hold onto this little ounce of hope that the true Mass Effect 4 will be the return of Shepard. Doubt me all you want, but you’re going to have to wait and see.

That’s it for today! Come back tomorrow for part 2 of my E3 blog where I’ll go over the Ubisoft and Sony conference. I’ll also be going over some games that I thought would be at E3 but sadly weren’t and I’ll tell you who I thought won this year between the Micosoft and Sony yearly battle.

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