Monday, 13 June 2016

Bethesda @ E3 2016

Bethesda were the debutants at the E3 press conference ball last year and they only went on to steal the entire show with their impactful reveals and the deep dive into Fallout 4 and it's release date of just five months later. Also Doom's single-player was revealed and have we all forgotten the insanely addictive Fallout Shelter. Bethesda were back to once again steal the show but unfortunately lacked the punch we may have been expecting. Still, here were the 5 best reveals from Bethesda's E3 press conference of 2016:


Fallout 4 VR




There’s something magical about exploring the worlds that developers Bethesda Game Studios create. From Morrowind, to the Capital Wasteland and beyond, we all want to live in the worlds they create. Well, thanks to HTC Vive, that will become a reality come next year when Fallout 4 VR will release.  There’s literally no other information regarding this but your imagination really starts to run wild when you think about looking down at your hand and seeing a pip-boy, swinging your baseball bat at some ghouls, and turning around to see a deathclaw chasing you down, playing Fallout 4 in VR might be a monumental moment for VR, providing they do it justice and it isn’t a lazy port over. 

Prey



Prey 2 is dead, long live Prey. The Human-Head developed Prey 2 which looked like a cowboy alien bounty hunter shooter in an open world is no more and instead we now have Arkane Austin working on a total reboot of Prey. The game is set in 2032 and you play as Morgan Yu, who is a subject in an experimental project that is sent to a space station. The experiments being done on Morgan is to alter humanity forever. These experiments though seemingly have a strange effect on our protagonist and to make matters worse, aliens invade the space station.

The game aims to bring more of a psychological twist to the series and aims to definitely be more atmospheric than Human Head’s attempt at the franchise. While it honestly looks interesting and they definitely have the chops to make it something special, I can’t help but long for the vision of Prey 2 that we were shown all those years ago. 

Quake: Champions



id Software are back with a double-barreled shotgun bang. Following the incredible release of Doom last month, id took to the stage to announce that it’s bringing back the game that pretty much started the whole competitive shooter scene. Quake: Champions is a multiplayer online arena shooter with one addition: abilities. Rather than be the straight forward arena shooter we remember, Quake: Champions is taking cues from newer competitive shooters like the excellent Overwatch to give some depth to the stellar gameplay.

Id showed their shooting chops with the single-player component of Doom (the multiplayer was handled by Certain Affinity) and Quake: Champions is to show gamers that they still know how to do online shooters. The game is currently pegged for PC only so they are really focusing on the real core arena shooter audience. Not much was shown but what we did see seems interesting.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition



It was long rumoured and sought after but we are finally getting The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on current gen consoles, except it’s much more than a simple remaster. Honestly, we were expecting a higher resolution, and maybe a better frame rate but instead we got an overhauling of the visuals as well as mod support.

It’s time to feel old: Skyrim, that game that just came out, actually came out almost five years ago. After sinking hundreds of hours into it, it’s time to do it all over again on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you’ve played it to death and not sure if there’s anything you will enjoy here, you may be happy to know that the Special Edition also includes mod support so of course that means you’ll be having your Macho Man Randy Savage dragons occupying the skies in the stunning looking land of Skyrim. The cynic in you might think that this is just the same game with a few of the best visual mods enabled and that could be the case but we were all looking for an excuse to return to Tamriel right?

Dishonored 2




The original Dishonored was one of the most unique and original games to come out that's foundation was built on the classic Thief games. We got an in-depth look at Dishonored 2 at the Bethesda press conference and boy does it look good! Running on their own proprietary engine known as The Void Engine, Dishonored 2’s distinctive aesthetic coupled with excellent technical prowess promises that the sequel will be one of the best looking games to release this year.

Dishonored 2 moves from the Victorian-style London of Dunwall and trades it in for the Mediterranean inspired Karnaca. This time around, you get the choice of playing as either Corvo, the protagonist of the first game, and Emily, his daughter.  Both characters play and react differently to the goings on in the world with different abilities to interact with it.  The first game felt free and gave you the choice of how to accomplish your tasks. Dishonored 2 looks to take all that made the debut great and expand on it to a whole new level. You won’t have long to wait for this one as it launches this November.

Bonus

 

It’d be hard not to finish the list without the hint of a new Wolfenstein game in the beginning of the Bethesda press conference. It was only a brief second but it seems like a new Wolfenstein title is on the way and it’s called Wolfenstein: New Colossus.


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