|A screenshot from Fallout 4. Courtesy of Bethesda|
While other games like Doom and Dishonored 2 were shown
off in Bethesda's E3 2015 press conference on June 14, the clear star of the show was
Fallout 4. Having watched the short teaser released recently, all I really
cared about was will it release this year?
|In Fallout 4 a dog can be your companion. Courtesy of Bethesda|
Oh, yes. Fallout 4 will launch Nov. 10 in what surely
will be one of several hot holiday titles to come. As expected, it takes place
in Boston and the game will start before the bombs go off, which allows you to
create your character in a mode that comically takes me back to the days of
stretching Mario's face in Super Mario 64. When the bombs go off it's a mad
rush to Vault 111, which you'll emerge out of some 200 years later. Then it's
off exploring the ruined land.
Crafting plays a major role and is very simplified. Along
with a bunch of weapons that can be modified you'll also be able to build your bases
across the land where you recruit people and set up defenses from enemy
raiders. It looks interesting, although I tend to not focus so heavily on
optional content like this in games. Other notable things include flying
gunships, a dog companion and V.A.T.S. is back in all its gory goodness.
For those willing to pay the price, the collector's
edition comes with a Pip-Boy where you put your smartphone in. An app can be downloaded to make it look like the real thing on your arm. Of
course, the app still works without needing the device.
One major surprise was the announcement of Fallout
Shelter, a free-to-play game where you build your own shelter that houses many
people doing many activities. It also released after the press conference.
|Doom is scheduled for release in Spring 2016. Courtesy of Bethesda|
Doom also received major play with a couple demos. There
was lots of shotgun kills and gruesome melee finishers after stunning demons.
It looked very good and featured tons of action. Multiplayer will include a
very expansive level creator called Snap Map, letting you create all kinds of
unique layouts and scenarios. It's scheduled for release in Spring 2016 on Xbox
One, PS4 and PC.
Dishonored 2 was shown off and will feature two playable
characters. You'll be able to complete the game without killing anyone. It will be on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, scheduled for Spring 2016. The
remasters continue with Dishonored Definitive Edition releasing Aug. 25.
Battlecry is a multiplayer class-based shooter. It looks
OK, but not really my thing.
The new Elder Scrolls game isn't what people expected.
The Elder Scrolls Legends is a free-to-play card game coming later this year to PC
and iPad. Looks like Bethesda is going for that Hearthstone money.