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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Fallout 4 highlights Bethesda's E3 2015 press conference

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.

Other items:
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.


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