By: Andrew Lister
Video gamers, rejoice! June is a special month for gamers as they get a glimpse into the future of gaming. Whether it's games and tech releasing right around the corner or pipe dreams that may never see the light of day, E3 is an extremely exciting time for anyone that loves interactive electronic entertainment!
E3 has only just begun, but we've already witnessed a bulk of what two of the three major console providers have for us as well as some major video game companies. This will be the first of series of articles that looks at the different games and announcements that have piqued my interest, for better or worse.
For our first article, I want to focus on a company that has really eaten away at my free time these last several months, Bethesda.
I've not always been a huge fanboy of Bethesda. Yes, I played my fair amount of Doom, an IP that they have picked up and added to. I played Skyrim, but I think I made it to level 7 before I got bored with it.
Last year, however, I decided to give Fallout 4 a shot. I had played Fallout 1 and 2 somewhat, and I found them to be fun in concept but too difficult in practice. I skipped over Fallout 3 and New Vegas simply because my video gaming back then consisted of JRPGs like Final Fantasy, a heavy amount of Tekken, everything Nintendo, and any puzzle game I could get my hands on. There was something about the world of Fallout 4 that grasped my imagination unlike any other game I had played in recent memory. I've logged days worth of game play, and I still am nowhere near finishing the main story.
Bethesda held a conference on Sunday, June 12th, and even though they had some big announcements regarding a new Quake (a series I have never played, sadly) and Doom content, there were only two things that really stood out to me.
First of all, they are bringing Skyrim to the next gen systems with a complete graphical overhaul! Sure, I never got far in the game, but maybe with the change in graphics, the fact that it's on the PS4 (my poor PS3 doesn't get a whole lot of love these days), and the addition of console mods will change my mind.
While I'm sure a lot of people are going to be pretty stoked to get to re-explore the world of Skyrim and sink countless hours of game play into the game, I'm a bit more excited about what Bethesda announced concerning my favorite post-apocalyptic gaming world, Fallout 4.
Fallout 4 is getting another set of new DLC, and they're coming sooner than I would have expected! Fans of the series have had mixed, but mostly positive things to say about the previous DLC offerings. Sure, Wasteland Workshop was just a way to save on Radaways with the Decontamination Arch, but Automatron and Far Harbor have provided a ton of exciting extra content, such as building robots, new quests and weaponry, and a whole new area to explore.
We can only hope for much of the same from this new set of DLC! So far, we don't know a whole lot, but I'm sure more will be released in the coming days and months.
One last thing for all Fallout fans! Many of you have probably spent a lot of time playing the addictive mobile game Fallout Shelter. Well, there are some big changes coming to the game, including quests to add some variety to the sad little lives of your irradiated vault dwellers.
However, there was one other big announcement that might get many of you excited. Fallout Shelter is getting a PC release! Yes, you no longer have to zoom in and out of your cell phone screen. Now you can watch all your dwellers work themselves to death and fight raiders and radroaches on the big screen!
The game wasn't really my cup of tea, but I may just give it another go once it gets its PC release in July 2016.
Well, there you have it, folks! That's just a quick look at one element of E3, but don't worry! I'll be back with my next article tomorrow, and I plan to focus on a brief look at the Microsoft conference and a much more in-depth look at Sony's conference. I plan to end things with a look at Nintendo, the dark horse of this whole event.
For more information on E3, check out some of these links:
TV & Movies
Henry Huge Pecs
Ray Williams III
Contribute your own writing today!