Whenever E3 come close, all hardcore gamers line up in queue to see what developers and publishers have in store for us in terms of games. We don't know how this year is going to turn out yet as most of the publishers haven't fired their guns yet. They are going to do it today. Bethesda, an industry giant, however, decided to fire it shorts earlier today morning and kick off the E3 show. While we already knew about almost all the games they showcased, there were still some elements of surprise that left us in awe with our jaws dropped on the floor. Let's see how they did and what they did.
It was a long time coming. Being a huge fan of Doom 3 that released back in 2003, Bethesda made us wait for this game for a bit too long, but now it seems like they have had it under full control for last couple of years now. The show opened with some Doom single player gameplay, which was a bit too silent in my opinion. But soon they showcased some amazing monster bashing after a couple of minutes of silent exploration. This reboot of Doom franchise has nothing in common with the original Doom games except for the fact that they are first person shooter created in the same universe. If you are a big fan of gunplay, you will be glad to know that there will be some big, heavy guns in this game with some really intriguing gunplay. Apparently, melee has been given some love too. If you are close to an enemy, you can choose to bash his skulls and spoil his brain matters. It's all a bit too messy and gory for the faint hearted. But if you are hardcore and have played the previous Doom games with no issues, you should jump in on this. It's a game for bloodhounds like us.
We were hoping that Bethesda would manage to prevent this game from leaking beforehand their presentation, but they accidentally revealed it on Twitch, hours before their live presentation. No surprise there as well. We already knew that this game is coming in 2016. Nevertheless, it was still met with cheers. No gameplay was shown at all, which indicates that this game is still a bit far off from completion. It's going to take some time before they will reveal gameplay footage of this game. Hold your horses guys. Helmed by Arkene studios, we know that it's going to be pretty awesome.
Next up in the lineup was Battlecry, a free to play shooter from the lovely folks at Bethesda. With the introduction of their first ever free to play title, they are hoping to get a big chunk of free to play market which has been growing constantly in last couple of years. This game, however, was met with lukewarm reception. Truth be told, it looks pale in comparison to Battleborn, a free to play shooter developed by their rivals, Gearbox Studios.
Before bashing this title for its ugliness, we need to consider that this game is still in pretty early stages. Bethesda has done well to showcase some footage from this game. Be grateful for that that they have the honesty to show something even before it's full polished. Props to them for that. This game may not be the next Skyrim or Fallout, but one thing is for sure, it's going to make them a lot of money. There is absolutely no doubt about that. Free to play games have always been pretty famous amongst gamers, and if something comes from a studio has reputed as Bethesda, players will swoop on that as soon as they will get a chance. We all know that Bethesda will leave no stone unturned to make it a solid game for players to have some fun while they are resting on their couch. That's what was promised on the stage too.
Next up was the game that had people talking about it for next couple of hours. Heck, some people are still talking about it. Just take a look at the gaming outlets and media. Everyone is pretty excited about what was shown here.
Bethesda managed to troll everyone when they started showcasing some artwork instead of gameplay. By the time they were done showcasing their work, everyone was fuming for not showcasing the gameplay. Soon after that, however, they begin playing Fallout 4 in real time, much to everyone's relief. We finally got a proper look at how this game is going to look and play.
For the first time in Fallout history, there will be a voiced protagonist. It finally means that we are going to get what we have coveted for so long. Bethesda has finally heard the fan outcries. It also means that the game will be more immersive and we will be able to relate more easily with our custom created characters. We never had that feature before. Whenever we needed to spell something out, we had to click on the dialog and spell it out ourselves, which was ridiculous to say the least.
Of course, you can choose to play as a male or a female. Bethesda had hired 2 voice artists for this very purpose more than 3 years ago. In case you choose to play as female, all the dialogs would of course be uttered in the female voice. In case of male protagonist, everything will be uttered in male voice. Imagine doing all that work! Bethesda emphasized the time it took them to record all these voices for every dialog. And as we all know, there are tens of thousands of dialog to be recorded here. That's why it took them more than 2 years to complete for all these stuff. Overall, it was pretty solid showcase of gameplay that introduced new features such as crafting and weapon customization. The show came to close with everyone from Bethesda saying goodbye and promising to deliver on everything they just showcased.
Overall, it was a pretty satisfactory show, despite the fact that everything had already been leaked online. Well done guys! I would give it a 9 out of 10 for the presentation and enthusiasm.
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