Bethesda E3 2015 Conference Summary

Earlier this year, Bethesda shocked the gaming world when they announced their first ever E3 conference. How one of the biggest names in gaming has gone this long without having a conference is anyone’s guess, but they made sure to come out swinging in their first conference. With some huge reveals and awesome trailers, Bethesda knocked their inaugural show out of the park. Read on for a complete summary of the event.

After showing a simultaneously sentimental and kickass opening video, Bethesda kicked off their conference with a full reveal, complete with a shit ton of gameplay, of the new Doom. Everything one would expect from a Doom game was on full display here, namely big shotguns, scary-ass demons, and fast-paced shooting. While graphics are far from the most important part of a game, I feel obligated to point out that the gameplay graphics were unreal, to the point where it took me a second to realize that I was not watching a cinematic trailer. Watching the gameplay, Doom looks like an extremely gory, ridiculously intense shooter that is going to both please fans of the original and bring in new fans. In addition, they unveiled a previously unannounced aspect of the multiplayer called Doom Snapmap, where any player, regardless of experience, can use in-game tools to create custom maps and modes for multiplayer. While its practicality and quality will of course remain to be seen until release, this kind of addition to a multiplayer shooter is an excellent way to add a bit of diversity and keep things fresh longer than the traditional Deathmatches.

Bethesda transitioned to a notably less exciting display by pulling back the curtain on some more info about their online action game Battlecry, which is currently in alpha down under. I’ll admit, nothing about this game really did much to excite me. I do like the idea of an online multiplayer game that isn’t a first person shooter, but Battlecry doesn’t look so much like its going to reinvent the wheel as it just looks like another entry into the online multiplayer genre, albeit a slightly different one. Whether this turns out to be accurate or not will be seen in a little more detail when the beta hits later this year.

Dishonored 2 was next on the lineup. No gameplay was shown, but a beautifully rendered cinematic trailer gave us an idea of what the game is going to be like. According to the developers, players will take control of previous protagonist Corvo and a new female protagonist named Emily who each have different weapons and abilities to help them through the game. Like the first game, the developers pointed out how the game cn be played either guns blazing or without killing a single person. Freedom is the name of the game.

Several days ago, The Elder Scrolls Online made its jump to consoles. With this happening so close to Bethesda’s conference, it was to be expected that Tamriel would get a bit of the spotlight during the show. While no new games were shown, Bethesda did show some new content that will debut soon called Tamriel Unlimited. They also debuted a new free to play strategy card game in the style of Magic or Hearthstone called The Elder Scrolls: Legends.

And finally, we get to the reason everyone watched: Fallout 4. Bethesda showed all of us eager fans our first look at gameplay for the hotly anticipated game. And boy does it look INSANE. Pre-nuke times, beautiful german shepards, badass guns… I’ll just let the trailer speak for itself.

Oh, you mean you want even more amazing Fallout 4 footage? Ask and you shall receive.

Bethesda killed it with their first E3 conference. Fallout 4 may be the greatest video game ever made, Doom looks badass, Dishonored 2 is probably going to be great, what else could you want? So, what did you think? Leave your impressions in the comments below.

Jordan Barbeau

A simple man with simple tastes. Games, comics and movies are all I need to be happy.

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