E3 2017 Bethesdaland

Published on June 13th, 2017 | by Brittany Estrella

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Did Bethesdaland E3 live up to the hype?

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Before we get our ticket into Bethesdaland we must sit through the wait, or more like the games that they launched last year leading up to E3. Games such as Doom, Dishonored 2, or Prey were games that people really enjoyed right? Pete Hines reinforced this during the intro of the showcase by talking about how many people have been playing countless hours of Doom and Fallout Shelter, a game that got Bethesda over 100 million players. But that is not the end of the wait to get the tickets. They of course had to mention The two biggest titles that Bethesda has under its belt. Two games that will always bring everyone back over and over again… You guessed it, Fallout 4 and Skyrim because lets face it, everyone is still playing them, especially since everyone has added user created mods for both of the games. Both games have had over 300 Million mod downloads, since the release of the games last year.

Now that we have gotten our tickets, into the park…The Virtual Reality Department has been working hard on a couple of different experiences that players have always loved. The first is DOOM VFR. Truly a first person shooter since you are now able to dawn the virtual reality goggles. What they are showed us looks stunning, and yes something that many of the hard core DOOM players are going to be looking forward to get their hands on, but still nothing really to write home to mom about. The second game is Fallout 4 VR. some of the cool things that we were shown with that trailer was the fact that, in VR you’re able to really get the depth of the world of Fallout and become more immersed into the world that fans have come to love over the years.

Elder Scrolls Online is getting a nice addition to their MMO. Players are now able to return to a land that they’ve loved for years… Morrowind. Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is available now, so hurry up and start playing to bring back some major nostalgia. Along with that, Bethesda also announced that on June 29th Elder Scroll fans will be getting The Elder Scroll Legends: Heroes of Skyrim, a free to play strategy card game. Players will collect and build different class decks that to battle other players in the Chaos Arena based in the world that everyone has come to love. Elder Scroll Legends: Heroes of Skyrim will have a multi-platform release, everything from Bethesda.net, Steam, Android and Apple OS, so be sure to keep your eyes out for it next month on which ever device you prefer to play on. We also can not forget Nintendo’s version of Skyrim. During the demo a Link Amiibo was scanned in and dropped a chest from the Legend of Zelda into the Skyrim universe giving the Dragon Born a Link costume and weapons. Skyrim is truely getting a touch of Breath of the Wild.

Bethesda also introduced something called Creation Club which they described as “A collection of all-new content for both Fallout 4 and Skyrim. It features new items, abilities, and gameplay enhancements created by Bethesda Games Studio and outside development partners including the best community creators. Creation Club content is fully curated and compatible with the main game and official add-ons.” many people are calling this the companies idea or alternative to paid mods for Fallout 4 and Skyrim, they have also said that it is starting sometime this summer for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Now that we are almost halfway through This tour of Bethesdaland, we finally get to see something new, the trailer for Dishonored: The Death of the Outsider DLC. The trailer looked stunning, and many people are going to be super hyped for this game, knowing that Daud is still alive. One of the main components of the this game, along with his Second in command Billie Lurk who from what seems to be a fan favorite, will be to play as once again. It has been said that the pair will be trying to take down “The black eyed bastard responsible for all the chaos”. Expect that there will be all new enemies and many more different ways to kill them, from what we have seen. Be on the look out for this September 15th.

Another New game that they showed us is the trailer of The Evil Within 2, another game that everyone seems to be totally hyped about. The trailer is totally bonkers…very heavy on the voice over but not light on the jump scares and the dead bodies. We can only hope that a game like this will give us the answers that we all were seeking at the end, and we can expect the game to drop October 13th, just in time for to scare the hell out of us for Halloween.

The next stop is into the world of Esports, with the announcement of Quake Champions which is currently in Beta. Players in the Beta will luckily get some practice in for the Quake Championships on August 26th at Quakecon in Dallas which the grand prize is 1 million Dollars for the top team. The trailer also introduces B.J. Blazkowicz some who you might not know is the main character in Wolfenstein and for good reason because of the final stop in Bethesdaland

Our final stop in Bethesdaland is the trailer for Wolfenstein 2, a sequel that will will answer so many questions that the fans had after the end of the first game. “Your assassination of Nazi General Deathshead was a short-lived victory,” so says the description of the game currently. We’re sure that as the launch comes closer more information will be released but for now we know now that you’re playing as BJ Blazkowicz again, aka “Terror-Billy,” member of the Resistance, scourge of the Nazi empire, and humanity’s last hope for liberty. Only you have the guts, guns, and gumption to return stateside, kill every Nazi in sight, and spark the second American Revolution. So that means one thing, that BJ survived after the end of the first game, as many people are just learning now.

And this is  where our tour of Bethesdaland comes to an end, all in all the showcase itself was about 4o min long significantly shorter from the other showcases, with only a few heavy hitting tittles that were new. Most of the things Bethesda came with this year seem to be remakes or remastered games. Was it worth the extra two hour wait after the Microsoft showcase? Many people say no, that it wasn’t worth it, but others are saying yes that it was totally worth it, but after your tour here, its something that can be left up for you to decide.

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