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E3 2017: Bethesda Conference

It is still a little weird that Bethesda has their own conference at E3. I know they are trying to become a big publisher but they release so little games every year that it is hard to be surprised and this year was no different.

Bethesda VR

Both DOOM VFR and Fallout 4 VR were showcased.

Doom looked like it could be quite fun. It appears to be a version of DOOM made specifically for VR and it uses teleportation for locomotion which seems to becoming the gold standard for VR shooters. There also seemed to be a time slow down mechanic which could allow you to feel like a badass still by making perfect combo shots and kills. I didn't think I would be excited for DOOM in VR but color me impressed.

Fallout 4 VR on the other hand looked incredibly boring. They seemed to have just taken Fallout 4 and put it into VR. The movement looked like it would be just as if you were using a controller which is what typically leads to motion sickness, at least for me. Fallout 4 wasn't a particularly engaging game either and nothing about this VR version looks like it takes advantage of virtual reality so I'll definitely be skipping it.

Elder Scrolls Online

I've never played Elder Scrolls Online so nothing shown here interested me. For my MMO fix I play Final Fantasy XIV and it is the best MMO I have ever played.

Creation Club

Bethesda products are finally getting paid mods with the addition of Creation Club and I think this is fucking fantastic. If you like something someone creates then pay for it so those people can continue to make things. I don't get this entitled attitude that PC gamers have where mods have to be free and gamers are somehow helping the person who made the mod "get exposure" by speaking highly of it. You know how you can really help someone? Pay them for the fucking hard work they do. You see Reddit threads like this and this where in gamers minds all modders do it out of the kindness of their hearts.

Imagine if the App Store had to be free and you just made things because "you love your phone". There is nothing stopping someone from releasing a mod for free but if someone wants to put more time and energy into their creation and attempt to create a business around it now they can. We could literally see companies form up around creating DLC for video games that they didn't build because there is a system in place for it.

Also why are people not losing their minds over the Dota 2 Workshop where artists can make virtual clothing to sell inside of Dota 2?

Good on Bethesda for trying this again and please ignore the blowhards at r/PCMasterRace.

Elder Scrolls Legends

I didn't even know The Elder Scrolls: Legends card game existed. Hearthstone really kicked open the doors for this genre eh? Whenever Blizzard does something everyone has to jump on board I guess.

Skyrim for Switch

Just another confirmation that Skyrim is coming to the Switch which is something we've known for months but we still don't know what version of the game it is. Is it a port of the Xbox 360 version? Is it the Skyrim: Special Edition? Is it a custom dumbed down version to work on the Switch? We still have no idea.

Of course this has to have amiibo support so you can scan in Link and dress up your Dragonborn as the Hero of Time. You can also use the motion controls to shoot a bow and arrow which I am sure no one will ever do. Skyrim's combat is already clunky as hell why would you want to use motion controls?

Dishonored 2 DLC

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider was announced and it brings back two great characters, Billie Lurk and Daud, as they attempt to kill the Outsider. I was not a huge fan of Dishonored 2. I felt Arkane were too stringent with handling out powers which resulted in me always looking for the same solution to every problem because of the limited abilities I had. I will be interested to hear how this DLC addresses that.

Quake Champions

Oh yeah eSports ya'll! Shit is about to get lit in this bitch!

OK have the idiots gone? This was an absolutely horrible showcase. It looks like a shitty ripoff of Overwatch. I have no idea how this game is going to survive in the congested multiplayer arena. I would honestly rather play LawBreakers.

The Evil Within 2

I am an absolute wussy who cannot play horror games. I heard the original Evil Within was an outstanding game but there is no way in hell I could will myself to play The Evil Within 2.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

I heard good things about the original Wolfenstein but I just never found time to play it. After watching this trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus you can color me intrigued. It looks similar to DOOM which is not surprising since they are using the exact same engine. If the gunplay is solid and the story is as interesting as it looks I am looking forward to shooting some Nazis this fall.

Conclusion

Bethesda announced exactly what I expected them to and only one, maybe two games, I would say I am excited to play so Bethesda probably gets a bad grade in my mind. However, I am sure you can easily find people who are going nuts for the latest Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Dishonored or Evil Within content so who am I to complain? Bethesda knows their audience and keeps them satiated with new content so good on them.

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