E3 2018 Impressions - Bethesda

With a ton of exciting announcements and a charismatic performance from Todd Howard, Bethesda's latest E3 conference is without a doubt their best.

Rage 2

Bethesda started their presentation out with a live performance that didn't particularly catch my interest. I'm sure some people were enjoying it, but things would've been more compelling if the live performance was shown alongside a cinematic or gameplay.

However, when Bethesda finally showcased the game, it looked like a ton of fun. The transitions were incredibly smooth, and its chaotic nature seemed fun as hell. Combining id Software's expertise in fantastic gun mechanics with Avalanche Studio's skill at building expansive open worlds was an incredible idea, and I can't wait to get my hands on Rage 2.

DOOM Eternal

Holy crap! Right from the start, it was obvious what game the teaser was showing. Even then, the pan up to DOOM's hellish world got me incredibly excited, and as soon as the music started playing, I was even more sold. DOOM was such a blast to play, and I'm sure DOOM Eternal won't be any different.

Prey Updates & DLC

Although many people expected that Arkane Studios would announce a new game, it seems they're working on content for Prey. Suddenly, Bethesda announced Prey: Mooncrash, an expansion that would throw players into a randomly generated moon station with "infinite replayability." The DLC was released immediately and currently costs $19.99. Alongside Mooncrash, an update was released that added Story Mode, Survival Mode, and New Game + to the base game. 

Additionally, Arkane Studios announced that they'll be releasing Prey: Typhoon Hunter later this summer, a gamemode that would allow players to disguise as different objects and hide from the hunters. Essentially, it's very similar to Prop Hunt in Garry's Mod. This has been coming for a long time, as the concept of Prey was always perfect for a mode like this. It's great to see that Prey is still getting love, as it has a lot of potential.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

In the same vein as Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, someone had the idea to continue the tradition and name this next game Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Regardless, I was excited, as Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was an incredible game. However, MachineGames blew us away by revealing Youngblood is co-op. Set in 1980's Paris, players will take control of either of BJ Blazkowicz's daughters. Adding co-op to the Wolfenstein formula sounds like an absolute blast, so I can't wait to get my hands on Youngblood

Fallout 76

Bethesda dedicated a huge chunk of their conference to Fallout 76, their multiplayer addition to the Fallout universe. In 76, players go back to before any known Fallout game and try to survive together in the wasteland of Virginia. Even though the game is online, Todd Howard showcased how each server only holds a small number of players, as he wants to ensure that players experience the desolation that Fallout is known for. Additionally, if you're not a fan of multiplayer, the game is entirely playable offline.

Skyrim: Very Special Edition

Finally! Our prayers have been answered! Todd Howard, like the genius he is, brings Skyrim to a long awaited platform.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades

The sudden announcement of The Elder Scrolls: Blades disappointed me, as I've never been particularly fond of when a popular franchise gets an unfaithful mobile game. However, when Blades was actually shown, I was genuinely blown away. With incredible graphics and combat, Blades seems faithful to The Elder Scrolls. Hearing that it might come to PlayStation 4 has me very excited.

Starfield

After tons of rumors, Starfield has finally been revealed with a cinematic trailer. Not much is known about the game, but people expect something like Skyrim in space. Unfortunately, we weren't able to see gameplay, and that likely means that Starfield is very far away.

The Elder Scrolls VI

After countless years of not seeing any news on the latest installment in The Elder Scrolls series, a very vague teaser trailer was dropped by Todd Howard at the end of the Bethesda conference. 

Verdict

With a handful of awesome announcements and a ton of hilarious jokes, Bethesda did a great job with their E3 conference this year. This is especially evident considering how bland their presentation was last year. With things like The Elder Scrolls VI, Doom Eternal, and Starfield, it's hard not to be excited.