Published on June 12th, 2017 | by IceCube

E3 2017: Bethesda Showcase Review

Doom VFR
It’s Doom but in VR. This is probably the better suited game for VR because you can play it in small doses. You also don’t have to do much, other than point and shoot.

Fallout 4 VR
The idea of living the Fallout 4 world in VR is exciting, but not very practical. The players struggled for receptive aim even in the gameplay highlights. Plus, it’s a long game… How many people can get through ten minutes of VR without motion sickness?

Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
It’s already out, but why not grab a bit of free advertising while you’re at the show, eh? Yes, the Morrowind expansion gets a little plug here, and despite luring an audience in withe cool artwork and cutscenes – the truth is it remains a horrible and bland MMO option.

Creation Club
Bethesda is going on and on about community modders now…
Wake me when the show actually starts.

The Elder Scrolls Legends
Yep, it’s a card game. They are actually doing a card game and they are plugging it hard. I can see where this show is going. Down the toilet.

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
…Is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Remember that old game, Skyrim? The one with the dragons? Yes, that one.
Ah, Nintendo. It’s the Wii U all over again.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Is this an expansion to Dishonored 2? Or a cheap standalone? Not sure, but either way I don’t care. The cutscene stars a horrible-looking new character killing randoms down a hallway. Boy… This is truly the peak of shitness. This game – whatever it is – looks guaranteed to fail even harder than the last one. Imagine how great Bethesda could be if they had new ideas every year? It’s just constant disappointment with their announcements and direction.

Quake Champions
Was that the new Quake game I just saw? Surely not. No, wait, it is. It looks like a CHAOTIC MESS OF SHIT. Super. F**king. Terrible. Gameplay is basically a floating gun hovering around at hyper-speeds in anti-gravity arenas, with the lamest graphics I’ve seen from the modern generation. Believe it or not, I am trying to be positive. I’m looking for bright spots. But I can’t when each segment dips to new lows. Farrrrrk.

The Evil Within 2
Do you think Bethesda deliberately makes sequels of any game out of spite or stupidity? I can’t believe this joke of a horror game is getting a second chance. The horror game – made by developers whose plan to recreate “true horror” was to “throw every horror trope you’ve seen before at the player without logic or reason”, looks like they have another chance to make a mess of it again. The gameplay trailer shows they learned absolutely nothing from their previous mistakes. Slow clap guys… Slow clap.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Of course… Another year, not a new idea in sight for Bethesda. F**k I give up with this publisher. Let’s rename the company to Team Zero Creativity, or No Innovation, or Generic Shooter Club. One of these days Bethesda will dig deep (outside of the expected Fallout and Elder Scroll series ritual) and create a new IP with some depth, heart and soul. Until then we’ll be holding “up” on the left stick, and holding down the right trigger button. No brains required.
Now that that’s said, I’ll turn to the bright side: Wolfenstein *sigh…* as sick TO DEATH as I am of the franchise, The New Order was pretty decent from a story and engagement level. The best Wolfenstein ever, in fact. If it wasn’t for the developer’s ability to produce intense scenes with interesting scenarios, you could have added that game to the shit pile. The high level of engagement was everything to the success of The New Order, and fortunately, from what I saw in the lengthy trailer, it looks like that intense atmosphere is being successfully recaptured.


Top 3 Positives
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus looked pretty good for what it is.
– All games at the event are coming out this year.
– I didn’t have to sit through it for very long.

Top 3 Negatives
 Sequels, sequels and more sequels. All for games that DON’T DESERVE SEQUELS.
– There was not one exciting thing the entire show.
– Show presentation was a grind and stretched out.

Overall, I am frustrated with Bethesda. Every year I hope to see something from the high potential of their developers, only to be let down with bad ideas and disappointing announcements. If it weren’t for the Fallout/Skyrim developers they’d be the lamest “triple-A” publishers out there, with an inability to produce something with depth.



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