E3 2015: Fallout 4 Makes Explosive Debut

By: Sarah White

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If you’re involved or interested in gaming at all, you’ve definitely heard the term E3 being thrown around the past few days. E3 is one of the biggest gaming conferences of the year – almost like a battle royal for the big three: Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. E3 is all about sneak peeks into console exclusives and other big name releases. So what does E3 2015 have to offer?

Unlike the past few E3s, it’s not about the Xbox One/PS4 rivalry – now that the systems are out of the gates running, its about what game developers will be bringing to these systems. Right now, the big name going around is Bethesda. Bethesda developed Doom, Dishonoured, and more notably The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series. The later are two of the big announcements people have been waiting for.

Leading up to E3 Bethesda released a trailer and info about Fallout 4. Immediately, fans flocked to social media to discuss the news. The last instalment in the Fallout series, New Vegas, was released in 2010. So fans of the series are eagerly awaiting the next installment in the post apocalyptic open world game. It stands to be the first big open world game to hit the current generation consoles.

The trailer shows stunning new graphics and gives a hint towards what direction the plot will take, in a time set before the nuclear apocalypse. Bethesda also opened up about a new crafting system for the game, allowing players to collect scrap pieces found throughout the world. These can be used to alter weapons, probably along the lines of Dead Rising 2’s weapon customization. The collector’s edition of the game, appropriately entitled, The Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition, includes a very own Pip-Boy, which works with smartphone app to make it a fully functional device that provides a second screen experience.

During Bethesda’s demonstration, player freedom is claimed to be the priority of the game – insinuating that this game is going to strongly emphasize and make use of the open world concept Fallout is known for. Through the previews, we get a first glimpse at the companions of the game and awfully cute, non-robotic, German Sheppard. Bethesda made sure to note that the combat is similar to previous games with its first person shooting and famous V.A.T.S queuing system for targeting enemies. We were even treated to a glimpse of a battle with a Deathclaw.

However, we’ll have to wait for November to find out ourselves when the game is released and see if its truly Bethesda’s most ambitious game as they claim.

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