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Trailer Reaction: Bethesda & Microsoft E3 Conferences

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It’s E3 this week and One Of Us Net will be posting the biggest trailers and gameplay demos of the video game expo. This year is particularly special, with many notable developers and publishers throughout the video game industry promising to show off what they’ve been working on for the past several years. Bethesda and Microsoft premiered a number of impressive looking trailers and demos at their respective conferences, hoping to impress with franchises like Halo and Fallout.

First up was Bethesda, who made their first ever E3 conference debut. Watch and see if the blood-splattering kills of Doom and the impressive open-world of Fallout 4 whets your video game appetite.

Doom

 

With the opening of the convention, Doom, the fourth installment in the beloved and infamous franchise created by ID Software, was shown in all of its hellish-glory.  Combat is noticeably fast paced, and like in past iterations, Doom features the horrific gore and bloody deaths fans of the series are all too familiar with. Players will be able to perform brutal executions on enemies, some of which include the use of a futuristic chainsaw and the ability to tear off a demon’s foot and make him eat the appendage. In regard to multiplayer, Doom Snapmap was announced, which allows players to create and share their own custom gameplay modes and multiplayer maps. Finally, Bethesda confirmed one of the title’s first locations, Hell. Doom’s Hell looks to feature the strongest and ugliest of the game’s enemies.

 

Originally titled Doom 4, Doom was first rumored to be in development in 2007. Since then, the game was scrapped and then restarted in 2011, with little to no information revealed until E3 2014, where a teaser trailer for the shooter was shown.

Doom will be released Spring 2016 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Dishonored 2

 

Dishonored 2, Arkane Studios’ sequel to the first-person assassination game Dishonored, premiered a CGI trailer which sets up the game’s protagonists and new location of Tyvia, a coastal city under threat from a mysterious plague. Taking on the role of two assassins, Corvo Attana and Emily Kaldwin, players will be able to make use of mystical powers and technologically-advanced gadgets while attempting to kill the game’s central villains.

Dishonored 2 has not received a release date.

Fallout 4

 

Bethesda Games Studios released their first trailer for Fallout 4 only last week, but the developer was smart enough to end their short conference with another long look at the highly anticipated post-apocalyptic role-playing game. Fallout 4’s prologue will take place just before the start of the apocalypse, and will allow players to design the look of their fully voice-acted character. Players have the choice of designing a male or female Vault Dweller, and will later receive a loyal furry companion to help guide them through the wasteland that is Boston, Massachusetts.

 

A number of environments were shown, including forest, swamp, suburban and urban locations. These environments will feature dynamic weather and host friendly and enemy characters alike. Fallout 4 will also feature an advanced crafting system that will not only allow players to create their own custom armor, weapons and items, but also allow for the creation of individual homes and entire settlements. Player-created settlements can grow overtime and can even become a mecca for NPCs, who will assist in the development and defense of the player’s town.

Fallout 4 will be released on November 10, 2015 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Halo 5: Guardians

 

Opening the Microsoft conference, a demo of Halo 5: Guardians’ single-player campaign was shown, which featured a squad of four-player controlled Spartans engaging Covenant and Promethean forces. The Spartans in question are members of Fireteam Osiris, a group of elite-soldiers tasked with the dangerous mission of pursuing the Master Chief and his squad, Blue Team. The campaign of Halo 5 will feature drop-in/out cooperative online combat, and will include larger levels and smarter AI enemies. Oh, it also features the vocal talents of Nathan Fillion, who previously appeared in Halo: ODST in 2009. Halo 5’s multiplayer mode, Warzone, was also revealed, showing off vehicular combat on the ground and in the air.

Halo 5: Guardians will launch for Xbox One on October 27, 2015.

ReCore

 

An Xbox exclusive, ReCore, a new game from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, follows a lone woman wandering across a desert with a friendly robotic dog. Eventually coming across some not so friendly robots, the loyal hound sacrifices itself to protect the girl. Afterwards, the dog’s core, an orb of blue-colored energy, is inserted into an even bigger robot, thus bringing the dog back to life. Little is known about ReCore other than the fact that companion characters will play a central role throughout the game’s narrative.

ReCore has not yet received an official release date.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

 

The insane looking sequel to the EA published Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will be delivering more zombie-killing action with new plant and zombie characters. The trailer showcased a badass looking orange with guns and a zombie in a mech-suit. Garden Warfare is a relatively new series published by EA, and is originally based off of the mobile game, Plants vs. Zombies. More details on the title should be revealed at EA’s press conference.

Dark Souls III

 

The third entry in From Software’s Dark Soul’s franchise premiered its first trailer, promising that countless players will indeed die many more times in the medieval-gothic hell. Though no gameplay was shown, the trailer appears to reveal new locations and possible giant boss-like enemies that the Souls games are famous for. According to From Software, Dark Souls III will be the last title in the popular cult series.

Cuphead

 

Definitely one of the most visually stunning games of the conference, Cuphead is a creative side-scroller adventure in the style of classic 1930s Warner Bros. cartoons. Taking on the character of Cuphead, players will fight other cartoon enemies and even be able to fight alongside a friend in co-op.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

 

Crystal Dynamics’ Rise of the Tomb Raider, a timed Xbox-exclusive, premiered a new trailer showing off some suitably epic ice climbing and various jungle and desert locations. A sequel to the 2013 Square Enix published reboot, Rise of The Tomb Raider is said to feature more puzzles, temples and tombs for players to solve and explore.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released for Xbox One November 10, 2015.

Sea of Thieves

 

Along with the announcement of The Rare Collection, which includes Banjo Kazooie, Battletoads, Conker’s Bad Fur Day and dozens of other titles, Rare revealed Sea of Thieves, a first-person pirate multiplayer game. Though little was shown, naval battles and walking skeletons seem to feature heavily.

Fable Legends

 

With a new trailer told from the perspective of the villain, Fable Legends is the newest game in the Fable franchise. Abandoning the familiar RPG mechanics that made the franchise, Fable Legends is a 4v1-styled multiplayer-focused title that places players in the role of either four heroes, or the dungeon-master villain.

Gears 4

 

Showing off a particularly dark vertical-slice of the next Gears of War game, the Gears 4 demo revealed two new protagonists chasing mysterious tentacle-mouthed monsters across a sprawling stone complex. Glowing orange pods littered the landscape as the two heroes battled the dangerous creatures. The Gears of War Collection, which incudes the original Gears of War and previously unreleased missions, was also announced.

What about you reader? Which trailers or demos impressed you the most? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out our post on EA and Ubisoft tomorrow!

 

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While braving the snow-swept wasteland of Buffalo, New York for 18 long years, Christopher Herman developed a love for geek culture. A child of the 90s, he was raised on the valuable lessons taught by Batman: The Animated Series, Hey Arnold and Animaniacs. Eventually discovering a passion for movies, books, comics and video games, Chris began hoarding his knowledge of geekdom. Whether it’s Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Mass Effect, Firefly or Avatar: The Last Airbender, he’s always willing to discuss the intricate worlds and stories of geek properties. Chris currently resides in San Marcos, TX.