Jun
12
2017
1

God, this Bethesda Creation Club thing is gonna be a HUGE PitA.

I mean, OK, as a concept Bethesda’s Creation Club for Fallout 4 and Skyrim is great.

But it’s gonna be a pure headache to everybody who has already modded the game. Because I don’t think that all that vetted content is going to be compatible with all the modded content out there, and I certainly don’t think that all the best modded content is going to end up being vetted.  For a variety of reasons.  On the plus side — and it’s a very big plus side — some modders may end up getting paid for some of their stuff.

So I guess we’ll see.

Jun
11
2017
9

Games and rumors of Games: E3 starts this week.

EA/Bioware started the spectacle with their sneak peek at Anthem, coming out next year*:

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Jun
05
2017
3

E3 coming up next week.

So far, I’ve heard baseless rumors about Cyberpunk 2077 and Mass Effect: Andromeda. And, of course, the not-baseless rumor about the new Assassin’s Creed title. And as for Bethesda, well: have a really messed-up rumor, fresh and hot:

“[Starfield] is going to be a sci-fi open world RPG in typical Bethesda first person fashion. It’s going to feature 5-10 races there’s still some debate on what should and shouldn’t go in and takes place in the Fallout universe just so far in the future and far away from Earth that it’ll only be mentioned in hints. This is part of an ongoing planned interconnected universe of every Bethesda franchise. They gave hints of this by implying the Brotherhood of Steel created Nirnroot in Fallout 4. They’re getting a little wacky with the lore and using “Elder Scrolls time wounds” to justify lore inconsistencies.

“Basically, Fallout is the beginning of the timeline, Starfield is the middle, and Elder Scrolls is Far Future.

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Jan
27
2017
1

The ‘Prey’ gameplay Trailer.

In case you were wondering what Bethesda was doing instead of the next Elder Scrolls or a Fallout DLC that strips you down to your underwear and sticks you somewhere dangerous*. Comes out May 5, and I’m wondering just how much gameplay there’s going to be in this thing. I mean, there’s a limit to how big a space station is likely to be a mere twenty years from now, right?  Unless we suddenly figure out how to get a lot of stuff into orbit cheaply, and I mean cheaply**.

Moe Lane

*Seriously: it was weird, the way that they went back to that well in both Fallout 3 and New Vegas. And Skyrim, come to think of it.

**OK, sorry. Looked at Wikipedia, and it turns out that this is an alternate universe with a divergence point in the 1960s. Fair enough.

Aug
20
2016
7

The ‘Prey’ Gameplay Teaser Trailer.

From Bethesda, and it looks kind of promising.

Dunno if it’s survival horror or shoot-em-up horror, though. Or, heck, whether you’re actually playing the good guys. …Maybe?  Anyway, it’s out in 2017, so maybe no new Elder Scrolls for a while.

Aug
05
2016
5

Hey, there’s a Bethesda sale going on over at Steam.

40% off a bunch of titles, including Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.  I’ve been meaning to grab both, so: cool. The sale’s also happening on Amazon, so feel free to click those links. Also: if you haven’t grabbed Skyrim yet, twenty-five bucks for the whole shebang is frankly a steal.

Jun
13
2016
8

The Bethesda #E3 Fallout/Skyrim presentation (Console Skyrim users, take note).

Executive summary: Two workshop expansions (armor/weapon racks and I don’t care about the rest, and build your own Vault because why the heck not?), a let’s-dance-around-the-Mouse’s-lawyers DLC (‘Nuka World’), something about Fallout Shelter yadda yadda yadda, and… remastered Skyrim.

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May
31
2016
8

Fallout 4 mods live on Xbox One.

I’m going to be nice and not write that out as ‘live,’ despite the reports of connectivity issues. Of course there’s going to be connectivity issues. They’re giving people mods on consoles for the first time; it’s a special miracle that the whole thing didn’t implode into a singularity on the spot.

Mind you, I can’t directly report on this. First off, I don’t have an Xbox One. Even if I did, I wouldn’t be switching over to the console version of Fallout 4 any time soon: there are some serious limitations to mods on the consoles, and I don’t mean the nudity ban (2 gig limit on mods, for one thing). Still, it’s pretty awesome that Bethesda is expanding access like this. Brave new world, and all that…

Jan
03
2013
7

I need an opinion on Oblivion.

Because danged if Bethesda isn’t trying to not-very-subtly convince me (via the medium of various Lore tomes) that I want to play The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, too. Will the difference in game play drive me nuts?

Apr
18
2012
5

Yeaah Dishonored is probably going to suck me in.

Dishonored.  Steampunk.  With rats added in.

“Revenge solves everything.”  Heh.  I’ve played a few tabletop RPG campaigns with that attitude.
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