Last year was pretty grim viewing for Bethesda. They had a lot of big names, but nothing to show for them. The only game they did have any significant time invested in was Fallout 76, which was a game that, by all account, was a disaster befitting its franchise’s name.
There was a time in my life when universally negative word of mouth, very divisive opinions and general bad reviews felt like a challenge. Everyone else said this game was bad, I needed to see for myself, so I could justifiably also complain about how bad they were. That’s because, on almost every occasion, the consensus were accurate and I ended up wasting my time on a game I didn’t like.
This past 12 months, in my 30th year of life, the message finally seemed to sink in. It must have anyway, because I didn’t end up playing a single game that I would deem disappointing that came out in 2018. That isn’t to say that there were some white hot trash fires released this year, I just avoided them. Which isn’t to say there weren’t games that massively bummed me out.
I don’t take any pleasure from games being bad, even more so when they were games I had been looking forward to. And while I might not have that first experience, I have spent hours reading and listening to people talking about these games. I also don’t care anymore. So if anyone reading this takes exception to the fact that I’m complaining about games I didn’t play then feel free to go away, or give me crap for it. Personally, I’ll be a lot happier in the knowledge that my time was spent on only marginally bad games rather than these.
Bethesda are my good-will publisher. It’s a company full of people who seem to genuinely care about what they’re doing, and consequently they put out very good games on a consistent basis. That being said, I always find myself wondering what they could possibly find to show year after year on their stage. Time and time again they tend to shut me up and put on a good show. So I’m looking forward to whatever we see here.
My high hopes were tested to begin with, as it took 15 to 20 minutes for the presentation to actually get started, bringing out a few different faces on their weird stage and Having Andrew W.K. perform a song to a relatively underwhelmed/perplexed audience. Eventually the show did get started though. Here’s what I thought of it.