The Continued Fallout From Fallout 76

I’ll be honest, I didn’t see this coming. Bethesda’s Fallout games are typically a sure thing, but things seemed a little off when Fallout 76 was revealed to be an entirely online experience. The traditionally single-player experience was now being morphed into something else completely and worse yet, the NPCs which provided those memorable moments and unique story-driven content would be completely removed in favor of robots and recorded messages.

Even with the huge amount of questions leading to its release, I feel like things started to even out a bit thanks to some quality marketing and hands-on impressions.

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Ultimately though, it seems Fallout 76 isn’t the game many fans were hoping for. Critical and fan impressions have not been good and the game is currently riddled with technical issues as well. Unfortunately, Bethesda has not helped matters by essentially going radio silent since launch, which pushed the community further towards rioting.

Earlier today the company final apologized for the long silence and revealed a couple of changes the game is going to receive including increasing the stash limit from 400 to 600, increasing boss loot, as well as number of bugs negatively impacting the game. The studio also revealed that it intends to post articles on a weekly basis to keep fans up to date on what’s coming.

It’s a nice start but is it too little too late? For many, it is. For those looking to get a refund on their purchase, the return policy from the Bethesda game launcher is proving to be problematic, with some players getting refunded instantly and others being flat-out rejected. Interestingly enough, the terms and conditions of Fallout 76 state that once the game has been used, players cannot apply for a refund at all. Naturally, anger and confusion rippled throughout the player base.

Without much clarification, the situation has actually caught the attention of a Washington D.C. law firm, who is beginning an investigation into Bethesda Game Studios over potential deceptive trade practice. The statement the firm released claims the studio released a heavily glitched game and was refusing to issue refunds for PC purchases who found it unplayable due to its technical issues.

Who knows what will come of this, if anything. It’s a fascinating thing to observe, and I’m curious to see if Bethesda is able to turn this thing around or if the ship will continue to sink. Bethesda previously claimed that intended to keep evolving and adding to Fallout 76 for years to come, but with such a rough start and players seemingly jumping ship, that doesn’t seem like a sound financial and beneficial strategy. Either way, the next few months promise to be very interesting for Fallout 76 and Bethesda.

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Sunday Video Round Up: Nov 18 – 24

For those who celebrated, I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We’re now into Sunday and that means it’s time for an all-new edition of the Video Round Up! As always, I’m bringing you the best trailers and gameplay from the past seven days. Here are just a few of the games waiting for you after the jump.

The final expansion for Rainbow Six Siege was finally revealed this past weekend for a remarkable third year. The popular competitive shooter is getting two Moroccan operators and an impressive new map to keep the fanbase happy. It’s not known yet if a fourth year is coming, but if Ubisoft has their way, fans should expect another year of new stuff.

I shined a spotlight on it last week and it’s back once again for a double dose of trailer goodness. Darksiders III is now only a few days away from release and frankly, I’m just thrilled that the franchise is back at all. There’s plenty of content for you to view including the intro cinematic to the game.

I’ve also got new videos for Just Cause 4, Star Wars Battlefront II, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Grab Your Forks and Knives, It’s Thanksgiving Time!

Well, well! I don’t know about you, but it’s crazy to think that we’re very nearly through the holiday rush and into the slower video game release month of December.

Before then though, it’s time to celebrate the season of giving, the season of thanks, and the season of making room on the couch for Uncle Jasper and Aunt Bertha. That’s right, I’m talking about that vaunted family holiday known as Thanksgiving.

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Before I drift off into a tryptophan-induced slumber, I wanted to let you all know that I’m taking the rest of the week off. However, make sure to mark your calendars and set your alarms for this Sunday as a brand new Video Round Up will be there to bring you all the latest gameplay and trailers from this very week.

To those of you that celebrate it, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving and I’ll see you all right back here for a brand new Sunday Video Round Up.  Gobble Gobble!

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A Return to the Glory Days with Warcraft III: Reforged

I have a special place in my heart for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Back before it came out, I loved me some RTS (Real-Time Strategy) games on the PC, highlighted by Age of Empires II. So when I saw the bright colors, unique characters, and Blizzard style all mixed together, I knew I had to check Warcraft III out. Long story short, I absolutely loved my time with it and still regard it as one of my favorite games I’ve ever played.

Part of the reason why I found the game to be so engaging was its diverse set of characters and the story that unfolded over the course of the game. Watching the downfall of Prince Arthas, the rise of the Undead Scourge, how the Orcs came together under the unique leadership of Thrall, and the Night Elves struggle with the other factions as well as Illidan Stormrage flowed together so well and managed to neatly tie together by the end. Thankfully, the story continued in the equally awesome expansion which dealt with the continued storyline of Arthas becoming the terrible Lich King.

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With how popular World of Warcraft has continued to be, I never though another Warcraft style RTS was realistically on the table. While it may not be the next big thing, I was floored when Blizzard announced Warcraft III: Reforged. I’m beyond overjoyed that WoW fans will be able to rediscover this game, as many of the events that have happened in the MMO were directly inspired by characters or events from Warcraft III.

Based on what Blizzard has shown off, the biggest change players will notice is the character models. Let’s be honest here, Warcraft III hasn’t aged well visually. The gameplay is rock solid, but the graphics certainly look their age. Sure, there’s a charm to it, but seeing characters like Jaina, Arthas, and Uther without all of those janky pixels and instead look more human-esque is quite a sight to behold.

Details from BlizzCon this year were limited, though we do know that besides the updated visuals, the Reforged is going to contain both the main game as well as the Frozen Throne expansion. Gameplay will get a bunch of balance changes and minor elements will be changed to synchronize it better to what World of Warcraft has already established. Author Christie Golden was even brought in to establish more parity between the games for characters like Sylvanas Windrunner and Jaina Proudmoore since those two have since gone on to become major players.

As someone who started replaying Warcraft III over the summer, the timing of this announcement couldn’t have been more perfect. We’re still without a solid release date, but you can be sure that Warcraft III: Reforged is absolutely on my radar. Now, Blizzard, about that Warcraft 4 announcement…

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Sunday Video Round Up: Nov 11 – 17

Another weekend has arrived which means it’s also time for a brand new edition of the Video Round Up. Oh, you know, the place that delivers the best trailers and gameplay from the past seven days. So, here’s a small peak at the entire list of trailers waiting for you after the jump.

Surprise, surprise, every Black Ops player’s favorite map is once again coming back for this fourth iteration. Nuketown is back in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and as expected, it’s gotten a few tweaks since fans last saw it. Check out the trailer to see just how cold this little village is getting.

One game that I feel is flying far under the radar is Darksiders III, a game that I really didn’t think would get made after THQ went down and brought talented studios like Vigil with it. Thankfully, THQ Nordic was able to grab the rights to the IP and tasked Gunfire Games, a studio that’s made up of a lot of former Vigil developers, to work on the next instalment. While I’m hopeful this game can live up to the standards set by the previous two, there’s no denying that they know how to make fantastic trailers.

I’ve also got new videos for Just Cause 4, Pokemon Let’s Go, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Umm, What? Sony Is Skipping E3 2019?!

I’ll be honest, I had something else lined up for today, but this news was an absolute bombshell so of course, I had to comment on it.

For those who may have missed it yesterday, Sony announced that for the first time in 24 years, the PlayStation brand won’t be at E3 2019. They now join the likes of EA, Activision-Blizzard, and Disney as companies that have left the massive annual event.

I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

Twenty-four hours later and I’m still having trouble processing this. Think of all the console debates, arguments over who had a better E3, and everything else Xbox vs Sony that’s now going by the wayside. PlayStation is leaving a gaping hole in the show and I have no idea who or what is going to fill that void.

So why? What happened that the company decided to make this announcement? Officially, Sony made a statement saying that they were looking for new and innovative ways to engage their community in 2019 and as a result, have decided to not participate in E3 2019. It’s even more stunning when you remember that the company also decided not to hold their own PlayStation Experience event this year either leaving them with currently no mass way to engage their fanbase.

From my perspective, there could be a couple of reasons for this shocking announcement.

  1. PS5 and Some First Party Games Won’t Be Ready For E3 2019 – Let’s face it, we know that the PS4 is nearing the finish line. Sure, we still have a few previously announced titles like Death Stranding, The Last of Us 2, and Ghost of Tsushima, but those three games still seem to be floating in the wind without dedicated release dates or launch windows for that matter. Sure, we assume they’re locked into a 2019 release, but would any of us be surprised if those games ultimately missed the upcoming year? How about if they transitioned to become launch day/release window exclusives for the PlayStation 5? These games already had a big E3 2018, so how much more could Sony realistically show that would continue to hype the fanbase and not spoil anything? Those games are stunning in their own right and many have already questioned if the now archaic PS4 could handle games like that. As disappointing as that would be to PS4 owners, think of how bonkers and strong of a launch push that would be for the new system. Want to make a splash? A lineup like that would certainly do it.
  2. Sony will be Hyping Thier Own Content With Dedicated Events – The lone PS4 exclusive with an actual release date is Days Gone, which is currently settled into a comfortable April 2019 launch. You can absolutely bet that Sony will be hyping that game with some sort of event.
    How about this theory though: The PS5 is likely closer than we all think. I’m personally betting on a late 2020 launch. That means that 2019 would typically be the hype year for the system, so why would Sony want to share the spotlight with rivals Microsoft and Nintendo? In a Microsoft-ish style move, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony holds a bombastic PS5 event sometime in 2019, one that’s away from all of the bright lights and shared stages of E3. Doing this ensures that every single spotlight and everyone’s attention is focused solely on them.

E3 seems to be entering an interesting time, as one of its core pillars has finally left. Will other companies follow suit? Is E3 dying again? Will smaller, but single company focused events like Microsoft’s recent X018 event become the new norm?

Let me know what you think of this announcement and how you think the future of gaming events will proceed.

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Sunday Video Round Up: Nov 4 – 10

Sorry for the lack of updates recently, my “real” life has been pretty busy. This week alone I’ve been traveling a bit so, I’ve had zero time to write anything at all, here or elsewhere. Fear not though, I’m back in the saddle next week so things should be returning to normal shortly.

For now though, let’s get to this week’s Round Up, where the biggest and best trailers from the past seven days are all yours to view! As always, we have a lot to get to, so here’s a small sampling of everything waiting for you below the jump.

Microsoft and Xbox finished the week strong with their X018 event down in Mexico City. In addition to updates regarding existing games like Forza Horizon 4, State of Decay 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Sea of Thieves, the company also had news on upcoming titles like Crackdown 3 and Devil May Cry 5

I’ve also got new videos for Just Cause 4, Rainbow Six Siege DLC, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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