Beyond 76: Fallout's Weirdest Vaults And The Games That Should Go With Them

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Beyond 76: Fallout's Weirdest Vaults And The Games That Should Go With Them

With the announcement of Fallout 76, fans are scrambling for clues that will shed light on the new game. A few concrete details come from the pre-existing information on Vault 76. Most vaults in Fallout were built for a specific purpose, and according to references in Fallout 3, Vault 76 supposedly held 500 people for exactly 20 years before opening and repopulating the surface.

Repopulation is important and all, but is this the most interesting route for a new Fallout? Playing a wastelander on a noble quest is something we’ve already done several times, but a game built around the events of a specific vault is an intriguing proposition. We delve into canon Fallout lore to reveal a bounty of bizarre and disturbing scenarios, any of which could make for an excellent spinoff.

Vault-Tec, the company who built the shelters spread across America, is a notoriously unethical corporation in the Fallout universe. In collaboration with the U.S. Government, Vault-Tec built most of its vaults around “social experiments,” testing the effects of isolation and other variables in the tightly controlled underground communities. 

Beyond 76: Fallout's Weirdest Vaults And The Games That Should Go With Them

about X hours ago from
Beyond 76: Fallout's Weirdest Vaults And The Games That Should Go With Them

With the announcement of Fallout 76, fans are scrambling for clues that will shed light on the new game. A few concrete details come from the pre-existing information on Vault 76. Most vaults in Fallout were built for a specific purpose, and according to references in Fallout 3, Vault 76 supposedly held 500 people for exactly 20 years before opening and repopulating the surface.

Repopulation is important and all, but is this the most interesting route for a new Fallout? Playing a wastelander on a noble quest is something we’ve already done several times, but a game built around the events of a specific vault is an intriguing proposition. We delve into canon Fallout lore to reveal a bounty of bizarre and disturbing scenarios, any of which could make for an excellent spinoff.

Vault-Tec, the company who built the shelters spread across America, is a notoriously unethical corporation in the Fallout universe. In collaboration with the U.S. Government, Vault-Tec built most of its vaults around “social experiments,” testing the effects of isolation and other variables in the tightly controlled underground communities. 

E3 2018 Predictions: Bethesda, Capcom, Rockstar Games, and More

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E3 2018 Predictions: Bethesda, Capcom, Rockstar Games, and More

With Sony's plans laid out and both Microsoft and Nintendo containing fairly obvious guesses, the largest question mark this year is what are third-party developers and publishers like Capcom and Ubisoft bringing to show off this year? There's still a few days to go before E3, so we're laying all our cards out for you to see, and say what projects think will (and won't) show this year as well as other announcements.

Fallout 76 Is Not A Traditional Fallout Game

Bethesda released a teaser for ... whatever Fallout 76 is a little while ago. Rumors have swirled, with Kotaku reporting that the game is not a classic single-player focused FPS-RPG hybrid that the series is famous for, but instead an online game, possibly an MMO or battle royale title. Given that the teaser itself, as well as its very title, focuses on a vault instead of the familiar sprawl of the Wasteland, we're pretty confident that whatever 76 turns out to be, it won't be quite the Fallout we know.

E3 2018 Predictions: Bethesda, Capcom, Rockstar Games, and More

about X hours ago from
E3 2018 Predictions: Bethesda, Capcom, Rockstar Games, and More

With Sony's plans laid out and both Microsoft and Nintendo containing fairly obvious guesses, the largest question mark this year is what are third-party developers and publishers like Capcom and Ubisoft bringing to show off this year? There's still a few days to go before E3, so we're laying all our cards out for you to see, and say what projects think will (and won't) show this year as well as other announcements.

Fallout 76 Is Not A Traditional Fallout Game

Bethesda released a teaser for ... whatever Fallout 76 is a little while ago. Rumors have swirled, with Kotaku reporting that the game is not a classic single-player focused FPS-RPG hybrid that the series is famous for, but instead an online game, possibly an MMO or battle royale title. Given that the teaser itself, as well as its very title, focuses on a vault instead of the familiar sprawl of the Wasteland, we're pretty confident that whatever 76 turns out to be, it won't be quite the Fallout we know.

One Year Later: What Has Released Since E3 And What Hasn't

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One Year Later: What Has Released Since E3 And What Hasn't

Every year, people look forward to E3 as their look into the future of what the gaming industry has cooking. In recent years, however, the show has started to trend away from the dream announcements of games years off and more toward games that will come within reasonable time frames. With games introduced as far back as E3 2013 still not released, and some games announced in intermediary years also still missing, managing expectations has become the name of the game.

Not everything goes according to plan, however, and games can sometimes take far longer to develop than expected. With that in mind, we wanted to look at the games announced at last year's event and see what has released and what is still missing in action.

Sony is the undisputed market leader in the console space and it's not hard to trace at least some of that back to its E3 2013 showing. Since then, the Japanese megacorporation has recognized the importance of the event and started massaging its stage show to be more about games and less about TV shows. Sony has gotten some criticism from E3 2015 when some of the biggest announcements at the show were games that were at best extremely nascent, and has been conscious about that reputation since. Considering Sony's penchant for announcing games before the ink is even dry on their design documents, people often take a skeptical eye to games announced on their stage.

One Year Later: What Has Released Since E3 And What Hasn't

about X hours ago from
One Year Later: What Has Released Since E3 And What Hasn't

Every year, people look forward to E3 as their look into the future of what the gaming industry has cooking. In recent years, however, the show has started to trend away from the dream announcements of games years off and more toward games that will come within reasonable time frames. With games introduced as far back as E3 2013 still not released, and some games announced in intermediary years also still missing, managing expectations has become the name of the game.

Not everything goes according to plan, however, and games can sometimes take far longer to develop than expected. With that in mind, we wanted to look at the games announced at last year's event and see what has released and what is still missing in action.

Sony is the undisputed market leader in the console space and it's not hard to trace at least some of that back to its E3 2013 showing. Since then, the Japanese megacorporation has recognized the importance of the event and started massaging its stage show to be more about games and less about TV shows. Sony has gotten some criticism from E3 2015 when some of the biggest announcements at the show were games that were at best extremely nascent, and has been conscious about that reputation since. Considering Sony's penchant for announcing games before the ink is even dry on their design documents, people often take a skeptical eye to games announced on their stage.

Atreus Needs A Onesie, And More New-Game Plus Ideas For God Of War

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Atreus Needs A Onesie, And More New-Game Plus Ideas For God Of War

God of War’s reinvention has been almost universally well-received, but there’s one particular feature of the original that fans are clamoring for: a new-game plus.

God of War (2018) contains an enormous amount of content, but it’s confined to a single playthrough. Starting a new file means starting from scratch, relinquishing all the powers, armor, and weapons you gained over the lengthy campaign. Plenty of games, including previous God of War titles, give players new incentives to play through the story a second time. From additional content to goofy costumes, let’s take a look at the best ways God of War could pull us back in.

Example: Repeated playthroughs are fine, but you know what’s better? A whole new game. This is the strategy Nier: Automata took, with entirely new characters, missions, and gameplay possibilities opening up after the credits rolled for the first time.

Atreus Needs A Onesie, And More New-Game Plus Ideas For God Of War

about X hours ago from
Atreus Needs A Onesie, And More New-Game Plus Ideas For God Of War

God of War’s reinvention has been almost universally well-received, but there’s one particular feature of the original that fans are clamoring for: a new-game plus.

God of War (2018) contains an enormous amount of content, but it’s confined to a single playthrough. Starting a new file means starting from scratch, relinquishing all the powers, armor, and weapons you gained over the lengthy campaign. Plenty of games, including previous God of War titles, give players new incentives to play through the story a second time. From additional content to goofy costumes, let’s take a look at the best ways God of War could pull us back in.

Example: Repeated playthroughs are fine, but you know what’s better? A whole new game. This is the strategy Nier: Automata took, with entirely new characters, missions, and gameplay possibilities opening up after the credits rolled for the first time.

E3 2018 Predictions: Sony

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E3 2018 Predictions: Sony

The Sony E3 press conference is never without drama. Whether it is throwing shade at competitors, delivering surprise announcements, or wowing crowds with its formidable first-party lineup, Sony always makes its time in the spotlight must-watch TV for gamers.

So what’s in store for 2018? We have our share of guesses.

From Software’s New Game Takes The Stage

E3 2018 Predictions: Sony

about X hours ago from
E3 2018 Predictions: Sony

The Sony E3 press conference is never without drama. Whether it is throwing shade at competitors, delivering surprise announcements, or wowing crowds with its formidable first-party lineup, Sony always makes its time in the spotlight must-watch TV for gamers.

So what’s in store for 2018? We have our share of guesses.

From Software’s New Game Takes The Stage