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REVIEW: Fallout 4, Battlefront 3 Among Games Garnering Hype

November 6, 2015

November has arrived, and that means a plethora of well-hyped video games will be hitting the markets on pretty much every platform available. As developers scramble to get trailers up and running, a sense of excitement among gamers is palpable.

Some of the video games coming out this month include Call of Duty black Ops III, Fallout 4, and Star Wars: Battlefront.

As with every cycle of games around this time of year, there are bound to be both good and bad games, some being diamonds in the rough and disappointments along the way.

However, this month’s lineup isn’t without its juggernauts. Between a Call of Duty game, the next installment in the wildly popular Halo series, a revival for the long-dormant Star Wars: Battlefront series, and yet another Assassin’s Creed game, there are a lot of reasons for both excitement and a little bit of annoyance.

Even Monmouth students are feeling the excitement for this cycle of games. In particular, software developer Bethesda’s Fallout 4 seems to be the game of choice this month.

In explaining his excitement for the game, junior Adrick Barreto cited, “basically the fact that you can go anywhere you want and do anything you please,” as his justification for waiting for Fallout 4.

A staple of the Fallout series has been the open-world environment, a major drawing point for gamers looking for an extensive experience. However, environment isn’t the only major draw to the game.

Freshman Kristopher Bloomberg in particular says, “I played all the other Fallout games, and loved them. I’d be really surprised if Bethesda messed this one up.” After strong showings in the previous games, Bethesda has a lot of good will going into this game, and looks to benefit from that with a strong installment on a nearly legendary series.

However, this cycle isn’t without its disagreements. Barreto and Bloomerg found themselves disagreeing on games for which they were not excited about, coming up on opposite sides for EA’s reboot of Star Wars: Battlefront. Barreto in particular says that he isn’t very excited about the game, citing bug and glitch concerns in the game’s beta release.

Despite being a large commercially-backed game, he says, the engine’s current performance lags behind other games that didn’t have the resources EA does.

Bloomberg, however, has faith in the title, pointing out that the beta isn’t the final product, and citing the series’ storied history before it was put on hiatus after the second installment. He argues that Battlefront is promising, and carries with it a sense of nostalgia along with simply looking to be a good game.

Regardless of what game was discussed, it was clear that this year has some good gaming experiences left in it before the holiday season. With most conventions and expos done for the year, the developers have done all they can to showcase their games and generate excitement. Now, it’s just a matter of which ones live up to the hype.

Anthony Adams
Contributing Writer

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