Something momentous in the history of gaming has occurred! Xbox has welcomed Bethesda, maker of some of the best games of recent memory, into its crew of studios, developers and gamers. What does this mean for us Game Pass fans though?
Well, it’s pretty simple – it means that the Xbox Game Pass library of games you can download and play to your heart’s content has expanded yet again, giving us even more new adventures to embark on!
I’m a huge Bethesda fanboy – they’re right up the top of my list of favourite game developers, and some of their titles are in my top ten games of all time, so you can guess I’m pretty stoked.
If we’re talking about gaming as a whole, the original DOOM can’t go bywithout mention. Dating all the way back to 1993, DOOM cemented the fundamentals of how we play FPS games today. Even thinking back now, I can remember playing the original DOOM on my family’s first PC – it was running Windows 95, with a big chunky CRT monitor – it was an incredible experience!
In case you missed it, Bethesda expanded on the DOOM franchise with the latest instalment, DOOM Eternal, delivering an insane soundtrack, fast paced gameplay and so many guns. Seriously, I recommend you go download and play all of the DOOM games today! Now, if only there was a convenient way to play them all on one console…
Bethesda has always had a strong line-up of games since it began developing them way back in 1988, from all The Elder Scrolls games to Brink (it’s an underrated gem of a game, by the way), so for me they’ve have always stood out as publishing some of the most amazing games. But in 2008 they took the world by storm yet again, with a re-invention of a classic title! Fallout was already a seminal post-apocalyptic role-playing game, but Bethesda’s Fallout 3, New Vegas and Fallout 4 brought that gritty world to a new era of gaming.
Back in my day, if you wanted to play a Fallout game with your friends, you had to have two consoles in the same room – but not anymore. Fallout 76 spins the MMO genre on its head, allowing you to build, explore, survive and make new friends in the post-nuclear wastelands of Appalachia. Just try not to make too many enemies.
Speaking of resurrecting old titles, they’ve done it again with Wolfenstein: The New Order. You may remember this game from way back when having a similar visual style to the original DOOM and also including a mecha-Hitler battle – that’s not included in the remake.
Today, it’s a beautifully written and tastefully violent adventure through an alternate history post-World War II. Trading up to some mecha war dogs and revolving around a plot of colonising the Moon with a secret military base, Wolfenstein: The New Order is an adventure in a league of its own, and boy is it a fun one!
Whichever Bethesda title you choose to start with, you’re guaranteed hours upon hours of lore, character development and enjoyment! My honourable mentions for Bethesda favourites of course go to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Prey and The Evil Within. From FPS games to sprawling RPG mammoths, they’ve got you covered.