One of the best Bethesda video games that aren’t Bethesda video games

Kath Santarin
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With the approaching launch of Starfield, individuals the world over are about to fill their boots as soon as once more with Bethesda’s signature model of go anyplace, do something recreation. Until they don’t have an Xbox or an honest PC, that's. However Bethesda aren’t the one studio who've had a crack at that exact model of huge open-world RPG: certainly, they’ve impressed loads of copycats and homages through the years, and are sometimes namechecked by different builders when speaking about open world recreation design.

So Bethesda aren’t the one studio who create Bethesda-style video games. Who, then, except for them, has made the perfect one? That’s the query we’re asking our esteemed panel on this, the newest episode of VG247’s Greatest Video games Ever Podcast, the present the place we performatively argue about this type of factor to your leisure. Or bemusement. Whichever.

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Tom picked RAGE, which is id Software program's most Bethesda-like recreation and could be a fantastic decide for this subject have been it not for the truth that it was printed by Bethesda Softworks.


James picked Grounded, Obsidian's survival recreation that riffs on ‘Honey I Shrunk the Youngsters' and positively is not a Bethesda recreation, so he will get factors for that. Nevertheless it positively is not a Bethesda recreation, so the identical factors get reducted from his whole, leaving him with

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Zero factors.


Alex went with Dragon's Dogma, a fantastic 360 period RPG that has constructed sufficient of a cult following to get a sequel due out quickly. Crucially, it was Capcom's said aim throughout growth to do one thing Bethesda-inspired. The studios are so wildly totally different that it makes for an extremely unlikely mix of types, and the top result's as mad as you'd anticipate. However it's, nonetheless, an excellent recreation, and one we're fortunate to have.

“What's the Greatest Video games Ever Present?” you ask? Properly, it's primarily a 30-minute panel present the place individuals (Jim Trinca and associates) resolve on the perfect recreation in a selected class. That is it. It is good. Hearken to it.

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