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"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The game is very popular because the world is incredibly well designed, the gameplay is addictive and the story and quests are enthralling.

"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The game is very popular because the world is incredibly well designed, the gameplay is addictive and the story and quests are enthralling. (PR photo)

"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The game is very popular because the world is incredibly well designed, the gameplay is addictive and the story and quests are enthralling.

"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The game is very popular because the world is incredibly well designed, the gameplay is addictive and the story and quests are enthralling. (PR photo)

"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The land is beset by ravenous mutant monsters, zombie-like ghouls and ruthless human raiders.

"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The land is beset by ravenous mutant monsters, zombie-like ghouls and ruthless human raiders. (PR photo)

"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The "Fallout 4" announcement blew away the competition at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The "Fallout 4" announcement blew away the competition at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. (PR photo)

"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The "Fallout" series lets the gamer wander a huge open world 200 years after a global nuclear war.

"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The "Fallout" series lets the gamer wander a huge open world 200 years after a global nuclear war. (PR photo)

"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The lavish graphics and innovations in gameplay - such as the ability to build your own settlement of survivors and a more robust crafting system - were crowd-pleasers at E3.

"Fallout 4" - Bethesda Softworks | The lavish graphics and innovations in gameplay - such as the ability to build your own settlement of survivors and a more robust crafting system - were crowd-pleasers at E3. ()

A nuclear blast blew away the competition at the Electronic Entertainment Expo earlier this month.

The video game industry's premiere showcase offered one of the best lineups ever, with developers hitting their stride in producing games for the powerful generation of consoles that launched a year and a half ago. There were plenty of new games in venerable series, such as "Halo," "Uncharted, "Gears of War" and "Call of Duty." There were impressive reboots of "Star Wars: Battlefront" and "Guitar Hero." And there was a cool new medieval fighting game called "For Honor." But the most impressive announcement was for Bethesda Softwork's "Fallout 4."

The "Fallout" series lets the gamer wander a huge open world 200 years after a global nuclear war. The land is beset by ravenous mutant monsters, zombie-like ghouls and ruthless human raiders. The game is very popular because the world is incredibly well designed, the gameplay is addictive and the story and quests are enthralling. Any tidbit of news about the game is greeted with enthusiasm.

The game's very existence was confirmed only about a week earlier so anticipation was high at Bethsoft's first-ever E3 media event on June 14 in Los Angeles. The lavish graphics and innovations in gameplay - such as the ability to build your own settlement of survivors and a more robust crafting system - were crowd-pleasers. But the audience went wild when head developer Todd Howard announced that the game would actually be available Nov. 10. It was a stunning move in an industry where a game can be highlight for three years in a row at E3 and still be almost a year off - Ubisoft's "Tom Clancy's The Division" is the most recent offender in this area.

In the console wars, Xbox One came out on top this time around. It presented the most impressive lineup of exclusive titles, but that's been routine for the last couple of years. What gave Microsoft's console the edge over Sony's PlayStation 4 - and Nintendo's nearly forgotten Wii U - was the announcement that the catalog of games for the old Xbox 360 will be playable on Xbox One. If you bought a game for the 360, you will be able to play it on the new console free of charge. After the "Fallout" announcement, this probably drew the biggest cheer at E3's press events.

But there were plenty of great titles to applaud this year. Here's a list of some of the most promising that were announced or highlighted. Most are available on the two big consoles and personal computers.

bowers.brian@stripes.com

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