Bethesda Softworks LLC is a game publisher based in Rockville, Maryland.
They are best known for their work on the critically acclaimed franchises Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, which have sold over 46 million and 52 million copies worldwide respectively.
Why They Used To Rock
- They saved the Fallout franchise after Interplay filed for bankruptcy, thanks to Interplay Entertainment canceling Van Buren (aka Interplay's Fallout 3) and instead releasing Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, with poor sales as the result.
- They set the bar high for open-world RPGs with Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- Giant worlds to explore that give you plenty of awesome things to do.
- They are responsible for publishing awesome games such as Wolfenstein: The New Order, DOOM (2016), and the Dishonored franchise.
- Plenty of different customization options, which range from facial features, to races, and to armor/clothing.
- Nice soundtrack in their titles.
- They allow people to mod their games. The modding communities are great, as there are over thousands of great mods to download, many of which can drastically alter the game.
- Good voice acting. They also often get well-known celebrities to voice their characters, such as having Charles Martinet voicing Paarthurnax in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, or having Liam Neeson voice James in Fallout 3.
- Like CD Projekt Red, Bethesda stood up to EA's claims that single-player games were obsolete. They even made a video called "#SavePlayer1" on their YouTube channel.
- They along with 2K have treated Nintendo with respect by making most of their games for the Nintendo Switch.
- They saved Id Software from Activision's clutches.
- Unfortunately, the company went sharply downhill around the time Fallout 76 was released. See the Crappy Games Wiki page for more information.