This almost feels obligatory. Of course Fallout 4 is going to get nominated for game of the show a few months before it comes out. It's Fallout 4.
This could very easily be the best selling game this year, and for a single player RPG, that is rare. This is one of the most anticipated titles in years, and had almost begun to take on a mythical status in the games community. Maybe not Half-Life 3 levels, but certainly on par with The Last Guardian…which, obviously re-emerged this year too.
And to top all of that off, it's going to be in our hands come November. It is so rare to have a game announced and in our hands a few months later. Even rarer for a game of this size. That is very exciting, as we are going to skip the pageantry of multiple E3s and just go straight in with the good stuff.
Now Bethesda didn't have any hands on time with the game so you're impression was the same as mine, but really, the developer doesn't have to do much more than that. They gain little from showing off the game to anyone really. Everyone who is a hardcore gamer is probably going to pick this up. A preview can more or less only wnd up hurting the game, because no amount of excitement from the press around this game is going to help it at this point.
In place of getting hands on time though, Bethesda did all of their heavy lifting during their press conference. They showed gameplay, environments, details, and even several wacky additions like a base builder and item customisation. This game is going to be huge and everything Bethesda and Todd Howard showed during E3 supports that.
Fallout 4 is really coming, and despite not having a huge showfloor presence, its presence was felt across all of E3.