Emerge from your vaults, it’s time to prepare.
By Ben Nunn
[Insert holy music here] Fallout is back. Hear that sound? It’s the clackitty clack of the hype train barreling down the rickety tracks of skeptical consumerism. But it’s not slowing down, if you’re a Fallout fan, it’s time to jump on board, or sit back down in your corner rocking chair in the dark and cold with your two cats, Doubt and Sir Reginald What’s the Point It’s only Going to Be Another 8th Gen Franchise Killing Failure, (He’s bitter about his name too).
When I think about the gaming industry there are really only three titles I can say that actually make me squeal like a tiny girl with excitement, when new installments are announced, and those are, The Elder Scrolls, Grand Theft Auto, and Fallout. So I’ll let you imagine my reaction to Bethesda’s confirmation and release of the first trailer for Fallout 4. Bethesda reinvented the franchise after acquiring the license from Interplay, who at the time were facing bankruptcy. Fallout started out in life as an isometric point and click RPG, similar to the likes of Diablo released the same year if 1997, and Baldur’s Gate, released the year after. This style continued until Fallout 3, Bethesda’s first injection into the franchise, where it became a first person open world RPG in the same vein as Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls. Both games being brought to you by the incredible Todd Howard, who started at Bethesda in 1994, to work on Terminator titles, and the same year releasing the first The Elder Scrolls entries, Arena.
Fallout 3 was my first Fallout. I was attracted to it by the fact it had Bethesda on it, a developer I fell in love with after finding a copy of Morrowind in the $9.99 bin at a local video rental store (a what now?). I suppose you may call it good timing that not a month after I started playing Morrowind, I realised Oblivion was soon to be released, and that tickled me just right. So getting into Fallout 3 was easy. It was a familiar format, in a setting I liked, and by my favourite developer. For the next installment Bethesda handed the reigns over to Obsidian, to make Fallout: New Vegas. This game really took what was best about Fallout 3 and refined it. You had better shooting mechanics, better graphics, better engine, bigger world, more immersion mechanics like Hardcore mode, and gun customization.
With today gaming advancements and technologies, I can only begin to imagine how massive the new world of Fallout 4’s Boston could be. The possibilities are endless, and so too apparently is my hype. If you haven’t tried these games yet, they are usually on sale on steam, I really recommend you pick them up, and give them a try. But research a little first, Games for Windows Live is dead, so make sure that your copy of Fallout 3 does not require the windows live DRM.
So go grab your copies of Fallout, or blow the dust off your desktop shortcut and play it again, and join me on the Hype train. Bring snacks, it’s going to be a long ride, and there’s no toilet.