E3 2008: Fallout 3 Trailer Shows Us Some Gameplay

Bethesda Softworks has released a gameplay movie from Fallout 3, and once you get past the campy but fun beginning of the trailer, you get to see some actual gameplay footage of the post-apocalyptic game.

To say that it looks a bit different from any other Fallout title is stretching it – it looks vastly different. I am still happy to have pre-ordered the game though, October cannot get here soon enough in my opinion. Let’s hope it was worth the wait, because although I trust Bethesda, I am still slightly worried about so many changes being made to my second-favorite franchise.

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12 Comments on E3 2008: Fallout 3 Trailer Shows Us Some Gameplay

Don't complain!

On July 14, 2008 at 5:59 pm

I don’t know why you’d be worried. It’s probably one of the most anticipated games of 2008, and it’s being anticipated BOTH for its graphics AND its gameplay – a rarity in this day and age. Times change – games have to change with them. There’s always ole’ Fallout 1 & 2 if you need nostalgia. You should be relieved that a favorite franchise of yours is getting lavished with such fantastic developer AND consumer attention. It could be FAR worse. E.g. the Mechwarrior franchise (a favorite of mine) has been left by the wayside despite its one-time dominance throughout the gaming kingdom. Count your blessings, seriously.

A fellow fallout 3 fan (but a mechwarrior fanatic!)


On July 14, 2008 at 6:11 pm

watching the gamplay part of the trailer literally brought a smile to my face….

i feel sorry for all you guys who never played the original though, i bet this will do them justice though


On July 14, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Don’t Complain – Hype (anticipation) does not mean a game is going to be good. There have been many games that did not live up to the hype. Until someone actually has their hands on a game, they have every right to be worried.

Personally, I’ve never liked Bethesda games. I don’t mind the perspective change… I like first person. I’m just not confident that Beth can make a game that lives up to Fallout 1 and 2, especially considering it’s supposed to be a sequel, and thus better than the originals. It just looks different to me, and not necessarily better.


On July 14, 2008 at 7:39 pm

They only mention the 1st and 3rd person but not the 3/4ths birds eye view they said will be an option too. Other then that, I’d probably buy it.

Davn Kincade

On July 14, 2008 at 8:17 pm


Hype (anticipation) does not mean a game is going to be bad. There have been many games that lived up to the hype. Until someone actually sees more than a five minute trailer of a game, they have little reason to be worried and/or complain.

Bethesda has been in the video game development industry for well over 20 years, they took the first-person RPG to a whole new level and have managed to stay in business while other companies (Interplay/Black Isle) faded away….in other words, they’ve managed to do something right.

I’m not saying this game is going to be bad or good, but i can cut Bethesda some slack on a game i’ve hardly seen and never touched, i wish others could do the same, regardless if they like Bethesda or not.


On July 14, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Considering the fact that I am a fan of the franchise, I also have to point out that I am a consumer first and foremost. Which gives me the right, no matter how much I respect Bethesda and enjoy their games immensely, to feel slightly nervous at the direction that a game I have pre-ordered and have been looking forward to is taking. I would be an idiot going into it with 100% devotion and positive thoughts, but at the same time I am also not some moron with garbage for brains that thinks every thing should stay the same and not evolve. To suggest otherwise or assume that is just uncalled for.

How many of you have been let down by a game you were excited for in the past? Ever since I started working in this industry, I have seen and touched things much sooner than I ever did before I started working here – just like the majority of the public. Therefore, I have learned the hard way, quicker than I normally would have, not to get ones hopes up no matter how exiting the possibility, no matter how awesome it sounds or looks, and no matter who has a hand in it. I want it, I am excited, but I refuse to run around screaming “awesome” just yet.

Davn Kincade

On July 14, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Indeed, and make no mistake i’m not supporting Bethesda to the hilt on this one but neither am i going to bash a long standing company that has managed to survive in the dog eat dog industry that is video game development.

See, i came over from Gamespot/Gamefaqs where this conversation has turned into a breeding gound of childish bickering with the Fallout fans one one side and Bethesda fans on anothner…it’s incredibly idiotic.

I’ve been a long time Fallout fan, i’m not worried about this game because frankly Bethesda cannot possibly do anymore damage to the Fallout series than Interplay/Black Isle has already done…i’ve already been disappointed with Interplay/Black Isle’s attempt to cash in on a series with sub standard games.


On July 14, 2008 at 9:00 pm

I agree with you Davn, 100%. I just felt the need to point out to “Don’t Complain” that I am not some old cook who is afraid of change. :wink:

“Times change – games have to change with them. There’s always ole’ Fallout 1 & 2 if you need nostalgia.”

I am not afraid of change, just wasting my money. :lol:

Don't complain!

On July 15, 2008 at 12:29 am

I guess part of what I’m saying that I don’t think came across well enough in my original comment – part of it did, because I do have a general disdain for people who lament the evolution / revolution of their old favorites … but this was only part of what I was saying – is, well, ‘it could be worse’. I recognize that it’s nerve-wracking when a beloved video game property gets altered and the output is uncertain because, bluntly, we can’t play it yet! However, again, it could be worse. Far worse. I know. I know. It’s a have cake eat it too world. So be it. But try to keep things in perspective (and this was really my other point): a franchise you love is getting lavished with attention from development perspective and popular interst perspective. Huge amount of time, energy, effort, and $ are going into it. If I were in your position, I’d be less of a contrarian.

Let’s pause to reflect over the ruins of the gaming world. I can only think of a few, but I’m sure others could chime in.

- X-Com: The 1st was one of the greatest ever made. They haven’t touched the main series for 11 years.
- Mechwarrior: In the 90s, this was considered one of the premier gaming franchises in the world. They haven’t revisited the universe for going on 6 years. The last original game was 8 years ago.
- The Descent-Freespace-Freespace 2 line: A generation grew up on these games. Does anyone else remember playing multi over a LAN via Descent? Freespace STILL to this day is one of the best space-combat sims to be released. And … the franchise hasn’t been touched in 10 years.


Look, I’ve been there: I have (isn’t it obvious) beloved gaming properties as well. It’s hard to see it from the outsider’s perspective. But I’d highly recommend that the ‘old school’ Fallout community take a big deep breath and appreciate the essentially excellent position that their flagship title is in right now. There’s plenty of time to kvetch as well.

Fallout 3 is going to be huge. Even if – and this won’t happen but I’ll say it – even if it does somehow (insanely) turn out badly: well at least someone out there is trying to keep things alive. Better than trying: they’re doing it in a high-class ‘flagship title’ manner.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to boot up the 486 and launch my interceptors. Word is there’s an alien base in Southern Europe!

Don't complain!

On July 15, 2008 at 1:04 am

I thought of 3 more ‘late great’ franchises. As these build up, I’m feeling more depressed by the minute!

- Sim City: one of the 10 most influential titles in the history of gaming – SC & SC2000 basically created a genre that enabled computer games to spread to a much wider audience. It will be 6 years since last release. Developers have basically said ‘we made it too great for lovers of sims, but too complex for everyone else … so we’ll just stop making it altogether’

- Wing Commander (other than that absoultely horrendous ‘arena’ that they licensed’): 10 years and running.

- Zork: grand-daddy of not really just text, but the huge swaths of pc adventure and rpg too. Made about … 10 games. Last one? about … 10 years ago.


On July 15, 2008 at 2:06 am

looks more like an action title than an old school rpg, but thats what the masses want. i liked bioshock, i liked oblivion, i liked stalker … my guess is i will like this game too, even if it is nothing like the first too parts when it comes to gameplay ( i liked the style and humor of the old titles and they catch that part very well ). I donĀ“t want to hope for a title i will love – we will see what happens in october!


On July 15, 2008 at 7:20 pm

I just hope the control mechanics are much smoother and more intuitive than Elder Scrolls.