Learning to Love Fallout All Over Again
Chris Buecheler of Crispy Gamer shares his journey of reconciling loving the old familiar Fallout and still looking forward to the new Fallout 3. Like many fans of the original games, the author was dead set against Bethesda taking Fallout 3 in a new direction. The traditional third-person isometric gameplay style is giving way to the first person engine used to render the fantasy title Oblivion.
A staunch adversary of the change, the author begins to reevaluate what it was that he actually loved about playing the original games. Realizing that Oblivion is his favorite title to come out in the last five years, he works his way to accepting that it’s nostalgia for the title that has been a roadblock to his acceptance of a new interpretation of Fallout 3.
It’s not going to be a third-person isometric game. It’s not going to be primarily comprised of a few shades of grey and brown. It’s not going to exclusively feature a turn-based combat system, nor is it going to star a descendant of the original Vault Dweller. It’s not being written by the game’s original writers or designed by the game’s original designers. It’s not even going to be set in California!
I’ve decided I’m fine with that, because here’s what is happening: The game is being created by a group of designers who by all indications loved the original Fallout just as much as I did. It’s being produced by a company that believes in lengthy development schedules so that they can cram their games full of content. It’s using an engine that, with some texture upgrades, is still visually stunning on modern machines and based on the screenshots I’ve seen so far can definitely handle “post-apocalyptic” as well as it handled “swords and sorcery.” Best of all, the first trailer they’ve released absolutely nails the Fallout feel.
As a huge Fallout fan myself, Buecheler has cut through to the heart of the arguments over Fallout, and come up with answers that resonate with me. I will always love the old Fallout, but I feel that I can learn to love Fallout 3 as well.
via Crispy Gamer