Posts Tagged ‘RPG’

Fallout 3 Out!

November 2, 2008

Current Metacritic score 94%

So the consensus seems to be it’s awesome, but perhaps not breathtakingly so. Still I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Check out the video below to get a sneak preview of some of the first parts of the game, where you’re a baby and discover the SPECIAL book!

For an apparently balanced take on it, you could watch Gamespot’s video review which is mostly positive but points out the graphical deficiencies in the PS3 version.

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Fallout 3 Gameplay Videos

September 7, 2008

I must’ve been filing my nails or something when this was announced, but in any case, last week Bethesda posted a total of five gameplay videos of the lukewarmly anticipated (in certain quarters) Fallout 3 on Youtube.

I of course am anything but lukewarm about the latest instalment of the post-apocalyptic RPG masterseries. See for yourself.

The latest set of videos confirm that the black humour and gritty atmosphere of Fallouts 1 and 2 are present and correct. The second video in particular (entitled “Megaton” and shown below) contains a surprisingly high naughty word count. I’m also loving the ability to plant live grenades on people when pickpocketing them (see the second video below, entitled “Tenpenny Tower”).

The five videos tell a story of sorts as they show the player taking on and completing a simple quest, which has explosive consequences. It’s nice to see the range of conversation options, and hopefully this will go some way to assuaging the unbelievers. However I suspect that some of the haters have now elevated their dislike for this game to a crusade, unable to view any aspect of the game in a positive light.

For what it’s worth, RockPaperShotgun has given it a tentative thumbs up and they’ve also announced that the EU release date is three days after the US. Damn them! In any case it’s on my Amazon wishlist as of this afternoon.

Fallout 3 Preview At Eurogamer

April 29, 2008

Fallout 3 Logo

Well, damn… A lot of water has passed under the bridge since I last talked about the latest in the Fallout series. Apparently it’s nearly ready, and Eurogamer posted Kieron Gillen’s two-page in-depth preview last Friday…

Okay, I’m seriously salivating over this game now! Not only is the retro-futurist, post-apocalyptic, amoral core of the game present and correct, you also get to play as a child version of your future self! Check out this description of the section where you play a new-born infant:

“Any game which starts you between your mother’s legs, looking up at your dad, and being able to bawl by pressing a button deserves a round of applause. It’s at this point you also decide what you’re going to look like as an adult, and then the game – from your choices – generates what your Dad would have looked like.”

Is this a sideways nod to the unexpected genius that was the first Alien chapter in AvP2? The bit where you play as a facehugger, then as a young alien, bursting out of your victim’s chest (recently memorably replayed by Alec Meer on RPS) was nothing short of spectacular.

Fallout 3’s take is necessarily more subtle: you get the chance to play yourself (?!?) at one, ten, sixteen and nineteen. There’s other good stuff, too – just check the preview. The only partially negative note concerns the combat – a fairly major element of gameplay, admittedly, but I have faith in Bethesda!

I haven’t checked yet, but I imagine that this has already prompted hundreds of angry diatribes over at NMA et. al…

But who cares about the fanboys? Bring it on.

New Fallout 3 Interview

July 4, 2007

Eurogamer have just put up a fascinating three-page interview with Bethesda, who are currently working on the hotly anticipated next title in the Fallout series:

Fallout 3 Interview

Fallout 3

To say this interview will be closely scrutinized by the rabid pack of Fallout fans over at No Mutants Allowed is an understatement. To date there has been very little news about the game, and this interview confirms something that the diehards have long feared: a) it’s first person; b) it’s a game in the “fallout legacy”, rather than a direct sequel.

Unlike the naysayers, though, I’m actually looking forward to Fallout 3. Bethesda are no fools, and they’ve got some very talented ex-Looking Glass Studios people on board, like Emil Pagliarulo, who worked on the Thief games. Nailing the atmosphere will be the toughest challenge – but the interview makes clear that the team have immersed themselves in a wealth of classic post-apocalyptic material, including the first two Fallouts.

There’s still no release date, of course, but classics take time. Here’s hoping…