So the industry’s biggest not-so-secret game was finally revealed on Wednesday by Bethesda. The game has already received mountains of coverage so I don’t want to hit any of you over the head with information you’ve no doubt already obtained elsewhere.
Fallout is a franchise that I don’t have a huge history with. It’s obviously beloved by gamers whether the older isometric view titles which started the franchise or the more recent first person shooter titles put out by Obsidian and Bethesda.
I got my first taste of the wasteland with Fallout 3. As Circuit City lay dying, slashing prices on everything in the store, I cam across a copy of Fallout 3. It’s a game I had been interested in but for various reasons I never rushed out to grab a copy. I couldn’t pass it up this time and the rest is history. Fallout New Vegas on the other hand, was another title that I only recently just grabbed during one of the many Steam sales. I’ve really only put in a minuscule amount of time into New Vegas but it again hits all the high notes for me.
Needless to say, between Fallout 3 and New Vegas, I’ve been ready to head back into the Wasteland to see if war really has changed (Spoiler: it hasn’t). So without further adieu, here’s why I’m excited for Fallout 4.
As someone from the New England area, one of the bigger features for me is the fact that Fallout 4 takes place in the city of Boston, a place I’ve been to more times than I can count. Even though the city lies in ruins, I’m looking forward to seeing all of the landmarks that I’ve seen/been around for most of my life rendered in game. Sure, we don’t have really any information yet but just based on the trailer alone, you can see some Boston staples such as the USS Constitution (now with rocket engines?!?!), The Old State House, Bunker Hill, and a shot of Paul Revere’s Statue. I can’t wait to see what else is in there. Wicked Pissah (sorry, I had to).
2. New Engine
Lets be honest here, these days, you don’t play older Fallout games to take in the amazing graphics. Fallout 3, even at release featured rough textures, stiff character animations, and decent enough graphics. Make no mistake, this isn’t me taking a shot at the game, it’s still an excellent title to this day, but there’s no doubt that it could use a visual upgrade. We’ll have to wait a few weeks though to see how the game really runs during a live gameplay demo at E3, but yes, it does look better than previous games. Based on the trailer, it’s not going to knock fans socks off, but an improvement is an improvement.
Also keep in mind that this game has been in development longer than these next-gen consoles have been around. Bethesda started the process pretty early on without knowing the exact specs. This also means that they don’t know about all the things developers currently know about these consoles. Besides, are we really going to complain if we get a game that features typical Fallout gameplay wrapped in a moderately better looking Skyrim package? No.
3. Visual Variety
One thing you could definitely say about Fallout 3 is that it loved it’s muted earthly colors. Just based on the trailer alone, Fallout 4 looks to add variety to the landscape through different colors, filters, lighting and interesting structures. Sure, all this comes from a short trailer, so I’m definitely speculating here. But hey, it’s certainly promising.
4. Open World
Just based on the trailer, it looks like the world your character enters into will be chock full of things to do. One of the town looking areas in the trailer looks stuffed with not only people, but places to visit which is kind of cool considering how open and empty some of the spaces in the past games got.
So those are my takeaways, what are yours?