Monday, October 27, 2008

Fallout Retrospective

Well, Fallout 3 hit shelves tomorrow and I can finally unzip my sealed lips. Thank god. Not being able to write anything substantive about this game has been brutal.

I just sent off a final draft (hopefully) of my review to Bill. Expect that to show up on Gameshark at or around midnight tonight (EST). In the meantime, if you're a fan of Fallout who hasn't played the first two games in a while or if you're thinking about jumping in with Fallout 3, be sure to check out the GameTrailers.com's Fallout Retrospective, which I've embedded here. It's great a indoctrination into the game world and it reminded me of several things I'd forgotten in the decade since I last finished both games. Good stuff!



6 comments:

Jeff said...

Looking forward to the full Fallout review tonight (tomorrow AM?) on GS. Hopefully, playing the game itself wasn't as brutal as having to keep quiet about it.

Since I'm going to nab it for the PC (Bethesda's RPGs tend to improve with the use of mods), I am really hoping they nailed gamepad support in the PC version this time - Oblivion's control scheme with a gamepad was fidgety as hell, even with the use of profiling software like the dearly departed XPadder. Ironically, though the UI in Oblivion was a virtual carbon copy of the 360 version, the game had some serious control issues when using the 360 gamepad on the PC. I guess we'll all know soon enough how well BethSoft fleshed out the PC version this time around...

todd brakke said...

You know, it didn't even occur to me to try the game with a gamepad. It's a Games for Windows game, so it should operate just like using a console if that's how you want to play it.

As for how much they tailored to the PC, it's hard to say, not having played the console version. I didn't have any real problems, though I wish they had allowed you to set hotkeys for the various controls in your pip-boy. But it's not a big deal.

:::Ash::: said...

You'll be able to hook up your 360 controller on your PC - you'll get the 360 interface if you do.

Jeff said...

Nice! Thanks for the info, all. I got hooked on Morrowind and Oblivion on the consoles first before getting the PC versions, so I'm pretty partial to the use of a gamepad for BethSoft's recent titles. I loved using the precise movement controls offered by the analog stick to sneak around and fully take advantage of Oblivion's more stealth-oriented missions.

I may still wind up doing the mouse / keyboard thing to maximize aim control during firearms combat and the PC UI - it all depends on my personal preference one I fire it up - but it's good to know there's a real choice there.

Kevinpars said...

Thanks Todd for the excellent review as well as your comments here. Personally, I did not play the first 2 games in the series, but I played the hell out of Oblivion on the 360 and love an open world where i can build a character and explore. As for plot, I think that while Oblivion may not have had major holes in the plot, it was not exactly War and Peace. In fact, I pretty much finished the main plot so I could get to the more interesting side missions.

I think I will do with this game what I did with the last few i have played and just start playing it and stay off the fan sites. I am sure I will miss things and get stuck a time or 2, but I want to experience the world fresh the first time through, so it was good to get an overall perspective but that is all I want for now. You did a very good job providing a thoughtful and well written overview and impressions without giving much away.

todd brakke said...

Thanks, Kevin. Much appreciated!