Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Great Red Herring of 2008

The trite phrase of the year in the world of gaming is that Fallout 3 is, "Oblivion with guns." It's something Bill and I talked about a bit the other night. It's a subject that's impossible not to address, yet it's a phrase I'm absolute frigg'n sick of hearing.

Is this game Oblivion with guns?


It's a red herring.

If you played Oblivion you will see certain similarities between the two games. That is unavoidable. The games are based on the same engine.  You know what? The Witcher is based off the same engine used to create Neverwinter Nights and nobody, I mean nobody, would accuse The Witcher of being Neverwinter Nights without the D&D. If you want to compare Fallout 3 to another game, and this is something I've already pointed out in my review, it's Deus Ex and not just because both games are set in the future. There are a lot of gameplay mechanics that I think are similar, not the least of which is the varied paths you can take to reach the same objective.

As much as I think Bethesda deserves to take some crap for some of the elements in this game (not a lot of crap, just some), the notion that they spent the last few years making Oblivion with guns is an unjust disservice to the obvious hard work they put into crafting a pretty damn good game.

(deep breath)

Yes. I feel much better now. Thank you.


Brandon said...

It's Deus Ex with guns!

Dan said...

Seems like you're biggest issues are with the story elements of the gamer which is good to hear because that is something that is really subjective.

I haven't gotten far enough into it yet but I am enjoying it a lot. My biggest gripe with Oblivion was that encounters were scaled to you, in Fallout you get your ass kicked if your not ready for a fight and I like that.

todd brakke said...

Brandon, I hate you. ;)

Dan, yeah, that's absolutely true. I know I've picked on the Vault 101 sequence *a lot* for what I consider bad plotting, but the GWJ forum I frequent everybody seems to love it. A lot of people think it's the best lead-in of any game they've played.

They are, of course, wrong. But this is America. They can think that if they want. :)

bill abner said...

too funny