This week I have decided to induct Fallout 3 and New Vegas into my elite collection of games from this generation. It's no secret that I love RPG's, it's also no surprise that I love almost everything produced or published by Bethesda. I have had some fairly controversial articles here where I declare my love for certain Bethesda RPG's, but I am still not reluctant to admit that they are some of my favorite games ever made.
The Fallout series was originally a computer game series dating back to 1997, Bethesda acquired the rights to bring the franchise back and thus we have Fallout 3. Two years later Bethesda brought in the hungry developers Obsidian to craft the Fallout 3 follow up New Vegas. I say hungry because Obsidian is always willing to work hard to produce good quality follow ups to some of the best RPG franchises. Fallout: New Vegas is no exception.
So what intrigued me about these games? Well if you haven't already, definitely check out my Fallout: New Vegas review. Either way let me try to articulate the epic qualities of this franchise.
Before I played this game I hadn't played any previous Fallout games, so truthfully it was the Bethesda label on the tin that drew me to Fallout 3 like a magnet. I was keeping well up to date on all the information surrounding this game prior to its release, the fact that It played just like my former favorite RPG "The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion" was damned well an instant buy in my eyes.
When I immersed myself in the Fallout world for the first time I was mesmerized by the post apocalyptic setting. I'm not going to lie, I also found the game painfully hard compared to Oblivion's difficulty (though I it was because I chose to raise the difficulty bar), but I was determined to built a bad ass character who could deal with any threat. Fallout gives you the perfect character building platform to run wild with, you can literally build a unique being that excels in certain areas, but lacks in others.
No Fallout character is perfect and that's what makes this game stand out from other RPG's. While other Role Playing Games allow you to character build, most of the time it's still child's play to excel at the various challenges in the game. Fallout 3 does not give you the same joy, If you build a character that's great at combat and sneaking, then it's very likely that he/she has the same computer hacking skills as my granddad.
Also it's fair to note that Fallout 3 really started something with the post-apocalyptic settings. After Fallout 3 we've had a wave of new 'post-apoc' titles emerging, including movies. Looks like you done started something Beth!
It's hard to summarize how great this game is in paragraphs when it can just be simply said that Fallout: New Vegas is like Fallout 3 but better. Everything about New Vegas seems enhanced, from the graphics (not noticeably) to the amount of missions, to the difficulty and even to the complexity of the main storyline. There is even more emphasis on choice this time around, as you must choose sides.
There are more guns, and new ways to mod your equipment. The companion wheel is a great addition which helps you control your 'party' if you will, even though companion A.I is equally retarded compared to Oblivion and Fallout 3 companions. Also who doesn't like the freedom of being able to gamble money to fill our pockets?
Fallout: New Vegas carries over the freedom that both Bethesda and Obsidian have made popular in their previous games, and it's even more unforgivable this time too. You have to think about every choice you make, because if you decide to pull the trigger on someone it can affect anything up to main quest events. This is role-playing at its best.
Let me know what you think of the Fallout franchise in the comments below, and look out for the next Epics Collection entry.