After Bethesda Softworks acquired the liscense for the Fallout franchise from the late Black Isles Studios, along with their unexpected putting to rest of their highly successful Elder Scrolls series, Bethesda has been pushing full steam ahead on developing the next game in the Fallout series, Fallout 3.
Fallout 3 follows its predecessors in that it is a post-apocalyptic role playing game. It carries similar themes, humor, and game mechanics, but Fallout 3 promises many new features along with the old. Some of these include the ability to play the game either real-time or turn-based, enabled by changing one option, which I for one have never seen before. Other new features include a new world area to explore, new weapons, expanded game mechanics, a whole new storyline, and many new ways to explore and immerse yourself in the Fallout world.
Fallout 1 and 2 were classics. They only had turn-based combat, but almost all of the other properties of the game are being carried over into Fallout 3, along with an enormous graphics overhaul. Bethesda made a very wise decision in choosing Fallout 3 as their next project, because the earlier games did not receive much publicity, and practically had their own small fandom due to such small appeal and advertisement. “No Mutants Allowed” is one of the major Fallout followers’ sites. However, the game storyline and theme was unique to the time, and definitely one-of-a-kind. There were multiple ways to play the game, and replayability using these different methods often lead to overlooked content, or content that was otherwise inaccessible due to the play style used.
While Fallout 1 and Fallout 2’s storyline were connected, Fallout 3 stands on its own and seeks to forge a new story into the post-apocalyptic world. F3 takes place in the Washington DC area, far from the California-based storyline of both F1 and F2. New locales not represented in the former games will be adding a new thrill to exploration for both new and old fans alike.
If you haven’t played Fallout 1 or Fallout 2, I’d highly recommend them both. Even if they’re a bit too retro for you, I’d even more highly recommend playing Fallout 3 at least, especially with the quality that Bethesda Softworks is known for in all of its games. Fallout 3’s release date is set for October 28th, 2008.