Well, we already knew about it, didn't we? We already knew that they were making a sequel to the acclaimed Fallout 3, which was released back in 2008. It's about time we get a new Fallout game. Even though Fallout: New Vegas was released back in 2010, it was not a proper sequel. It was done by a totally different team. Hence, it doesn't count at all. Now that we finally know it's happening, let's muster up some facts and rumors and see what we can make of it –
It's no brainer. This game is of course going to be a open world game. Al the previous Fallout games have been open-world affair with a brilliant storyline and focus on non-linear progression. This game will also be an open-world title without a shed of doubt. But we have entered an era of gaming where the promise of a huge open world to explore is just not enough. Literally every developer is making an open world game nowadays. Who cares if it's not well worth playing it? If you are a busy man, you'd only want to pick up best of the games and leave the rest. Bethesda has to keep that in mind that times have changed a lot. The last Fallout game was back in 2008 – back when open-world games were a rare thing. Not anymore. If you take a look at the games that are coming out for 2015 and beyond, you'd realize that more than 70% of those games are some sort of sandbox experiences, or at least they promise to be one. While we would only be able to judge those games when they finally release on the respective platforms, one thing is for sure. They are all going to be huge open world games.
So how is Fallout 4 going to stack up against those games? How is it's going to save the crown of being the best post-apocalyptic game ever? Only time will tell what they are going to do or what they have in store, but one thing is for sure - players are no longer going to swoon over your game just because it happen to be an open-world game. We have already got tons of it to play. If you want a special treatment, treat us specially and deliver a phenomenal experienced that is more about character development. Choices and relationships that about exploring a huge world with kill-fetch quests that mean nothing to us anymore.
Up against Witcher 3
Witcher 3 – a game I have already spent more than 100 hours in and I feel I have barely scratched the surface of this game. Don't get me wrong –you can fish this game in under 40-50 hours if you just run through the whole thing without paying attention to any kind of side quest, but that won't be fun at all. You will be wasting your $60. The real fun of this game is spending some time to assimilate the beauty of the world and taking it all in whole playing this game. The real fun is in getting lost in the wilderness and playing without a map while trying to get out of the murky forest in the precarious scenario.
There is no doubt that The Witcher 3 has rooted itself as the best RPG ever made in decades. They have changed the very definition of a game. Heck, I would say that it has ruined gaming for me for most of the part. If I am going to do similar kind of stuff in any other game, I will be comparing it to the Witcher 3 and murmuring, "Huh, the Witcher 3 did it a lot better, I guess." I am afraid that this is what a lot of people are going to do. They are going to compare The Witcher 3 with Fallout 3 as they both are open world games, albeit set in totally different time. One is set in a post nuclear times and one is set in the time when guns weren't even a thought. Are these games comparable? No. But will people do it? Of course they will. And that's the baggage imposed on Fallout 4 that it will have to carry, people are going to expect a bit too much from it. I can only hope that they will be able to deliver on all the hype. Let's see what they have in store for us when they finally release this game later this year on next year. Bethesda isn't known for delaying their games a lot, so I hope same is the case with this game.
I was kind of hoping that they would use a totally new engine, but the last night's trailer revealed that they are using the updated version of the same engine they used with Skyrim. They haven't revealed the engine version yet, but let's hope that it won't look as bad as the trailer. I am hoping that this game is going to be more polished that what they showcased in the trailer last night. It just doesn't look like a next-gen game right now. Rumors has it that they are going to release this game for last gen consoles as well, but the listing on Bethesda's website suggests that this is not true. They are only releasing this game for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Obviously, if you are looking for the best platform to play this game on, PC should be your first bet. Bethesda has always allowed modders to do whatever they want with their game, so expect a lot of free goodies from the PC community if you buy this game for PC.
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A bigger game
While I am not impressed with the recently revealed trailer, I am hoping that the picture will be clearer on E3 convention which is scheduled to be held in just a couple of days. Bethesda, the developer behind this game, is holding their first ever E3 conference, which means that they have tons of stuff to show. Let's hope that they are going to show us a lot of game footage so that we can judge this game. For now, I can only hope that it's not as bad as it looked in the trailer.