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Old news, but I've been busy
Bethesda Softworks have released the first teaser for Fallout 3. It seems to promise the same atmosphere that Tim Cain and the folks at Black Isle (RIP) were so justifiably admired for, but it leaves so many questions unanswered: will it use Black Isle's SPECIAL game system? How much tactical control will the player have (i.e. will there be a turn-based mode)? Will the wry sense of humour still be there?

Fallout is easily the pinnacle of the isometric CRPG genre and many hardcore fans are twitching at the thought of a real-time 3D engine, but I think that's less important than the combination of black humour and deep, open-ended gameplay that the originals offered. But to satisfy those of us who obsessed over Wasteland and Fallout and who've also played more recent games like Silent Storm, Bethesda are going to have to work very hard indeed! I hope they rise to the challenge rather than just delivering Oblivion in a post-nuke setting because I so want a fresh fix of that vault-raiding, mutant-bashing, robot-smashing, boneyard-trashing, time-stealing Fallout fun :)

today I am mostly: excited

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colfish From: colfish Date: June 22nd, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC) (permanent link)
>'the pinnacle of the isometric CRPG genre'

*Sucks air in through teeth* I have to say I think the Baldur's Gate series was the pinnacle. I would also put Planescape well above Fallout.

Baldur's Gate 3 would have be booking a week off work. Fallout 3... meh!

Silent Storm is definately in the top 10 'best games no-one played' though!
feyeleanor From: feyeleanor Date: June 22nd, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC) (permanent link)
I like BG (including the Ice Wind Dale series) and definitely wouldn't object to a third one in the series - although Neverwinter Nights 2 is keeping me fairly well entertained right now. I still have to get a copy of Planescape, not to mention play Temple of Elemental Evil which I picked up in a discount bin a couple of years ago.

Anyway Fallout 2 is much more my cup of tea with all that gorgeous post-nuclear artwork and the sickness that is the SPECIAL system (way sicker than D&D will ever be capable of). Even Fallout Tactics was fun, in a sort of XCOM/Jagged Alliance sort of way.

What I'll really be comparing Fallout 3 to though are the NWN and KOTOR series (oh the joys of unleashing my dark side, even if it is hazardous to one's looks ;) as I suspect that's the style of game-play that Bethesda will go for. If it ends up like Morrowind and Oblivion it might be okay, but I find both games a little lacking in pace.

At some point I have to finish the sequel to Silent Storm, Hammer & Sickle. It's basically the same engine but you get to play a post-war Soviet agent which is a cool twist: some fun scenarios to get through, but it currently hammers my poor old GeForce 7600GT (at 1680x1050 lol) so it's on hold until I upgrade.

And yes, Silent Storm should be in that particular top ten, but it's nowhere close to my number one 'best game no-one played' which is Vampire Bloodlines. I still don't get how that bombed as it's got lush graphics and voice acting, a decent plot, lots of styles of game-play and is great fun to mod. I guess the gaming public just has no taste...
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