Fallout 3 was one of the greatest games I’ve ever played. It’s by far one of my favourite RPGs, and I’ve played a lot of them. That being said, New Vegas was a bit of a disappointment. It didn’t have the razzmatazz that seemed to seep out of every corner of Fallout 3 – which was weird, because they were pretty much the same game. I think that’s what the problem was, though. New Vegas felt like a carbon copy, or a bulky expansion to me, and it always seemed a little forced. So I do worry about Fallout 4, sometimes – can it live up to the hype and the precedence set by Fallout 3? In fairness, Bethesda didn’t develop New Vegas – it was the project of Obsidian Entertainment. Furthermore, it wasn’t a direct sequel to Fallout 3, and if anything it felt as though it had more elements of previous Fallout games.
However, Bethesda are very good at making RPGs in similar settings, but making them feel like completely different games. Take Skyrim and Oblivion, for example. Both incredible games, but both rather similar. Still, they felt almost alien to each other. Part of that is down to the multitude of little changes that combine to make one big difference – like the use of the Dragon Born and the Shouts in Skyrim, or even just the story in general.
But I think that the other factor is the time between the games. Oblivion came out in 2006, and Skyrim in 2011. Whereas Fallout 3 came out in 2008 and New Vegas was out just two years later. Perhaps the gap between Oblivion and Skyrim kept the theme feeling fresh, and the wait was long enough that people were begging for its release. Whereas two years between Fallout 3 and New Vegas didn’t really give time for the dust to settle, or for people to really start craving a hit of Fallout fun. But that’s just my theory.
Either way, I can’t wait for Fallout 4. Personally, I think that we’ve been waiting long enough for another Fallout game – the dust has more than settled this time. Plus, the current-gen consoles and powerful PCs will give the developers a lot of scope to make a truly awesome game. Do you think that Fallout 4 will live up to the hype? Or haven’t you bothered to board the hype train? Let me know in the comment below!