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Fallout 1.5: Resurrection (resurrection.cz)
302 points by kbart on Nov 29, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 146 comments

The first two games came out at the worst time for me - A-levels precluded me from spending any time at all with them (that's probably for the best, though - a few years later, Morrowind and the absence of parental oversight killed my degree stone dead :) ).

Fallout 3, NV and 4 have all in turn nudged me to try the originals again, but they're just old-fashioned enough that I struggle to get into them, every time. These days I think I've resigned myself to only getting to play them properly in the event of a long stay in hospital.

You really should try. They're clunky and old, but they are great stories with engaging narratives, interesting characters, and ambiance aplenty. Which is really what Fallout used to be about – great story telling – before Bethesda started ruining the franchise with cookie cutter narratives, simpleton characters, and being distinctly non-canon. (I appreciate artistic freedom as much as the next guy, but at some point you've created a different world and just slapped Fallout stickers onto it.)

What's odd to me is that the Fallout 4 Nuka-World DLC is much more engaging than the main story. Is this typical of games these days? Do a crappy "main" game but "fix it" with DLCs? Or is it just Bethesda and possibly even just Fallout?

Another thing the old games has that Bethesda forgot about: replay value. I still play FO1 and FO2 every now and then, and still find things and side quests I never knew existed. And they are interesting – not just randomly generated "there are ghouls that are bothering me over there, plx 2 go and kill them kthnxbye" grinding crap. I've just finished Fallout 4 and can't for the life of me be bothered to play it again. I had fun, it's not a bad game, and I don't mind the price of admission, but just like Fallout 3 it'll end up in a box somewhere and I'll never care for it again.

Not so with FO1 and FO2 (my favorite being FO2) – I dread the day I can't play them anymore because they are too old.

Also, pro-tip: http://user.tninet.se/~jyg699a/fallout2.html

That guide has everything, it's awesome.

FO3 + NV have massive replayability, especially when combined with mods. People played those games over and over again, role playing totally different characters.

Your gut-feeling about Bethesda games lacking replay value is at odds with objective stats. Skyrim is even still in the top 10 played games today on Steam 5 years after release (and was a stubborn fixture in the top 10 even before the remaster)[1]. Fallout 3 + NV stayed there for years. Admittedly, FO4 dropped out quicker than usual, but a lot of people blame the constricting nature of a voiced protagonist. FO4 is nevertheless still in the top 20 for most players today a year after release.

So their games have definitely got replay value, they really get replay value. Their worlds are full of unique locations. I do admit they got something a bit wrong with FO4, but I think even they must realise that at this point given the player feedback.

[1] http://store.steampowered.com/stats/

To be fair, I'm positive that Skyrim's top 10 spot is due to mods. The modding community has done some crazy impressive stuff, up to and including complete gameplay overhauls.

Doesn't invalidate the point that Bethesda know how to make a game replayable, even if the answer is make it moddable.

Fair point. Far too few developers understand the value of an engaged, active community extending their game.

I wonder if the next Bethesda games will ever see such success after The Witcher 3. That game is so high above Fallout 4, in terms of quests, characters, and anything you could think about, that I seriously doubt Bethesda is capable of producing something that could even be compared.

Bethesda sure fucked something up with Fallout 4, but let's not go there.

Instead I thank you for encouraging to get back to the 1 & 2. I've bought the games off of GoG -- in several occasions mind you -- but never really got into them. Each generation of games is made easier and now it shows when you're supposed to get into the good ones. :( But I think I'll surrender myself to the spoilers and get Fo2 going.

Are there any modern games that fall into the same category, do you think?

Fallout is itself a spiritual successor to a game called Wasteland, which is old enough to have been released on the Commodore 64. The people who made Fallout couldn't get the rights to Wasteland so they made Fallout. Well, now they have the rights, and you can pick up Wasteland 2 now: http://store.steampowered.com/app/240760/ Currently on sale 60% off, though I'll say I've seen it on sale quite a bit. I'm sure it'll be on sale Christmas again.

I cut my teeth on the original Wasteland (on an Apple 2) and am working my way through WL2 (haven't yet got to CA).

Wasteland 2 is good but buggy. There were some balance issues with the original and even though they went back and made a director's cut it's still not great. I'm most annoyed by the way that certain factions are hostile depending on where you are on the map (e.g. not based on actions).

You're just missing the Red Boots DLC. Makes everything perfect.

Warts and all I really enjoyed wasteland 2

I was disappointed my initial "balanced" party was very difficult to fight with, and I had to go back and remake a party where everyone uses assault rifles (and one sniper) and a backup melee weapon. I don't mind realism (in which that is the only sensible build for what our characters are doing, there is a reason real militaries carry around so many assault rifles), and I don't mind artificially balancing things out so that all weapons are equally valid or situationally useful, but don't tell me you did one on the hint screen, then do the other.

A funding campaign for Wasteland 3 recently completed successfully! https://www.fig.co/campaigns/wasteland-3

That's awesome, I didn't know this was happening! Would have backed it otherwise.

Hopefully they have the budget to have it nice and polished before release.

You could try Pillars of Eternity. Also, Fallout 3: New Vegas was done by Obsidian, not Bethesda, and Obsidian has many of the same staff that worked on the original Fallouts 1 and 2.

Pillars of Eternity is really fantastic. I dropped more hours than I'm willing to admit on that game and I might pick it up again when I have some more free time. I'm also really looking forward to playing Tyranny.

Age of Decadence and UnderRail are two modern games that were pretty heavily influenced by Fallout. AoD in particular has a lot of content that you won't see in a single playthrough.

UnderRail seems like it should be so, so cool, but the interface is rough and nothing quite feels right. I was pretty disappointed.


Shadowrun Dragonfall is reasonably close.

From one angle, Fallout New Vegas.

I agree with the point about the grindy nature of Fallout 4. They seemed to think I would get excited to run through randomly generated side quests from unnamed NPCs that they couldn't even be bothered to create unique dialogue for.

Then they put in a little sting of failing some of these side quests if you don't play by their rules and jump on them before an undisclosed amount of time elapses. At that point, if you want go back to avoid the quest failure you need to revert to earlier save and lose some of your progress.

It's exactly what I'm trying to say to people that like fallout3/4 but don't know nothing about the FO1 and FO2.

Thumb up! I still play both of them too! and I will give a try to this 1.5 :) this made my day.

  > You really should try.
I know, I know! I really have tried, but apparently I have to adult more than I used to these days :( I'm fully expecting it to be worth it when I get there - I missed Planescape at the time for much the same reasons, and ever since I finally played it about 10 years back (was unemployed for a while! :) ) I've been happily calling it the greatest game ever.

Good to know that Nuka-World delivers though - I've been saving it for the christmas break.

As far as "mediocre base - great DLC" goes, I'd guess it's a result of the modern DLC culture - where it used to be that if a game sold well enough there'd be a mission disk later down the line, most studios are already hard at work on the DLCs before the base game is even released, so the DLC teams (in as much as they're separate from the main team) get all the lessons, bug reports and player reaction from the trunk development, and longer deadlines to boot. Oblivion and Skyrim's expansions definitely reaped some benefit that way, imho - Shivering Isles in particular was an absolute masterpiece, for my money.

The nice thing about the original Fallouts, they are turn based and low requirements. Slap them in a VM and you can just pause the whole machine instead of worrying about save points and such nonsense. I beat Prince of Persia way, years ago. I did start to sweat when I realized the whole game had a time that doesn't show up until the end. Save state and pause state made me less worried about doing things quickly...

I definitely agree with you. Planescape: Torment is the best game I ever played. A superb, engaging work of art.

I am very glad I found a reference to Planescape here. I'm relatively "young" to have played P:T, I played it when it was already an old game, but the story really stuck with me. The best story I've ever seen in a video game.

> Is this typical of games these days? Do a crappy "main" game but "fix it" with DLCs?

A lot of AAA devs have started using games as a platform for DLC. Valve, for example, just launched glove skins [0] - 300 USD for a texture. DLC is far more profitable than games, nowadays.

As for Bethesda, long-time fans have a general understanding that Bethesda games get worse with each iteration. Their DLCs are usually better than the main games, but not by much.

[0]: https://steamcommunity.com/market/search?q=&category_730_Ite...

Maybe I'm just out of the loop, but I clicked on that link. What exactly is going on there? It looks like people are paying hundreds of dollars for a different skins for the gloves for their characters? Is that USD or some sort of in-universe currency?

As far as I understand this is about gambling/moneylaundering. The stakes are high enough that there has been match fixing and everything.


That's insane - why not just gamble with Bitcoin or something that has tangible value? I guess the gambling/money laundering crowd will just move to any digital goods that aren't being regulated by anti-money laundering laws.

It's a free market for special item "drops" that you get in game, that have specific drop rates (rare items end up being worth something to collectors). It's no different than people paying for Diablo inventory back in the day, except that a) Valve controls it all so they get a cut of the market, and b) they are purely cosmetic, so people can't pay to be better, breaking the game mechanics.

It actually has very little to do with the question at hand because the wow factor in this case, the price, is user defined, and also doesn't really affect gameplay at all (AFAIK).

You have fully understood the absurdity. People are paying hundreds of real life USD for a new texture for their gloves.

How is that really any more absurd than say... buying a boat? Or cigarettes? Or the game itself?

They're not really clunky, though. The two are pretty different as well. I enjoyed the first one a lot, but couldn't finish the second (weak writing, too many pop culture references, some poorly designed areas, etc.).

I think for some people, "clunky" means "Temple of Trials".

It's still infamous as a horrible failure of game design, and puts a significant number of people off the game without ever seeing the part where diverse builds are actually viable. It's a bit liking firing up the original XCOM - it might be perfectly good, but the very beginning is so bizarrely hostile and underexplained that a modern player would never know.

Yeah the best advice there is to run away from everything.

It seems to me that the developers wanted to push players towards role playing a tribal who molds themselves to the wasteland. They wanted to discourage people from rolling a charming doctorate student with a Gatling laser.

I still think it's bad game design. It does make it less fun.

This is a good observation, and it's remained a pain point for the series. You can fire up New Vegas and make an energy weapons sniper, but it's going to make the first few missions very painful. (And, of course, you'll replay the same problem when you hit Dead Money.)

There's probably no clean fix while the weapons skills are divided, because the game needs item progression and investing in intermediate skills is so pricy. Really the only big improvement I can think of is offering a handful of quality, low-skill-requirement weapons like NV's Weathered 10mm to tide players over.

Still, the series has definitely advanced from the Temple of Trials approach, where it had been overdone to make the gameplay unpleasant.

I'm comfortable with "energy weapons" being a special skill you only want to pump up later in the game. If I remember correctly, in the original Wasteland, when you first create a character, Energy Weapons isn't even an available skill. You have to find it first out in the world. The first two Fallouts work that way in practice even if you can technically spec yourself up as a primitive tribal with a bizarre understanding of Energy Weapons.

This would make a lot of sense, they're theoretically special and uncommon weapons. My sense was that it came with two problems in FO3/NV.

First, perks (and to a degree points) felt scarce, especially with level caps. Dumping value into any combat other than Energy Weapons felt like you were backtracking when you switched over - though points were cheap if you took any of the meta-experience perks.

Second, that redundancy felt crappy because the energy weapons didn't really feel impactful enough. Some were fine, like the pistols, but the high-end stuff couldn't outpace guns. They were really heavy, and things like the Tribeam just weren't very good. The Gauss Rifle was solid, but you got it so late and it was so tiresome to maintain and keep loaded that it was hard to justify.

Really the biggest perks of Energy Weapons in NV were the low Strength requirements and the Hyperbreeder Alpha, which was a hilariously cheap and easy way to fight petty enemies. On some level the balance decision just felt wrong - I understand spending more to use Energy Weapons, but why would I if they don't beat Paciencia and Ratslayer?

Perhaps it's just a continuation of the Fallout tradition to promote bullets? In Fallout 2, it was also generally more worthwhile to invest into firearms, and by the end of the game switch to Gauss Rifle/Pistol (and go for aimed shots / critical hits as much as possible). I always felt like energy weapons were there mostly to satisfy people who didn't care that much about stats, and just wanted to see enemies melting down etc.

Well, in Fallout 1 the most powerful weapon was the Turbo Plasma Rifle, iirc. In Fallout 2 it was the Bozar, which took a Big Guns skill to use effectively.

IIRC, weapon base damage translated differently depending on the armor type. In particular, in Fallout 2, the advanced power armor had slightly lower damage resistance to normal damage than it did to plasma and electrical (the latter mattered for pulse rifle). On top of that, gauss ammo had a very high AC modifier (making critical hits easier), and also a high DR modifier (reducing effect of enemy armor). So it was much more efficient against e.g. Enclave soldiers in power suits than its base damage would suggest.

In practice, with a build that maximized small arms from the get go (which also made the early-to-mid game easy), and invested stat points into Perception for those crits, by the end of the game you would be killing Enclave patrolmen with one-shot eye criticals more often than not, making any extra damage kinda moot.

(As I recall, gauss vs pulse is a long standing holy war in Fallout 2 community.)

Like I said, I don't think Fallout 2 had great design in general. Even still, the Temple of Trials only takes about 7-8 minutes and isn't that difficult. It was hardly the worst part of the game (for me at least).

Fallout 1 only had the rat cave in the beginning, though, and that only took a minute.

The original Fallout is the best, but second one is pretty good too, even though it indeed suffers from too many pop culture references. Also, too many glitches and broken quests. But when it worked, it worked -- I still prefer its opening intro to the original Fallout's. It was grim and sad.

For me -- who to my eternal shame wasn't aware of Wasteland, its spiritual parent -- Fallout was the first truly great RPG, a wonderful post-apocalyptic game in a world of Tolkien-wannabe copycats. No Elves, Orcs or magic -- mutants, ghouls and radiation instead!

> Also, too many glitches and broken quests.

I have been playing Fallout 2 Restoration project, and it is amazing. Tons of cut content restored, bugs fixed, and the random encounters often include little huts and farms to pick through.

Just don't add the extra talking head during installation. The modders had to do their own voice acting and it is sadly not good.

It actually is pretty common (look how much better Mass Effect 3 is with The Citadel & Leviathan DLC, or Dragon Age Inquisition with the Trespasser DLC, or Deus Ex: Human Revolution with The Missing Link, for example) but it isn't a for any nefarious reason.

For the most part, it's just the plain fact that DLC is made at the end of the cycle, after all the creative people working on it have had the most time to get the feel for the worlds they create. And this experience translates in to better worldbuilding.

> Is this typical of games these days? Do a crappy "main" game but "fix it" with DLCs? Or is it just Bethesda and possibly even just Fallout?

That reminds me of Neverwinter Nights. The main game's quest was straightforward and unimaginative, but a lot of the community-built quests and the expansions were great. Of course, this was BioWare and close to 15 years ago, so it certainly isn't just Bethesda, and it's also not just "games these days".

I for one thought the main quest, and the base game in general to be great. Didn't enjoy nuka-world very much, but really liked far harbor.

Yes, it's a game where you even had to get into back in the day. And back then what was driving the hype was what we would call "open world" feel nowadays. And in comparison to today's sizes it's quite small. So without nostalgia I wouldn't suggest starting FO1/2. Watch a Let's Play for some story, or read some dialogues online. More is not reasonable at this point.

I don't know whether having a massive 'open world' really matters, because you can't scale storytelling. The trick of all of these games is having a feel that a larger world exists, but at the same time leading you along a relatively narrow path, along a meaningful story.

Also true. But still, coming from that point of view, the illusion is easier to see through in FO1/2. E.g. the idea of walking through the wasteland vs just seeing a dot move over a map with some random encounters. Back then there weren't many games were you could really explore the world, so this illusion was quite good at giving you the feel of having a huge map with real events happening. It won't do that to a person who played Skyrim and GTAV.

On the one hand, seeing a dot travel across a map may make it feel like they aren't "really" moving.

On the other hand, taking several thousand squares miles of real-world space and stuffing it into about ten square miles can make it feel like the world is awfully claustrophobic. In the real world, it would be perfectly sensible for a slightly out-of-the-way vault or something to be entirely undiscovered for decades at a time, even with our current pre-catastrophe civilization. In the Fallout gamespace it seems faintly silly... "seriously dude, nobody ever took a five minute break from work to talk a walk and noticed this big, hulking thing?"

One game that actually did tackle this all the way was Arcanum.

For those who don't remember, what these guys did was make a seeded map generator that filled all those thousand square miles of real-world space between pre-designed locations with something appropriate. And you could literally leave a location, but just keep going without switching to the fast-travel "world map" - and if you went for long enough in the right direction, you'd get somewhere else. But, world size being to scale, you'd literally have to walk hours or days.

Consequently, when in fast travel, if you ran into some randomly generated monsters, the battle map would actually be that exact part of the generated world map. If you happened to run into something else again in the same spot (or close enough), you'd see the same map.

Of course, this made game design somewhat awkward, because if you knew the precise locations of things (they even used latitude/longtitude for map coordinates!), you could just go there right away - unless there was some choke point on the map that you couldn't avoid and that would require direct interaction (like, say, a lone bridge over a river with a bandit collecting toll from any passers-by). And the game was actually designed around that possibility!

The problem with all this is that it's a gargantuan effort to maintain a giant sandbox that most players will just ignore, or possibly never even discover.

I don't think that's true.

I can still get into a book even though I've seen movies. I think it takes a certain type of individual to get into the Fallout 1/2 style of interface, but the overall game still holds up. Older games require more imagination though.

I've gone back in and played the original wasteland recently, and it's cluunky - but I was still able to get into it and enjoy myself.

I think back in the day gamers had more imagination. It's possible that's because gaming required it, and that it took better graphics and interaction to get it so that the mass-market could adopt them. It's possible there's a branch of gamers who just won't be able to get into games like Fallout 1/2, but I hope it's fewer than you are describing.

Fallout 2 is still plenty big even by modern standards. Here's a quick question: how many city locations did it have? If you played a lot, but still can't answer right off the bat, it's probably "big enough".

I played them when they came out, and consider them among the best games ever to come out, but they haven't aged well. I tried to play 1 for nostalgia, but quickly gave up.

interesting, i replayed both 1 & 2 a few years ago and had no issues with either (i installed some fan-patches but I think they changed little aside from bug fixes and enabling higher resolutions).

I built an old P2-era PC (Win98, CRT, ball mouse) a few years ago to play similar vintage games they way they were meant to, both favorite and unplayed games. About the same time, GoG had some Fallout games for free for 2 days[0], so I grabbed the hell out of those. I finished the first one a year later, and I found the UI had many rough edges. Like the first (at first), I've "started" the second a few times by now, but not making it more than 2 hours or so each time.

[0] http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/12/psa-gog-offering-fallo...

"Like the first (at first), I've "started" the second a few times by now, but not making it more than 2 hours or so each time."

Try to save the results of those, then pick up from there next time you're in the mood. I've had all kinds of games I've played across years that way.

The thing is, I restart games because I want to remember and be cognizant of the story I'm playing through. I often don't play for months at a time, and when I get back I wonder what I'm doing.

I've had the same problem with recent titles too, such as GTA IV and V. I'd like to get into the Mass Effect series as well, but my gaming tends to come in fits and starts.

What would be awesome would be recognition of this by developers of AAA titles with long narratives - with the option to watch a dynamically generated cut scene comprised of both cut scene footage and significant in-game footage from the player's own gameplay.

'Previously, in Grand Theft Auto...'

The problem with this is that it's hard to have a reel or prior important moments to refer to without making it a spoiler. Is that seemingly inconsequential merchant you snubbed going to come back to haunt you 5 hours of game play from now? Well, it it immediately makes it to the recap reel, you know it was important before you maybe should.

It's sort of like watching Game of Thrones, and instead of seeing a prior episodes recap before the episode where it matters, you were able to check immediately after a scene to see if it would be worthy of a recap later. Sort of ruins some of the fun.

Other than that, this would be awesome. Maybe if there was some way to offer a recap immediately prior to it being relevant, so someone who was consistently playing could ignore and someone that might have forgotten portions could take advantage of. That does make it quite a bit more complicated though.

Alan Wake did something like that, but with static ones. It got old the second or third time it recapped the "episode" I had finished 15 seconds ago while I was bingeing on it.

Genius idea...

(Am playing Diablo III at the rate of about 3 hours every 3 months...)

Yeah... to be fair I tend to do that more with relatively linear JRPGs where not quite remembering what happened yesterday isn't necessarily a fatal problem.

It would be great to have a rework improving usability but keeping the visual style the same like Pillars of Eternity or Tyranny.

I feel the same way about Baldur's Gate 2. While I have a lot of friends who love that game, I tried playing it and just could not get into it. It was just so clunky.

Having played both, it's "clunkier" than Fallout, sure. And it expects a fair amount of AD&D knowledge. If you got that pre-requisite, it is not difficult to get into. And, while I prefer Fallout's ambiance, the characters in Baldur's gate are awesome.

I love how they decided to embrace the fact it is a "fan work" and diverge from established 1&2 canon when the story calls for it (ya know unlike a certain company who has the rights to the name and think cramming references to older games will make Oblivion with guns a Fallout game). Not to mention the passion and work to make such a thorough game/mod with a two decade old engine.

Tbh, fnv was not that bad even though I started it with negative bias.

FNV was developed by Obsidian Entertainment (founded by ex-Black Isle folks), not Bethesda Game Studios.

It's funny that New Vegas stands out from the lot; turns out it had some of the original Interplay/Black Isle people working on it. I learned this from a Tyranny AMA on Reddit...

Does the name Chris Avelone rings a bell:) Like the original creator of Fallout 1 and 2. Also the backbone of the New Vegas was Van Burren which was plotted and outlines back in the early 00s.

And now I have to replay FNV, VtMB and KOTOR2 to immerse myself in the obsidian writing.

Van Buren wasn't exactly the backbone of FNV - they took some elements from it here and there, but the overarching story was mostly distinct. (The biggest thing they probably took was setting it in the southwest.)

IIRC Caesar's Legion came from VB.

Yes, Caesar's Legion and the NCR-BoS war (and, albeit through heavy changes, Joshua Graham) came from VB.

My statement was intended to convey that most of the underlying plot did not come from VB; just a number of particularly meaty bones, rather than the spine.

Honestly, I enjoyed FNV more than FO3 and FO4.

FO4 isn't even Fallout anymore. They took out most of the RPG elements (deep character customization, meaningful dialogue, etc.) and turned it into a shooter. It's a really good game on its own right, but I wish they hadn't called it Fallout.

What exactly is the difference between NV and F3? Looks the same to me. How can it be so much better?

Fallout NV had a superior narrative and more complex characters. The writing was superb and often times hilarious. Quests were much more engaging and thought-provoking and could be resolved in novel ways and didnt fall into the WoW trap of go here, kill baddie, collect reward. The choices were also non binary. Decisions in Fallout 3 often had you pick between a selfless saint or a psychopathic, mustache-twirling dick, while NV offered shades of grey, similar to the Witcher 3. Also like the Witcher 3, when you made decisions, there were actual changes in the game world and the consequences were often unexpected. And the DLC's foe NV were amazing, especially the sci-fi themed one.

To be fair, Fallout 3 had a more immersive environment and atmosphere. It captured the setting and feeling of a post apocalyptic world. You dont feel as compelled to follow the game's questline... exploring the world was more satisfying. Bethesda and Rockstar have a penchant for making games where you can have so much fund just walking around.

I often times wish that a colloaborarive rpg between comapnies could be made. Obsidian would do quest design, CD Project Red would do the writing, Bioware would do the voice acting and character design, FromSoftware would do the world-building map design and lore, Platinum games is responsible for gameplay, Square Enix would provide the music, Naughty Dog handles graphics and motion capture, Blizzard would do the QA, Bethesda would do the mod kit, and Valve would be the publisher....

You have really thought about the collaboration! And yes that would amazing setup.

And Bill Gates does the funding.

Have From Software do the combat engine as well.

I much prefer the sublime perfection that is Platinum Games. Bayonetta's gameplay is damn near perfect. It strikes the perfect chord between stylish/beautiful and challenging.

What do you mean by "look the same"? If it's really just graphics, well yeah, the engine is more or less the same, but they are quite different games.

As someone who prefers FNV:

FNV is a lot grittier and fits better to earlier Fallouts that way. It leaves the player more choices (more companions, more decisions in quests that influence the story, just more stuff to do) and IMHO tells the grander story. Great DLC stories. Hardcore mode helps against the RPG-typical issue that the player character turns into a demi-god the environment doesn't react properly to.

It has a few more potentially game-breaking bugs, which is annoying, and you can tell that they planned for more content that they weren't given the time to finish, most other critiques IMHO apply to both games (graphics aren't great by modern standards, at some point you look to hard at the world and immersion just breaks, enemy AI and other mechanics don't help in that regard)

That said, you can get them for 10 bucks each with DLCs, so if you have the time it's worth trying both.

Good points. I'd just like to add two more points: FNV's storyline is a lot more morally ambiguous and there's a lot more humor in it.

This moral ambiguity is present in most Obsidian games and it makes for a completely different experience when compared to the typical "hero saves the world" storyline. In FO3 it's pretty clear who the good and bad guys are, whereas in FNV it gets muddy very fast. This is pronounced at points where you're to make a choice - in FO3 it's very easy whereas in FNV you're stuck asking yourself "Is this really good/bad? Should I be helping this NPC? Am I really on the right side in this? What if they're manipulating me?."

As for the humor part - FNV is more in line with the tongue in cheek style of F1 and F2. Yeah, the world burned to hell, why not spend the day chasing down a telepathic mole rat?

What I find sad is the fact that there was a lot of Legion content cut which would've made them seem less like a bunch of brutes, and hence the obvious go-to bad guys which they come across as in F:NV.

The empire behind the front line is meant to be secure (read: no raiders), have plenty of electricity, water, and food, even if the inhabitants have comparatively little freedom compared with the NCR.

The F3 world is built around points of light. You've got Nuketown, the aircraft carrier, the Brotherhood fort, the Towers etc, but they're operated by different groups that don't really interact with each other in a meaningful way.

NV is built around a narrative world. The NCR is coming from the west, the Legion is coming from the east and New Vegas represents a third powerful entity. Almost every settlement is defined by their relationships to these groups and it brings the world together.

The gameplay may be similar but the worlds are very different.

I thought F3 was a pretty good "reimagining" of the originals, in terms of adapting the mechanics for modern audiences (especially VATS), and the visuals were spot-on.

But it lacked the quirky humor and characters that were part of the originals just as much, as well as how the world reacts to your build and actions.

I remember that if you set your INT stat in FO2 low enough, basically EVERY character in the game treats you like an idiot, making most of the quests impossible to finish normally. The exception would be a "village idiot" NPC, with which a normal character has limited dialogue options, but a low int character can have an erudite conversation... FO1/2 are full of touches like that.

It is admittedly much harder to program this flexibility in a fully voiced/animated/scripted 3D game, but NV came much closer to capture this aspect of the originals.

FNV and FO4 also do a bunch of special things if you set your INT to absurdly low levels. (For example - in FNV, when you're helping launch the rocket, a low-INT character can decide to randomly mash buttons to improve the outcome; most of your nontrivial dialog options turn into monosyllabic grunts.)

They treat you like an idiot because your are. And all dialogue gets changed throughout the game to reflect that.

For instance, asking a doctor to treat you from radiation poisoning:

"- Me glow in dark".

And yes, I missed the humor in FO3. And the easter egg. Fallout 2 is like an explosion in an easter egg factory. There are references to everything everywhere. From "TK-421" and "AA-23" etched at the edges of the world map, to random encounters with a crashed whale and a bowl of petunias.

Courses for horses, but I couldn't stand the "humor" of the Interplay Fallouts (as it was, there was still a fair amount of that in the Bethesda ones -- it really wasn't taking the horror of a radioactive wasteland seriously). It was even worse in Interplay's Neuromancer game -- nothing destroys a dark cyberpunk feel more than a stupid joke.

But that's the thing - Fallout wasn't supposed to be dark. The entire setting is firmly and blatantly tongue in cheek, starting with the very fundamental "nuclearpunk" premise.

Yes, and it should be fairly obvious by the entire UI the Pip-Boy 2000 sports. Cutesy 50's style caricatures jar with the gritty situation for humor. Fallout has always had that undercurrent of absurdism in everything that rears its head to good comical effect. One of the things that I think made the third game not quite as good is that the absurdity from the characters are downplayed quite a bit, while the visuals are played up. The presentation feels uneven.

As others have pointed out, New Vegas has a better main story. In fact not only the story of Fallout 3 is a bit "meh", but if you stick to the main quest, you can finish the game pretty quickly. And tunnels. Lot of metro tunnels

That said, you can wander around the wasteland and find a lot of nice subquests and hidden nuggets. In this regard, F3 really looks like Oblivion with guns, since in my opinion that game had the same exact issues (lame main story, beautiful side quests).

NV's DLCs are also better in my opinion.

I had the same reaction (having played FO3) when my friend kept going on about how NV was so much better. I picked it up on a sale and had to agree. I can't pick a single "smoking gun" but in a way it's a "death by a thousand cuts" sort of thing: incremental improvements everywhere that, as a whole, add up to a much better experience. Color, atmosphere, lore, quests, etc. According to steam, I have 100 hours logged in FO3. I have 240 in NV.

They "look" the same, but difference as big as between "Fallout Tactics" and "Fallout 1 / 2".

Obsidian Entertainment are very good at few things that turn original games into the cult: world and locations lore, characters and storytelling.

Fallout Tactics was my favorite by far which would coincidentally make a great A/R remake...bring back the tabletop games!

If you liked Fallout Tactics I would give Wasteland 2 a try. It's a squad based tactical game in the same genre.

I don't have the link handy, but there's a good Youtube review that compares the two games. One thing that stood out from his comparison was how Obsidian put in farms with livestock and crops to show where food came from, while F3 didn't have anything like this.

Separate (edit: and more interesting) story, better writers, and less fan-service (or so I'm told).

All that said, 3 and 4 are still quality games. There's nothing all that wrong with "Oblivion + guns" in my view ;)

"All that said, 3 and 4 are still quality games. There's nothing all that wrong with "Oblivion + guns" in my view ;)"

Actually, I can't help but feeling that Bethesda games treat me like an idiot and hold my hand all the time. I hate that "special snowflake-retard" handling and couldn't finish any of their games, even though I really loved these beautiful worlds (Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout3).

English question - What do you refer to as "canon" in this regard?

"biblical canon" is "a collection or list of sacred books accepted as genuine"

Entertainment series with many entries inevitably have internal conflicts. So series writers choose which stories are considered to be 'true' going forward.

For instance there were 30 years of Star Wars novels that established many new characters and events that came after the movies. Disney declared them all non-canon. So in the new movies none of those characters exist and none of those events happened.


It's a dangerous gambit too, because when Disney did that they did it to make it simple for the kids, but lost me as an adult long time star wars fan, because those shitty books and stories I read and spent time on are just make believe make believe...

I don't think they did it to make it simple for the kids, but rather the Expanded Universe was massive and relatively uncontrolled. Even George Lucas himself said he considers the EU to be a different world than his own movies, and that he doesn't read the novels.

Yeah the EU is almost a free for all. Plus if they were going to follow the EU, some nerds would come out and spoil major plot points of every single new Star Wars movie.

Interesting discussion on the Star Wars universe.

Myself, I prefer the murky old corners of the Alpha Quadrant, fending off treacherous Cardassian freighters in the Trek Universe.

Simple for the kids? How about simple for the screenwriters? I know if I were involved I wouldn't want to be expected to read hundreds of novels before I could even start on what ought to be a very simple, straightforward script.

They were aware of this problem presumably:

Meet Leland Chee, the Star Wars Franchise Continuity Cop


His official title is continuity database administrator for the Lucas Licensing arm of Lucasfilm—which means Chee keeps meticulous track of not just the six live-action movies but also cartoons, TV specials, scores of videogames and reference books, and hundreds of novels and comics.

Funnily enough, there's an "official" Fallout Bible by Chris Avellone :)


There is even a "gospel and acts" form... that place, for that game;


Canon, n. 5c "Material considered to be officially part of a fictional universe or considered to fit within the history established by a fictional universe"


I really wish I could have Fallout 1 & 2 for iOS. Turn based point and click games seem like a perfect candidate for a touch interface. Instead we have crap like the Doom clones which are horribly difficult to play and don't really provide the authentic feel of those games.

I think there are already quite a few ports of early Bioware/Black Isle RPGs (Baldur's Gate I and II, Icewind Dale) on iOS.

Also the new Shadowrun games (isometric/turn based) are worth a look.

I guess you couldn't have it on the app store, with Apples dislike of emulators and all that, but maybe someone has ported e.g. DosBox to iOS anyways?

What I wish for is more turn-based 4X games specifically. HoMM, AoW, heck, why not even do a MoM remake?

If somebody here had played it, I'd love to hear opinions before risking to lose few weeks of my life as it was with the original game.

If you played original games long ago I would recommend to first to play them again with "Restoration Project" mods. It's very well-done projects and most of additions are indistinguishable from original content.

These mods fix bugs and carefully re-add to the game bits that was cut off before release, but later on exposed in Fallout Bible by Chris Avellone (and some other sources probably).

After watching my current obsession, this post makes me want to make a Fallout 4 mod:

Fallout: Westworld

All I can think about when I watch Westworld is how the hosts are basically synths.

Oh god no, I already lost so much time this year with Outcast 1.1 and Black Mesa (Half life 1 remake).

Please don't let this be good! ;-)

I remember Outcast being real good. How does it hold up these days? I am just wearing nostalgia-goggles?

For anyone who want to get a bit more inside on original games development might want to check this "Fallout Classic Revisited" talk from Timothy Cain:


I wish someone could port 1 and 2 into a good first person experience. Would really make it accessible to many more people born after that time.

Fallout 1 and 2 are about storytelling. Most of their value comes from great text and situations, so the interface should not really matter.

If you want to give it a shot but get annoyed by the fighting system, try it as a social character, zero-fight gameplays are possible.

It's not that, it's the texturing. I'm color blind and most of the game looks like a blur. It's super hard for me to tell things apart without a 3d component. It's worse since the game is painted with the fallout-blend or gray, brown, and more gray.

I can do play the game just fine but I end up missing a lot because I can't tell if from rocks.

There is a tool that might help you, it's called Visolve (http://www.ryobi-sol.co.jp/visolve/en/visolve.html).

I couldn't find anything similar for Linux distros, though.

That would be fantastic if I could download something like this for my thinkpad. I know what spectrum i need help with from doing the enchroma test. I'm red green.

Edit: thinking about it more, the easiest way to get something like this would be to just put an overlay on my monitor with the coating that the enchroma uses. This would pretty much solve my issues.

Maybe the color calibration features in the display stack could be used to apply something like this globally to a system. They should allow quite powerful color transformations.

That's why I liked Halo. Red and blue on a high contrast background.

These days I use Enchroma [0] glasses. I still can't identify colors that well, but it helps with differentiation.

[0] http://enchroma.com

You don't need a 3D component to solve that problem, only an optional bright outline around clickable objects like in Baldur's Gate 2.

EDIT: It seems in this case it would have to go further than BG2, but I stand by the claim that BG2 style highlighting is a useful accessibility/convenience feature, and I personally did not find it immersion-breaking.

That wouldn't help. I cant tell the difference between floors, doors, and walls. Also something like an outline around objects is really immersion breaking. Doing color shifting or removing a spectrum from being displayed like an enchroma would probably work.

I thought the isometric interface was a strength. It lends a solid feel to the game, without the clipping you have in Bethesda's 3d environments. I also think the freedom from clipping was a huge part of what gave Minecraft it's feel.

It also makes exploring more efficient, as you can search containers and interact with objects and characters a quasi 3D world without the need for 3D rotation. Which I think is important for the kind of game Fallout is.

I wish someone would port 3&NV onto that old 2 engine, I liked it a lot better

I would like a new fallout based on the Fallout: Tactics engine. I really liked the interactions and animations in it, but the game was a bit bland.

There were attempts. First of all, there's no way to port the graphics because FOT used a different perspective than FO1 and FO2. Secondly the engine itself is very limited so dialogue would have to boil down to singular yes-or-no questions (among other limitations).

There's really no way to make a more atmospheric game with that engine than FOT itself.

The combat system, really needs an overhaul. It has not aged well, and games like Wasteland have shown that it can be a lot better.

For someone who never played Fallout, what do you recommend playing first?

I've also read about "Restoration Project" mods and I am bit confused.

I think you should play Fallout before Fallout 2. There might be some small spoilers in F2 of how F1 ends, but ... probably not enough to worry about. Mainly it's about the world-building and settings.

The gameplay in F2 is a little better than F1 -- more freedom, I think, and less pressure to finish a major quest part within a time limit. However, F1 does an _amazing_ job introducing the setting, and making you feel like you want to play in that world (IMO). There are some things in F1 that have no analogue in F2 (that I recall), and vice-versa, which make them both awesome.

In Fallout 1, there are parts where you really care about radiation, for reasons which would be spoilers, whereas in Fallout 2 I don't recall that ever really feeling like something I was worried about. Fallout 2 has a whole quest hub (New Reno) which was very memorable, whereas I don't recall as much about F1 (granted, that was almost two decades ago. ;))

I recommend making a custom character; if you try to play a Sneaky or "Face" type character, the game seemed much harder; then again, I always ended up effectively going the sniper route, so I am admittedly a little biased.

I think the official patch for Fallout 1 actually removed the hard time limit in the original release. There's still some pressure at some parts of the game but players are no longer required to pass on exploration to rush to the end.

Some fans were unhappy with certain thematic changes in F2, e.g. the (at that time) excessive increase in pop culture references and muddying of the 50s retro sci-fi backstory.

For the uninitiated: There's a reason one of the original major Fallout communities was derided as "glittering gems of hatred" at one point. Fallout 1 had a very emotional following and what happened after Fallout 2 was a series of bad business decisions around a franchise with fans that just wanted another game in the series.

Basically Interplay tried to open the franchise to the combat strategy demographic with Fallout Tactics but had outsourced the entire game to a study with no sensibilities for the established setting or even premise of the first two games beyond "kinda like Mad Max with retro sci-fi".

Then they followed up by trying to do a console shmup with desperately oversexualised marketing (press packages contained actual condoms). Again, outsourced, and with no resemblence to the original two games at all.

In the meantime they killed off the actual in-development Fallout sequel codenamed Van Buren, which was the closest the fans ever got to a successor to Fallout 2.

Then they announced plans to create a Fallout based online game with another external company, which luckily never went anywhere (fans referred to the hypothetical Fallout Online as "FOOL" even before anyone took the idea serious).

At some point all the mismanagement and continued failures caught up with Interplay, long-time employees managed to sue for lost wages and a certain company that gave the world cookie-cutter fantasy combat RPGs with two dimensional characters bought the rights to Fallout 3, 4 and 5 (and possibly more) and created what people born in the late 1990s or later think of as Fallout today.

There were some other tearful events with ex-developers creating Fallout-like RPGs (in gameplay, not in story) at other companies (just to namedrop a few: Lionheart and Arcanum) but let's just say there were good reasons to be very angry and disappointed even before Bethesda had any chance to screw anything up.

On the bright side, Steam has Wasteland 2. I haven't played more than a week or so of it, but if you're looking for "isometric turn based combat RPG in a post-apocalyptic wasteland", it nails it. It felt like a Fallout, probably because Fallout took so much inspiration from the original Wasteland. The only thing that made it Not-Fallout was the absence of Pip-Boy or Nuka-cola.

Tried playing the first one a year ago but with the turn-based system and fast-travel being what it is, progress is slow. Which wouldn't be bad when you want to spend your Sunday afternoon in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but this is not a game for someone who has a 9-to-5.

Hope it doesn't get a Cease and Desist.

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