The teaser trailer for Fallout 3 was released on the official site earlier this week and I could not possibly be more excited for this game. In fact it literally hurts to think I have to wait more than a year for it to hit stores. Here’s the YouTube version but if you want a high quality one, head straight to Bethesda. The trailer is voiced by Ron Perlman (Blade II, Hellboy) who has been the narrator of the first three games of the Fallout series.
It’s been ten years since the release of the original Fallout game and since then, I haven’t yet to play a better RPG. Personally, Fallout 2 was as good as an RPG could get. It had an immersing, deep storyline that didn’t require a dictionary or some sort of companion guidebook to understand and enjoy. The gameplay was simple but satisfying…and god, it’s freakin’ awesome to blow giant, bloody holes in people with plasma rifles.
I was hugely disappointed when the original plan for Fallout 3 was cancelled with the lay-offs at Interplay. The project was given new life in 2004 when Bethesda announced that they would be taking over the franchise and starting development after they finished The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This was great for fans of the series since Oblivion was fantastic and we know that Bethesda isn’t afraid of the “M” rating that would surely be given to Fallout 3 with the violence, sex and adult themes that are consistent with the Fallout storyline.
Bethesda are certainly worthy developers to carry on the Black Isle (who have given us the excellent Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale franchises as well) series. They’ve certainly done their homework. Fans who watched the trailer have spotted a number of elements that are from the previous games in the series.
* The iconic “Vault Boy” character appears in the teaser urging gamers to “Reserve Now!”, which is a double entendre: to reserve their place in the Vault (as the in-game ads had in previous editions), and to reserve (pre-order) a copy of the game.
* A man in power armour is seen when the trailer pulls further out, making it likely that such armour will be present in the game. The armor also sported the Brotherhood of Steel emblem, indicating that the organization will be returning for the third game.
* A toy Nuka Cola truck appears next to the teddy bear.
* The Corvega automobile advertised in the original Fallout can be seen on a billboard while viewing the cityscape.
* The radio bears a label saying “Radiation King”–a brand name from the original games.
* Also hidden in the trailer is a recruiting poster for the same war that preceded previous Fallouts.
* There are what seem to be Nuka-Cola bottles scattered around the bus.
* A toolbox featured in the previous games is found next to a bottle of what could be “Rotgut”, a brand from previous Fallout games.
I am a bit concerned, however, that apparently the game is being developed for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in addition to the PC. In my opinion, this is a PC game and should not be watered down to a console title. Most RPG players will agree that RPG games are usually pretty bad. Play Oblivion on the PC and then the Xbox and you’ll see what I’m on about. While consoles have certainly closed the gap in terms of graphics and allowing players to save whenever they want, some things are just meant for a mouse and keyboard.
Either way, I can’t wait til Fall 2008 to fire up my Pip-Boy and Vindicator. Make sure your power armor is shiny, folks.