I am a relatively new person to playing Fallout, despite the franchise having been out for a while now.
It takes me a while to find a new game to get sucked into, because the story has to be good, the controls have to be manageable, the graphics appealing to me, and something I can soak a bit of time into and not have it be over in just a few hours. For me……..that takes some time.
Fallout didn’t quite hit my curiosity switch until about a year or so ago, when my friends were all playing Fallout 3. They were telling me how wonderful it was, and how much time it takes to play through it. I picked up a GOTY edition and gave it a whirl. The amount of dialogue and talking in the beginning kinda put me off, as I find too much talking a bit tedious unless it has a purpose. I put it on the shelf, and it eventually went away to be sold to buy other stuff. Some time later, people kept telling me about how wonderful it was, and what great reviews it was getting, so………since it was on the cheap for $15 for the GOTY, I picked it up again, but didn’t give it much thought.
Recently, I have been seeing people clamoring for Fallout 4. I thought “Is this going to be a decent game, or as boring as the first one?”, so I waited until some reviews came out. This game was getting glowing reviews for the size of the game, how great the story was, and how much you can do in it, so after talking with my local game store guys, I decided to plunk down the sixty bones to give it a shot. After all………I have spent more on much less (yes……..I see you over there looking at me, Duke).
I gave this disc a spin, and I found myself very glad that I did pick it up, because from the very beginning (installation), I could tell this game was crafted with love and care! If you have not picked up this disc, you are treated to 50’s-style propaganda films that tell you about the “seven different ways you are S.P.E.C.I.A.L.”! This was a very nice touch, and made me even more curious. The story sucks you right in and keeps your attention, so I went and played a while. After some time, I thought…………
“Maybe I should go back and get back into Fallout 3!” So I plopped the disc into my system, started it up, and after getting through the choices in the vault and making it outside, it got muuuuuuuuuuch better. I thought to myself “Dang…….you gave up on this too soon!”, so I found myself playing for a few hours in this game as well.
Okay…….this game could be just as addictive. Well……….now I have two worlds of the wastelands to play about in now! Double your pleasure, double your fun……..but yeah……..games like this tend to suck up a lot of time if you don’t watch yourself. Yes…..you can easily lose a day or more at a time galavanting about the wastes, so if you are time-conscious, be sure to set an alarm or something so that way you can still take care of those responsibilities that are also a part of your life.
Are these games worth the cost of picking up? Most definitely! Fallout 3 Game Of The Year is down to bargain-basement prices, so best snag a new copy and lose yourself – or just dive into Fallout 4 and pick up a season pass. Either way – or both – your choice. These games are worth your time and bottle caps in enjoyment. Oh Bethesda……..you just love making our holidays S.P.E.C.I.A.L.!