So many “games to watch in 2008” lists, so little time. Let’s start with San Francisco Chronicles:
Fallout 3: Bethesda, best known for the Elder Scrolls series, uses its role-playing know-how to revive one of the greatest RPG franchises from the long-defunct publisher Interplay. Fallout 3 moves from post-apocalyptic California to Washington, D.C., where an inhabitant of fallout shelter Vault 101 ventures through devastated landscapes filled with mutants in search of his missing father. Adapting the original’s pause-able and body-part targeting combat, Fallout 3 is the most anticipated RPG sequel.
Now for WRAL.com:
Fallout 3 – Bethesda Softworks created the brilliant role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Now they’re tackling the post apocalyptic world of Fallout with this third outing. PC and next gen gamers will be able to create a character and roam this destroyed world, while contending with its inhabitants. This franchise gets a new developer and its first next gen outing, which could make it this year’s Mass Effect or Oblivion (if you want to go back to 2006’s top RPG).With none of the original creators onboard, Fallout 3 could flop if its new developer drifts away from the series’ essence: distinctively dark humor and dialogue, and retro-’50s wastepunk visuals. Fallout 3 could easily become a BioShock rip-off. (PC, Xbox 360, PS3.)
I actually heard a rumor that Mass Effect PC will be out on fall 2008, in direct competition with Fallout 3. We’ll see if that’s just a rumor or not.
And now for The Canadian Press:
Fallout 3 – (Bethesda Softworks): The long-awaited continuation of the classic post-apocalyptic role-playing series was the best-looking thing at last year’s E3 trade show. If it’s as good as Bethesda’s “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion,” it will be a Game of the Year contender.
And finally Bit-Tech.net:
Keeping things nicely sequential, we jump from the second instalment in a series onto a game which is the third in a series – and what a series! Fallout is one of the holy grails of PC RPGs and although the news that Bethesda has bought the rights to third game from the now semi-defunct Interplay has been met with mixed reactions from gamers, the game still looks tantalisingly good if you ask us.
Set in a post-apocalyptic Washington DC, Fallout 3 will depart from the convention of the past Fallout games and use a FPS perspective similar to Bethesda’s other game series, The Elder Scrolls. The plot is being kept tightly under wraps, but we do know that it will see players starting off in underground Vault 101 before venturing out into the wasteland above in search of their father.
What makes Fallout 3 look so tempting already is the way it seems to fuse elements from both the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series’. On the one hand, it will be an FPS/RPG using the GameBryo engine in which we can expect to see plenty of similarly-voiced characters and fetch-quests, while on the other hand it also seems to be impressively gory and has a facility to allow turn-based combat using power-ups.
With a fusion of some of the best talent and licenses in the RPG genre, Fallout 3 could be the only game you’ll need for the rest of your life.