GamePro: To Oblivion players, what will Fallout 3 feel like? It’s obvious (to us at least) that combat mechanics and design play a much larger role in Fallout 3 than Oblivion.
Todd Howard: The overall game flow feels like Oblivion, in that you make your own character and then explore a huge open world and do whatever you want. The basic gameplay of Fallout 3 is similar, which is one of the reasons we really wanted to do Fallout in the first place. I’d say the amount of action is similar to Oblivion, not more, not less. The basic combat in Fallout 3 may seem more complex then Oblivion’s, but at the same time, there is no magic in Fallout 3, so we felt we needed to do as much as we could with the guns and add a nice layer of being able to shoot body parts and feel the effects of a crippled leg and such.
GP: How many Perks do you plan for the final game? Could you give us an example of a low-level one and a high-level/godly one?
Howard: The Perks are still being tweaked, so we’re not ready to talk about them just yet. Sorry.
GP: There were quite a few rifles and assault rifles in the early press preview. What other weapons are waiting to be found?
Howard: Shotguns, yes. Flamethrower, yes, Pistols, yes, Submachine guns, yes. We have a lot of weapons, even melee attacks.
Later Rostere at the Bethsoft Fallout 3 forum asked this:
Rostere: From a recent interview with Todd:
“The basic gameplay of Fallout 3 is similar [to that of Oblivion], which is one of the reasons we really wanted to do Fallout in the first place.”
Could someone with a better understanding of Bethesda and the English language explain to me exactly what this means?
I can tackle that one…I was actually a bit confused on the matter myself until I emailed Todd. To be clear, here’s the answer Todd actually wrote:
Todd Howard: The overall gameflow feels like Oblivion, in that you make your character and then explore a huge world and do whatever you want, so the basic-nut of the game is similar, which is one of the reasons we really wanted to do Fallout in the first place.
So again, Todd was comparing the gameflow of Fallout 1 with Oblivion. He never wrote, “gameplay of Fallout 3.”
I think you’re right. I think he’s [Briosafreak] done a heck of a job covering Fallout news in the past year.
Wow thanks! Now how about some exclusive gameplay videos and stuff?… oh ok…