Fallout 3 should not be considered part of the series (don’t give me the ‘crying fanboy’ comment). Of course it has the same name and features the classic PIPboy, but the title is completely superficial since the gameplay took a major turn off course.
The key reason it should be renamed is when you drastically change the rules and gameplay, you have ultimately changed the game. If Tetris was changed into a FPS, is it still Tetris or would you call it something else? GAMEPLAY IS INTEGRAL TO A GAME. So when Bethesda changes the Fallout gameplay while keeping the name, of course I’m going to say “Bethesda butchered the series.” It doesn’t resemble the rest of the series at all. Any pissed Fallout fan has the right to say so.
I’m sure it’ll still be an amazing game, I won’t argue a good game, but the game is truly not part of the Fallout series but the mutated love-child of Oblivion’s gameplay and Fallout’s storyline. So who can complain about such an awesome combination? No one…unless it teases us with the title “Fallout 3.”[…]
At least when Microsoft developed Halo Wars, a Halo RTS, they didn’t call it Halo 4. It’ because they realized it’s a different game that still uses the Halo world – Same goes for Fallout 3. Instead of FO3 they should call it “Fallout V.A.T.S.” (the added ‘Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) or Brotherhood of Steel 2. Don’t ruin a great series by mixing genres and titles.
I am extremely let down by this mutated release of Fallout 3. I was really anticipating the next Fallout after the lack of sand-boxing in Fallout Tactics. It’s hard to see your favorite game turned into such a blatant sellout. I hope somehow game companies learn from this mistake, because on the unlikely chance Diablo 3 is released as a FPS/TPS…I’ll have a stroke
PS- Obviously I’m still buying the game, but mostly because I love Oblivion (and that’s a sad reality for a Fallout fans).