What does Bethesda need to do to make Fallout 4 perfect?

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More of the Gallows Humor

The opening to the original Fallout finds two armed men standing over a kneeling, bound prisoner while “Maybe” by The Ink Spots plays in the background.  The men shoot the man in the head and shoot him again once he falls; one of the men laughs during this process while the other turns towards the camera and waves. This opening perfectly captures the essence of Fallout in less than four minutes and gives you a sense for the pitch black humor that lies in wait.

Fallout 4 needs to retain the humorous elements. The humor is an important part of the franchise as it usually a sharp contrast to the horrors around you. There were moments in Fallout 3, but there could be more. The game does not need to be a comedy game, but the addition of the dark humor helps keep the dreadful world from wearing on the player’s spirit too much. 

Published May. 18th 2015
  • Victor Ren
    Columnist
    The combat system is a bit flawed, especially in that every melee weapon feels super floaty. I always gravitated towards the guns in my playthrough because at least with the laser and sniper rifles I could actually think I legitimately hit something.

    Also with the worlds, I think New Vegas did a good job of showing off your idea. In the Mojave you had the exclusive strip, the outskirts of it, Red Rock, and Mt. Charleston. Everything had a little niche to it, and they even managed to give the ghouls a little funny story next to Nipton.

    I think if they could expand on that it would be great, and the technology now could up the scale even more. And I don't want to hear about anyone complaining about how the world should be a barren landscape when New Vegas was able to show us colors, and differentiate from the staleness using Mt. Charleston and Zion.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Exactly! New Vegas showed there was color and life in the Wasteland, especially if you downloaded some mods which brought out the color. There was even the Vault where there were plants growing everywhere!

    It can be done. The question is will Bethesda do it? Fallout 3 really felt like a barren landscape devoid of life and personality, while New Vegas was the opposite. Obsidian and Bethesda together could probably compensate for each other's flaws and make one awesome game!

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