“Obsidian is currently headed up by Chris Avellone, who was one of the major names behind Fallout 2.”
Obsidian seems to get the responsibility for many great sequels that they did not originally make (Kotor2, NWN2, Alpha Protocol (Mass Effectish) and now Fallout 3.5).Â So far, it has been obvious that each time their development is cut short and they are forced to release what feels like an unfinished, unoptimized, or unpolished product.Â A product that is still better than most other games, and screams the promise of a AAA title.Â Usually darker tales with decent writing.Â Here’s hoping they hit it out of the park with Fallout.
Fallout 1 is going to be a difficult game to tackle.Â I think I’ll write up a more conventional post, covering the basics of gameplay and avoid spoilers, like I normally do, for gamers who may still want to retro game this title.Â I’ll be writing a second post that dives more into the themes presented another time.
From a gameplay standpoint, Fallout 1 is one of the best open-ended RPGs.Â The world is completely open and explorable.Â Your main quest is to find a water chip for your Vault.Â Unlike most games, there is no artificial progression through the story line.Â One quest does not lead to the next.Â There are hints scattererd around the world; completing quests sometimes reveals the next piece of the puzzle, other times it just helps or hurts the world a little.Â Each quest can be solved multiple ways, often with different morale dilemmas.Â In cities filled with the destruction and decay of a nuclear holocaust, do you uphold the morale values of yesterday, or adopt the attitude necessary to survive the wasteland?
Here is an article I ran across awhile back.Â It picks out 6 retro games that can run on nearly any PC (or even emulated on Linux or Mac).Â Just about every title here is a classic.
Guide to Installing Fallout 1 and 2
For those of who wish to enjoy the long overdue pleasure of playing Fallout 1 and 2 (I’m looking at you Phokal) or want to relive it, you may not be aware that, since those long ago times, some dedicated fans have taken it upon themselves to fix up unpatched bugs and even add deleted content. The mass of fan patches and mods can be bewildering, so here, I’ll present the instructions to getting what I believe to be the best and purest Fallout experience.