Fallout 4 comes out in November (eeeeee!!!!)
It recently came to light that one of my dear (gamer) friends had never played Fallout 3.
Now, Fallout 3 has probably one of the most amazing moments I’ve experienced in gaming. The game, if you haven’t played it, begins in a vault designed to survive a nuclear war. You set up your gender and (future) appearance at your birth, followed by you setting up your stats and skill foci as you travel through childhood and adolescence. After this intro that is so very immersive that it doesn’t even feel like a tutorial for the game, you are given a conflict that ends up with you leaving this vault in which you’ve spent your entire life… and you step outside for the first time.
And after an hour or so of being locked in a vault, the experience of seeing bright sunlight and a sweeping (waste)landscape in front of you is downright breathtaking. You go from claustrophobia to agoraphobia in seconds and the world feels alien and so very pregnant with promise.
The first time you look on the wasteland is one of the most wonderful, perfect, moments in gaming.
(And the best part is knowing that, after you beat the game, the whole thing was merely a tutorial for Fallout: New Vegas? Oh, that moment is even better.)
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is “Untitled” by our very own Will Truman. Used with permission.)