Jukebox: Best Songs from Fallout 3 and New Vegas

Known for using famous American swing tunes dating back to the 1930s, the latest installments in the Fallout series prove a great introduction to the cheerful atmosphere of a bygone era in US music history.

 

In addition to being used as a form of dramatic irony to emphasize the bleak nature of life in the post-nuclear wasteland, these swing songs are perfect for a leisurely listen and could very much brighten your day:

Kay Kyser – Jingle Jangle Jingle
“Though I may have done some fooling this is why I never fell~”

A song celebrating the carefree aspects of singlehood, this joyous number by Kay Kyser is both catchy and crisp in its delivery, and will definitely have you, I quote, “riding merrily along”.

Jack Shaindlin – Let’s Go Sunning
“Life’s worth living, If nature’s giving~”

Revel in the joy of the outdoors with Shaindlin’s song as she sings about enjoying life on a beautiful day. A feel-good song that calms the soul, Let’s Go Sunning reminds listeners that life’s high points make the entire journey worthwhile.

Bob Crosby and the Bobcats – Way Back Home
“The love the liveliest, the life the loveliest, way back home~”

A more mellow, soulful track that expresses the homesickness of a man far away from home, Crosby croons about the little things – from nature to the pretty girls – that make home truly the sweetest place. Through Crosby’s song comes a reminder to appreciate the small things in life.

Dean Martin – Ain’t That A Kick in the Head
“How lucky can one guy be? I kissed her and she kissed me~”

Oozing pure class and jazzy finesse. Martin’s Ain’t That A Kick in the Head depicts the elation of experiencing requited love. Going through the flurry of happy thoughts in a man’s mind when his interest is reciprocated, many who have been/are in love can definitely relate with the smoothly-delivered lyrics.

Such is the allure of the song that it was used in a winning dance routine for one episode of the popular US talent show Dancing with the Stars. A timeless classic, that’s for sure.

Cole Porter – Anything Goes
“Good authors too, who once knew better words, now only use four-letter words, writing prose… Anything goes~”

Anything Goes is about how life continuously changes, with social norms never remaining the same over time. The song touches on changing dress codes, the acceptance of previously “mad” behavior and other societal shifts that people still contend with today, but does it in a catchy, lighthearted manner that’s pleasant to the ears.

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E3 Conference: Bethesda wows with DOOM Remake, Fallout 4 Details

Bethesda kicks off its inaugural conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo with major testosterone, follows up with first-class tickets aboard the Fallout hype train.

 

At 10 o’clock yesterday morning (GMT+8), the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) began with a no holds barred display of gibs and ultra-violence, with Bethesda fanning the fires of gamer excitement with the official, in-depth unveiling of its DOOM project.

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A beast of a game that pays homage to the very first First Person Shooter game for the PC – and also my first ever PC game: DOOM, this upcoming incarnation of the franchise seems to discard the survival-horror path taken by its immediate predecessor DOOM 3.

Instead, id Software has chosen to reinstate the no-nonsense, buckshot-spewing, demon-slaying, faceless marine protagonist (aka DOOM guy aka the truly merciless anti-anti-Christ) from the first two installments. This is furthered with the rehashing of iconic audio elements from the 1993 game for use in the upcoming title – players of the former will definitely recognize the door opening sound and the bass riff that plays at the beginning of the trailer above. Oh, and how can one forget the purr of the chainsaw.

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The average person needs thrice the number of family jewels to take on the Cyberdemon, DOOM Guy doesn’t.

Featuring top-notch graphics and visceral combat on top of its nostalgic appeal, DOOM is looking to become a blockbuster action-packed shooter for Spring 2016, the date of its release.

One defining feature of the id Software sharing segment was the announcement of a DOOM: SnapMap system – a streamlined design platform that allows the average player to generate new content  (missions or maps) using DOOM’s very own assets, regardless of their background in modding or game design. Whether this pro-community move will prove revolutionary or end up as a white elephant, we will have to wait and see.

Until then, things are looking peachy for this legendary franchise.

Fallout 4

For Fallout 4, Bethesda has revealed much more about the highly-anticipated game. Clearly the trump card of the developers, the game’s presentation section was selected as the closing act for its conference, with fans cheering loudly when developer Todd Howard took the stage.

The conference confirms the assessment that the voiced protagonist will be someone who has seen the pre-war daysAlso, players of Fallout 4 will have at their disposal heavy customization capabilities  with the incorporation of an in-depth crafting system inspired by Bethesda’s earlier success with The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

From the ability to alter one’s facial features, down to weaponry, power armor and even one’s own settlement, Howard’s presentation drives home the point that Fallout 4 will be as player-centric an interactive journey as possible.

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It’s incredible how much attention to detail was displayed in the trailer. I’ve always wanted my tin man suit to look more ominous.

Fallout 4 is scheduled for release on 10th November 2015. Coupled with the good news is the release of a free-mium Fallout: Shelter game on iOS and Android, in which you manage the daily goings of a Fallout vault as an overseer. More details here.

Aside from the two games, fans of Dishonored would be pleased to know that Dishonored 2 is in the works with its announcement made mid-conference. More as E3 goes along.

In case you missed it, here’s the Bethesda Conference video:

Revealed: Fallout 4 Announced!

While its development has long been assumed, Bethesda Studios confirms rumors with the release of Fallout 4’s trailer. Yup, prepare your wallets for late 2015, ladies and gentlemen.

 

And yup, it’s definitely set in Boston, Massachusetts or “The Commonwealth” as is known within the game’s post-apocalyptic setting. Now, without further ado, the much-anticipated reveal:

“War…war never changes.” Whenever that tagline rings, you know that’s authentic Fallout material talking. In Fallout 4, players will take on the role of a vault dweller (this title is subject to change) from Vault 111 in the Commonwealth.

The origins of the protagonist are not clear, but it seems that the character has seen the pre-war years prior to living in (and exiting) the vault, a step away from the usual formula for the past few protagonists.

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What quirks will Vault-Tec’s Vault 111 have?

With the Fallout 4 official trailer, one can see that the greenish and orange-ish hues from Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas have been completely done away with, replaced with a livelier, full-colored palette. A possible sore point for some, who see it as iconic of the bleak nature set by the series, I for one welcome this refreshing change to Fallout’s visual appeal.

A few prominent landmarks are also witnessed as the trailer progresses, with what looks like the Paul Revere statue and the Red Sox Stadium appearing mid-way, a huge nod to the New England setting anticipated in prior discussions.

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Note the baseball player statue in the background, centre-right.

The prominent Brotherhood of Steel and Enclave factions are likely to make a reappearance, as demonstrated by the display of power-armored troop patrols in the wasteland and the frequent feature of Vertibird aircraft, the transport of choice for both factions.

While not obvious in the video, there is also a strong possibility that the enigmatic Institute faction will be a prominent part of the story. The post-apocalyptic remnant of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one can only wonder what technological marvels and inventions they’ll bring to the table in Fallout 4.

Maybe that’s why we see an unprecedented tour-de-force of technology and vehicles in the trailer – aspects that were relatively sparse in the Capital and Mojave Wastelands of the earlier titles. Perhaps all the vehicles are the Institute’s after all. Who knows?

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The statue of Paul Revere, situated at the North End district of Boston present-day. A curious blimp appears above the location, possibly of Enclave or Institute origin.

Lastly, the fresh take on the Fallout theme song which plays mid-trailer is phenomenal. I can’t help but feel that this game will emerge as one beautiful, wholesome package. It gives me a warm feeling inside when the orchestral piece starts at 1:31. Absolutely stunning.

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Save for a beautiful graphical overhaul and a fresh location, Fallout 4’s official trailer tugs players’ nostalgic strings while not revealing too much about the upcoming game.

That being said, more details will surface as the weeks go by, particularly with the annual E3 conference around the corner – a high profile event where the major players in the game industry step forth and unveil their latest triple-A projects.

Creators of the legendary Elder Scrolls and Fallout franchises, Bethesda Studios is another developer which prides itself on consistent performance in producing quality titles. With several industry awards under its belt, I can say with much confidence that things are looking up with Fallout 4 and 2015 in general.

All in all, there’s only two words to describe my feelings having seen both XCOM 2 and Fallout 4’s reveals:

DOUBLE STOKED.