Part old-school roleplaying game, part turn-based strategy game, Shadowrun: Dragonfall is a well-executed blend of many good things with an excellent fantasy-cyberpunk setting thrown into the concoction.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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: