When I heard the news about the Fallout 4 trailer and then saw it, my bowels gave out. That’s right. I was so excited I shit myself. I am not proud of it, but seeing the 400 hours I put into Fallout 3 and New Vegas, this genuine and overwhelming joy was completely justified. And though I feel ashamed I crapped myself out of joy, Fallout 4 is the perfect excuse for such a moment of shame. This is a new Fallout, people. And yes, for those wondering, I am one of those Fallout fanboys who think the game is about as astounding as games can get, so if you don’t want to hear praise piled upon this series for next 20 minutes, you may want to click over and read this instead. For those sticking around, here are 6 things we (as in me and all the voices in my head) cannot wait to experience in Fallout 4.
Exploring An Obliterated Boston
I know that sounds really macabre, but allow me to delve deeper. I grew up in Massachusetts my entire life. To know this game will be taking place in locations I can actually visit when I shut the game off is mind blowing to me. Playing 3 was cool because I knew all the Washington landmarks, though not by experience. Playing New Vegas was cool because we all know Vegas and not too many of us wouldn’t complain about seeing it blown up (sorry Vegas). But Fallout 4 will be places I have gone and spent hours at. Locations I have been visiting since I was a child, but given the Fallout post apocalyptic touch. Can’t wait.
Plus, I can visit some houses of some of my exes and launch nukes at them. Awesome much?
Finding Out What Happened To Fenway Park?
Anyone who knows anything about Boston knows Fenway Park where the Red Sox play is one of our most iconic spots. Well, judging from the trailer, it has been through some SERIOUS changes. It now is armored and most definitely looks like some sort of fort or compound.
But who has occupied it? Am I going to be able to actually potentially use it as a home base (pun intended) or will it just be one mission where I have to stand on the pitcher’s mound and just blow up feral ghouls? Either way, sign me up right now!
More V.A.T.S Playtime
I cannot explain why, but the V.A.T.S targeting system and gameplay mechanic NEVER got old to me. NEVER. Not once. From the first head I exploded into flying giblets, to the last, 400 hours later, it never felt recycled or dull or as a time swallower to me. As a matter of fact, I smiled pretty wide anytime I saw an eyeball flying through the air.
But they have shown us no gameplay. Do you think they improved upon the V.A.T.S mechanic? My mind cannot even wrap around how you could make something perfect better, but I can’t wait to find out.
Does Having A Voice Mean Game Will Have Stronger Narrative?
As seen in the trailer, the (normally silent up to this point) protagonist has an actual voice in Fallout 4. Do you realize how monumental this could be be for the series? Fallout games have always been limited in their narrative and worked more as an open world game where you just kinda went from place to place and slowly worked your way towards the end result.
Having a voice means this could really change up the pace and tone of the narrative, and give us way more insight into the lone wanderer. Imagine a Fallout with Bioshock levels of narrative? Hey, a man can dream!
More Time With Dogmeat!
Sorry, but I love dogs in real life and I love them in games (even when they are a pain in the ass and always run into gun fights snout first), so more time with Dogmeat (the dog who hath made many appearances in this series) really shows me that no matter how shiny and big it is, this is still a Fallout game.
This also means there will (obviously) be more companions who can join you in your quest. Not sure who you rolled with in part 3, but the cast of sidekicks were nothing short of wickedly entertaining. Who will we get teamed up with in this game? Sadly, we will be waiting awhile to find out.
That’s the thing about waiting. Waiting never changes….