After this weeks latest news from Bethesda, I felt a sudden urge to jump back in to Fallout 3. Reading the timestamp on my latest save file, I was so shocked to see it had been at least five years since I last stepped foot in the Capital Wasteland. Five Years! I can hardly believe it’s been nearly seven long years since the game released. Fallout 3 was one of those games that really resonated with me.
I’ll never forget the first time I walked free from Vault 101, finally liberated and unshackled from a life underground. As a player, looking out onto that horizon for the first time ever, and setting eyes on the outside world, that lonesome wasteland that was to become my playground for the next 200+ hours, that instant sense of pure freedom that was captured in that moment – Wow.
That Incredible view from the clifftops of Vault 101.
It sent shivers down my spine, knowing that I could literally set off on my own adventure, in any direction I wanted, it totally blew my mind. There was no restraint at all; no matter what dangers lay up ahead it was my choice on where to go, or what to do first. It really was one of them moments in gaming that doesn’t crop up too often.
“I’ll never forget the first time I walked free from Vault 101, finally liberated and unshackled from a life underground.“
Fallout 3 is one of those games, to me personally, that will never be forgotten. It holds a special place, along with a select few others, that remain dear to me as the years go by. Whenever I play, I like to play on the hardest difficulty. I love the true survival grit Fallout holds, where running into a group of Raiders can be a matter of life or death.
Having to scavenge on limited supplies, scarce of health pick ups and ammo drops, always making sure to make every bullet count and being tactful about how I approach the next clan of Super Mutants. Never have I felt such accomplishment in a game where the smallest of tasks can become the biggest of victories.
About to unleash a barrage of gunfire on some unsuspecting super mutants.
The desolate landscape and pure isolation rings true to what a dystopian future may one day appear to be. Exploration just opens up more and more as you find yourself wanting to know more of the lore and history behind the Capital Wasteland.
The sense of curiosity that starts to stir as you set out to seek what loot the next collapsed and crumbling ruins of a building may hold, a building that once stood strong in a time now lost, it keeps you going back for more. If the fear of a lurking Centaur around every corner fills you with dread, it is suddenly lifted by the amazing soundtrack that plays over Galaxy News Radio.
The environment really is something special, every crack and crevice holds something torn and spat out by the wasteland.
I really can’t express my adoration for the game. I still feel the same excitement now as I did compared to the first time I played it, and I know so many others feel the same way. As I’ve started a new save, I get the same feeling of always wanting to play it wherever I am, the same way you do when you get a new game. Yet this game is years old. I’ve played it through on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 numerous times, and it still feels fresh and exciting every time I play it.
A weekend looks certain to turn into another few weeks, as I find myself wanting to sink more time into the barron lands of Washington, DC. So when Bethesda announced this week that they would be holding their very first E3 press conference this year, you can imagine what video game series I, and many others, straight away pointed towards – Fallout!
Bethesda’s recent post detailing their conference that’s being held at this years E3 2015.
I can’t even imagine how I would react to the news of another game in the series. I can only dare to dream at this point. But lets hope those dreams, rumours, hopes and speculations ring true, come June.