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Bone Up on Your Fallout History

If you're going into Fallout 3 with no prior experience, watch this video to see what all the fuss was about way back when.

Here's the boat I'm in: excited about playing Fallout 3 (mainly because I loved Oblivion) but woefully ignorant of the entire past series, which I understand some people are rather fond of. If that describes you too, you should really watch this excellent Fallout retrospective that Gametrailers put together.

  


It does a great job of not only showing you all the Fallout games themselves, but also contextualizing the history surrounding their creation. From what I've played of Fallout 3, anyone can jump in without prior experience and get up to speed fairly quickly, but I feel a lot better equipped to appreciate more of the game's subtleties now that I've seen this.

The video also made me realize that there's no way I can go back and get into those two original games now. They're just too far removed from modern game design and especially modern presentation; I'm too spoiled by lavish 3D visuals and streamlined control schemes to be able to look past the exceptionally dated nature of these games, classics or not. On an academic level, I can certainly appreciate why so many people love them, but recapturing that magic a decade later just isn't in the cards for me.

Then again, I'm not worried about it; the new game is out in a matter of hours now. Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad

Here's the boat I'm in: excited about playing Fallout 3 (mainly because I loved Oblivion) but woefully ignorant of the entire past series, which I understand some people are rather fond of. If that describes you too, you should really watch this excellent Fallout retrospective that Gametrailers put together.

  


It does a great job of not only showing you all the Fallout games themselves, but also contextualizing the history surrounding their creation. From what I've played of Fallout 3, anyone can jump in without prior experience and get up to speed fairly quickly, but I feel a lot better equipped to appreciate more of the game's subtleties now that I've seen this.

The video also made me realize that there's no way I can go back and get into those two original games now. They're just too far removed from modern game design and especially modern presentation; I'm too spoiled by lavish 3D visuals and streamlined control schemes to be able to look past the exceptionally dated nature of these games, classics or not. On an academic level, I can certainly appreciate why so many people love them, but recapturing that magic a decade later just isn't in the cards for me.

Then again, I'm not worried about it; the new game is out in a matter of hours now.
Posted by Joey2683

Awesome, Fallout. Looking forward to it.

Posted by FallopianTube

OMG i cant wait for Fallout 3 tonight i am going to see Todd Howard and the dev team at Best Buy. IM LOOSIN IT!

Posted by norton123

Great video

Posted by Psynapse

I'm in the same boat as you Brad... Never really played the first 2 games but i am interested in this game. I've avoided all of the hype, not a day 1 for me.. but i'll probably pick it up once i've paid off my chrismas debt that will surely come to a big amount..

Posted by MeatSim

Yea I'm hyped for Fallout 3 just because Oblivion was so awesome and I already watched this, it definitely fills you in on the whole franchise. side note Gamestop just shipped my copy in the mail and I got overnight shipping, so it will be here tomorrow :)

Posted by Alphazero

I got the word that my Pipboy 3000 has shipped from the Vault in Reno. Can't wait.

Posted by DarkHomer

awesome retrospective, cant wait for fallout 3 tommorow.

Posted by pill92

I recently played through the original fallout games and was instantly turned off by the game play.  What made me slug through them was the unique characters,atmosphere and retro style.

Posted by Rotzo

Been looking forward to Fallout 3 for a while - but never played the others.  This was pretty much EXACTLY what I was looking for.  Thanks, GameTrailers & Giant Bomb!  Thumbs up!

Posted by Phoenix87

Picking this one up tomorrow, and very excited

Posted by snide

I've dutifully replayed Fallout: Tactics at least once a year since its release. I know it has none of the story, but it's the tightest of the bunch if you enjoy TBS combat.

Edited by DiGiTaL_SiN

I'm not a big RPG fan, but I think I'll check this one out just because I liked Oblivion too!

Posted by egyptnation

very cool. i didn't even know there was a fallout series until they announced the third one. what, there were two fallouts before this one?!

Posted by RHCPfan24

I can't wait for a review!

Posted by Scooper

I want to get Fallout 3 but I don't know if my comp can run it...

I can run Oblivion smoothly but I dunno how much they've ramped up the graphics for Fallout, someone PM me, thanks.

Posted by John

Man, after im done with my current rpg, I will play Fallout 3 foreva.

Posted by Milkman

"Then again, I'm not worried about it; the new game is out in a matter of hours now"

That got me VERY excited.

Posted by Afroman269

Your not alone Brad.

Posted by ashton

dam fallout looked great for its time!!! cant wait for fallout 3

Posted by Sharpshooter

Very informative. Thanks for the find Brad, kinda makes me want to play Fallout 3 even more now.

Posted by TheHT

<3 gametrailers. giantbomb too.

great stuff.

Posted by Media_Master

Very informative.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

I have played Fallout 1&2 and I have to admit that they are dated, but it seems that his position as a game critic has made Brad unable to play old games. Anydangways, Fallout 3 will be awesome.

Posted by ep_driver

Excellent video and good find by Brad. This really made me wish I had waited an extra week and bought Fallout 3 instead of uying Far Cry 2 last week.

Posted by MKHavoc

That was actually pretty informative.  I never played any of the other Fallout games, but I liked Oblivion.  I might end up getting this. 

Posted by Fade2Gray

This thing was a huge help. I actually went out and bought the Fallout Collection to try and "catch up" with the series but was so utterly frustrated with the dated controls that the entire experience ended up being an exercise in tedium for me. I just had to put the game down and walk away; that wasn't the attitude I wanted to have going into Fallout 3. The sad part is I loved, and still play from time to time, Arcanum, a game that was a heavily inspired contemporary to Fallout 1 & 2.

Posted by bcfish

Thanks Brad for finding that video for us.  I am also one of those people who SOMEHOW missed the Fallout games, which is weird because I love PC RPGs, and likewise will probably never dive into the older games.......probably.  So before I get my copy tomorrow, that was swell to see!  Kudos!

Posted by TomA

Brad you lucky bastard,getting this at 9:30 tommorow.

Posted by joslop500

Really cool retrospective.

Posted by Nomin

Fallout 3 is Oblivion with guns. Nothing more, nothing less. If you loved Oblivion, you will probably like Fallout 3. The roleplaying aspects of the first two games of the series are of a different calibre than what is possible in the upcoming game, however archaic and ancient the now deficient visuals that present them may be. They are definitely not action RPGs, which Fallout 3 purports to be, more in line with the dominant genre of FPS to draw in as much audience as possible. I enjoy the first two games as they are, and feel very fortunate to have played them when my standards of graphics have been tolerant enough to consider it at least secondary to the substantial gameplay and replayability underneath, which was a few months ago, not to mention immense charm and novelty of the subject. It is unfortunate Fallout 3's target audience seems addled enough not to give at least that much modicum of patience with the classics, so taken away with style over substance. I would still prefer their roleplaying mechanics and sensibilites than anything the contemporary RPG titles manage to produce and envision. Fallout 3 in a way is a sad commentary of how, one by one, intellectual properties of the golden era of PC gaming become mere disposable props to attract more hype through misplaced and fabricated call to nostalgia and attention deficit console ambitions and thereby prevaricate its significance to those where the recollection of the games is actually cherished and not part of some feverent quest of the hype addicts. Fallout 3 could just have been as sufficient as an Elder Scrolls 40K game.

Posted by Junpei

Played most of Fallout 2 and really enjoyed it. Been meaning to play the original but haven't had the chance. Either way, picking this up when I wake up in the morning and then it's just shuffling play between this and LBP for the rest of time...

Posted by coaxmetal

Amazing retrospective. I have played the first two, but that was a while ago, and this was informative even for me, especially since I have not played wasteland and such. Though, i have played the first two, I am proud, and perhaps a bit ashamed in a strange way, to say that I do not expect, nor am I looking for a fallout 3 of the same style as the first 2. I am a great fan of Bethesda's games, so I would be really excited even if it were not Fallout. As it is, its just better, having the awesomeness of fallout with the great game play of Bethesda's stuff.

Posted by MilkmanDan

I played Wasteland on my C64.   The sheer atmosphere that the text brought to the game cannot be overstated, and a lot of that was present in Fallout.  I also found it quite difficult, but not impossible.  I have a distinct memory of my party spent much of the last part of the game wounded, dying, or unconscious, only to be brought back from the brink of death over and over.  Good times.  I've played Fallout twice, but I don't remember going much further beyond getting the GECK in Fallout 2.  But I still learned something in this video, while I was aware of Brotherhood of Steel, I did not know there was a further console game created.

Posted by Harts

Very nice, now I am definitely interested to try the fallout 3.

Posted by Red

I love how Giantbomb always seems to be like friends with all the other game sites, who hate everyone else.

Posted by jollywhitegiant

I agree with Brad when he says that the game looks really far removed from modern game design/presentation. That just makes me feel disappointed that I didn't play them when I could have appreciated them.

Posted by Vod_Crack

I have played all of the Fallout games aside from Fallout 3. 1 and 2 are great though yeah, 2 was too hard, it kicked your ass. Tactics was interesting but it didn't keep my attention and I got Fallout Brotherhood of Steel for the Xbox for 50p if that is anything to go by. I played for about 4 hours but it was dull, dreary and not very interesting.

Posted by DJ_Lae

I dunno, Fallout and Fallout 2 are still extremely playable today once you get past the graphics. Hell, they weren't great looking games for their time, even, but it didn't matter.

Posted by HatKing

Neat I guess...I don't have any desire to play the old ones although it is nice to get a little backstory on the game.  I would maybe play them if there were less new games to play and I had more time but as it is I probably won't even make it through Fallout 3 before the next game I want is released...which I believe is going to be Gears 2.

Posted by CheeseFanatic

I recently played through Fallout 1, it wasn't that far removed.

Posted by MrKlorox

Yeah, the older Fallouts are still worth playing, though using one of the widescreen/high resolution patches will help. I think I've had more fun with Far Cry 2 than Fallout 3 in the same amount of time played. If you'd have told me this a year ago, I would have called you a lying blasphemer.

Posted by Vampyre

Thank you for pointing this video out

Edited by Kyle

GUH. I hate when these retrospectives give away the fucking plots of games i haven't played. Now i have to have the game ruined for me, or wait til I finish it to finish watching -__- so dumb . . . The retrospectives work just as well if not better when they don't spoil the story

I mean, sure, you certainly CAN include spoilers, of course it's been long enough, but I just don't see the need.

Posted by EndlessMike

I've actually been replaying the original two fallouts. If you're saying you couldn't go back and play a game that doesn't use modern game convention your crossing out a ton of good games that are still plenty fun to play.