I haven't noticed any topics come up on this but I've been worried since the E3 footage if this game's going in the wrong direction. I started the series with Fallout 3 but went back and played Fallout 1 & 2 and really came to respect them for what they were, tightly paced, immersive RPGS with a robust amount of options to play around with.
Over the years, I've really turned on Fallout 3, despite it being my introduction to the series. The writing was a far cry from the older titles, and that writing wasn't exactly landmark for the time either. I can hardly remember the ending to FO3, and the vast open wasteland that everyone loved exploring...it occurs to me that I don't recall any of the quests outside of that one with Harold. The balance in the game was all over the place, and of course the base difficulty of the game made every choice almost pointless as the game was going to let you have your way no matter what.
Despite all that, I know what Bethesda does best, and it's engaging the player in an expertly crafted world and allowing them to craft their own stories. I liked Skyrim despite how much of the RPG formula it was missing for this exact reason. I have high hopes that they can deliver on this front.
The thing that makes me the most nervous? The marketing campaign. After E3, they've shown basically nothing about the game, its locations, its plot, interesting characters, combat, monsters, obligatory celebrity voice actors, etc. A short demo of the perk system was all we got, and a bunch of fluffy live action/60s commercial videos. And while this campaign is effective at generating interest, it also does nothing to hype me on the game, and fills my head with more and more concerns.
Obviously, I'm passionate about this series, and my chances of buying this game despite my reservations is high. Is anyone else feeling this way? Or are you all in, preordered and ready to go, assured that your mind is going to be blown?
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