Why Fallout Isn't Fallout - 20th Anniversary Analysis | Interplay vs. Bethesda's Fallout

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An extensive retrospective analysis of 20 years of Fallout from a dedicated fan since the very first game. From the humble beginnings of Interplay's Fallout, to the Black Isle Studio masterpiece Fallout 2, the spinoffs and failures in-between (Fallout Tactics, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and the 'Van Buren' project), its long-awaited Bethesda-developed reboot: Fallout 3, the revered sidestep Fallout: New Vegas by Obsidian Entertainment, and finally to the latest entry Fallout 4 and what the future may hold for the Fallout franchise.

Join me on this adventure to find out where the series got it right, where it missteped, and why I believe that despite technological improvements and innovations over the years, the series has taken a turn for the worse both in atmosphere and setting, and its focus on simplification over player choice, agency and freedom.

And hopefully you'll agree with me on my treatise that Fallout isn't Fallout.

1:36 - The Inspirations of Fallout (Wizardry, Ultima, Wasteland)
2:41 - A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (Fallout)
7:52 - If It Ain't Broke (Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout: The Brotherhood of Steel, Van Buren)
12:08 - Fallout, Mutated (Fallout 3)
18:52 - A Second Chance (Fallout: New Vegas)
23:52 - The Radioactive Decay of a Franchise (Fallout 4)
28:59 - The Future of Fallout

Check out the promising fan remake of Van Buren here:

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MUSIC CREDITS

Fallout & Fallout 2 Soundtrack by Mark Morgan ()
'Earthy Crust Sting' by Jingle Punks
'Mind Scrape' by Kevin MacLeod
'Drizzle to Downpour' by Silent Partner
'Dhaka' by Kevin MacLeod
'Beginning' by Audionautix
'Invariance' by Kevin MacLeod
'Lithium' by Kevin MacLeod
'A Wonderful Guy' by Tex Beneke
'Aftermath - Madness Paranoia' by Kevin MacLeod
'Flying Free' by Jingle Punks
'1940's Slow Dance' by Doug Maxwell / Media Right Productions
'Fallout 4 Main Theme' by Inon Zur
'Darkness is Coming' by Kevin MacLeod
'Alien Sunset' by Audionautix
'Slowly Increasing 0R_37mi' by Setuniman
'Hang Ups (Want You)' by Otis McDonald

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SOURCES

GURPS wiki:
:_A_GURPS_Post-Nuclear_Adventure
GURPS preview:

Tim Cain at GDC 2012:

Tim Cain interview:

Chris Avellone interview:

Todd Howard interview (Ultima quote):

Fallout 4 Todd Howard interview:

Fallout 4 gunplay interview with Todd Howard


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ARTWORK CREDITS

‘X 01 Advanced Power Armor’ by Rafał Badan

‘Cold Encounters’ by Cryinghorn

‘Enclave soldiers’, ‘New Washington ’, and ‘In the vicinity of Lucky 38’ by TakeOFFFly



‘A day to build a life on’ and ‘City Ruins’ by Natiq Aghayev



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FOOTAGE CREDITS

Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel gameplay from TomGamer:


Some Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4 gameplay from MrBlockzGaming:


Van Buren gameplay from CuteFloor:


Fallout 1 death animations from march12314:


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