Post Nuclear Living in Fallout 3
- Posted October 10th, 2007 at 14:34 EDT by
- 15 Comments
From the creators of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion comes what may be one of the best post-apocalyptic role-playing games ever - Fallout 3. Due to hit stores next year, Fallout 3 will breathe life back into the once amazing franchise about a post nuclear world where humans must not only fight monstrous creatures but toxic infections and radiation as well.
PSU.com brings you an inside look into the world of Fallout 3 through our interview with Pete Hines. Enjoy!
PSU: Unlike Oblivion where gamers jump into a first time story, Fallout 3 is a game with a storyline that reaches back to two other games. How will the experience be for a gamer that’s never played any previous Fallout game vs. a gamer that’s played them all? Will there be any benefits or disadvantages?
Actually, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls are very similar in that respect. Both have a deep storyline and backstory that runs through the series, but each game sort of stands on its own. Our approach is always that we want you to be able to play and enjoy the game without having played the originals, but if you have played the original there are lots of references to characters, lore, and things that may have taken place in previous games that veterans of the series will recognize. This is true for both The Elder Scrolls and the Fallout series, with Fallout 3.
PSU: Bethesda has been known in the past with games such as Morrowind and Oblivion to feature a nice smooth musical score that highlights the atmosphere of the game. How is Bethesda handling that with Fallout 3?
I would say that our intent is to have Fallout 3’s soundtrack do that again with music that reflects the gameplay and surroundings, while also staying true to the type of music the rest of the series has used. In addition to the original soundtrack, we also have the licensed music we’re using, which features music from the period before the war. So lot’s of 40’s and 50’s music featuring groups like The Ink Spots, who were featured in the first two Fallout games.
PSU: The art direction in Fallout 3 definitely succeeds in capturing the visual spirit of its predecessors. How did Bethesda initially capture these visuals and place them into a next-gen 3D world? Were there any compromises made in terms of what to add or how expansive the world could be? In addition, was there anything Bethesda thinks it did differently than any previous titles in terms of the current world's visual layout?
Obviously we spent a lot of time looking at the games themselves, but also the concept art for those games. We have a lot of the original materials from the first two games so we can look at not only how they looked in the original games, but also what the developers were going for when they came up with the idea. We spent a ton of time churning out a lot of concept art and going through multiple iterations to get the look and feel of things right. That includes all of the iconic elements from the series – the PipBoy, Vault Suit, and so on – to little things like the chairs and computers that appeared in the Vault in the first game.
PSU: Apparently, Fallout 3 will definitely have much fewer NPC's than Oblivion (1,500+ NPC's). Was there any sort of a sacrifice with this approach? If so, does Bethesda feel this sacrifice made the gameplay more revolutionary in terms of its complexity, or much simpler?
Well, logically it makes sense that a game set in the capital province of an empire at the height of its rule (Cyrodiil in Oblivion) is going to be much more populated than a post-nuclear wasteland (Capital Wasteland in Fallout 3). So part of it is just going with what feels right. How many people would there be in this world, where would they be located, what would they be doing? However many NPCs we need to do that right, that’s how many we’ll include. At the ... (continued on next page)
- 10:23am EDT - October 10th, 2007
1st comment yaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy dont really care about this games sooooo and all of u 1st comment haters shut the fcuk up
- 10:54am EDT - October 10th, 2007
Oblivion 5? What kind of a idiot are you really? Mentally retarded does not even come close to something that could describe you.
Do you Mean TES5 or the Elder Scrolls V maybe?
No wonder people dislike gaming journalism more and more, your allhype **** who really have no idea what your even talking about.
- 11:13am EDT - October 10th, 2007
Edit has been made to that
- 11:22am EDT - October 10th, 2007
LOL @ Ralod, freaking hilarious, obviously this guy knows a lot about Bethesda! AHAHAHAHAH, that's too classic from PSU.
- 11:44am EDT - October 10th, 2007
Wow.. Your profile says you're 21 years old. Try to act mature, you're a big boy now.
- 11:48am EDT - October 10th, 2007
1st posters are kinda stupid....sorry? and this game should be pretty cool.
- 12:45pm EDT - October 10th, 2007
wooohooo i got the 7th comment!!!! tegesh, you're retarded
- 1:21pm EDT - October 10th, 2007
best game series ever made in my opinion
- 5:48pm EDT - October 10th, 2007
woooow 9th comment.. and all u 9th comment haters shut the fcuk up
now doesn't that sound just as stupid? lol
- 6:26pm EDT - October 10th, 2007
What's this an FPS? If it is then.....meh.
- 6:37pm EDT - October 10th, 2007
This just reminds me that I want another Oblivion game out but since this game is made by some of the same people i might check it out
- 11:39pm EDT - October 10th, 2007
play Fallout 1 and 2 and you will be as pumped for this game as much as i am
- 3:19am EDT - October 12th, 2007
iv waited so long for all the things that were promised for this year and tey seem to have never come just look at the range of ps3 games in any video rental store its just starting to get pathetic now when you have a console the games people can play sould be decided by choice not by how many the company can make we keep gogin on about how good the games in the future will be but face it our console didnt make it dont relly know why it was a change in the people i suppose im not saying iv totaly given up but i think now im open for differance in the future i think its about time we got somthing new in the gameing world mabye then we willn not have to try and win a war to simply have some fun in our spare time or all our time in some cases sigh i need to be refreshed from all this i dunno i dont think im gonna think about it much more n just wait n see what the world can dish out for every one
- 1:09pm EDT - October 14th, 2007
@ comment 13
I love your use of periods...
- 12:34pm EDT - October 18th, 2007
Hey motzo, do you even know how much "money and time" it takes to make these sweet azz games? (let alone how gramar works?)
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