Fallout 4 goes Skyrim with infinite re-releases

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  1. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Carbon Dated and Proud

    Nov 26, 2007
    Myself, I prefer isolated deep dives to a shallow ocean. I prefer the worlds to be sectioned apart to where the local events of the campaign actually transpire. In The Witcher, the game did not force the player to slog through scores of miles of unrelated (and presumably uneventful) travel to get to Vizima from Kaer Morhen; it simply indicated the travel, and picked up during the hellhound ambush. Straight and to the point—as is best IMO.

    *Now I would have welcomed a random element that [potentially] generated a few encounters along the route, but to impose a realtime march through miles of terrain that would be either empty, or far too inhabited... no thanks.
     
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  2. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign ⛧卐⛧ Staff Member Moderator [REDACTED]

    Apr 1, 2005
    He is right. One bad game meaning 76. Fallout 4 is not a bad game. It is a shit Fallout RPG.
     
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  3. Mirin Lurker

    Mirin Lurker First time out of the vault

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    Oct 25, 2022
    I think you need to play another videogame. Its really not that advanced or unique once you actually figure out how it works.
     
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  4. NotZak

    NotZak First time out of the vault

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    I almost respect this guy for the dedication
     
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  5. NotZak

    NotZak First time out of the vault

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    There's a difference between a good game and a fun game, this is coming from someone that had Fallout 4 as their introduction into the series (played for 2 hours and got bored because of Bethesda's design philosophy to overwhelm the player with quests at the start of the game)
     
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  6. NotZak

    NotZak First time out of the vault

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    Stalker
     
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  7. NotZak

    NotZak First time out of the vault

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    Jan 22, 2022
    This troll is actually working now by comparing Bethesda games to some of the most influential PC games of our time and going so far to call them and immersive sims. Bravo, Zentropy, you've got me.
     
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  8. Norzan

    Norzan Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Apr 7, 2017
    Yup, you are just trolling. The earliest example of a copycat was Ubisoft with Far Cry 3 which got constantly called as "Skyrim with Guns". Basically it's just sandboxes where you go around doing menial, shitty tasks in an empty world devoid of any depth just to fill up an exp bar. That's what happened with Bethesda since Oblivion.

    The last game they made that had any effort put into it was Morrowind and that already was showing cracks and Bethesda's willingness to remove features and cheapen their product to make games for the lowest common denominator.

    If you remove Fallout from it, it's still a genuine shit game. As soon you are basically forced to interact with its writing (which you have to in order to advance anything in the game), the entire game becomes a catastrophe.
     
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  9. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Carbon Dated and Proud

    Nov 26, 2007
    This —as stated— has never been a deal breaker for me; in fact it's usually the point of cRPGs in general... outside of combat.
     
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  10. Norzan

    Norzan Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Apr 7, 2017
    Hence my point because Fallout 4's writing is abysmal. If it was great, i would be excited to actually interact with it because good writing greatly enhances any piece of media. But when it's really bad like in Fallout 4, it just makes me not want to play because i start asking what's my motivation to even continue which is the worst thing a RPG can do.
     
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  11. JoacoN

    JoacoN First time out of the vault

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    Oct 27, 2022
    Ah I wasnt refering to Fallout only, I personally think that Oblivion is a pretty bad game, but I think its more of a me opinion
     
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  12. JoacoN

    JoacoN First time out of the vault

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    Oct 27, 2022
    I only like Daggerfall and Fallout 3 from Bethesda.
    I still havent played Morrowind and Skyrim cause I dont have the same time I had during the pandemic, and Fallout 4 is a pretty good open world game, but Ive never got grabbed by the quests or characters at all.
    Fallout 76 makes me wanna die, I tried to play it 3 different times and its impossible for me to enjoy it at all, even with a friend
     
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  13. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Carbon Dated and Proud

    Nov 26, 2007
    I've never installed the game; never played it.
     
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  14. Zentropy

    Zentropy First time out of the vault

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    Oct 30, 2022
    While I don't enjoy Witcher at all, I can at least respect CD Projekt. I don't enjoy cinematic games, and Witcher is highly Cinematic, while Bethesda games are the opposite of that.

    We all have different opinions, so at a certain point one has to just appreciate novelty in something that other people enjoy. Also, Metacritic scores help to get a non-biased view of the quality of a game at the time of it's release.

    A good example is Oblivion; by modern standards, Oblivion is dated, but when it came out, it was revolutionary. People forget that Skyrim is a 11 year old game, of course it's dated in some aspects, but when it came out, it was revolutionary.

    Fallout 4, in my opinion, was a massive step forward in terms of gameplay, world building, graphics and aesthetic, but the dialogue is the worst in the series. Now we can criticize Bethesda for this, but the fact is they have acknowledged the issues with the voiced protagonist and have confirmed that they will axe the voiced protagonist in all future projects. So now that Bethesda has learned from the misstep, it's just beating a dead horse to keep bringing up the dialogue.

    It's also worth noting that Fallout 4 is only Bethesda's second attempt at including RPG-esque dialogue trees and checks in one of their games, the first being Fallout 3, so while it was a step backwards from Fallout 3, it wasn't a bad second attempt.
     
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  15. Zentropy

    Zentropy First time out of the vault

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    Morrowind is amazing, I'm playing through it right now, but I would recommend playing Skyrim first.
    The crazy thing about Skyrim is that it's 10 years old and even the people that criticize it have often played 500+ hours. It's incredibly immersive, it draws you in, and let's you truthfully live in it's world. And since Bethesda supports their games and has re-released it in 4k with modern graphics, you won't even realize that it's a decade old.

    Just try it out, forget everything you've heard about it, don't download any mods... just play that game. You'll understand what I mean when I say it isn't and RPG, because it isn't at all. It's an immersive sim, and always has benn.
     
  16. Zentropy

    Zentropy First time out of the vault

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    Oct 30, 2022
    You're right in that Fallout 4 has poor writing, they took a big step back in that regard. However, it has amazingly fun gameplay, physics, the best power armor in the series bar none, and my favorite world in the series, besides maybe Fallout 1.
     
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  17. Zentropy

    Zentropy First time out of the vault

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    Oct 30, 2022
    Far Cry 3 has persistent cells, every AI following schedules, eating sleeping, all with unique names and their own place in the world? Does it also have zero cutscenes, numerous factions created for side quests only, and cities and towns with guards and a crime and punishment system that includes fines and jail?

    This is what makes Bethesda games immersive sims; they had to get rid of the crime system for Fallout due to lack of infrastructure, but yeah.

    And while, if you look at Metacritic and other non-biased opinions, Bethesda's games are considered some of the greatest of all time, when I compared their games to Deus Ex, Thief, System Shock, etc, I was pointing out what their GENRE was, not comparing quality.

    Bethesda doesn't make RPGs, never has. THis is probably the biggest reason that fans of the original Fallout games dislike Bethesda, because Fallout was one of the greatest WRPGs of all time, and now it isn't even an RPG. And that's a shame. I wish that RPG Fallout games were still made.

    You almost have to just forget that Bethesda's games are called "Fallout". Just judge them by their own merits, as IM-Sims.

    Bethesda is the only developer making immersive sims at the moment, and if you guys have never gotten into those types of games, I highly recommend it.
     
  18. Norzan

    Norzan Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Apr 7, 2017
    It was just a worse Morrowind.

    It's functional but completely destroyed by its really low amount of weapons and really bad encounter design.

    This is something that people like to bring up about Bethesda games, but then forget the amount of times you have to sit around doing nothing while a person monologues at you, the high amount of dialogue lines and so on.

    Bethesda games do try too hard to be cinematic but completely fail. Those long, drawn-out intros confirm this.
     
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  19. Zentropy

    Zentropy First time out of the vault

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    Dude I've played 100+ hours of Morrowind in the last 2 months alone, and probably 30 hours of Oblivion in the same amount of time; Morrowind and Oblivion are nothing alike. While I actually prefer Morrowind to Oblivion, Oblivion is where Bethesda became totally distinct from every other studio, with their living worlds, NPC Schedules, jails, etc. Oblivion was a massive milestone for Bethesda, and it added tons of stuff to their engine and design philosophy and lore that still remain vital to this day. Oblivion is too important to call it a "worse Morrowind"

    The development of Oblivion added so much to Bethesda's engine, and while I understand that you don't appreciate this, it should be acknowledged.

    And another thing, is that while you are right that there aren't many weapons, and there aren't many random encounters either, Fallout 4 made a massive leap forward in terms of combat. Game development works like this: developers try out new ideas, release a title, and they keep the stuff that works, and axe the stuff that doesn't. At least that's what good developers do, and over the years, I think Bethesda has proven that they nearly always keep the great majority of the positive developments they make, while nixing most of the bullshit.

    Finally, most people want games to have cinematic voiced dialogue on the part of NPCs, the "first person cut scenes" you're referring to, because they are important for exposition and world building. The issue I have with standard cut scenes isn't the the exposition, but rather the fact that they take away control from the player.

    I don't want to pull it up, but I believe there is an interview where Todd Howard and another developer are discussing cinematics, and he points out that "If something cool happens, why would we do that in a cut scene? If something cool happens, we need to give the player the opportunity to do that". Furthermore, cinematic cut scenes often involve dialogue choices, exposition on the part of the player character, travel, etc.

    All of those features control away from a player and it is a core Bethesda design philosophy to never do that, and *that* is what people appreciate about the way Bethesda handles their stories and exposition. Does that make sense?
     
  20. Verevoof

    Verevoof Cryptid oTO Orderite Board Cop oTO [REDACTED]

    Jul 12, 2009
    I've never played Fallout 4 or even seen a video of it. How did it make a "massive leap forward in terms of combat"? I genuinely know nothing of the game, but am curious.