So at this E3, Bethesda unveiled a project of theirs called the Creation Club, which allows – essentially – modders that they’ve approved of to create content for Skyrim and Fallout 4. Because of that, the Internet lost its mind. “Paid mods!” they yelled and proceeded to screech at Bethesda for no reason other than the fact that these two words connected in their heads.
Bethesda, we need to talk. I remember having a lot of fun in Oblivion mixing and matching my armour pieces, and only recently did I find out that this was actually a downgrade from Morrowind. Morrowind’s equipment system was big, with clothing going under your armour and robes going over your armour. Skyrim’s? A bit disappointing, to be honest. Your pants and top were fused together, denying your inner fashionista the chance to express itself. True, there were mods you could use, but still, it would be excellent if the base game would allow me to dress myself instead of mothering me with attire restrictions, but I digress. I don’t know how effective the Fallout 4 equipment system would work in an Elder Scrolls game, but ideally, it would make yours truly, and many, many other fans of the Elder Scrolls happy if the the vanilla armour were broken up into more than 4 pieces.
Combat in the Elder Scrolls always felt strange to me. It lacked ‘oomph’, it was floaty, and the magic was mostly a matter of hoarding Magicka potions to fuel an assortment of rather unimpressive spells that you would spam all day long. Melee combat is mostly an endless repetition of clicks with no strategy and using the bow or crossbow requires you nail that sneak attack, or else get ready to kite an enemy from one end of the map to the other. Having damage-soaking bad guys on top of all that only aggravates the issue, relegating the job of making the game truly fun to modders.
To say that I’ve been disappointed in Fallout 4 is a bit of an understatement (At least it wasn’t anything like Dragon Age: Inquisition) but I’ve seemed to have fallen into a rather cynical pattern of negativity where I just bash a game for not living up to my standards. While I still hold such criticism to be valid, I wanted to try to approach the situation, Gopher style, and see what I like about a game rather than what displeased me. Here’s a short list of things about Fallout 4 that genuinely made me smile.
Bethesda has made a name for itself with its vast open-world games set in the Elder Scrolls and Fallout universes. The company has had worldwide success, but as of late, especially with the release of Fallout 4, there is an alarming decline in the quality of the gaming experience, particularly when it comes to role-playing, that has me legitimately worried about the future of both franchises.
The following points will look at games from both the Elder Scrolls and Fallout franchises, from Oblivion to Fallout 4.
I’ve tried to find something significant to praise with Fallout 4, but the only things I could really appreciate were a few improvements on certain mechanics like the quick loot or the armour system. The roleplaying aspect of Fallout 4 remains woefully underwhelming. By that I mean that it lacks choice or complexity.
Ah, Doom. Like a lot of people, I’ve been a fan of this franchise since I was a kid. Unlike most people, however, I loved the third instalment. It certainly was a departure from what it’s prequels were known for, but I thought it was a captivating game. In fact, for the longest time, Doom 3 was my favourite game ever. I played it, replayed it, added mods and re-replayed it again. I suppose I never quite got the criticism until I returned to the original Doom (via the great Brutal Doom mod) later in life, and the differences between Doom 3 and its predecessors became more apparent. I still loved the game, regardless. With the latest Doom, we’re seeing what can happen when a modern game decides to go back to basics.