Posts Tagged ‘fallout’

Fallout Wars

Posted in news, pc rpg classics, Uncategorized  on September 14th, 2009 by: ian

Looks like Bethesda and Interplay are going to be having some fun.  According to this thread at the rpgcodex, Bethesda are suing Interplay over their distribution of Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics via Good Old Games.  Now obviously I don’t know all the details but it does seem just a little bit petty and I’n not really sure how many people would get confused that The Fallout Trilogy and Fallout 3 might not actually be the same game!!!

Anyway, have a look at the thread and let me know what you think – do Bethesda have a valid case or is this another instance of legalism gone mad?

Looks like Bethesda and Interplay are going to be having some fun.  According to this thread at the rpgcodex, Bethesda are suing Interplay over their distribution of Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics via Good Old Games.  Now obviously I don’t know all the details but it does seem just a little bit petty and I’n not really sure how many people would get confused that The Fallout Trilogy and Fallout 3 might not actually be the same game!!!

Anyway, have a look at the thread and let me know what you think – do Bethesda have a valid case or is this another instance of legalism gone mad?

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What book would make the best new rpg?

Posted in pc rpg games  on March 17th, 2009 by: ian

NZGamer has an article up ‘Top 10 books that should be games‘ that really got me thinking.  Unfortunately I haven’t read many of the books (though I think that there may now be a few I’m planning to!) but it really got me thinking about which books I would like to seem turned into games.

Firstly, I have to agree that ‘Guards! Guards!’ would make a great game – the setting would be fantastic for just about any kind of game but it would be incredible for an rpg.  I think though that the two books that I would most like to see made into games are ‘The Lost World’ and ‘The Road’.

The Lost World has a small party of adventurers, a world filled with peril but limited in size, dinosaurs, plenty of adventure and more dinosaurs!  You would be able to choose your character and then head of to discover the lost world.  You would get to explore it, encounter, run from and battle the dinosaurs, discover and communicate with the tribes of humans and near-humans.  Your objective would be to attempt to bring back proof of this last world of the dinosaurs (or would you keep it a secret to preserve it?)

The last game that I remember playing like this was ‘Savage Empire’ from Origin.

savageempire What book would make the best new rpg?

Savage Empire - it has dinosaurs!

This was a great game that had an incredible number of options – how many other games allow you to make your own crude gunpowder and guns?  This had a fun story but the best part of it was the ability to explore the world, manufacture crude technologies to assist you in your quest and the sheer amount that you could discover in it.  And did I mention that there were dinosaurs?

The second game would be based on ‘The Road’.  This book is about the survival of a father and son in a post-apocalyptic world.  Similar in setting to games like Fallout, this setting would  be far darker.  It would be survival based and you would have to scavenge for everything you need.  Weapons would be far rarer, it would certainly not be a game that you could shoot your way through, and a single misstep could mean your death.

What books do you think would make the best possible rpg games?  Are they set in the real world or a fictional world – what  settings would you like to see turned into a game?

NZGamer has an article up ‘Top 10 books that should be games‘ that really got me thinking.  Unfortunately I haven’t read many of the books (though I think that there may now be a few I’m planning to!) but it really got me thinking about which books I would like to seem turned into games.

Firstly, I have to agree that ‘Guards! Guards!’ would make a great game – the setting would be fantastic for just about any kind of game but it would be incredible for an rpg.  I think though that the two books that I would most like to see made into games are ‘The Lost World’ and ‘The Road’.

The Lost World has a small party of adventurers, a world filled with peril but limited in size, dinosaurs, plenty of adventure and more dinosaurs!  You would be able to choose your character and then head of to discover the lost world.  You would get to explore it, encounter, run from and battle the dinosaurs, discover and communicate with the tribes of humans and near-humans.  Your objective would be to attempt to bring back proof of this last world of the dinosaurs (or would you keep it a secret to preserve it?)

The last game that I remember playing like this was ‘Savage Empire’ from Origin.

savageempire What book would make the best new rpg?

Savage Empire - it has dinosaurs!

This was a great game that had an incredible number of options – how many other games allow you to make your own crude gunpowder and guns?  This had a fun story but the best part of it was the ability to explore the world, manufacture crude technologies to assist you in your quest and the sheer amount that you could discover in it.  And did I mention that there were dinosaurs?

The second game would be based on ‘The Road’.  This book is about the survival of a father and son in a post-apocalyptic world.  Similar in setting to games like Fallout, this setting would  be far darker.  It would be survival based and you would have to scavenge for everything you need.  Weapons would be far rarer, it would certainly not be a game that you could shoot your way through, and a single misstep could mean your death.

What books do you think would make the best possible rpg games?  Are they set in the real world or a fictional world – what  settings would you like to see turned into a game?

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So what are the best Western pc rpg games?

Posted in pc rpg games  on March 3rd, 2009 by: ian

This article attempts to answer that eternal question…

Unfortunately I tend to agree with the comments after the article itself – apart from the couple of older games, the best all seem to be the ones that have come out most recently (Oblivion, Fable 2, Fallout 3 and Mass Effect are all mentioned).  Definitely cannot agree with Oblivion – playing it just made me want to wish for Oblivion!  I can’t really comment about Fable 2 or Fallout 3 but, while definitely good, I wouldn’t consider Mass Effect to be in the best 10 computer role-playing games ever created.  And for good measure, I agree with the first poster that World of Warcraft shouldn’t really be included in this – where’s the role-playing?

balduesgate2 So what are the best Western pc rpg games?

Baldurs Gate 2 - the best rpg game ever?

I would certainly agree with Planescape though – easily one of the best pc rpg games ever written.  I would also include Baldurs Gate 2 and Ultima Underworld (even though these days the interface does suffer – it can still stand with the best).  Add The Witcher to the list and I think we are really getting somewhere and for my next game in the list I will have to include Fallout.

This leaves one game left for our new, improved best 10 list, so what would you include to complete this list?

This article attempts to answer that eternal question…

Unfortunately I tend to agree with the comments after the article itself – apart from the couple of older games, the best all seem to be the ones that have come out most recently (Oblivion, Fable 2, Fallout 3 and Mass Effect are all mentioned).  Definitely cannot agree with Oblivion – playing it just made me want to wish for Oblivion!  I can’t really comment about Fable 2 or Fallout 3 but, while definitely good, I wouldn’t consider Mass Effect to be in the best 10 computer role-playing games ever created.  And for good measure, I agree with the first poster that World of Warcraft shouldn’t really be included in this – where’s the role-playing?

balduesgate2 So what are the best Western pc rpg games?

Baldurs Gate 2 - the best rpg game ever?

I would certainly agree with Planescape though – easily one of the best pc rpg games ever written.  I would also include Baldurs Gate 2 and Ultima Underworld (even though these days the interface does suffer – it can still stand with the best).  Add The Witcher to the list and I think we are really getting somewhere and for my next game in the list I will have to include Fallout.

This leaves one game left for our new, improved best 10 list, so what would you include to complete this list?

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