I said that, not including indie titles, the only new games I’ve bought this year are Portal 2 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. That was actually incorrect; I also bought Bulletstorm. I think that purchase was a bit of a mistake on my part. It cost more than the other two, and provided less entertainment value. In the indie department, there’s Jamestown, Breath of Death VII & Cthulhu Saves the World, Defy Gravity, Terraria, Frozen Synapse, the list goes on.
Does this make me a hipster?
I know it probably seems like I over-emphasized the whole “WHY DON’T THEY KNOW ABOUT GIZMO?!” thing, but that little detail effectively ruined the quest for me. It was an extremely brief little side quest, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It was exciting to do something that would presumably have dire consequences on the world. But that entertainment value shot downward once I realized that I hadn’t actually accomplished anything, except for acquiring stimpacks and XP. The mob boss is dead and his casino is now a ghost house, and yet nobody even realizes it. Even worse, they continue to warn me about “Gizmo and his goonies.”
This wouldn’t bother me so much if everybody hadn’t told me that the #1 strong point of Fallout was its “cohesive setting and believable characters.” If these characters are so believable, why do they let a stranger walk into their houses, shuffle through their dressers and steal their stuff? Why do they willingly trade their caps away for absolutely nothing? And why does nobody realize that the mob boss is dead?!
This only strengthens my suspicion that I happened to find a completely different game that was also developed by Black Isle, published by Interplay and titled Fallout. Or that my copy was transported from some twisted alternate universe where Fallout is just as nonsensical and lacking in verisimilitude as Fallout 3. Either way, it’s quite unfortunate.
Of course I said I would finish this through to the end, and that’s exactly what I plan to do. I didn’t find Deus Ex 1 all that impressive at the start either, but later on I really started to become enamored with it. Maybe the same will happen with Fallout. I don’t know. But from here on out, I have nothing planned. This is when the playthrough truly becomes “blind.”