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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:48 am Reply with quoteBack to top

[ Game -> Preview ] - More info on Game: Fallout: New Vegas

PC Gamer UK has put up a podcast to complement their Fallout: New Vegas edition. You can download the podcast here. Unfortunately, the podcast isn't with anyone related to the game. Rather, the hosts interview the PC Gamer writer, Tim Edwards, who previewed Fallout: New Vegas. NMA has posted up some transcriptions of it:

The New Vegas discussion starts right off (at 0:30) and lasts until 15 minutes in. Edwards discusses the weapon mods and survival mode, and is then made to admit he didn't play the older Fallout games (he played Fallout 1 on the plane back from previewing New Vegas), as one of the others notes that this version seems more "in tune" with the first one than Fallout 3.

Edwards: "They seem to play at a lot of that when they do the presentation. They understood what made Fallout 1 such a success. I spoke to Josh [Sawyer] and Chris [Avellone] of Obsidian and they were very heavily involved in Fallout 1 and 2 [this is not true - ed] and both of them brought up that Fallout 2 was actually a little bit off of what they wanted Fallout to be. It was too funny, too silly, too stupid, there's too many pop culture references in it. I'm very well aware it can sound a bit cynical when you say "They were very complementary about Bethesda" because they're giving them an enormous amount of money to make a Fallout game (...) The one thing Chris Avellone said about Fallout 3 is if they had the technology Bethesda did to make a Fallout game, it would have been very very similar to Fallout 3. One thing - in his words - Fallout 3 "friggin' nailed" was exploration."

They discuss Van Buren and how much it carries over into New Vegas, plotwise having the "same framework" and factions. Following is a long discussion of how terrible Games for Windows Live is and how it sucks New Vegas uses it.

They return to discussing New Vegas at 09:45, talking about how the karma system didn't work in Fallout 3 and the reputation system looks much better, and should be the only system.

Edwards: "There are some gambling minigames, I think. Don't quote me on that. (...) What was interesting is that they literally didn't show anything coming from the skyline of Vegas during the demonstration. It's probably the place in the game that hasn't really had any attention or isn't up to the standard that they're willing to show it. Specifically asked I want to do ghoul crooner. And I think Josh said "Everyone always asks for ghoul crooner" in the game, so it's almost certain to happen. (...) I don't think the Vegas in the game isn't going to be near as big as people are expecting. Expect it to be at a similar scale to Washington, rather than a GTA-style city that you're exploring in a Fallout world. (...) It's Vegas of the 50s, so it's a Fallout Vegas, not a Vegas of today. There are specific landmarks in it that are similar to what is available today, one of the highlights of the Vegas skyline is the Stratosphere. (...) There's a building that's very similar to the Stratosphere in [New] Vegas that you can see, but it's more like...it's very tall, but in shape it's actually like the Landmark (...) Their art style is specifically the 50s vision of what the future would look like, is what their art director said, I think. You're looking at making a Vegas of what people in the 50s thought Vegas would look like, rather than Vegas today."

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:02 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I'd like to hear what Avellone and Sawyer would say truthfully about Fallout 3 if their budgets weren't depending on it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:03 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Well, Avellone posted a bit here: http://www.duckandcover.cx/forums/viewtopic.php?t=23763

It still seems pretty censored though.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:07 am Reply with quoteBack to top

They interviewed the guy who wrote the preview?

"They understood what made Fallout 1 such a success." Unfortunately, you don't.

"There are some gambling minigames, I think. Don't quote me on that." JOURNOLIZMZZ!!!!

"Expect it to be at a similar scale to Washington, rather than a GTA-style city that you're exploring in a Fallout world." That's a shame, I thought the guys at Rockstar did a fantastic job. Should take a leaf from their book. There's a reasn it took them 4 years to make that map.

"It's Vegas of the 50s, so it's a Fallout Vegas, not a Vegas of today."

Followed by:

"Their art style is specifically the 50s vision of what the future would look like, is what their art director said, I think. You're looking at making a Vegas of what people in the 50s thought Vegas would look like, rather than Vegas today." Yeah, we got it.

Why does bethesda feel the need to overdo the 50's thing? I'm tired of this whole "it's how they saw the future in the 50's". I got that in the opening title sequance of Fallout 1, can we move on from that now? It's 200 fucking years, do they not have their own cultural identity yet?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:22 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Idk.. i thought fallout 1 and 2 were really fun to explore and stuff.... maybe it was because of the style the depiction of that time period was.. Fallout 3 was pretty but not the same fun to explore. IDK, what made it so fun? If some of the makers of Fallout 1 believe it was not what they wanted, why was it so good? Maybe it was just the writing and all they need to do is improve upon that. The Pop culture references were amusing and was probably what i thought was so fun to explore, "what hidden reference will i find next time" That is probably what influenced the story telling. I enjoyed that style. Fallout 3 does not need to be explained.
Thanks for the news. and plenty of links smile
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