Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Epic Fall Continues...


I recently wrote about why Fallout should get a TV series, and now that Fallout 4 is out in the wild, I can't be alone in hoping that one day it'll become reality. The game is outstanding. The visual style is far more vibrant and colorful than previous "Fallout" games, and it's a welcome change. Everything feels like it's received an extra layer of polish. The gunplay (outside of VATS) feels more like a modern shooter should. And they've gone out of their way to make sure every item in the game world has some sort of purpose, as opposed to previous games in which a large portion of the items found across the wasteland were little more than filler. Beyond that, the unique and bizarre retro-futuristic world of Fallout is back. It isn't without its bugs, but that's par for the course with a Bethesda game. They range from charming, hilarious little things that are easy to forgive, to game breaking ones that require loading an old save to get out of. As for the funny ones, well let's face it, in this radiated world full of chemicals and crazies, they feel almost intentional. As if to say, if this were really the apocalypse, you should expect to see some strange things. And as for the game breaking ones, hopefully Bethesda fixes them fast.


But Fallout isn't the only thing out this fall worth mentioning. October was a packed month at the box office, and this month we've already seen the release of Bond's latest escapade in "Spectre" (even if I was disappointed by it), and there are more films coming out this month sure to set the box office ablaze (like, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," and Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur"). But December's releases have me more excited. There's "Macbeth," "In the Heart of the Sea," "The Hateful Eight," "The Revenant," and of course, the one everyone's waiting for: "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens." 

If you can't wait for the movie and want to experience the Star Wars universe, "Star Wars Battlefront" is coming out next week (you can already see people streaming it on Twitch, and you can read my impressions of the Beta here). It's just one of many games to keep you busy this fall. That is of course if you haven't already gotten lost playing the most recent titles in the, "Call of Duty," "Halo," "Assassin's Creed," "Tomb Raider" and of course the "Fallout" series. This all comes without mentioning the fact that a lot of bigger films from earlier this year are coming out on VOD and Bluray about this time too. This might just be the most epic fall season of recent memory. Those holiday wishlists pretty much write themselves. For the near future, there will be no shortage of quality entertainment available.

Speaking of which, if you'll excuse me, it's time to get back to "Fallout."