Whoever heard of a 89 and a half minute long game review? Not me, and certainly not a review released three weeks ago whose subject matter is a seven-year-old game. Against my better judgment, I ended up watching this in its entirety. More surprising though than my own poor judgment (that’s not a secret to anyone at this point), is that the review itself, made by a guy in his garage, was really good! Comedy, drama, action, multiple philosophising robots… it’s all here in this tour de force of gaming criticism.
I have strong opinions about Fallout 3. In my opinion, it is a largely overrated, messy game with a few redeeming qualities. As Maya wrote in her post on race in Fallout 3, there’s a lot of wasted potential and loose ends in it. That’s what this review is largely about too, the wasted potential, especially in relation to the original two Fallout games (neither of which I’ve played outside of a brief demo, sadly). It’s not all bad news though – there’s redemption at the end. Perhaps one day I’ll try my hand at a feature-length video review, not of a game but of this very feature-length review? Let me know what you think.
Humanity’s technological advancement has bought about the demise of most of the world’s population. The earth is scorched. All manner of unsavoury creatures roam it – mutants, ghouls, slavers and raiders are all there to greet you when you escape your home and prison, Vault 101. There are reminders of a past where men and women cared for perfectly square lawns, shopped in all-new supermarkets, cheery diners and cheerier housewives. In fact, the game really makes you wonder if the American dream was really any better than nuclear armageddon. On the other hand, considering Fallout 3’s preoccupation with the themes of prejudice, discrimination and slavery, why is it silent on topics of (human) race, (historical) slavery and racism? One has to ask: Is Fallout 3 really as subversive and “out there” as it thinks it is? Continue reading