Whoops. Rachel left about four minutes of dead air on the tail end of the podcast. In her defense, she edited the show while sick, and her computer crashed and forced her to start over at the halfway point. I figured it was better to let it slide than to wake her up and make her re-encode the whole thing. You understand.
00:00:34: Rise of The Tomb R-HEY EVERYONE FALLOUT 4 IS OUT!
I’d like to temper my commentary on the game a little. Yesterday on Twitter I said:
Woo. Just beat #Fallout4! It's the best bits of New Vegas, with the best bits of Skyrim. My new favorite in… whatever we call this genre.
— Shamus Young (@shamusyoung) November 15, 2015
I think rather than being the “best of both games”, it’s more like we finally got a game that avoids the crippling failures of both. It might sound like I’m splitting hairs, but bear with me. I think this is an important distinction.
Fallout 4 gets pretty schlocky in parts, but it’s not the brain-melting idiocy of Fallout 3. The plot is more engaging than the battle against time-traveling dragons that somehow managed to come off as dull in Skyrim. It’s a little rough around the edges like all Gamebryo games, but it’s not nearly as buggy as New Vegas.
So I shouldn’t have implied this is the best of the bunch. More like it’s the one with the least severe flaws. The whole product seems to be converging on a point of adequacy.
So. Yeah. Don’t run out and buy it because Shamus promised you story better than New Vegas.
00:04:30: Fallout 4 Game Engine tied to framerate.
The video I mentioned:
00:07:44: Rise of the Tomb Raider
Poor Crystal Dynamics. We’ll catch up with them once the game comes out for real.
00:12:50: Fallout 4 again. For basically the rest of the show.
00:32:00: Fallout 4 will probably be the next season of Spoiler Warning.
I know we usually give a game a year, but unless there’s a huge backlash Fallout 4 will happen in just a couple of months.