I could spend all day ripping into everything wrong with Bethesda’s Fallout games, and over time I’ll probably be able to air many of my frustrations with them. For now, however, I’d like to take a quick look at one small but glaring issue; one that is both symptomatic of and representative of everything wrong with both of Bethesda’s attempts at making a Fallout game.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock since 2008, this is the Pip-Boy 3000, a wrist-mounted personal computer that displays your stats, inventory, and map, all while the lovable Vault Boy provides handy visualizations.
NOTE: This was originally written in August of 2017, before the publication of Laidlaw’s Epistle 3, which served as a written conclusion to the saga. This has not been edited to reflect this, as I feel its publication has vindicated everything I say in this.
In mid-July of this year, Half-Life writer and former Valve employee Mark Laidlaw gave an interview to arcadeattack.co.uk. The entire interview can be read here, and is well worth the read.
One section, however, was especially interesting:
Do you have any idea whether Half-Life 3 will ever be released and would you be willing to…