Why Fallout Will Be The Best “True” Open World Game This Year

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Fallout is nearly here. We’re so excited about the release of this game and in anticipation of it winning a lot of awards, we thought we’d write some of these articles to put our thoughts out there about why we think Fallout will be the best in a certain category. We fully expect this game to be one of the biggest and most ambitious games we have ever seen and a lot of you seem to too. Let’s talk once again about why Fallout 4 will win in another one of these categories.

A lot of you may be looking at the title of this article wondering exactly what I mean when I say a “true” open world game. When I think open world, there are a couple of things that spring to mind. Firstly and perhaps most obviously, there has to be at least an element of “do what you want, go where you want” to them. This encompasses a lot of why Bethesda games are often so good, because they gives you true freedom. When looking at other games in the genre like Grand Theft Auto 5, while it is still a fantastic game, it lacks “true” open world elements like seeing someone wandering around in the wilderness and opening dialogue with them. This is often a quest trigger in a game like Fallout or Skyrim and although the new GTA’s are adding some elements like this, they’re not as organically added as Bethesda’s system.

A better comparison to what Fallout 4 will be like in terms of how open the world will be is the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This game was particularly ambitious with its crafting systems but certain other aspects of the game lacked the finesse that Fallout and Skyrim so often have. You even pick up impromptu quests while out on your travels questing that reward caps and other unique items and I feel this is the superior system.

Ultimately, what it all comes down to is the fact that it is hard to make a first person shooter in an open world setting. If it was easy, we’d see a lot more games adopt this genre but when you think of good games that share this formula only titles like Fallout (and Skyrim, kinda), Far Cry and Borderlands actually do it well.

We’d love to hear about what you’re looking forward to most about Fallout’s huge open world? Let us know your thoughts and feelings down below!

George Seymour
  • Bryan Rumsey

    The title says “Why it will be the best” yet there is nothing defending this opinion. The majority of the article is simply explaining why the author believes that GTA isn’t a true open world game. This article is woefully underdeveloped and is completely lacking in content to support the topic. There are also many grammatical errors. A halfway decent editor wouldn’t have let this get published.


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  • Jack

    I agree with the above poster, Bryan Rumsey. The title is not supported with defined facts and examples.

    As for my opinion about Fallout 4, I find it hard to stay within these “huge RPG open world games”; not claiming the games aren’t worth playing or an amazing title, it’s more of hat they are truly just too huge and don’t hold my attention.

    I’m sure the game will appeal to a large audience and whet their appetite since the last Fallout.

    • Machtkampf

      Ew

      • Jack

        Ew?

    • Bryan Rumsey

      I feel the same way about open world games. I used to play just the main quest line and quit that is usually boring compared to the emergent gameplay found in the open world aspects. It’s this reason that I tend to avoid open worlds altogether now. Just Cause 2 was the last one I played and the core missions utilized so much of what makes the open world genre unique — multiple paths, emergent gameplay, large areas. Most games tend to see the missions and the exploration aspects as two separate beasts and they really should be complementary systems and not exclusionary. Just Cause 2 is a prime example of this. The Elder Scrolls games would be a good example of the opposite. Getting back on topic, Fallout 3 veered closer to the latter resulting in a lackluster set of story missions. I don’t see Fallout 4 rectifying this so I’ll probably pass on it.

  • We can’t know it until it’s released.

  • Dirkster_Dude

    In terms of RPGs Skyrim, Fallout series, and Witcher 3 are my favorites so far. In terms of of other genres I also like Forza Horizon series for racing and Tomb Raider reboot for action/adventure. I hesitate to call it an RPG because it is more about figuring out puzzles and clearing areas than leveling up the RPG elements. I think Fallout 4 and the new Rise of Tomb Raider games will be amazing.

  • Killer

    RIP the witcher 3 (2015-2015)