Fallout is a series of many things; a deconstruction of classic science fiction, a direct homage to said classic science fiction, a now long running franchise that’s practically 2 decades old and so much more. Above all, it’s a beloved series with an amazing and devoted fanbase. Sure, there is much division over older and newer generations of games (which I myself will admit to taking part in); but we’ve had more than enough proof that fans have kept the spirit of Fallout alive. Archive sites like the Nexus contain thousands upon thousands of mods, adding new features to the game or rewriting it in its entirety. You may wonder what this has to do with Fallout 4? While others have focused on traversing the world of the wastelands and following a story, this one allows you to customize the weird wastes ahead. So, why do I praise it as a great game, but comdemn it as a poor Fallout title? More ahead. (Warning: Spoilers)
Rarely does a title grab me; in part because of the old saying. But then I find about a book like Fistful of Nothing… Now that’s an attention grabber! Now, I’m not saying this because it reminds me of Sergio Leone, but it fills you with images of Film Noir action from the start. And this retro science fiction dystopia doesn’t skip on many sights, many frights, and faded Hollywood lights. Let’s dig deep into the Hollywoodholes in Fistful of Nothing!
While the rumors about Fallout 4 have persisted for a couple years now, I recently went back to the most recent entry in the Fallout series! Thanks to youtubers like ShoddyCast and their “Fallout Lore” series, I’ve been more than excited for getting back to the wastelands! While I could easily write endless pages about the entire series, I want to focus New Vegas since I replayed it very recently. Let’s ride into the sunset with Fallout New Vegas!
Admittedly, this wasn’t a favorite review of mine, despite BioShock being one of my all time favorite video games! But, you might think differently… Enjoy.
“A man chooses! A slave obeys! A man chooses… A SLAVE OBEYS! OBEY!!!”
Bioshock is a 2007 retro-science fiction themed Action-Horror game. The setting is an undersea paradise that was not meant to be, named “Rapture.” The root of Rapture is the Objective philosophy ruling in full force and eventually caving in on itself. The story of the city of Rapture is rife with tragedy and corruption. Today we venture beyond the sea with Bioshock! (Spoilers ahead!)
This is the sequel we’ve been waiting for! Our boy, Blazko is back! And in this installment, weird and wild Nazi super-science creates even more strange adversaries to plaster with lead! Now, this wouldn’t be complete without an alternate timeline and everything! But, The New Order takes it a step further. The Year is 1960, we lost WWII, and the Nazis rule over the world! Despite Captain Blazkowics’ failure to stop Deathshead all those years ago, he’s back to set things right! More after the jump…
I won’t deny it, the BioShock games have been among my favorite games ever created! I’m a super fan on many levels! So many factors have lead to the appeal for me; dystopian settings, failed utopias, political/social intrigue, fascinating settings, beautiful set design, wonder art aesthetics, and of course retro-futuristic punk settings! But, there’s a lot more to the series to that! A mix of wonderful moments and pitfalls as well. So, let’s go somewhere beyond the sea and into the sky with the BioShock series!
WARNING: This review contains massive spoilers. You have been warned.
For those who’ve kept up with the BioShock universe, every installment is a vicious cycle of character torment. And now, the series comes full circle! The last chapter in the wibbly-wobbly series of BioShock is finished. The gaps have (for the most part) been filled and the two settings have truly united. And now, we’re making our final stops to Columbia and Rapture. The party may be over, but let’s take one final journey below the sea! This time, we navigate Rapture as Elizabeth during the prologue of the Rapture Civil War.