Next in line for our weekly interview is Chris Reed writer for video games at Cheatsheet.com. Previously we have heard from Andy Chalk, Pete Haas, William Usher, and Ryan Winslett. This time, let’s see why Fallout 3 was Chris’ favorite in the series, and why being similar to previous installments isn’t such a bad thing after all.
How long have you been playing the Fallout series?
My first experience with the series was in 2008, when Fallout 3 came out on Xbox 360.
What do you consider as the main attraction of the Fallout series? And which installment is your most favorite?
I’d played open-world games before Fallout 3, but this one struck a chord with me that no other game had. I was mostly attracted to the sense of exploration. You never knew what you’d find in any random house you wandered into. There could be nothing, or there could be a side-quest, or a random story told through emails on computers. I loved it.
My favorite is Fallout 3.
What is your game style when playing the Fallout series?
I’ve been re-playing Fallout: New Vegas lately, and I’ve been loading my points into Speech and Guns. I’ll always try to talk my way out of a situation if I can, but if the bullets start flying, I’m ready.
What platform will you be playing Fallout 4 on?
What do you expect to see in Fallout 4? Which feature are you most excited about?
For as much as the game’s marketing has focused on the new ability to build a house and a settlement, I’m really looking forward to seeing more of the story. They’ve hardly said anything about the game’s plot, so I’m sure it will be full of surprises.
What Mods would you like to see in Fallout 4? What are your favorites so far?
I don’t have a gaming PC, so I haven’t played around with mods in years. That said, I’m definitely curious to try them out, since they announced mods are coming to Xbox One.
This is the first time that the protagonist will have a voice. Some fans slammed it because it allegedly destroys tradition, but some liked it because it enhances the natural feel of the game, what are your views about it?
I love a good story (something lacking in most games, although it’s becoming more common these days). I think a voiceless protagonist seems like a pointless limitation, so I’m looking forward to seeing how giving the protagonist a voice affects the game.
Which character in Fallout 4 do you plan to have a romantic relationship with?
I’m not sure, I haven’t seen much about that part of it.
We’ve heard that the name bank in Fallout 4 will have more than 10,000 names on it. Any idea what to call yourself/your enemies yet?
In the past I’ve named my Fallout characters Stryker, which may not end up on the list of included names since it’s pretty out there. But I’ve been playing more games lately with a female protagonist, so I’ll probably do that this time around. Maybe I’ll go with Violet?
While waiting for Fallout 4, will you be playing Fallout Shelter? Why/why not?
I tried playing Fallout Shelter right when it came out, but I didn’t really understand the point of it, so I stopped after a few days. Instead, I’ve been playing Fallout: New Vegas again, which is a blast.
Fallout has been presented in many game conferences. Some negative critics said it is just similar with previous installments of Fallout 4. Do you agree/disagree with this statement? Why/why not?
It definitely looks similar to previous installments, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. The previous installments are some of my favorite games of all time. That said, I think they’ve added enough new stuff (settlement building, crafting) to keep things feeling fresh. I doubt I’ll get bored with the game.
If you have friends who have never played Fallout before, how will you persuade them to join Fallout 4?
I managed to convince all my gamer friends to play the previous entries and they all loved them. To convince someone to try Fallout 4, I’d tell them about how much freedom the series gives you, and I’d explain how gloriously satisfying it is to use VATS.
There you go from Chris Reed. We are hoping to see your Violet around! Do you have any questions for Chris? Do you agree with what he has to say about Fallout 4? Let us know in the Comments section.