We have had the privilege of featuring journalists who are abreast of everything Fallout in this blog. Our roster now includes Mason Gordon-Levitt, Scott Tailford, Silviu Ploisteanu, Chris Reed, Andy Chalk, Pete Haas, William Usher, and Ryan Winslett.
This week, we feature Alexx Aplin, gaming news and game review journalist for Modvive.com. You can also read some of his works at other places as he also does freelance work when he can as a writer. Alex says he “loves video games, and have been working to build a career in the field for quite some time now.” Find out what Alexx thinks about Bethesda’s approach to homosexual relationships in the game and what made Fallout 3 special to him.
How long have you been playing the Fallout series?
My first Fallout game was Fallout 3, though I have finished it AND New Vegas multiple times. I hope to eventually go back and play the first two (as well as Fallout Tactics) sometime soon. To answer the original question though, I started probably in 2008 when Fallout 3 released, so about 7 years now.
What do you consider as the main attraction of the Fallout series? And which installment is your most favorite?
I would say that the main attraction of the Fallout series, is the ability to create a unique sort of hero or antihero (or even villain) all by the player’s own choice. In the wasteland, they can be who they wish to be, and can adventure out in a post apocalyptic scenario. Aside from the freedom that Fallout gives players, I’d say another attraction is the cast of characters and unique NPC’s that the player runs into. As for my favorite installment, I would say it would have to be Fallout 3, as it was my first foray into the wasteland and thus it will always have a special nostalgic element for me.
What is your game style when playing the Fallout series?
My gameplay style is usually playing as a good guy, and while I do love huge explosions and guns, I find that stealth and melee draw me in (as well as small guns.) I am also an absolute hoarder, so I always want to loot EVERYTHING I can get my hands on.
What platform will you be playing Fallout 4 on?
Honestly? I haven’t decided yet. I’m not certain that my gaming laptop (which is my primary PC) can handle it, but that would definitely be my preferred platform. Playstation 4 would be my second choice.
What do you expect to see in Fallout 4? Which feature are you most excited about?
I am really hoping for an expansive experience, something that is just as good (if not better) than Fallout 3 was. I love the building aspect that has been announced, and can’t wait to build my own base/structure that I can work from. I also really love the weapon creation and customization, as I love the idea of making all sorts of awesome crazy weapons.
What Mods would you like to see in Fallout 4? What are your favorites so far?
Well, I haven’t really looked into mods much, as I try not to mod too much until I have enjoyed a game to its fullest; however, I think the mod that I would want the most would be an inventory mod that either allows for a large weight limit or maybe an unlimited amount of space. I am a HUGE hoarder and thus it would be one of those things that would make my experience much less frustrating.
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?
Honestly, I feel like modern games need voice acting and voiced protagonists. Aside from a few franchises I feel that a properly voiced protagonist is necessary in this day and age. I am excited for the voice acting and that they are expanding the immersion of Fallout 4 to include an actual vocal protagonist that the player can mold into their own character.
Which character in Fallout 4 will you have a romantic relationship with, if you can?
I’ll be honest. I’m a gay man, so I would truly LOVE to see a homosexual romance option in Fallout 4. It is 2015 and I think it is time Bethesda and other developers take a page from Bioware’s book and incorporate other sexualities into the tapestry of their games. I haven’t looked into the romance options yet, but that’s currently my main hope for Fallout 4.
We’ve heard that the name bank in Fallout 4 will have more than 10,000 names on it. If you were to come up with a name to call yourself/your enemies, what would it be?
Well, I’ll probably use Alex as the name for my first playthrough (as far as the name bank goes) but I’ll likely wind up playing a male and a female character eventually, so the names could be endless. I’d love to name my enemies too, but I’d likely give them supervillain names just as a gag.
While waiting for Fallout 4, will you be playing Fallout Shelter? Why/why not?
I haven’t played Fallout Shelter yet, but after hearing so many good things about it I really want to. The idea of a vault management simulator like Fallout Shelter seems really interesting to me, and offers a different perspective on Vault life. I’m definitely going to give Fallout Shelter a shot at some point.
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?
Honestly, I don’t think it is too similar to previous installments. I feel like it needs to be similar to some degree in order to be considered a Fallout game; but I also feel like there is enough new information (like a glimpse into life before the wasteland) that Fallout 4 will stand out in a big way.
If you have friends who have never played Fallout before, how will you persuade them to join Fallout 4?
I think I’ll go the route of explaining to them that Fallout is a great mix of an FPS and an RPG, with elements that make other franchises like The Elder Scrolls so amazing. That and it will appeal to fans of other games with voiced protagonists, as they may have overlooked the Fallout series before because of the silent protagonist element. But honestly Mech suits? Who doesn’t want to ride in a mech suit! That’s a selling point in itself!
Thank you, Alexx! We hope you can help us with our loot problems in the future as you seem to be the right person to go to in the Wasteland.
There you have it from Alexx. Do you have any questions for Alexx? Do you agree with what he has to say about Fallout 4? Let us know in the Comments section.