Our weekly interview continues, and this time, we feature Andy Chalk! Previously, we have heard from Ryan Winslett, William Usher, and Pete Haas about what they think of Fallout 4. This week, we give you Andy, who is a news guy for PC Gamer, previously with The Escapist, and who also does occasional reviews. Find out what he has to say about New Vegas, and the main character having a voice.
How long have you been playing the Fallout series?
More or less since it came out. I can’t remember specifically when I first played it, but it was a long time ago.
What do you consider as the main attraction of the Fallout series? And which installment is your most favorite?
The setting. There’s so much going on, so many interesting characters and places to see and things to do. The whole backstory is incredibly strong. My favourite has to be either Fallout 2, because it was so big and such an improvement over the original (except for that intro bit in the temple, where you basically had to fight a herd of radscorpions with a stick) or Fallout 3, because it was the first time I’d ever been so directly immersed into the universe. New Vegas actually didn’t really click with me, because it felt too themed – it felt to me like a post-apoc parody, wrapped in a Las Vegas/Wild West parody. It was just too silly.
What is your game style when playing the Fallout series?
Conversational, with a good bit of stealth. Reduced physical attributes in favour of high perception and luck. I played all of Fallout 3 and New Vegas in a very classy suit and tie.
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?
More of the same, to be honest. Bethesda is keeping such a tight lid on the story, and the story is probably going to be largely irrelevant anyway. The focus seems to be on the open world, which sounds almost MMO-like, what with all the base-building and crafting. I actually worry a bit that Fallout 4 will interest me even less than New Vegas, because so far it looks to be all about refined mechanics rather than an interesting story or setting.
What Mods would you like to see in Fallout 4? What are your favorites so far?
Don’t know. I tend not to use a lot of mods, unless it’s to correct something that’s obviously broken or out of whack.
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’m not a huge fan of the idea, but I’m happy to give it a chance. I don’t mind voiced protagonists in games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but that’s a game about a specific guy in a specific situation. On Fallout 4, I’m more inclined to think that, since it’s an open world game and thus about “me,” hearing someone else’s voice will take away from it a bit. But we’ll see.
Which character in Fallout 4 will you have a romantic relationship with, if you can?
Do we even know which characters will be available at this point?
While waiting for Fallout 4, will you be playing Fallout Shelter? Why/why not?
No, not really a mobile gamer. When I do play mobile stuff, I prefer to stick to things that are more experimental or unique, like Monument Valley or Kiwanuka.
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?
I think it looks very similar, and I think Bethesda is at risk of recycling things a little too much. Same thing has happened with The Elder Scrolls games. I hope Fallout doesn’t fall into that trap, but Bethesda’s reticence about sharing any details makes me wonder.
If you have friends who have never played Fallout before, how will you persuade them to join Fallout 4?
I suppose I would tell them that it’s a brilliantly engaging game set in one of the deepest and most interesting game worlds ever created – but only after I actually confirm that for myself, of course. Thank you.
Thank you, Andy. We hope to see you in your classy suit and tie battling Super Mutants in apocalyptic Boston soon! Do you have any questions for Andy? Do you agree with what he has to say about Fallout 4? Let us know in the Comments section.