Our series of weekly interview continues. Previously, we had Ryan Winslett and William Usher. This week, we bring you Pete Haas, Editor for the Games section at CinemaBlend.com. Find out what he has to say to critics who say that Fallout 4 is just too similar with previous installments.
How long have you been playing the Fallout series?
I received Fallout 2 as a gift right after its launch in 1998. Interplay included a free copy of the first game in the box – almost as an afterthought – so that turned out to be one of the best video game gifts ever.
What do you consider as the main attraction of the Fallout series? And which installment is your most favorite?
What really drew me to Fallout was the huge amount of player freedom. You’re not just choosing your character class and hair color. I mean, this is a series that lets you save a village from raiders or eat them. There really aren’t a lot of games with that much variation from one play-through to another.
Fallout: New Vegas is my favorite game of the series, so far. It felt more like Fallout 3 than Fallout 3 did because of its connections to the first two games and how detailed the endings were.
What is your game style when playing the Fallout series?
I prefer to be a stealthy sniper. I sometimes get bored with combat, so I like having the option of skipping fights or ending them before they start with a quick headshot.
What platform will you be playing Fallout 4 on?
I’ll probably flip a coin on this one. Seems like the different versions are going to be pretty close in features if PS4 and Xbox One are getting mods as well.
What do you expect to see in Fallout 4? Which feature are you most excited about?
The base-building aspect of the game could be really interesting. I enjoyed building and defending a home in Skyrim’s Hearthfire expansion and that was much simpler than what Bethesda seems to be planning for Fallout 4.
I’m also hoping that the combat gets a makeover. I felt like the combat in Fallout 3 and New Vegas relied on the VATS system too much. I never wanted to fight in real-time because queuing up attacks in VATS was so much more effective. I’m not sure how to fix that situation but I hope Bethesda figures it out.
What Mods would you like to see in Fallout 4? What are your favorites so far?
I’d love to see mods that give us new locations to visit. There are so many places in the world of Fallout we haven’t seen yet so I’d love to see the modding community build them. That excites me more than a mod that turns your character into Mega Man or whatever.
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 think it’s an overdue change. When the rest of the cast is fully voiced, it’s distracting to me for the hero to be completely mute. I want my character to feel like he’s part of that world.
Which character in Fallout 4 will you have a romantic relationship with, if you can?
When I’m picking a video game love interest, I go with whoever’s the most useful traveling companion. I’ll be on the lookout for a lady with a minigun.
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?
My preferred RPG character name these days is “Jerkface.”
While waiting for Fallout 4, will you be playing Fallout Shelter? Why/why not?
I’ve been playing Fallout Shelter but I’m not sure why. It’s pretty dull, to be honest. You watch green bars fill up so you can get more caps so you can build new facilities that help you fill up green bars faster. I’m still playing though. I guess I’m just hoping there’s going to be some kind of Fallout 4 bonus for playing it.
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?
After such a long wait for Fallout 4, people are bound to have high expectations. They want to see a big leap forward for the new generation of consoles. The thing with Fallout 4 is that it doesn’t have flashy features like a new graphics engine or multiplayer that could instantly convince people this is a whole new era for the series. The changes seem to be more subtle. My advice to Bethesda would be to just keep sharing information and footage from the game. It takes more than just a trailer to really show people what’s special about, say, the building or crafting systems.
If you have friends who have never played Fallout before, how will you persuade them to join Fallout 4?
I’d probably show them that gameplay footage of the player climbing into the Power Armor to fight bandits and a Death Claw. If that doesn’t convince someone to give the game a shot, nothing will.
There you have it from Pete Haas. If you happen to meet “Jerkface” in the Fallout wastelands, make sure to come up and say Hello. Do you have any questions for Pete? Do you agree with what he has to say about Fallout 4? Let us know in the Comments section.