We’ve promised to bring you the latest news and the most opinionated pieces on Fallout 4. And how best to do that than by hearing it straight from the journalists themselves. Starting our series of weekly interviews is Ryan Winslett, contributing writer for Gamingblend.com. Not only does Ryan write about games and a bunch of other freelance stuff all over the internet, he also covers schools and sports for a local paper in his native Fountain Hills, Arizona. Find out what Ryan thinks about finding virtual love in the dark world and what made him think twice about Fallout Shelter.
How long have you been playing the Fallout series?
I came into Fallout a bit late, actually. I was just starting to branch out from more core genres when a friend recommended the original Fallout back in college. Simply put, growing up on console platformers, sports games and racers, my tastes weren’t yet ready for that type of game. I desperately need to go back and replay Fallout and Fallout 2 now that I “know better.” Fallout 3 was the game that made me return to the series and totally won me over.
What do you consider as the main attraction of the Fallout series? And which installment is your most favorite?
I think Fallout: New Vegas refined a number of things from Fallout 3 and it’s probably the better game, but Fallout 3 holds a special place in my heart. I think the main draw is how well realized the world of Fallout is. From the distinct factions and enemies to the history of the Fallout universe, key locations and that sort of thing; it’s a very believable, consistent world.
What is your game style when playing the Fallout series?
I’m a mental wreck when it comes to open world games like the most recent Fallout titles. I have this issue where I feel like I absolutely have to see and do everything that’s available to me rather than just going with the flow. So when I play a Fallout game, I’m systematically exploring every square inch of a location before moving onto the next, just so I can rest easy in knowing I didn’t miss anything. To give you an example of this sickness of mine, I remember playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and, at the very beginning of the game, you leave a prison and are tasked with delivering an item to a prince or something like that. A good 60 hours into the game, I still had not finished that initial task. I got distracted by every little thing along the way. If I saw a town or cave, I couldn’t just walk past it.
What platform will you be playing Fallout 4 on?
I will be playing Fallout 4 on the PlayStation 4.
What do you expect to see in Fallout 4? Which feature are you most excited about?
Oh, wow, everything, I guess? I’m as excited for the new locations and story beats as I am to see familiar people, places and factions pop up. As I was saying earlier, these games are set in a wonderfully realized world. I’m sure it’ll feel instantly familiar and new all at the same time. As for features, I’m a huge fan of the V.A.T.S. system. I’m looking forward to having that back in my life and changing up the pace of combat when I want to slow things down and see enemies go boom.
What Mods would you like to see in Fallout 4? What are your favorites so far?
Being a console gamer primarily, I’ve never really gotten too big into mods. I’m excited for the fact that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will likely have some sort of mod support, but I’m not even sure where to begin as far as what I’d like to see plugged into the game…Playing as a Dragonborn in the world of Fallout might be entertaining, though. Maybe add in dragons? The sillier the better.
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 fan of judging things before I actually get my hands on them, but I don’t see how adding a voice to the protagonist can possibly “ruin” a game. No matter what game you’re talking about, all the developers want to do is make it as good as they possibly can. I assume the choice to give the protagonist a voice this time around was made because they thought it would improve the experience in some way. Whether they think it will give the player a stronger connection to the avatar or if it makes for better story-telling, I doubt this kind of a decision was made lightly.
Which character in Fallout 4 will you have a romantic relationship with, if you can?
That’s another tricky one, and one I don’t think I can answer until I’m deep into the game itself. If a romance option is available, I’ll try to make a connection with whichever character appeals to me the most. Or maybe I’ll just wander the wastelands alone, incapable of feeling love in these dark, dark days.
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?
I’m one of those boring guys who likes to pretend I’m the character in these types of games, rather than fully escape into the fantasy and pretend to be somebody else. If Ryan is an option, that’s what I’ll go for. As for my enemies, it doesn’t matter what they’re called. They won’t be alive long enough for it to matter…This is the point where I strike a cool pose.
While waiting for Fallout 4, will you be playing Fallout Shelter? Why/why not?
I actually downloaded Fallout Shelter, stared at the icon off and on for about two weeks, then deleted it. Those types of games are bad news for me. Either I really dig them and spend way too much time playing, or I get instantly bored by the lack of any sort of real gameplay and walk away disappointed. Whichever camp Fallout Shelter falls into, I decided I’d rather just wait for the main course.
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?
Again, it’s kind of mind-boggling to me how folks can form these types of opinions before they’ve spent any kind of real time with a game. Does Fallout 4 “look” a lot like previous Fallout games? Absolutely. But that’s great news in my book. Sure, I’d like for the game to surprise me on a regular basis, but why would I be upset if it’s similar to previous games I really, really enjoy? If Fallout 4 is basically Fallout 3 or New Vegas, but set in new locations and telling new stories; that’s pretty much all I want out of the game at this point. Anything they do on top of that is just icing to me.
If you have friends who have never played Fallout before, how will you persuade them to join Fallout 4?
Again, I think I’d go back to the world building that’s been done with the series. I’d explain that you’re being given a massive, living world to explore, set in an environment pulled straight out of old Sci-Fi pulp novels. If that doesn’t convince someone to give the game a gander, I don’t know what will.
There you have it from Ryan Winslett. Do you have any questions for Ryan? Do you agree with what he has to say about Fallout 4? Let us know in the Comments section.