The Lone Wanderer and My Cap Collecting Obsession

The Lone Wanderer and My Cap Collecting Obsession

May 28, 2013 0 By Steph Mernagh

But the tale of humanity will never come to a close, for the struggle of survival is a war without end, and war – war never changes.

The Fallout game series has been a staple in my gaming library for some years now. and I’ll admit, I started in with Fallout 3 when I was recovering from surgery on my knee in early 2009. The Lone Wanderer and the Capital Wasteland were close friends of mine during my long recovery and I’ll never look back. Maybe the game was more fantastic for me in my extreme boredom, but I was hooked from the very beginning of the storyline. Liam Neeson voicing your father? Done! I could listen to him talk forever…

I can’t tell you how many hours I have logged playing both Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas–well, I could but the hours are astronomical–I’m the type of person in that game to wander around the entire map and see how many places I can find on my own (I know, I know, I could just use the Explorer perk, but I like the surprise of it all). I also look in every cabinet, footlocker, or desk I can find to see what is available to me. I make my own ammo because anyone who plays the game and uses a hunting rifle knows those bullets are damn hard to come by.

The entire concept of the Fallout world was initially what drew me in. The details of the plot are incredible, down to the explanation of the divergence in the games timeline versus our own. I had picked up all of the expansion packs when I played and one of my favorites was Operation: Anchorage. This expansion describes a driving force in the war as being the violent resources war between China and Alaska, culminating in a fierce, snowy battle on Alaskan soil.

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The Lone Wanderer faces Operation Anchorage.

The Pitt was another interesting expansion, and one of two add-ons that allowed your Lone Wanderer to explore the world outside of the Capital Wasteland. “The Pitt allows you to travel to the post-apocalyptic remains of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and become embroiled in a conflict between slaves and their raider masters. Explore a sprawling settlement ravaged by time, neglect, nuclear radiation, and moral degradation. The Pitt is filled with morally gray choices, shady non-player characters, new enemies, new weapons, and much more.” ~ Official description of the add-on.

Of course, the game always had it’s downsides. I managed to get stuck in walls, the auto-save would malfunction, the game would freeze or not load (though perhaps that’s just my ancient Xbox’s fault) and I’d have a respawn point 10 feet from a pack of deathclaws, but overall the game ran rather smoothly and I didn’t run into too many troubles. Fallout: New Vegas had it’s array of problems, mostly with companions–or lack thereof. Not that there wasn’t quite a few companions to choose from in game (I prefered Boone and his witty banter) but they constantly played the disappearing act. I don’t know where they’d get off to but eventually they’d all turn up–except the dog, Rex, I haven’t seen him in ages. Maybe he’s trapped in a wall…

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One Deathclaw isn’t so bad. It’s the packs you have to worry about…

The Fallout series has always had a lot of fanfare to it, some fans even dressing up in Vault 101 jumpsuits and crafting their own Pip Boys for conventions. I’ve always wanted to be a Fiend, though with so many new games coming out all the time sometimes references are easily lost. Maybe at a convention sometime you’ll see me sporting a 101 jumpsuit and carrying a plasma rifle though, who knows!

While some may disagree, I have to say that the Fallout series may have one of the best storylines in gaming in a long time. I can’t wait to see what Bethesda comes up with next. Rumor is that the next game will take place in Boston, called The Commonwealth, where technology and innovation thrive, but Bethesda has been keeping everything quiet for now. In the meantime, I really encourage everyone to pick up a copy of Fallout 3 or Fallout: New Vegas. Even if you want to start right from the beginning, Steam is offering the games as well.

Have you played the Fallout series yet? Let me know what you loved or hated in the comments below!