My First (And Worst) Fallout Experience

My First Fallout Experience Was The Absolute Worst Time I’ve Ever Had Playing…

I’ve been a die hard fan of the Fallout franchise for many, many years now. By far it’s my favorite game series and one I’ve played over again easily a dozen times each. Typically when someone finds their favorite game it’s a fantastic and exciting experience, for me, not so much. I was unfortunate enough to experience the absolute worst the wasteland had to offer on my very first run through, and I’m talking RIGHT AWAY. An experience I’ve never seen anything come close to in my near 100 following play throughs of the series, you’d think I had a real life Luck of zero!

A few things to keep in mind before I get into it:

• The copy of Fallout 3 I purchased came with all the DLC on a second disc .

• I used to keep my TV relatively dark to get away with playing it last midnight on school nights.

Alright, so the year is 2010. I was the absolute last of my friends to play Fallout 3. I decided to pick it up from my local Game Stop after hearing my cousin talk it up for quite some time. Opting for the slightly more expensive Game Of The Year edition, I got home and began installing the DLC from the second disc. Later in the evening once everything was installed I began my journey into the Fallout universe.

Upon starting the game everything ran like expected, Tunnel Snakes, GOAT tests, Overseer , all that good stuff. Then, came time to exit the vault. Stepping into the bright blinding light of the wasteland with nothing but my vault security armor and a baseball bat, I was beyond excited to explore the Capitol Wastes. That lasted all about 15 seconds however. Taking roughly 10 steps from the door, I began to walk toward a tall black figure that stood just off to the right of the vault entrance. Immediately without haste I was greeted with a barge of fire flying towards me. That’s right, the very first enemy I encountered in Fallout was none other than an Enclave Hellfire Trooper. So here I am, level 1, never played before, wood baseball bat, and being repeatedly spawned in front of and killed by a Hellfire Trooper with a heavy incinerator. Fortunately after a dozen deaths and a few tears, I realized I had saved before I left the vault while figuring out the controls.

After loading a new save file and exiting the vault for a second time, I was able to leave in peace! Arriving in megaton I began the main quest of finding my dad. However once again my game wasn’t having it. After informing Lucas Simms about Mister Burke’s offer to blow up the town, I met the two at the saloon, as you do. Only before Burke shot Simms, Simms’ body vanished! Burke shot thin air and Lucas was nowhere to be found for the rest of the game…. alright… guess he’s dead then. Moving on. Exiting the building and coming to realize the day cycle exists, I began wandering aimlessly around Megaton unable to see a damn thing in the dark.

The run from hell wasn’t over there however, opting to help out Moira after the whole Mister Burke incident, I began to make my way down to Super Duper Mart. Now, while I was warned about the vast amount of Raiders that can be found there, what I was not warned about was a damn Deathclaw. Upon arriving to the parking lot I was greeted with the body of a wastelands being thrown about as the giant mutated monstrosity charged toward me. After several deaths, my level 2 ass had just about had enough. Finally having the sense to just turn around and run the opposite direction upon spawning, I opted to run down the map and AROUND Super Duper Mart, just far enough to not be noticed by the Deathclaw.

My plan was fool proof, until I began to get a little too close to the parking lot once again. Finding myself in [Caution] I slowly began to back away toward the bridge just south of the store before turning and running away in full sprint… well, Fallout 3’s equivalent to a “full sprint”. Sprinting right into a Mirelurk King. Keep in mind, I didn’t even know better than to try and engage it! So here I am running away from the Mirelurk King back TOWARDS the Deathclaw just praying one of them would target the other. Fortunately for me the Deathclaw wasn’t having it and decided to attack the king, providing me just enough time to get the fuck outta dodge.

After this, I promptly turned off my Xbox wondering if I had just wasted $40. It would take me about a month or two before I finally gave it a second chance with a new profile and a normal ass play through. Here I am 10+ years later still playing Fallout 3 and every other Fallout title 100 times over, yet I’ve never once experienced anything that has even come close to that first one.

I’d love to hear about your first and/or worst Fallout experience! Let me know if you’ve ever experienced anything like what I went through my first time around and be sure to check out more Fallout right here!

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Fallout’s Cut Content

The Fallout series most interesting and mysterious cut content

The Fallout series has adapted, improved, and tested numerous new ideas and gameplay modifications over the years right in front of our eyes as the series progressed. However, there are still plenty of scrapped concepts and designs that we never got to experience first hand in post-apocalyptia. The following are just a few examples of interesting and mysterious cut content of the Fallout franchise we’ve been able to uncover.

Tenpenny Tower Radio

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Home to the “elite” of the Capital Wasteland, Tenpenny Tower is the brainchild of founder Allistair Tenpenny. The prewar hotel remains relatively untouched by the outside world and as such, the residents have taken up a prewar lifestyle to compliment that. Dressed head to toe in Casualwear and Parkstroller outfits, you can’t expect the residents of such a classy establishment to be subjected to the rough and rowdy sounds of Galaxy News Radio! Enter Tenpenny Tower Radio. A station seemingly cut for unknown reasons in the late stages of development, several audio files can still be pulled from Allistair Tenpenny’s file!

Vault 120

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Most likely to be an end result of completing Fallout 4’s cut quest, 20 Leagues Under the Sea, Vault 120 was to be located in the waters of The Commonwealth! Files and assets for this vault can still be found using the Fallout 4 Creation Kit as well as several unused scripts referencing the underwater vault. Furthermore, Vault 120 appears to have been tossed around as an idea for the wild wasteland of Appalachia in Fallout 76 as multiple unused cells can be found for Vault 120 that are not present in the files for Fallout 4. Don’t be surprised when the next Fallout title or even 76 DLC features this underwater mystery.

Catfish Mierlurk

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Sticking to the underwater genre, there have been several references to a catfish like creature across multiple titles In the Fallout franchise. That being said there shouldn’t be any surprise the idea has been toyed with as to how it should be represented in game. The only official In game name given to the creature occurs in Fallout when a fisherman speaks of a “Giant Catfish” . However, Fallout 3’s concept art shows the idea for a mierlurk variant referred to as the “Catfish Mirelurk” a mutated bipedal fish with menacing teeth and barbs that very well could’ve been another obstacle for The alone Wanderer. Yet another entry we are expecting to eventually see become canon.

Vault 65

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A vault cut from the final release of Fallout 76, Vault 65 contains numerous files depicting a large scale vault including several rooms, elevators, machinery, and crafting stations. Diving into the game files will find the vault also referred to as “Vault 75” which might have been an early prototype for Vault 76 or other larger scale vaults according to Fallout Wiki. Interestingly enough while this vault was cut and may not even have ever been intended for gameplay, a Vault 65 trunk does exist alongside the other canon vault numbered containers.

Vault 11 Survivor

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Naturally, a game built around the idea of surviving nuclear annihilation via underground vaults is going to have plenty of vault related content that doesn’t make it off the cutting room floor. With that said, we tack on our third vault related entry to the list. Located in the barren wastes of the Mohave, Vault 11 played host to one of Vault-Tec’s darkest social experiments. For those not familiar, residents of the vault were told each year one member of their community must be scarified in order for the rest of them to be able to sustainably survive, failure to do so would result in all dwellers death. In reality, Vault-Tec had a prepared message once the residents refused to do so explaining they are a true beacon of humanity and as a reward for not killing one another would be granted access to the vault door. Unfortunately the dwellers found this out much too late, with only 5 remaining survivors. The final five are said to have gone insane form the realization of that they had done resulting in eventual suicide or homicide of all the remaining member except for one. This one remaining member was originally meant to be able to be discovered in game with game files containing a character model able to be spawned via console commands. However, unlike the previous entries, while the NPC itself was removed, this character as a concept is still canon thanks to the Holotapes able to be collected in Vault 11.

Mister Burke

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Now I know what you’re thinking, “Mr.Burke? One of the primary characters in Fallout 3? Someone who is directly involved in one of the largest choices the player can make in game?” Yes. While the majority of us who have played through Fallout 3 are faced early on with the option to either save or destroy the town of Megaton courtesy of Mister Burke, players who revived the Japanese version of the game did not! The Japanese release of Fallout 3 featured the removal of Mister Burke and with him the players ability to revive the detonation device, meaning destroying Megaton wasn’t even an option! While this was removed for “Cultural Reasons” and understandably so, it just seems odd to play through the events of Fallout 3 without one of the biggest choices the character has to make, as well as seemingly removing much of the appeal of Tenpenny tower.

These are just a handful of the mysteriously interesting cut content found within the Fallout series. As always, we’d love to hear your favorite content that never got the chance to make it to release day! Let us know in the comments down below, and check out more Fallout related content right here!

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“Fallout 3 Concept Art.” Neoseeker, http://www.neoseeker.com/fallout-3/concept_art/.

Fallout 5 Release Date

How far away exactly are we from the release of the next main entry in the Fallout series?

(Opinion piece featuring an estimated time table)

It’s the question that comes around every couple years, when is the next Fallout game coming out? With the varied reactions received upon the release of the online multiplayer RPG, Fallout 76 it seems now more than ever fans of the franchise have been clamoring for the next title in the series. Unfortunately, it seems as though Fallout 5 may take longer than most expected.

In September of 2020 Microsoft announced their recent purchase of ZeniMax Studios, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. Upon this purchase many fans of the beloved Bethesda franchises such as Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, and Doom began to worry future releases of these series would be exclusive to Xbox/PC. Contrary to these rumors, Xbox head Phil Spencer stated moving forward Xbox exclusives will be determined on a “case by case basis.” This however does not mean an Xbox exclusive Fallout title is completely out of the picture just yet however. While the next project under Bethesda (after honoring their two previously agreed upon Sony exclusive titles: “Ghostwire: Tokyo” and “Deathloop”) “Starfield” will be exclusive to Xbox and PC gamers via Game Pass, moving forward it would appear doubtful to see major Bethesda titles released on Sony or Nintendo.

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But when exactly could we see the next Fallout?

While we already know the previously mentioned “Starfield” will be the next title under Bethesda, it would also seem the next project in line will be “The Elder Scrolls VI” releasing sometime after 2021, according to TechRadar.com. With that being said Fallout 5 may not even be in the picture until the mid to late 2020’s! While it is possible for studios to begin working on one title before finishing another, with a series as big and as detailed as The Elder Scrolls it seems very unlikely this will be the case.

Previously in the Fallout series we’ve seen a gap as large as 7 years between main title entries Fallout 3 and Fallout 4. However in that time we were also given Fallout: New Vegas in the fall of 2010. While another minor title seems unlikely with the structure of Fallout 76 seemingly put in place to continue being updated for many years moving forward, not so improbable would be a digital remaster of one of the previously listed titles under Microsoft’s new ownership. As far as the projected release date of Fallout 5 goes, Reddit user Noah-x3 has broken down the past four main series Bethesda releases, estimating Fallout 5 might take until the year 2030 or more!

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Wether or not Bethesda can surprise us again like they did back in 2015 with the announcement of Fallout 4 is up in the air. Of course at this point in time it’s all still speculation but If reality looks anything like how it’s being projected however, it might be time to sit back and get comfortable with Fallout 76 and see just what exactly Bethesda has in store for the future of the series. Let is know when you believe Fallout 5 could hit the shelves in the comment section below and check out more Fallout related blogs right here!

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“Xbox Could Get Exclusive on Bethesda’s next Major Game Releases.” Business Insider, Business Insider, http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-buys-bethesda-xbox-ps5-exclusive-games-elder-scrolls-fallout-2020-9?amp.

Fallout’s Best and Worst: Ghouls

Fallout’s Best and Worst Ghouls

For those of us who weren’t fortunate enough to seek shelter from the events of total nuclear annihilation in a state of the art underground vault brought to you by Vault-Tec, 200+ years of residual radiation will take it’s toll. Regardless of which game played host to your first encounter with one was, we all recall our first interaction with a ghoul. There are some out there who despise them, some who fight for them. and those who simply ignore them. Regardless of where you stand one thing is for certain, all ghouls are not created equally. We took a detailed look at the series and decided who are the best and worst ghouls in Fallout!

Best: Gob

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An easy going, radio listening, rotting, bartender, We meet Gob in Megaton‘s Moriarty’s Saloon in Fallout 3. Gob is no stranger to the waste ridicule on ghouls and isn’t afraid to show it. While you do have the option to continue these antics and refer to him as a zombie, the latter shows how appreciative Gob is towards the civility. Possibly the only person in Megaton without his head firmly planted up his ass, Gob is also a solid source of information about his fellow residents as well as on the journey to find your dad.

Worst: Raul

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A prisoner found in the Mohave Wasteland, Raul has all the making to be one of the absolute greatest characters in the series. Voiced by legendary actor Danny Trejo, Raul comes to us with an interesting backstory, mustache, badass name, knowle of guns, and Mustache! So where does Raul fall flat? Unfortunately his biggest downfall comes by association.In a game like New Vegas with companion options such as Boone, Rex, and Gannon, Raul seems to fall by the wayside. While having the smokey, intimidating, legendary voice of Danny Trejo behind you may be awesome, the illusion of the ancient ghoul fades quick because of it. Apart from his voice and that sweet mustache, Raul lacks any interesting physical features coming off as just a typical ghoul.

Worst: Billy “Fridge Kid” Peabody

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A remonderonce again, you cannot kill children in Bethesda games. Billy Peabody is found inside a fridge in The Commonwealth. At first introduction he’s just a scared kid, a 200 year old scared kid who somehow never grew up, who just wants to find his parents. However, Billy makes it increasingly difficult to help him. No only do you have to deal with the fact he is a useless temporary companion in any altercation, but if you can put up with that then his non-stop bitching will set you over the top. Seemingly every 5 minutes this kid is whining about this, crying about that. It’s just one of those times where a character fails to be sympathetic to the point of annoyance. Fortunately for the annoyed and evil players, you do encounter an option to have someone take him off your hands.

Best: Hancock

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Ever dream of wandering the post apocalyptic radiation scorched earth with the decaying body of the man who proved he’s got the biggest balls in American history? Well you’re in luck!… Kinda. Actually the brother of the mayor of Diamond City, Hancock is a more recent ghoul self created by radioactive drug use. Hancock took up the name of the hung revolutionary and began serving as the laid back but never taken for granted mayor of Goodneighbor. Not only does the man have a cool, calm, collected complex that rivals Rob Van Dam, but when he gets down to it Hancock is all business. A companion that will provide hours of fun and compelling commentary and combat, Hancock is not only one of the greatest ghoul characters off all time, but companions as well.

Worst: Moira

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Let’s be honest here, you blew up Megaton for one reason. You didn’t give a damn about Tenpenny, Simms, Cromwell or the entirety of the town. Moira’s endless tasks, childish voice, and oblivious personality that constantly put you in harms way crossed the line. You can’t kill her and make it out of town alive though you thought. Drastic times call for drastic measures. Boom! Bye bye Megaton. Upon returning to see your evil deed you find but one survivor. That bitch Moira Brown. Not only has she driven you to the point of using your own nuclear armaments, you did it for absolutely no reason. One last fuck you from not only the worst ghoul but one of the absolute worst characters.

Honorable Mentions

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Harold

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Weather you love them or hate them the ghouls of Fallout impact the paths you take and the stories we make. Let me know who your favorite and least favorite Fallout ghouls are in the comment section below! Be sure to check out even more Fallout content on Style’s Rebel Radio Here!

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Top Gaming Series ever made!

With all the games in the world today. There are some gaming titles that are simply better then the rest and today we’re gonna talk about them.

#5 Call Of Duty. This War simulation was dominated back when it first came out as the only shooter title on the market. It now has a cult like following with every year people pre ordering their new version of the game. One of the many reason this gaming title is king of the mountain.

#4 Gears of war. This is the big game that Microsoft has had with there Xbox series it is Gears of war. Again another shooter with a twist as it’s not a war simulation. It’s a kickass simulator with saws. Which is why it has stayed popular even in today tough gaming market.

#3 God of War another exclusive from Sony heavy line-up of games. This gaming title however I think is one of the best that Sony offers it has the grit and storyline you’re looking for as a gamer. It should keep you entertained for hours. Now get out there and kick some mutants ass.

#2 Halo This is the gaming title that put Microsoft on the map. Some say it’s the best shooter ever created. From it’s campaign mode to its famed multiplayer mode it has something to offer. Also probably the only gaming title to still have true co-multiplayer were you only need one system which is a plus.

#1 Grand Theft Auto There is no secret here this gaming title has had a level of success in the gaming world that is unmatched. From it’s billion dollars sales. To its level of multiplayer success that will probably never be match. All these reason plus they are doing this well with out even releasing a game Every year. Which why they are the top gaming title.

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