Friday, December 26, 2008

What Santa brought Daddy

Among some other gifts, including an absolutely bitchin' set of Dr. Seuss sweatpants featuring One Fish, Two Fish, Santa brought me Fallout 3 for the Xbox 360. Made by the same people as Oblivion, it features similarly eye-popping graphics, voice talent from real actors (Liam Neeson and Malcolm McDowell), and one of the most starkly intimidating post-apocalyptic landscapes of all time. I've played it for about three hours at this point, and once I exited the bomb shelter the only things I've run into were a dying prostitute, a small pack of wild dogs, and some random squatter in a building that I passed in the night that took pot shots at me from too far away to see him/her. Aside from that, it's literally miles and miles of empty wasteland with torn up cars, shattered highways, and the skeletons of cities wrapping around you as far as the eye can see in every direction.

I don't know if I've every played a game that felt so eerily lonely before. It does capture that "last man on earth" feeling really, really well. I'm not sure I buy the whole "people living in vaults for a hundred years after a nuclear war" thing, but all I know is that when the sun goes down (as it does, because time passes normally in this game), and I'm out of bullets for my pistol, I start getting a little jittery.

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