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Fallout 3's Silver Lining at RPG Watch
Review - posted by baby arm on Tue 27 January 2009, 06:15:50Tags: Bethesda Softworks; Fallout 3
Showing a complete lack of understanding what cutting edge game journalism is all about, RPG Watch has offered up only one Fallout 3 review. Michael "txa1265" J. Anderson had a number of criticisms. including the quote below about the ham-fisted way morality was handled, but ended the review with a 4 out of 5 score due to the game being "quite engaging and loads of fun to work through".
Apparently the game has decided that the Family are 'good guys' (or at least an oppressed minority) and that setting up a protection racket in the face of losing more townspeople is the moral high-ground. This is very similar to the decision that the ghouls are an oppressed minority and that not trusting them is racist despite the large number of fast-moving vicious ghouls you can encounter almost anywhere that look just like the well-mannered ones. It takes one-side of a complex issue and makes it 'right' and simplistically chooses all others as 'bad' and punishes you for choosing them. It just doesn't make any sense at all, and again comparing to the Troika games that are bouncing around inside my head now, feels like it was something written by my twelve year-old, who would say 'oh' as I pointed out all of the inconsistencies and necessary assumptions to make them even remotely work.