The Fallout franchise is up there with the best RPG titles of all time. Developed by Interplay and its division Black Isle, the first two games were an immense breakthrough in the late 90s, injecting some adult storytelling into a genre dominated by swords and sorcery. Two games in the franchise were, in fact, officially recognised as works of art: the Smithsonian American Art Museum featured it as part its Art of Video Games exhibition in 2012.
Sadly, Bethesda’s later instalments have abandoned much of the game’s classic legacy, and it’s about time that legacy was revived. And while the move away from third-person isometric was inevitable, such change swept away a lot of elements fans came to love about the earlier games.
A lucrative franchise like Fallout is unlikely to get abandoned – which means the devs still have plenty of opportunity to appease nostalgic fans – and show the newer ones what a true old-school RPG is like.
From writing to mechanics to locations to pacing, there are quite a few things Fallout 5 could learn from its once-acclaimed ancestors.