It’s really been more than a month since I’ve posted here. Sorry about that, it’s not for lack of things to say. I’ve been traveling a lot: I did some traveling for business, and this past week I was in San Francisco for the IGDA Leadership Forum. Tomorrow I drive to Montreal for MIGS.
I spent a good chunk of the last month playing two games: Mother 3 and Fallout 3. Here are some short reviews.
Mother 3: If you liked Earthbound, you will like Mother 3. It is not as epic in scope as Earthbound, but it shares much of the same sense of wonder and joy as that game, albeit very much grown up. Just go grab the fan translation and a ROM from somewhere!
Fallout 3: I hate Oblivion, and I love the first two Fallout games. So I was reticent about Fallout 3. Long story short, the whole game is completely fucking brilliant… right up to the very very end. This isn’t exactly a spoiler since I’m not giving away any plot details: the epilogue is short and does not tell you the fate of all the different towns and people you come across like the first two games do. This is sad, because it downgrades Fallout 3 from “favorite game of all time” contender to “favorite game of the year” contender. Still, favorite game of the year is pretty high praise! It’s certainly my favorite AAA game of the year, with Braid being the other contender as a non-AAA title. So I still recommend it in spite of the disappointing lack of epilogue.