The current age of gaming has some interesting tendencies, but from a media and consumer side of it, a common tendency people have is to compare one game to another. While comparisons can help people relate and associate a new game with an existing one, they can also minimize or devalue what a game actually is.
Sometimes comparisons are not needed and a game can even surpass the idea of comparison. A game that comes to mind in this regard is Fallout 4, which was announced just prior to E3 2015. With the breadth and scope this game is taking for everything from real-time building, crafting and destructing, Bethesda believes it’s hard to pigeon-hold the game down to being just one thing.
Bethesda’s head of marketing Pete Hines talked about people who would compare Fallout 4 to one game or another and what must be done if that is going to happen. “If you’re going to hold us up to any other game and compare us side by side then it had better be a game that does all the same things. If you can deconstruct and reconstruct the world in real time, in the game, and you can pick up every single item and it’s not just a texture then we can talk. Otherwise, well then it’s a bit apples and oranges,” Hines told GamesRadar.
Gaming is in a day where comparisons really do help people understand what a new game might be, but that is typically reserved for a new IP or franchise. Fallout has been around for years now and Fallout 4 certainly doesn’t need to be compared to any other game, but if a comparison must be made, than it’s best to compare Fallout 4 to previous installments in the series.
Considering the amount of time and effort Bethesda Softworks and Bethesda Game Studios have put into creating Fallout 4, it’s clear that their ambition is high for this game. Hines talked about the fact that they aren’t just trying to hone in on one theme or feature in Fallout 4.
“We know what it is that we’re trying to do and it’s not just one thing. It is all of these parts that make a much bigger whole. It’s the interactivity, it is the visuals but the visuals without sacrificing all this other stuff,” Hines said.
Fallout 4 will be launching this coming Nov. 10 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Folks who would like to experience previous games in the series prior to the launch of the new game, there is a Fallout Anthology coming for all PC gamers and you can learn more about it here.