- Mar 6, 2008
I think you're confusing Fallout for Planescape. Planescape was the game from Black Isle that failed to move from shelves, but was loved by critics and enthusiasts.RealRT said:Face it: before Fallout 3 was released, Fallout 1 and 2 were known and beloved only by a small cult of fans and hardcore WRPG enthusiasts.
Fallout was fairly successful for Interplay at the time. This was back in an era when things like turn based combat weren't really that out there. Now, if you hit your teens between 2001 and 2007, I could see where you'd get confused and think this was some unknown gem that had been passed over in its day. Especially if you just looked at the sales figures out of context. But, it got a lot of press and a lot of sales in its day.
Bethesda would not have shelled out the money they did on an unproven franchise. They wanted a reliable money maker. That they were fans didn't help the situation, but if that's all it was, we'd have seen more Call of Cthuhlu games from them.
Come to think of it, why didn't Dark Corners of the Earth make this list?
I had no idea IGN, Gamespot, PC Gamer, Computer Gaming World, and Gamespy were Russian. Or, did you mean, "some territories," like the US and Europe. The gaming press who encountered it in the 90s never really forgot about it, and it was in fact landing on top 10 RPGs of all time lists fairly consistently from 1997 to today.RealRT said:Not everywhere, of course, in some territories, like Russia, they were in nearly everyone's top 10 RPG list, but in the West? No way in hell.
While it's true Fallout didn't have general popular attention, that had more to do with Interplay bungling the XBox/PS2 game so horribly that the franchise never transitioned into the main stream on their watch. You can go look that one up if you're curious and masochistic. Also, back in 2004, games were just starting to transition into their current position as semi-legitimate media franchises. So, in retrospect we should be thankful Interplay didn't sell the film rights to Uwe Boll along the way.RealRT said:And if F3 was never released, Fallout would forever stay in the shadows, thanks in no small part to Interplay's attempts at bringing in a broader audience with those other two games. Nowadays it's a household name and a franchise that pushes tens of millions of copies worldwide.
Now, if you want to say Brian Fargo couldn't have gotten Wasteland 2 up and going without Fallout 3's release... that's actually possible. It has revitalized the post apocalyptic genre. But saying Fallout and Fallout 2 are riding Bethesda's coattails isn't revisionist, it's just completely misunderstanding the world that existed 10 years ago.