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Trailer Reaction: Fallout 4

Though rumored to be in development for years, Bethesda Softworks (Fallout 3, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim) has officially released the first trailer for the latest entry in their critically acclaimed role-playing game series, Fallout 4. Set in a post-apocalyptic Boston, MA, Fallout 4 places players in the role of a lone survivor of the wasteland. Tasked with scouring the ruins of what was one of America’s greatest cities, gamers will come across the horrors of the apocalypse, battling everything from cannibalistic-marauders, mutated creatures, psychotic-robots and the tyrannical factions that now own and battle for this new world. As past players of Fallout know…war, war never changes.


The trailer starts as all Fallout trailers do, with a cheerful, yet ominous song. Like in previous titles, the music for Fallout 4’s trailer is provided by The Ink Spots, the same group whose song “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire,” was used throughout Fallout 3’s marketing campaign in 2007 and 2008. For the majority of the opening, the trailer cuts between the post-apocalyptic hell-hole that that is Boston and the mere moments before the nuclear-Armageddon that engulfed the world in radiation and death. We see a single dog make its way through a destroyed home and quickly cutback to the family of that home hundreds of years before, as they and many of other people scramble to seek shelter in the impenetrable vaults. All the while, the music plays and a lone radio-announcer confirms that nuclear war is imminent. Though these first few scenes set the tone for the trailer, it’s the brief glimpses of what now inhabits the world of Fallout 4’s Boston that’s really exciting.

Fallout-aficionados will recognize some of the game’s signature monstrous-creatures, including Ghouls, Rad-Roaches and the terrifying Deathcalws. Though these mutated animals and monsters are staples of the Fallout franchise, it’s nice to see them back and looking more graphically updated. Other than the unnatural wildlife, the towns and cities of Fallout 4 look to be more densely populated and varied in appearance.  A number of Boston locations and landmarks also make appearances in the trailer, most notably Scollay Square, The Bunker Hill Monument, The Massachusetts State House and The U.S.S. Constitution. However, the standout location to be featured in the trailer is the Boston Red Sox’s own Fenway Park. Though the stadium looks to have seen better days, it appears to have been transformed into a trading post or settlement of sorts. Though in no way confirmed, I’m willing to bet that the stadium is home to a Red Sox-worshipping cult that has a thing for sacrificing Yankee fans. I’m looking forward to battling them if this is the case.

Though Fallout 4 does not yet have a release date, it’s been rumored that the post-apocalyptic RPG could be released as soon as November, 2015. More information for Fallout 4 and Bethesda’s other upcoming projects should be revealed at this year’s E3 on June 14.

What about you reader? What do you think of Fallout 4’s first trailer? Are you a fan of past entries in the series? Let us know in the comments below!

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