So, perhaps people have thought about this, but what about a HUGE, muscular individual who is under the impression he’s Uncle Sam? Like a big, very dark, ragged Uncle Sam? Here me out, see, in his zeal to bring back justice to the U.S he ultimately is absolutely insane, promoting genocide and mass…
Have you played Fallout 2? Frank Horrigan, man.
I have, quite a bit.
Described as a “genetically engineered cyborg psycho total homicidal manic”, and a kind of “ultra Super Mutant in power armor”. Having been witnessed laughing off plasma rifle fire, and ripping deathclaws and armored humans in half, he is one of the deadliest entities to have walked the Wasteland.”
That’s Frank. Granted, I didn’t require the quote from Wikipedia, I’m sure you didn’t either, but I thought it summed up the character quite well.
I’m not talking about a hulking mass of mutation and cybernetics, constantly being fed chemicals to keep him alive, psychologically conditioned to love and die for his government (The Enclave) despite his previous devotion. What I’m talking about is a character with a certain measure of depth, of character and of personal conflict. You’ve seen The Walking Dead, I imagine? Do you know The Warden? That is a fantastic example of what I’m going for here. A rather old man, who loses literally everything he loves dearly. A daughter maybe. A wife. A boyfriend? He could lose it to the chaos of the world, maybe from the fighting between two factions (Legion/NCR example.) When you lose everything you have, you have nothing left to fight for, so you cope the best you can. He wanders, for years…..perhaps in his travels, he picks up a poster (We Want You!) and he stairs at it, the fleeting memory of your daughter/wife/ ect humming that tune….and that becomes his breaking point. The straw that breaks the camels back. The character on the poster becomes the adopted image for his revenge. Government, control? It’s done nothing but rob from him the one thing he cherished, Legion or NCR, they will burn. That’s the price for freedom.
And then make him wicked smart like Batman, and shabam. Pop that greasy fucker into your 360 and go shoot yourself some Patriots.
I would totally love to see an interesting main villian, with a modicum of depth, in the next Fallout. I don’t see it happening, though. Most people took to New Vegas’ Benny as if he were the bee’s knees, hardly asking for a deeper look into the Caesar when it was revealed that he’d been something of a philosopher in his youth.
I agree with this notion. For one the main story and drive of the protagonist just seemed so linear, especially when compared to the story of fallout 3. Benny although very resourceful in making yes man and almost uprooting house all by himself had no other dimensions than greed. Caesar being a philosopher and having such potential seemed to fizzle out if you left without helping because he never appeared again being replaced by his legionaries and messengers. An ‘uncle Sam’ with this much depth and potential would be amazing. Even have chances for a boss fight or two as he could mutate say a bald eagle and train it to do his bidding. Trying to thwart his plans or work with him to over throw some form of a huge government. He himself could be a great boss fight where as instead of the usual ‘you failed the speech requirement so now we see who has better killing stats’ he could be in a glass chamber and you must kill his lackeys whilst taking care of life support systems to open it up. He could have technology inaccessible by you which allows him to do and use things to make him much harder to fight. Needing strategy instead of using vats on his head till he dies. All in all I think the idea of a Uncle Sam has SUCH potential and needs to be seriously considered.
I also believe an idea of the game taking place in Hollywood. Image the possibilities with studios such as starwars and startreck. The cameos would be endless. You wouldn’t be able to tell from an Easter egg or an important quest item. Exploration in this place would be encourages and fun instead of the normal gas station and grocery store.
Or it could take place in a Chicago environment. Different gangs such as the Russian, Italian, and even Spanish mafias would allow for many many different quests and choices making the player feel as if the game is in their hands instead of following a marker on the compass.
I think they covered most of the mob type families with New Reno, but that’s still a fantastic idea and I would love to see it. Hollywood might be good for DLC content though, I’m not SO sure it’d be good for a main area, but to each his own. I can see where you’re going with it and you’re right, it’s a fantastic idea. I would LOVE a revisit to San Francisco. I would love to see a more developed West Coast. I’d like to go to the Hub or Vault City and go “Well, THAT’S new, but OH LOOK THERE’S THAT, I REMEMBER THAT! Holy crap, I can recruit the descendant of Ian? WHAAAA…NFW. Something like that would be cool, in the very least, a DLC release.
I know, with the first two and Tactics, which I loved, LOVED, there’s a certain strategic approach to things that encourages preparation and tactical and careful movement, among other things. You can’t just bullrush into shit with Hardened Power Armor and a modified Plasma Rifle and pump 4-5 Stims into you every time you’re near death. Well, YOU CAN if you have the appropriate Perks and the right stats, but even then that’s not obtainable until a much higher level…point is, I agree, I don’t want even the OPTION of being able to rush into it and just VATS the guys head in. No strategic method to it at all. It deducts from the entire concept of Fallout and it’s play-style. It went from:
"Think about what you’re about to do, dipshit."
"Vats his head at point blank range 2-3 times, and when you’re out of AP, switch to your *automatic weapon* and fire with random precision at the remaining enemies."
Don’t get me wrong. I ENJOY doing that, I do, nobody doesn’t, but I’d be nice to have my turn-based, hard-as-shit Fallout back once and a while.
I didn’t know that mafia’s were already covered. Sadly I never got to play the pc versions of the fallout series. 3 and new Vegas are the only ones I’ve played. However I do make it hard on myself by limiting myself to no vats (a bitch let me tell you) these were all just rambling ideas I’ve had that I think would be fun. Fall out is a great game till about level 20 then everything becomes a big steam roll. Granted its harder in new Vegas but with the right perks everything becomes a pansy. I want more strategy in the game.
Torrent the PC versions. Regardless of what kind of PC you have right now, it WILL play them. The game has almost no requirements in terms of juice. Torrent them, feel no shame, and play the ever loving out of them, and you will begin to appreciate this whole series A LOT more, trust me. Reading about them just doesn’t cut it. If you’re looking for strategy, that’s where you’ll find it.
Well thanks. I will do that right after the two weeks worth of math due tomorrow…. Ugh…
If your teacher/professor asks why you didn’t do it, tell her/him you were more focused on things applicable to life, like learning how to do your taxes and putting down a mortgage. That should shut her/him up, or in the very least stun her/him long enough for you to say “That, and Fallout. All encompassing Fallout. I need to know how to survive when the bombs fall DON’T YOU DENY ME MY RIGHT TO SURVIVAL! I JUST WANT TO LIVE! *Start crying* I JUST WANT TO LIVE! WHAT IS SO WRONG WITH THAT? I…..I need some fresh air…..OK?” Just walk out. Crisis averted. It sounds like a lot of work, and it sounds ridiculous, but that’s what It takes.