|Images courtesy of Googling. It's probably good that no one reads my blog.|
That time I mostly just followed the main storyline, and did a few side quests that I ran into accidentally. I didn't really use many online resources to assist. At the end I started looking for unique weapons on the Fallout wiki, and picked up a few, but I didn't check the World Map online for areas I missed etc.
I ended that run without completing all of Broken Steel, but did beat the game. Not sure why offhand but I think I started a New Vegas game before I finished all of Broken Steel, and probably lost interest.
This time I decided that I wanted to actually dig into the game more. I had read stories about 300+ hour saves that folks had. Based on my experience it made no sense, that first run for me was maybe 40 hours, so I wanted to see if I could understand what content folks were spending those 300 hours on.
Fairly early in the process, right after the GNR quests were done, I started to just walk around in various places I hadn't explored before.
What I encountered really surprised me.
One of my first stops was the Capitol building.
|Image shamelessly stolen from the Fallout Wiki folks. Because I don't know how to make screenshots on my PS3|
I was surprised to walk in to see several members of Talon company ahead of me, with their backs turned. I popped into Sneak mode so they wouldn't get startled and started following them from a distance.
Talon was sweeping through the building, trying to clear groups of Super Mutants. They were fairly successful, and killed 4 or 5 standard Super Mutants on their trek through the building.
Then they hit the Rotunda.
Inside the Rotunda a Super Mutant Behemoth and several Brutes, and Overlords were engaging in a full scale battle with additional Talon company mercenaries.
I stayed in stealth, and watched everything unfold. Talon killed most of the small mutants, while the Behemoth rolled around one-shotting Talon mercs. One of the Talon guys had a Fat Man and some mini-nukes and wasn't afraid to use it. It was a fairly epic battle.
After the dust cleared the Behemoth was the last one standing, Dogmeat and I made fairly short work of him.
|That's approximately what I saw. If DogMeat was chewing on his nuts in that shot it'd be canon.|
Directly outside we walked right into another firefight between Talon and the Super Mutants. I kept progressing through Seward and onward. As I kept going through the area, I kept running into skirmishes between Talon and the Mutants.
Now, I've noticed something about Fallout 3 and New Vegas, and the way they tell a story this playthrough. In many games now you hear exposition via dialogue in cut-scenes or non-game scenes.
In GTA V for example most character interaction happens in cut-scenes. There are a few discussions that happen say, while driving. Generally though information is conveyed to the player, about the plot and world, via non-gameplay based devices.
|Please note any cut-scenes involving Trevor Philips are potentially traumatic to minors, the elderly, rape victims, incest victims, recovering alcoholics........|
At this point in Fallout 3 I've heard Three Dog mention the Talon company presence in DC. He doesn't know what they're up to though, he just warns you about them. In fact in the entire main plot line I'm pretty sure no one ever clearly states who and what hired them.
After walking through the Capitol building it looks to me like they've been sent to DC to clear out the Super Mutants.
Another example of this imo, are the lairs of the various Raiders you occasionally find in ruins, or subways. Especially the lairs of the solo ones or small groups.
The world of Fallout 3 is supposed to be exceptionally harsh. Folks are eking out a meager existence in a dangerous world, barely holding onto their lives.
You realize that clearly when, say, you walk by the semi-hidden lair of a solo Raider, and he attacks you despite the fact that you have Dogmeat and Charon with you.
After you easily kill him you loot his lair. It's full of empty Nuka-Cola and Whiskey bottles. Some random instant-food is sitting in a box. The fridge is broken, and the dead Raider's bed in under an open sky, so he has no real shelter.
He's just attacked a very superior force because, in this wasteland, anyone that comes knocking is likely coming to kill you.
It's amazing how much stuff like that tells a substantially clearer story than 40 hours of cut-scene dialogue in Final Fantasy 13-2.
|....you'd see me wondering why I wasted 40 hours of my life on your game...only to find out it was just a setup for another sequel.|
Next time. Why I'm playing Fallout 3 right now instead of Skyrim.