Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
What if? What if the world you live in suddenly underwent a nuclear holocaust? In a few days time thousands of cities are wiped out, and half of the world population is exterminated. The ones that do survive start mutating or turn into rotting ghouls. Impossible you say? Play Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and see for yourself!
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel (BoS from now on) isn’t the latest instalment in the legendary Fallout-series. No turn-based battles, no S.P.E.C.I.A.L-stats, just pure and simple hack & slash gameplay. BoS is comparable to Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (2), also a slasher from Interplay, but based on the popular RPG’s Baldur’s Gate 1&2. That means it doesn’t have anything in common with Fallout, except for the post nuclear setting.
First of all you have to choose between 3 main characters: Cyrus, some bodybuilder kind of guy, Cain, an insane ghoul and Nadia, an intelligent woman. Your choice doesn’t affect the story at all. Each of the heroes has his or her special moves and a unique intro-movie but that’s it. You don’t even have to change the way you fight like in other games, where you have long-range combatants, melee fighters etc…
You start out in some typically American godforsaken hellhole, where you’ll soon find your first weapons and equipment. It immediately caught my eye that the game is filled with humour. The reactions of some of the townsfolk, and especially the comments of the local prostitute, are often hilarious. Unfortunately the gameplay itself isn’t that original. You constantly shoot, kill and slaughter, buy new weapons and armour and carry on murdering some more mutated scum of the earth. This tends to be boring after a while. On the other hand, this is one of that games that you’ll fall back on several times, when you’re tired of other games.
When it comes to graphics, the game is pretty average. It isn’t bad at all but we’ve seen it all bigger and better in other games. The environments are pretty dark and colourless, but it fits the game pretty well. Everything isn’t very detailed but the vast levels compensate for that fact.
The sound effects also are decent, but nothing more than that. The constant sound of lasers, squealing monsters, and smashing hammers is nice but after several hours of game time you’ve just about had it with those repetitive noises. Music is absent most of the time, and that’s quite unfortunate, because the songs really are good.
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel is a good game for hack & slash fanatics, but in my opinion all other gamers should first rent it and then decide whether or not to buy it. It lacks original features and doesn’t have a lot of variation but it’s entertaining none-the-less.