With the first hands-on sessions with the highly controversial Fallout 3 confirmed for this weekend's Penny Arcade Expo, gameplayer has written an interesting article in preparation. They've done an extensive analysis of the flaws of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - the previous game by developer Bethesda - an exposed how they will be inexcusable in the third release in the cult Fallout series. Essential reading for those wary of the resurrection of the Fallout series in the hands of a new developer.
"When you're stepping up to the plate to make a sequel to a game that constantly finds itself in Top 100 games lists all over the globe, you want to make damn sure that you've got big enough balls for the job. In a perfect world we'd just give the job to the original developers, but unfortunately bankruptcy swallowed up Interplay Entertainment and Black Isle Studios - the developers of both Fallout games - several years ago. With the studio left in disarray, the Fallout name was put up to the highest bidder, resulting in a million dollar deal with Bethesda Softworks for the licence."