When Bethesda announced its resurrection of the Fallout series, there was a section of the gaming population throwing their hats higher than anyone else: fans of the original PC games, developed by Black Isle. Fallout 1 and 2 were and are some of the best-written games in existence. Unique, unforgiving and relentlessly bleak, they inspired real, heartfelt devotion.
And yet when Fallout 3 arrived a significant portion of those fans were dissatisfied with it, feeling it lacked the older games' character. It's almost impossible to please the hardcore, of course, but they had a point. For a lot of Fallout fans there was just something missing from the Capital Wasteland; something in the soul of the original titles that Bethesda didn't or couldn't replicate.