So, I read Fallout: Equestria once again. I wanted to check out my copy of the 3rd printing. Turns out the bible-paper thin pages were not nearly as fragile as I had feared. The story itself was still a good read. Didn’t grab me as much as it has in the past but I suspect that has less to do with the story and more in my current mental state. Certainly spent more time and energy reading it than much else lately. Pacing seemed a lot smoother this time. The middle didn’t feel as disjointed as I remember it being. I’m half tempted to read Project Horizons again. Maybe finish it. Then my brain goes “Are you crazy?” and smacks my skull until that idea goes away. Instead, I decide to give Worm a try.
Worm is a very long web serial. Several people online (that I hang out nearby, in a chat room sense) have said very good things about it. Figured I would give it a shot. It’s about as long as how far I got into Project Horizons after all. Sadly I did not enjoy it much. Sort of interesting world. Some interesting characters. I did enjoy most of it enough to keep reading. I got about 15% through it before my problems with it build up enough that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue. Kind of hate the main character. Nothing in the story so far seems to be setting up events that I would consider interesting down the line. So, worldbuilding seems somewhat lacking. I don’t care about the characters. No foreshadowing that gets me excited. I’m thinking of giving it another two chapters or two but not right away.
Seriously, how do they not know where Leviathan (or the other end bringers) are all the time? They aren’t subtle. I bet a spy satellite could track them 24/7. But nope. It takes super-AI computer analysis and prediction programs to get even twenty minutes warning before Leviathan hits a large city. Completely unrelated, the whole most super powers don’t affect living things and/or people just seems like author fiat. I suppose that’s what kept the story from feeling as dark as some of the people had mentioned it is. Apparently it gets darker as it goes on, but I already have a fairly skewed tolerance for that. I mean… Doki Doki Literature Club was kinda disappointing in that respect. I suppose that is what happens when one grows up on fantasy, scifi and anime. The non kid friendly stuff.
Let’s see… Back to Fallout related. As it has pretty much every time I read it, Fallout: Equestria got me wanting to play Fallout. Specifically Fallout 3. I believe last time it got me to play Fallout 4 but I have played that game so much I don’t think I can handle it again. So I installed Fallout 3 to play it. Holy crud is that a buggy game. Even for a Bethesda title. I know I modded it but there aren’t a lot of mods and I was modest. I’ve modded Skyrim and Fallout 4 to the mod limit and they weren’t crashing every ten minutes or having save files corrupted if I used quicksave more than five times while playing. Did my best to endure it and use workarounds but I realized that it wasn’t worth it.
The more interesting bit was to see the different between Fallout 3 and Fallout 4. Fallout 3 is very much a worse game. Not in story or narrative or even overall top-level design. The interface had no keyboard shortcuts and the keyboard commands that were present were terrible laid out. I’m so used to the setup they used for Skyrim and Fallout 4 that I kept defaulting to that and it never worked. In a game world sense Fallout 3 had a much smaller map and the places I ran across were much less developed. In Fallout 4 you went inside a ruined bus on the street and you would find skeletons, seats, the driver’s seat, some luggage, a bit of trash. In Fallout 3 a ruined bus was just a shell with a smooth hollow inside. Similar comparisons that I can’t remember now but do remember noticing. Just a general lack of detail or visual fiddly bits. Fallout 3 did have the ability to holster your weapon and see it on your character. Rifles across the back and pistols at the hip. Which Fallout 4 did not. So not sure that was a good trade.