Why do so many people here think First Person excludes RPG?

Discussion in 'Fallout 3 Discussion' started by Yazman, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. Holocausto

    Holocausto It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Dec 14, 2008
    I'm not good at explaining certain things. I know that there is no perfect game that satisfies everybody but my point is that I'm tired of par for the course game making. I don't want par, I want a hole in one.
  2. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Guest

    I disagree. I guess it does depend on which Final Fantasy you are playing. Certain enemies you can * pew * pew, but others actually require a little thought. I'm not saying by any means that FF is the epitome of RPG's, but calling Fallout 3 more of a RPG..... that's a fucking close one man :lol: .
    I found that Final Fantasy 6 and 7 were the high pints in the series. After that it went downhill. I liked FF 8 a lot, but you could * pew *pew through that one too. I give up on trying to find a RPG nowadays that is half as good as some of the ones around in the 90's.
  3. nemetoad

    nemetoad It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Dec 7, 2008
    I agree, Final Fantasy 6 and 7 were the high points. And yes, I do think Fallout 3 is more of an RPG. Stats govern more in Fallout 3 then in Final Fantasy after all. To me, if KOTOR can be considered an RPG, so can Fallout 3 :) That's my opinion though.
  4. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Guest

    To each his own.
  5. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    Well the real question is, if Fallout 3 is a good RPG.

    I mean. Look even Space Siege and the Doom Cellphone game get today "sold" as RPGs. Maybe one can even argue that they are RPGs. But I think not many here at least will think that it are good ones ...
  6. nemetoad

    nemetoad It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Dec 7, 2008
    Very true. Comparing it to Fallout 2, it's not as good an RPG. Comparing it to Bethesda's previous game Oblivion? I find it better in some areas, worse in others. It's a better attempt at a freeform game I've seen in ages, but it's not the best. To me, it's an 8/10. Fallout 1 and 2 would be like a... 9 to me really. *shrug*
  7. Public

    Public Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    May 18, 2006
    And Fallout 3 for me it's not an RPG, it's a Hybrid.

    People don't say Deus Ex was an RPG, even the creators of the game. And when you have a sci-fi setting like in Fallout, put it in FPP but still "the same" mechanics like "SPECIAL" and quests just like in the originals (hell, even TB combat!), then you can call it an RPG, it would work (VTM:Bloodlines for example). Fallout 3 has in some way close designed "SPECIAL", but the stats don't matter really (and cratchety ol joe proved that), they are just there for show of, then the dialogue and free choices don't do much too, the lack of consequances and the main thing...you can play only 2 roles:

    1. sneaky murderer
    2. mass murderer
    (like in many FPSs)

    because most of the quests are based on killing (on the begining or on the end, it usually ends with a killing), and "imagining" any roles outside the game (in the RL) does not count.

    The only choices you can make are:

    1. Do this quest
    2. don't do this quest

    Fallout 3 is a FPS with RPG elements, a Hybrid, a totally different game style than cRPGs.
  8. nemetoad

    nemetoad It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Dec 7, 2008
    *blinks* I think you missed a good chunk of the game's quests then. Many quests in Fallout 3 actually -don't- require combat, much like in Fallout 1 and 2. Tenpenny tower quest... you have the choice to kill one group, let the other kill the other, or diplomatically convince everyone in the tower with your speech skill. You also have the chance to exploit some affairs and the like to lower the count of people to convince.

    Big town, if you have a high enough stat in science or small guns at least, you can teach them how to defend themselves rather then fight the great big fight.

    Trouble on the Homefront... I recall only two people hostile. Most solutions required information digging, sabotoge, or whatever. Once again, another example of non-combat based questness.

    To say it's less then in Fallout 1 and 2 is one thing, to say Bethesda completely left it out is another. Yes, they do encourage more combat and the like, I agree that they shouldn't have. However, you're turning a blind eye to a lot of the game with statements like that ^_^
  9. Soviet Travolta

    Soviet Travolta First time out of the vault

    Dec 26, 2008
    The sneak skill also works in solving Big Town's quest, hiding with the inhabitants, leading the muties to think town has been deserted.

    Well actually, it's more like tricking the two mutants sent on patrol, you play "hide" but they don't play "seek" much. Idea is good though.
  10. Danilh

    Danilh It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Dec 21, 2008
    Science is bugged, there are no robots there to be fixed, at least on PC

  11. nemetoad

    nemetoad It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Dec 7, 2008
    Ah, I noticed that. I thought it was a problem with one of the robot mods I was using.
  12. Yazman

    Yazman It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Dec 23, 2004
    Just to clear something up, a few people seem to have misunderstood my post when I mentioned System Shock and Deus Ex as being hybrids. I said they were hybrids, I did not say they were RPGs or FPS.
  13. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    not a RPG and not a FPS? But they have to be at least "something" [namele FPS/RPG hybrids. If anything Deus Ex and SS2 are closer to shooters then RPGs. And that for a reason].

    Fallout 3 is a Shooter sold as RPG (simplified, I know its more on it then just that). Its in my book not more then a Shooter RPG Hybrid, but at least Deus Ex and SS2 had a world that made sense. Fallout 3 not. If Fallout 3 would had the rhetorical quality of Deus Ex 1 the gam ecould easily have been somewhat one of the best games in the last few years.
  14. TheRatKing

    TheRatKing Vault Dweller

    Oct 7, 2008
    Another disadvantage of FFP is that it is *much* harder to create a believable game world.

    When you are actually looking at a raider through the barrel of a gun and seeing bullet by bullet by bullet hit him in the eye dead on, the immersion is gone. The original fallouts solve this problem by having a system based on imagination. If you shot a guy in the head for 0 damage, it probably hit his helmet and ricocheted off. If you shot a guy in the head for 5 damage it probably simply nicked hit jaw or something. When I emptied barrel after barred on some of the harder enemies, it felt very strange, when it wouldn't have playing the originals.

    Also, I have said this before, but in the original fallout worlds, the city maps represented the major areas of the city/towns. The map was so big that it was not a hard step to imagine the towns as being bigger than they were represented. In Fallout 3...not so much. Although the towns might have *supposed* to be representational of full sized towns. The illusion fades when you have a character that can look in every nook and cranny of a town and see all there is too see.
  15. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    Well said. And a critical failure could have been something like this even


    Talking about a character with STR 1 here I guess ...

    Guy hit in head with .50 caliber ricochet
  16. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Guest

    :rofl: Hahahaha. Perfect.
  17. Shattering Fast

    Shattering Fast First time out of the vault

    Dec 6, 2008
    Re: Why do so many people here think First Person excludes R

    "Fallout 3 is not an RPG because it is in first-person!"

    "A true RPG cannot be in first person because the first Fallout was isometric!"

    To most of the people on this forum, that argument is reason enough to revile F3. Let's just forget about the fact that, though VATS, the game can be played perfectly well in the 3rd person. It is, in fact, my preferred method of play...
  18. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    Re: Why do so many people here think First Person excludes R

    Can I see some numbers on that?
  19. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra It Wandered In From the Wastes

    May 16, 2007
    Re: Why do so many people here think First Person excludes R

    Oh, I see what you're doing here. You're conflating the terms "RPG" and "Fallout" so that the factual statement "All Fallout games should have a trimetric perspective" becomes the ridiculous opinion "All RPGs should have a trimetric perspective."

    That little bit of word-trickery allows you to change the discussion from one of facts to one of opinions, ultimately leading to the That's-Just-Your-Opinion-Therefore-Fallout 3-is-Great Defense that is so tired and useless.
  20. Shattering Fast

    Shattering Fast First time out of the vault

    Dec 6, 2008
    Re: Why do so many people here think First Person excludes R

    Ouch, ya got me, hoss! My evil plot to undermine the debate...foiled again!

    In all seriousness, though: in the debate over whether Fallout 3 is a true "Fallout" title - taking into question it's FP perspective, it's lack of "dark humor", and it's real-time combat - there really aren't any points to be made besides opinions. The fact of the matter is that I think a Fallout game is made of different things than you do. It's as simple as that.

    It's not a "fact" that Fallout 3 is a lesser game because it diverges so much from its predessecors...it's an opinion. This debate has always been about opinions.