So, we just got an awesome trailer for Fallout 4’s final DLC (dropping August 30th) and I could not be more excited to finally play through this content. How awesome is it going to be to adventure through a Nuka-Cola theme park? I can’t wait to find out what this DLC has in store for us. Let's jump right into the anlysis.
The first thing I noticed was that it was in true, classic Bethesda style; they’ve combined something bright and happy with a dark and sinister, dangerous vibe. This is part of what I love about the Fallout world, I am so happy with the aesthetic and mood that this trailer has shown us. You can see that Nuka-World would have been an awesome place, filled to the brim with happy families and park goers before the war. Now it's a serious bad-land where raiders and mutated animals will attack you at every turn, there are weapons and dangers as far as the eye can see. As far as visuals go, I was also really enjoying all the Nuka-Cola themed decorations. Not to mention the Nuka Quantum River and the fantastic Nuka theme Mr. Handys and Protectrons.
Speaking of Nuka themed stuff, we get a glimpse of the awesome Nuka Cola Power Armor, which I can’t wait to get into. It makes me wonder what sort of protective powers and possible benefits this suit will give the wearer. Later on in the trailer we also see a wicked cool blue set of Power Armor that looks like Enclave Armor, which I love. I’m wondering if that was supposed to be the Quantum Armor, or something of that nature. But whatever it’s called, I can’t wait to see what it can do. Nearer the end they showed us a scene where a man in large, caged red Power Armor is standing in a bumper car arena being electrocuted. This is a really great teaser because it doesn’t explain itself very well and it gets people excited to see what it means. I have to wonder; is this raider Power Armor; who was that guy wearing it in the trailer; what are the stats for it; how do you use the Bumper Car Arena to shock people? This DLC is going to have a tonne of cool armor and power armor for us to collect, that much is clear.
After the Armor we’re greeted with a scene on a roller coaster, which is incredibly awesome because it was in first person view. This could be teasing the idea that there will be rides that we can actually get on and enjoy for ourselves in the park. Functioning roller coasters and theme park rides! I hope that means we’re able to get on them and go from place to place to reach new areas; that would be such a cool usage of the ride-able rides feature. It looks like there might even be a number of rides, not just roller coasters, and I can’t wait to see what sorts of fun games and activities you can do in the park. They showed ski ball and a shooting range, that might mean there are a number of different carnival games to enjoy. Maybe there’s even a prize system, like there was with the slots in New Vegas.
Speaking of New Vegas, there were a lot of things about this Nuka World content that made me reminisce about the days of New Vegas. The first thing that made me feel the feels for NV was the appearance of a robot with a screen for a face, showing us an advertisement for Nuka-World Theme Park. This immediately made me think about Yes Man and Victor from NV, and I loved that, because NV was one of my favorite games of all time. Could we get some new robo-friends; maybe even some new parts to use in building robots at the Robot Workbench? After that we get a glimpse of an Old Western looking town with a Cowgirl moseying on through. That just screams New Vegas to me and makes me excited for the new clothes, weapons, NPCs, and side quests that might be out there. We also get a good glimpse of a broken down looking roller coaster that definitely reminds me of the one circling Primm in NV. There are a number of things that get me reall excited, as New Vegas fan, and I am glad they're going back to some of that NV style. Because it's really hard for me to go back to playing New Vegas now that we've got Fallout 4.
Another bit of excitement that made me think about New Vegas was the appearance of what looked to be a new Raider Gang. This gang seems to enjoy wearing masks with their armor, which definitely gave me some White Glove Society vibes. (Was that a reach?) These masked Raiders appear to be some kind of slaver group, so I am interested to see if there is some side quest action regarding this new group. There were many different mask styles to see on the Raiders in this trailer, from blank metal masks to bird beak masks, and I can’t wait to see how many there are that I can collect and wear myself. Not only did they show us a new possible Raider Gang, there were a few new character styles that could potentially be representing new factions. They showed us some Cave Men, some Old Western style NPCs, and even a couple of people that were giving me Gun Runner vibes. I am beyond excited to see all the new and different enemies we’ll encounter and perhaps even partner up with. On top of that, it appeared there were new hairstyles and colours out here in Nuka-World, and I for one am happy they've added some funky colours and mohawks back into the game. They can be seen here adorning the Raider's heads, which I hope means we're able to wear them ourselves. There really isn't any good reason why we shouldn't be able to wear them.
That paragraph is a great segue into speaking about the new creature type enemies we could be encountering in this DLC. We were shown a new and badass looking lizard beast; something that looks like a male version of Brahmin; a crazy, creepy looking tunnel worm with a quad-pronged mouth; some sort of jumping spider; and even some flying ants. Not to mention the appearance of some angry looking green aliens with blaster guns - which is so cool - I love when they add in cheesy sci-fi elements. This even ties into the whole New Vegas vibe with its sci-fi DLC; this is reminding me of the Old World Blues New Vegas DLC. On top of that, we might've been given a glimpse of the major baddy in this trailer – or at least I hope we were – because we were shown an awesome looking ghoul that I thought was a clown at first. He disappears into a cloud of black smoke before you get a good look at his face and I was so hoping he'd be a creepy clown. On closer inspection it looks like he's a special Glowing Ghoul, which is also cool, but has been done before. On the topic of ghouls, I want to point out an interesting few that we were able to see in the trailer. They appear to be covered in paint splatter, which gives me a very evil clown kind of feeling, and I'm wondering if that will be a running theme in this game. I hope it is.
It’s unclear how far the clown theme might go in this game, but we did get to see a colourfully painted gun in the trailer. Which gives me hope that there might be a number of evil clown references and items in the DLC. There were actually a few more awesome weapons shown, most of which seemed like they could belong to a clown, and that feeds my theory that there is a clown theme there. Maybe you get the colourful rifle, wicked cool electric paddle ball, and dangerous rocket bat from defeating the Big Bad; or even from some side quests. All I know is, I don’t know how much longer I can wait to see all the epic new items that have been given to us inside this content. Including the items they have added to the settlement building part of the game.
Apparently we’re going to get a bunch of new items to build Nuka-Themed Settlements and I do admit to being curious about them. It looks like there are actually a good number of items being added and a lot of them look really fun. It’s this gamer’s desire that they give us some new settlements to build on inside the Nuka Theme Park, because I definitely want to take over some land in that area. It would be such a good use of the settlement mechanic to allow us to take over areas for the possible new factions that might be introduced. How cool would it be to help whichever faction you’ve chosen to take over and build up the settlements inside Nuka World?
This DLC should be at least the size of Far Harbor and so I’m thoroughly anticipating it. It has been a long time since I’ve been this excited for a piece of DLC from Bethesda, and 15 days from the writing of this article is much too long to wait - or at least that’s how it feels. The trailer did exactly what it was supposed to, it encouraged me to pre-order the game and secure my copy now. Because I want to be playing this game the minute it drops, filming every moment of it so I can watch the magic back later and swoon over the awesomeness. Until then, let’s keep our spirits high and count down the hours ‘til it will finally be available.
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