After four late nights of slinking around the virtual crumbling remains of the US, my eyes resemble eyepatches. My vision is blurry, my hair is unkempt. Stubble dots my face. The slightest creak makes me jump. Sleep comes in spurts: I sleep in a cocoon of blankets, but only fall asleep after ensuring everything is locked down.
It’s not my first rodeo. I’ve played Fallout before - I played 1 briefly, then spent a whopping 80 hours on 2 - but this is the first time Fallout has drawn me into the world. Whereas I used to be an untouchable god guiding around an avatar, it is I who peers out from T51b Power Armour Helmet visors. It is I who flinches at every attack and shrinks at every sound.
I am the hero of my own story. I am the hero the wasteland needs, and the role model every child deserves. I don’t shy away from violence, but I seek to bring justice to all. I liberate the slaves and protect the weak.
In my first three hours, I killed only eight radroaches. Then I stumbled into Megaton, met Burke, shot Burke, and disarmed the bomb.
I haven’t even visited the Mojave Wastes yet.
I’ve found some mods that improve the game, ones that add patrols, new armor, quests, interactions. I shied away from companion mods (it feels like cheating!), but I did install a bunch of custom radio stations.
I’m 18 hours into Fallout: TTW. And I’ve enjoyed it so far.
I spent this morning searching for the perfect main menu music. I settled on a music box rendition of the Metal Gear Solid theme.
Fallout: TTW is a mod that combines Fallout 3 and New Vegas. It requires Fallout 3 GOTY and New Vegas GOTY. You can get it here: http://taleoftwowastelands.com/