Fallout 3

Good old Fallout 3! I do love it, despite it’s severely railroading main story/quest line – the world all around that is just fantastic and it’s so much fun to play in. It’s basically a huge open world that you can pretty much do as you please in… the kind of thing that Bethesda seems to do so well!
After the recent Mass Effect 3 heartbreak, I’ve steered away from RPGs for a bit (Thankfully Minecraft hasn’t yet let me down!) – but I recently got the itch to play Fallout 3 again.

What’s Fallout 3 you ask?
It’s a RPG set in a future world of an alternative history. In the Fallout universe, things went a bit differently sometime around the 1950s, and whilst things like Nuclear weapons still came to be, things like the Microchip didn’t so much. The biggest difference of cause, is the great war. A world ending Nuclear cacophony occurs. Have a look at the Fallout Wiki’s Timeline if you’d like some more detail.
Seriously, if you’ve never played it, it’s worth the £15 that Steam is currently asking for the Game of the Year edition…

Anyway, after reinstalling it I’m left facing the question of mods…
There are SO MANY mods out there for this game – and a lot of them are just simply awesome.
Seriously, If you’ve got Fallout 3 on the PC you need to get some mods! Head on over to Fallout 3 Nexus and take a look.
I highly recommend the following; Fallout Wanderer’s Edition, Mart’s Mutant Mod, Fellout, Weapon Mod Kits, EVE, NMC’s Texture Pack [FULL] and the DC Interior’s Project.
There are many, many more though, from additional ‘Perks‘ to new Radio stations.
And I would just like to take a moment to thank all of the awesome mod makers who have enriched the game with all this additional content. Thank you people!
But perhaps two of the most important ‘mods’ you should look at are the bug reducing/error fixing ones – namely Fallout Stutter Remover and Error Reductions – Reduce CTD – these two alone are perhaps the most important downloads any Fallout 3 fan could ever do! Seriously.

After all this, perhaps it’s no wonder that my Fallout 3 directory is 18Gb in total…
But when my Vault Dweller character makes his first trip out of Vault 101 now, the post apocalyptic world that greats him now looks like this.

Nice.

Conspiracy or Coincidence? aka More thoughts on Mass Effect 3 ending…

I’ve already posted plenty (here and here) of my thoughts on Mass Effect 3’s endings.

But something new just cropped up (see my tweet also).

When I bought Mass Effect 3 I got the soundtrack as a bonus – and I have to say I really do like it, it’s got some great pieces on it!

But I noticed something.
The track that plays at the end of the game is called “Das Malefitz” by Faunts – I quite like it – however the name intrigued me as it stood out (other tracks being called “Reaper Chase” and “Leaving Earth” for example).

A quick Google for “Malefitz” turns up pretty much only links to this track or the Faunts in general. It does also reveal that the it is the name of a game in German (which interestingly seems to involve a choice of colours – just like the end of ME3…)

But further digging also reveals this insightful page: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malefiz.
Which goes on to say:

Maleficent from Latin for “bad deed”, “iniquity”, originally from Latin maleficus (wicked, evil-acting, wicked) and Latin maleficium (crime, crime, literally, “bad deed”)

This, to me, seems to describe the end sequence of Mass Effect 3 rather well…

Conspiracy or Coincidence?

[update edit]
or just bad spelling? who knows? 😉