With The Game Awards for 2015 having finally wrapped up, we now have a critical consensus on Game of the Year: The Witcher 3. It's a seminal RPG, and probably one of the greatest the genre has ever seen. But the extraordinary thing about CD Projekt RED's achievement is that they not only claimed this award in an excellent year for the industry, they took the prize from Bethesda.
That is quite an achievement. But we believe that even though Fallout 4 is an excellent game, it shouldn't have won Game of the Year regardless of The Witcher 3's presence. This game has a lot of problems, and we sincerely hope that they won't be repeated when Bethesda return to Tamriel for the release of Elder Scrolls 6.
The Mistakes of Fallout 4 Cannot Be Repeated For the Release Of Elder Scrolls 6
In many ways, Fallout 4 is a comparable release with that of Ubisoft's Far Cry 4 - obviously the former is the better game, though. But when Ubisoft released Far Cry 4, while everyone certainly enjoyed it, it felt extremely similar to that of the game that preceded it. Too much of this new title felt like reused material in a new setting - even the protagonist seemed like the same person!
Therefore, almost every critic basically warned Ubisoft against this practice, stating that while the game is a lot of fun, Far Cry 5 needs to be a very different project if people are going to get their money's worth. The same can be said for both the Fallout and Elder Scrolls franchises.
Fallout 4 isn't a very innovative game. The system whereby we can create settlements in-game is a great innovation for an RPG, but the rest of the game lacks that sense of creativity. Fallout 4 feels like a more polished version of its predecessor, however it still managed to hang on to the previous game's poor animations, glitches, low-res visuals, and poor dialogue. Unusual.
We Don't Want An Updated Version Of Skyrim
For this reason, you'll see that the user reviews on the likes of Metacritic are shockingly low. For instance, the PC version of Fallout 4 currently has a score of 5.4 - a score which is actually lower than that of Duke Nukem: Forever. The latest installment has disappointed fans of the series, and we really hope that Bethesda can learn from Fallout 4's faults for Elder Scrolls 6.
If we receive an updated version of Skyrim on its release, we'll be fairly disappointed. Fallout 4 still feels like an old-school RPG in many ways - a very satisfying one - but we need more innovation if Bethesda are to keep up with the likes of CD Projekt RED's RPG masterpiece, The Witcher 3. Agree? Disagree?Let us know what you think in the comments below!