There’s never been a bad Fallout game, as most fans of the series will agree. When it comes to mods, things are so-so, but The Frontier total conversion mod stands in a class of its own.
Far from being the only games where you barely eek a living or rule like a boss in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, there’s a certain allure which distinguishes the Fallout series from the rest. It’s that specific vibe that keeps fans returning and begging for more each time a game or DLC is released.
Maybe you had your full of irradiated, derelict scenery with its assorted population of godless men and beasts with Fallout 4 and its plethora of enhancements. If so, turn back.
If nostalgia’s bugging you but you already played the bejesus out of New Vegas, I’ve got some news, both good and bad. The bad is you’ll have to wait ’til winter, but the good news says you’ll be able to lose a couple days of gameplay when Fallout: The Frontier comes out.
With a gestation period of several years, this total conversion mod is the brainchild of Maybenexttime ( founder and lead writer) and the codechild of an assorted team of four dozen brave men and women who really wanted to bring something new. Also, it’s free.
Ambitious to the core, The Frontier has takes place in a broken and freezing hellhole: Portland, Oregon. Sure, the action happens in a parallel future, but it’s good to see Portland ain’t changed a bit.
The team used assets from the official Fallout 3 and New Vegas games, but they’ve also completely reworked certain aspects, like the weather system and unique FX. The coolest part, though, is the addition of totally new elements, such as cold weather that really bites you in the ass, tank battles, fire that spreads, aerial battles, new fauna and OMFG, friggin’ tank battles!
Survival is a big thing now, so you can forget about wandering the wasteland whistling and wearing nothing but a Sexy sleepware just because you can. You get frostbites and, after your peen falls off, you die. Also, the mod introduces trapping and hunting. You want to eat? Then pull your own weight. Or a rabbit or something, I don’t know.
The thing with total conversion mods is their ambition is oftentimes the cause of their fall. We’ve seen mods get stuck in development limbo and it pains us. I’ve been waiting for Skywind so long, I’ll probably start playing Morrowind again before it comes out. If it comes out at all.
Not so with The Frontier. Judging by their last trailer, it seems the motley crew are actually close to completion.
War. War never changes. And neither do die-hard Fallout fans.