I don’t even know how to process this.
Obsidian is the studio that made Pillars of Eternity. They made Alpha Protocol. They made Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Jeez Louise, they made Fallout: New Vegas.
I mean, I would recommend each of those. Pillars of Eternity to someone who loved Neverwinter Nights. Alpha Protocol to someone who loves the Mission Impossible movies and has a good sense of humor when it comes to bugs. KotOR2 for anybody who loved the first one and anybody who loves Star Wars.
And Fallout: New Vegas is one of those games that is so good that it has me recommend another game first. Dude. You need to play Fallout 3. Play Fallout 3 and beat it and feel good about it. And then realize that Fallout 3 is the Tutorial for The Best Game Ever. You just had a 40, 50, 60, 70 hour tutorial to play Fallout: New Vegas.
InXile Entertainment is another company that makes me feel weird rumblings of hope. I’m sure you remember the disappointment of The Bard’s Tale when it came out for PS2… but remember hearing about Wasteland 2 and then it, amazingly, lived up to the hype? Like, it *FELT* like an actual and for real sequel to a game from 1988? (Dude, I played this game back in 1988 on my Apple IIe.)
And then Torment: Tides of Numenera *FELT* like a sequel to the original Planescape: Torment.
Sequels to games that belong on the Top Ten Games Of All Time list that felt like the games that appear on that list?
And now the companies that made those games have been purchased by Microsoft? And Microsoft bought them because they feel like the PS4 has been kicking them in the butt with PS4 exclusives like (deep breath):
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Ratchet and Clank
The Last Guardian
God Of War
Man. That’s a lot of butt-kicking exclusives.
So let’s say that you want to take that on. What’s the first thing you notice when you look at that? That’s right: NOSE IN THE AIR SNOBBERY. So if you wanted to steal the nose-in-the-air snobs, the best way to do that is to grab the companies that the people who have been screaming at Todd Howard have been mentioning in their screamings.
Oh, people have been screaming at Todd Howard that they needed to hire the people who made Fallout: New Vegas? Let’s buy those guys. Oh, people have been screaming at Todd Howard that they needed to hire the people who made Wasteland 2? Let’s buy those guys as well.
There are two ways to look at this. The first is to say “welp, these guys are now as dead as if EA had bought them… man… remember Bioware? Good times.”
But the second is to say “maybe Microsoft is serious about wanting people to buy the Xbox One X and the inevitable One X sequel. Remember how Cuphead was an exclusive? Maybe they want RPGs. Maybe they want RPGs that are as good as being RPGs as Cuphead was at being a run-and-gun shooter.”
And then I get chills.
Keep your fingers crossed. We might soon have a reason to buy an Xbox. Again.
So… what are you playing?
(Image is “borg assimilation” from U.S. Army Europe. The photo itself, though not necessarily any implied or associated trademarks captured by the photo, is in the public domain. Did you know all US government photos are in the public domain, copyright-wise, unless created as a work for hire / under contract by someone who didn’t assent to that? So go forth and re-use you some photos.)