There might be some slight spoilers here regarding Fallout 3, but I will do my best to avoid them. I haven’t finished the game, so I can’t spoil it too much anyway, I can only talk about what I know.
It seems that the new Fallout 3 DLC, “Broken Steel” which will hit next month on the PC and 360, actually removes the ending of the game itself. Beyond that, it even changes a few key events leading up to the finale, in order to make things more to people’s liking after lots of complaining about the original ending.
Not only does this raise the level cap and allow people to explore the world after the game is finished, it also raises some interesting questions.
Is it weird that we live in an age when a game’s ending can just be overwritten with a patch? People voice enough concern, and you can change anything in your game. This used to just be kept to the realm of bugs and gameplay mechanics, but now, not even story is protected. Does this seem like murky water to anyone else? What does this mean for sequels? Plot holes? Character arcs?
I’m really not trying to blow this out of proportion, I just find it an interesting question. Fans complained enough that a developer overrode their original intentions for the game and the feeling that it was supposed to leave you with upon completion. I’m not concerned about getting to play beyond the ending, that part I understand, but essentially re-writing it altogether with a patch? That I don’t know about.
What do you guys think of Bethesda essentially erasing the ending to Fallout 3? Good or bad for gaming?