A while ago, I fell in love with a little game on the XBox360 called “Fallout 3.” After playing through it a few times, I also had a chance to enjoy “Fallout New Vegas,” despite the initial bug-ridden state of the release. I’ve also recently starting studying many of the costume and prop pieces in the game as part of my “Costume Initiative 2014” that I wrote about last Monday. I have also enjoyed many of the fan films that have come out, particularly the work done by Zack Finfrock and the folks at Wayside Creations.
Back in 2011, they released a short called “Fallout: Nuka Break.” This followed a vault dweller, a ghoul, and a freed slave as they wandered the wasteland, searching for Nuka Cola and just trying to survive. This lead to a short series, which also starred Doug Jones as a mayor, but the original short was very good. Go ahead, take a Nuka Break, and give it a view. I’ll wait.
Pretty spiffy, right? For a fan film, it has decent effects and production values, and the series also improves on that. It’s very enjoyable, so give it a view before you continue.
Sorry, this one you’ll have to search for on YouTube. I’m not doing all of your work for you.
Moving on, Wayside did a Kickstarter to fund Season 2, and the first episode to kick that off premiered late last week. “Fallout Red Star” features another player in the wasteland, a former tracker in NCR armor that has to track down a kidnapped girl, and is distributed by Machinima on YouTube. While the Nuka Break episodes clock in around 7 to 11 minutes, this one clocks in around 25 minutes, and features robots and a Super Mutant, showing how the group has improved with experience, and really making it feel like you are in the “Fallout” universe.
Normally, I would tell you here if I liked it or not, but I’ve already spent a good portion of the post already saying how much I like these fan films. “Nuka Break” is a treat, and “Red Star” is interesting, and I can’t wait to see how it ties in to the “Nuka Break” pieces, as it’s set between the original short shown above, and Season One of the series.
“Fallout Nuke Break” and “Fallout Red Star” are both available for viewing on YouTube. They’re a quick watch, so definitely check them out.
All photos were taken with my iPhone 4s using the YouTube application, and the screen cap function.