A truly dedicated Fallout 4 fan parodies an original trailer for Bethesda’s retro-futuristic RPG by referencing elements from Valve’s Counter-Strike series.
It’s been almost four weeks since the game’s release, but even so, Fallout 4 fever is still in full swing, as is evidenced in YouTuber HankWank’s video mashup of the post-apocalyptic title’s live action Wanderer trailer with aspects of the popular team-based shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Not only does the send-up contain plenty of references to CS:GO—knife combat, a bomb to be defused, as well as team-chat—but it also perfectly follows the beats to the original Fallout 4 trailer.
Using the Steam Workshop and Source Filmmaker to put it together, HankWank injects a little bit of humor into the clip by having the Sole Survivor exit a port-a-potty instead of Vault 111, replacing the immortal Dogmeat companion with a chicken, and having the protagonist steal a set of power armor from a display case. Rather than spoil all of the fun, fans can check out the full footage from the parody below.
This isn’t the first time Fallout 4 assets have cropped up in other games. As it happens, one gaming fan used a Grand Theft Auto 5 PC mod to edit a short film of sorts, telling the story of a Vault Dweller getting attacked by Raiders and subsequently saved by a Brotherhood of Steel member.
Not only have there been fan-made materials referencing Bethesda’s post-nuclear holocaust-themed title, but proper developers have given it nods as well in their own releases. As it happens, MachineGames stocked Wolfenstein: The Old Blood with Easter eggs for Fallout, as well as Skyrim and Doom.
With so many fans dedicating their efforts toward paying homage to Fallout 4 with other games’ resources, it’s obvious that the action-RPG has made an indelible mark in the pop-culture landscape. In fact, not only did the gaming industry offer practically round-the-clock coverage for the title prior to its availability, but late night talk show host Conan O’Brien used his Clueless Gamer segment as promotion for its release.
At any rate, December 10 will mark the first official month that Fallout 4 hit store shelves, and considering the vast amount of discussions still taking place online about the game, its popularity will surely continue to grow. Not to mention, once the title receives its first bout of materials from the Season Pass and DLC next year, it’s safe to assume that we’ll see even more fan-generated content like HankWank’s mashup trailer crop up in the near future.
Fallout 4 is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while Counter-Strike: Global Offensive can be played on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.