Bethesda releases the latest video in its seven part series detailing Fallout 4′s S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat system, with the most recent footage focusing on Agility.
Fallout 4‘s advertising campaign spoofing the anachronistic “Duck and Cover” civil defense social guidance films of yesteryear continues, by making a strong case for Agility, and why it will help Vault Dwellers traverse the Boston Wastelands with ease. Not only will the primary stat in the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. program give players the ability to evade incoming gunfire and projectiles more easily, but it will also allow them quicker reaction times in the VATS combat system, as well as more successful attempts at sneaking.
As seen in the video below, Vault Boy’s gunning down of feral ghouls is pretty violent, but Bethesda still manages to imbue the Fallout 4 footage with a cheery tone that has become an underlying flavor for the entirety of the post-apocalyptic franchise thus far. Nevertheless, even though it’s a cartoon, the clip becomes a tad disturbing toward the end when the series’ mascot repeatedly stabs a sleeping character to death while maintaining a giant, toothy smile.
Today’s video focusing on Agility is the sixth and penultimate entry in this particular ad campaign for Fallout 4. So far, we’ve seen “S” for Strength, “P” for Perception, “E” for Endurance, “C” for Charisma, and “I” for Intelligence. Next week, fans will get a taste of “L” for Luck, which is arguably one of the most underrated stats in the game, as it typically affects almost all of a character’s skills.
A couple of weeks ago, Bethesda’s lead producer for Fallout 4 revealed that the game had been built by a relatively small development team – a little more than 100 developers were a part of the process – but it’s obvious that the title has a pretty hefty budget considering the high quality of the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. commercial spots. Bearing the large funds involved and Bethesda’s solid track record in mind, fans ought to expect some first-class gameplay, especially since the action-RPG is also already critically lauded, winning the E3 2015 Best in Show Award a few months back.
However, a recent survey from Nielsen – the global marketing research firm – revealed that while tons of people are indeed awaiting the release of Fallout 4 with bated breath, the retro-futuristic role-playing game has been edged out by Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 as the most anticipated game of Fall 2015. Of course, taste is a subjective thing, and such surveys don’t necessarily denote the quality of a product’s craftsmanship, but the report could point toward larger earnings for the upcoming CoD title.
Almost certainly, Activision’s and Treyarch’s first-person shooter is at the forefront of a lot of gaming fans’ minds not only for its award-winning multiplayer component, but also due to its brand being more recognizable on a worldwide scale. So, while Fallout 4‘s S.P.E.C.I.A.L. ad campaign is definitely clever and Bethesda’s title may be cut from a higher caliber cloth, such merits might not be enough to topple the likely juggernaut sales of the Call of Duty franchise’s sequel.
Fallout 4 is set to release on November 10, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.