Nowadays there is a trend towards the massive screening of video games. On June 6, the Disco Elysium TV series was announced, and Netflix is announcing a 10-episode Cyberpunk 2077 anime from Studio Trigger. Also before that, the HBO series on The Last of Us, the Cuphead cartoon and much, much more were announced. We even wrote separate material on the topic of TV series and films based on video games.
The Fallout series has recently joined this list of film adaptations. Kilter Films, Bethesda Game Studios and Amazon Studios bring our favorite apocalyptic RPG to Amazon Origin. The production will be handled by Westworld studio and produced by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who have signed an agreement with Amazon. They will work with Todd Howard and others from the Bethesda Game Studios team to bring this project to life.
Judging by the lack of details about the Fallout series [there was absolutely no mention of the actors or writers involved in the project in the announcement] - it may take quite a long time before we see the Fallout series. Maybe even years.
However, I'm sure many people don't know that we already have an excellent Fallout series, which is not inferior in quality to a good television adaptation - Fallout: Nuka Break. This is an unofficial fan project made without the participation of Bethesda, but completely inspired by the atmosphere of New Vegas, which was released at that time.
Of course, if you are a fan of the series, you probably saw it, but if you have become interested in the universe only recently, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in an interesting, and most importantly, high-quality story.
Fallout: Nuka Break is a story about a group of people trying to survive in the harsh world of Fallout. Among the trio, Twig is a clumsy Vault Dweller with a C-min, who has a clear dependency on Nuke Cola. Scarlett is a former New Vegas slave who is always ready to kill anyone in the wasteland. And Ben is a rude ghoul with a heart of gold on the verge of losing his mind.
The trio travels through the wasteland in search of work, gets into trouble and gunfights, and quarrels among themselves in such a funny way that it's hard to come off. This is rightfully the story of a group of losers becoming adventurers. The series has two seasons in total, and you can find many dubbed versions of the series on YouTube. It will take you 2 hours to watch Nuka Break. Nuka Break started out as a short and nothing more, but a lot of fan response has led to a sequel in the form of a web comic from Wayside Creations [now Wayside Digital] with their Kickstarter company where funding is secured.
I can understand what you are thinking - you doubt the quality, since the phrase "fan project" means poor quality or at least the fact that it will roll off over time. Your expectations may be quite low, especially considering that it was 2011 and the CGI effects were much more difficult to create yourself than they are now. But Nuka Break is an impressive show and an exception to the rule. True, there is no huge caste or a number of special effects, and most of the action takes place in the wasteland, but the costumes, weapons, props and makeup are all done convincingly and at the highest level.
Making a show based on a game you don't own is risky, but Bethesda was clearly a fan of it. I liked the Obsidian series too. One of the original Fallout game designers, Tim Kane, even made a cameo appearance on the series. It even included a special weapon from Fallout: New Vegas - Nuka Breaker, a huge Nuka Cola poster used as a bat. Wayside Creations decided to continue the success of Nuka Break with another multi-part miniseries, Tales from the Wasteland. Unfortunately, the fate of the project and the members from Wayside did not end with such a triumph. The final video on Kickstarter, according to several actors and creators, most of the funding for their next project, the adaptation of Legend of Grimrock, was fraudulent and they themselves were not paid for the work they had already done.
Luckily, Nuka Break is still good and still available. And I really recommend watching it.
On the downside, at times the pace of the show is a bit sluggish and the acting is lame. But I think this is forgivable in an already good project. The series perfectly conveys the black humor of the series and feels like an authentic piece. A little about the daily
Touching upon the topic of game adaptations in the form of TV series and films, I would like to talk about an urgent problem, since there is such an opportunity. It seems to me that now a new wave of video game adaptations has arrived, and I hope it will be much better this time.
As I said above, Nuka Break benefits from its authenticity as it respects the origin. It was 2011, when there were no good game adaptations in principle. Except for Silent Hill. As it seems to me, in the past, when creating a game adaptation, they took a general idea and discarded it, giving free rein to the turbulent and not the best imagination of the authors. They imposed their cinematic cliches on the pictures, not understanding the essence of the game. Think Max Payne or Hitman, which became mediocre action movies, and Doom, which became a slow horror movie.
This has happened before with comics. Early comic book adaptations were weird and wacky. Daredevil, Electra, X-Men, Batman Forever, and many other comic strips looked like their creators were trying to fix something that wasn't broken. With films over games as well. Being disconnected from the original source or focusing on one particular mechanic seems inappropriate.
And as comic-book films have now found their niche, so I hope that close collaboration with the authors of the original games can make future projects authentic. After all, forfeits made a great Fallout series in 2011. Since then, there have been more gamers in the world, including among filmmakers and scriptwriters. Hopefully, there are more gamers in the cinema environment now and they can convey what we love games for, which we will see in the future.
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