|Walker, Texas Ranger. No wait... and doesn't that guy with the balaclava look like a soldier from the Battlefield series?|
Admittedly I never played the original Wasteland. It was a game that was a bit before my time as it was released in 1988, however GOG happens to be selling it for cheap in its current sale if you have $3 USD to spare). I did play the original Fallout though which is considered a spiritual successor to Wasteland and loved it. Both are post-apocalyptic RPGs and Wasteland 2 promises to be the same.
Why does this game excite me? Well besides having that post-apocalyptic setting like Fallout and having one of the key people behind both Wasteland and Fallout involved (i.e. Brian Fargo) the game also looks interesting as you can create your own squad of Desert Rangers, a bit like the Wizardry games or Icewind Dale (yes fantasy games but I can't think of any other better examples of customisable party RPGs at the moment). Also Mark Morgan, the composer for classic RPGs Planescape: Torment and Fallout (yes I mentioned "Fallout" again) will be scoring the music to this game, Fallout having a very memorable and atmospheric soundtrack. Finally, there will be lots of choices to be made and you will see the consequences of your actions. Hopefully something similar to Fallout, where you can see the what impact of your actions on each community in the epilogue.
Yes my post probably sounds a lot like "Blah, blah, blah, Fallout, blah, blah, blah, Fallout..." but Fallout was that good a game. Good enough for Bethesda Softworks to have resurrected the franchise with Fallout 3 and Fallout wouldn't have been a reality if it weren't for trailblazers like Wasteland.
Apparently, Wasteland 2 is available as "Early Access" on Steam although it appears to cost $60 USD. If you buy it though one of the things you get is a free copy of Wasteland 1 (so another way of acquiring the original besides the GOG sale).
[LINK: Official Wasteland 2 website]
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