BOSTON – At the end of my Wasteland 3 demo, I did something unbelievably dumb. The developers told me that the residents of my home base would hate me for it, and that thousands of lines of dialogue would change as a result. But, damn it all, I really wanted the psychotic warlord with purple hair as a party member. And, in my defense, the game offered me that choice.

I played through a combat demo of Wasteland 3 at PAX East 2020, and I was impressed with the amount of options I had at my disposal, both while fighting and conversing. For those who haven’t played the first two games, Wasteland is an isometric RPG set in a postapocalyptic United States. It’s got a twisted sense of humor, but also provides some salient commentary on what humanity might be like after centralized civilization collapses.

If you’re thinking that this sounds a lot like Fallout, you’re correct. Wasteland inspired the first two Fallout games, which later inspired Wasteland 2 and Wasteland 3. It’s a virtuous cycle.

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Wasteland 3 combat

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