Joe's enthusiasm is definitely inspiring, but I'm still dubious. I don't normally like 'funny' games, I like things to be decidedly serious, but sometimes games can be funny and even break the 4th wall without ruining things for me. There are 2 games that really achieved this for me, Fallout 2 and Planescape Torment. Without the humour of Fallout 2, I think much of the 'Fallout feeling' will be lost in Fallout 3. Honestly, this preview pretty much confirms what I've suspected all along about F3, that it'll be a good game in its own right, but just 'not enough', much the same as BioShock was to System Shock 2 for me - a disappointing spinoff. Hardcore fans of an original series tend to expect far, far too much from sequels (or 'spiritual successors' for those who've lost the rights to their own games) and I'm as guilty of this as any series-fanboy, but I think it's fair enough for me to state that Fallout 3 will simply not be in the same league as Fallout 1 or 2, and strays far enough from the originals to be considered another spinoff, rather than a true sequel (as F2 was to F1). I don't think it'll be a bad game, I have faith that it'll be a great game and not another Brotherhood of Steel-alike, and I'll likely even buy it on release, but I suspect I'll have to constantly remind myself to not expect Fallout 2 in a 3D engine.. and that's disappointing. The fact that I'll still buy the game on release just goes to show the deficit in absolutely classic games these days - If there were other games of this sort out there for me to partake in I'd probably spend my money on something else and 'passively boycott' Fallout 3 in a sort of mild protest, but it's all we've got right now, and all we're likely to get in this niche for a while more.. I just hope Bethesda had enough of their voice-acting budget left-over after hiring Mr. Neeson to hire more than just 3 or 4 NPC-actors per gender this time.. the repetitive voicing in Oblivion grates on my nerves to a point of immersion-killing frustration.