Fallout: Italy, Fallout: New Orleans, Fallout: Brussels – epic locations for Fallout 5 and Fallout 76
6 Epic Real-Life Fallout 5 Locations
The Fallout series has taken us from California to Washington DC to the Mojave Desert to Boston and most recently in Fallout 76 to sprawling Appalachia. With the Fallout MMO still pumping out updates and expansions to make up for past errors, many people wonder which destinations will be added to Fallout 76 next. Though with nearly all gamers agreed that the Fallout games are at their best when single player, the more important question remains: Where will Fallout 5 be set?
As of the time of writing, nobody knows for certain. But boy do we have some exciting ideas. Take notes, Bethesda.
Fallout: New York
We'll start off with an obvious choice. The city that never sleeps, the big irradiated apple. Between the giant rats on the subway cars (that will be eating more than just stray pizza slices) to whatever foul creatures would reclaim central park, it's hard to imagine a more iconic destination for Fallout 5 than New York.
Imagine clearing the floors of the Empire State Building, ascending skyscrapers that make Tenpenny Tower look like a bungalow. Other buildings might not have been so lucky to survive the Great War, working your way through the toppled towers would be a thrilling adventure leading the player through NYC's once diverse neighbourhoods.
The grey waters of the bay would make for delightfully dreary settings. Though if Bethesda wanted players to have some more countryside to play in, the forest of New England could be turned into a vast wooded playground. Though we suspect their once vibrant leaves will have turned this one-time paradise into more of a Hills Have Eyes style murder-forest.
We can already imagine the smoky bars filled with husky voiced crooning ghouls keeping the dream of jazz alive.
Take a look above at the rooftop racetrack strewn with classic cars and tell me it's not the most Fallout thing you've ever seen. It's actually built upon the roof of the old Fiat Lingotto car factory in the north Italian city of Turin.
If Fallout 5 were set in Italy, we would want to see more than one of its iconic cities. Imagine what creatures would lurk in the murky canals of Venice? What huge, mutated beast has made Rome's Colosseum its home? And heck, while we're at it, let's pop into the Vatican catacombs for some blast shelter blasphemy and supermutants replete with the colourful apparel of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.
A city that's had its share of blitzes and air raid shelters already, England's capital would be a fantastic location for Fallout 5. The iconic "Keep calm and carry on" philosophy of London during the war could be reimagined for a decidedly British apocalypse. It's such a good idea, in fact, that fans have already made Fallout: London as an incredible DLC for Fallout 4.
Here's how its creators describe the DLC, "From stuffy parliamentary aristocrats to a resurrection of the Knights of the Round Table to an uncompromising cult of revolutionaries (and more!), Fallout: London embodies the history and aesthetics of London and puts an unmistakably nuclear spin on the beloved city."
With the might of Bethesda behind them, the scope of Fallout: London could be much broader. Containing some of the most recognisable landmarks in the world, London's Houses of Parliament, red telephone boxes, Madame Tussauds, and London Eye could have an epic radiated spin. And that's before we've even delved into the real-life hidden train stations and vast underground networks connected to London's tube. These are locations that urban-explorers have been combing for years, with reports of secretive military installations discovered by the brave and curious.
When you hear Fallout, the quaint Belgian city of Brussels might not be the first name to spring to mind. There is a lot, however, about the city that would make it a thrilling spot for a really unique Fallout game. Not only is it full of old museums, narrow cobbled streets, and twee chocolate shops that could quickly become sinister, but the nation is home to the European Union. Fallout's lore says little about what happens to the EU, and Brussels could represent the desperate last stand for the united countries of Europe.
There is another reason that we've chosen Brussels though. And that reason is The Atomium. Constructed at the height of atomic optimism during the first post-war World Fair in 1958, the Atomium is modelled after an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. It was this same short-lived optimism that is the founding point of the Fallout Series alternative timeline. In our reality, for the World Fair, the USSR and the west even came together, briefly united by the promise of nuclear technology. There is probably nowhere else on earth that embodies the aesthetic of Fallout more than the Atomium; any fans of the series should put a tour of its surreal interior at the very top of their bucket lists.
Continental branch of the Children of the Atom anyone?
Fallout: New Orleans
Should Fallout 5 continue with their US setting, Fallout: New Orleans would be one of the most unique settings imaginable. The city itself is one of the most distinctive in the country, with iconic architecture and music that would create the most atmospheric Fallout game to date.
The Fallout series is well known for its charismatic and slightly disturbed characters, and we can already imagine the smoky bars filled with husky voiced crooning ghouls keeping the dream of jazz alive.
Surrounding New Orleans are swamplands that can be terrifying at the best of times, and that's before we add radioactivity to the mix. Forget deathclaws, we're ready to battle some deathcrocs.
Stretching from Patagonia in the deep south to the murky canals of Tigre, Argentina is one of the most geographically diverse nations on earth. The vibrant city of Buenos Aires would offer more than enough urban exploration whereas the dusty gaucho towns could provide a unique spin on the Wild West vibe that Fallout has previously nailed.
There are a few specific locations in Argentina that would be particularly thrilling discoveries for wasteland explorers. There are the giant Iguazu Falls which border three nations and could become a focal point for factionary war as a remaining water source. There are the magical multicoloured mountains of Hornacal. There is the colourful district of La Boca and the mountaintop glaciers of Perito Mereno.
And then, of course, there is the little-known Villa Epecuén – a modern day ghost town that has been reclaimed by the salt-water lake its tourists once boated on. Today, the half-submerged town is encrusted in salt giving its ruins a disturbing and unworldly glistening sheen. Throw some salt-caked yao guai and shining silver mirelurks into the mix, and you have yourself one of the coolest destinations in Fallout history.
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