New live action Fallout 4 trailer goes on a wander through the wasteland

Fallout 4

The new Fallout 4 trailer is basically a 60-second précis of the game: Life is good, life is bad, brave new world, doggie, bad guys, power armor! And, as we've come to expect, an awfully cool song.

The Wanderer was originally recorded by Dion in 1961, and hit number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It's been covered numerous times since then, by artists as diverse as The Beach Boys, Leif Garrett, Dee Snider, Bruce Springsteen, Gary Glitter, and Status Quo, who actually did it twice. Interestingly, while it sounds like a happy, upbeat tune, Dion was quoted by Pop History Dig as saying it's actually "a sad song."

"A lot of guys don’t understand that. Bruce Springsteen was the only guy who accurately expressed what that song was about," he said. "It's, 'I roam from town to town and go through life without a care, I’m as happy as a clown with my two fists of iron, but I’m going nowhere.' In the fifties, you didn’t get that dark. It sounds like a lot of fun but it’s about going nowhere."

As for the trailer itself, it looks great (nothing says "next-gen graphics" like live action) but I'm not sure about the wisdom of charging a gang of super-mutants when all you're packing is a crappy rifle and your post-nuclear PJs.

Fallout 4 comes out on November 10. Are you ready?

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.