Fallout 4 Review

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Just before the game’s release, I did a post on “8 features you couldn’t wait for” in Fallout 4 and now that I’ve been playing the game for just over a week, I think it’s time for me to share with you what I think of the game. Well, Fallout 4 is undoubtedly a well developed and enjoyable game. I mean aside from the inevitable bugs that come as part of the package with Bethesda games….it’s a pretty neat game! And I’ll tell you why I think so.

Story

I can’t really go into too much detail about the story without spoiling anything, so I’ll have to keep this section pretty short. Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic (oh yes!) world…well Boston, in the year 2287 (210 years ago the terrible nuclear war). The whole story, or game in fact revolves around YOU, who emerges from Vault 111, exactly 210 years after the nuclear war. Now you might be asking yourself how the main protagonist managed to survive for an insane length of time…..but I really don’t want to give anything away! So get playing! 🙂

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Gameplay

After experimenting with different areas of gameplay, I kind of found my “groove”. I love using  non-automatic pistols/rifles to screw over my foes, especially when I sneak around and gain the benefit of sneak damage bonuses. Also V.A.T.S (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) is one of the reasons why Fallout is so very cool because you get to go Matrix mode by slowing things down to aim at specific body parts of anyone, not just aggressive NPCs, but ANYONE (yes…including your own companions). Using V.A.T.S is a good way of literally slowing things down to make sense of what’s going on around you.  Keep in mind, in Fallout 3 and New Vegas, using V.A.T.S stopped time, instead of slowing it down in Fallout 4.

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I’m not a huge fan of close ranged combat as it feels a little slow and static to me, but mainly because I simply prefer ranged combat (the moment I found my first sniper rifle after searching a long time for one, I was incredibly excited!). Adding to this, the weapon armor mods are really cool as you get to customize them however you please, of course you need the perks to gain access to higher rank mods, but in general you get to make some pretty unique items! Which is one of the things Fallout 3 and New Vegas didn’t have.

Could you imagine the power armor in Fallout 4 being something you use and feel like a badass? Well that’s exactly what it is! When you enter the power armor, it’s like Tony Stark entering his Iron Man suit! Once you’re in you can blast everything and everyone in your way and even jump from high buildings and land safely. You literally feel like…Iron Man! You can also add modifications to each power armor piece to make yourself more durable.

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Settlements…oh boy, being able to build upon settlements that you find (after becoming friendly towards the people living there) is one of the greatest things about this game! I’ve spent so much time trying to reinforce Sanctuary Hills, which is one of the first settlements you find, and have it be a place of safe haven. So far…it hasn’t gone too well, but I’m getting the hang of it! What’s also really beneficial is that EVERY piece of junk you find, you can scrap into materials such as wood, steel, circuit boards etc. to build stuff at workshops in settlements! This is great news for all the hoarders out there (*wink wink* myself included)! Building more complex structures like generating power for lights or water purifiers can get really interesting!

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Character Customization

What did I do the first time I launched the game you say? I spent at least 30 minutes messing around with the awesome facial customization, trying to create the weirdest character face I could. I of course succeeded but I couldn’t let myself play as such a character…so I spent ANOTHER 25 minutes or so making a fairly decent attempt at changing the look of my character. I really love the fact that I could adjust almost any part of the head.

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Graphics/environment

As a next gen game, I have seen better “eye-candy” games but it doesn’t mean it looks really beautiful, especially when you’re atop a large building and you overlook the wasteland, seeing all that was destroyed from the war. I frequently found myself stopping to immerse myself in the environment. Also, what do you get when you add a huge, story filled environment with dynamic weather effects and eerie atmospherics? Simply put, immersion. I love how when foggy weather appears, the surroundings become a lot more eerie, which definitely adds to the immersion.

As with all Fallout games (Fallout 3/4 and New Vegas), I’m always, always eager to hear the retro music. The whole retro-futuristic style is strongly enhance throughout the game and you can see it almost everywhere, from the music, the buildings, clothing, hearing the way other NPCs talk etc.

One of the most impressive things in Fallout 4 is the animations when you’re interacting with other NPCs. I’ve really enjoyed watching dialogue sequences, especially the first time I met an NPC called Piper. Her animations were absolutely incredible! It’s a much more cinematic than the previous games and it certainly adds to the immersion! When a game has that kind of quality about it, then it’s doing something right.

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Opinion

TL:DR? Basically Fallout 4 has largely exceeded my expectations as one of the best games I’ve played this year because of how well it’s been developed. Each key feature of the game has been well thought out, meaning you can tell Bethesda spent a lot of time designing them. Also, each feature doesn’t feel like a chore, unlike some other RPG games and you can approach the game in whichever way you want!

In fact, I’m so impressed with Fallout 4 that I find it difficult to fault it based on the story and gameplay. However with most Bethesda games, you expect that there will be bugs and slow loading times and other technical issues. Although fortunately for myself, I haven’t been exposed to any game-breaking or even any kind of annoying glitches so far (of course it will differ among other people but I’m basing this review solely on my own experience with the game). Apart from that, Fallout 4 is a solid, enjoyable game that provides a thoroughly challenging gameplay experience to suit your play style. I absolutely recommend this game if you are an RPG/open world/Fallout fan (obviously!) and even if you’re slightly curious about it, I encourage you to try it out!

Score: 90%

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Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of Fallout 4! It would be great to know your thoughts on the game, be it good or bad! 🙂

 

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