“Fallout 4” is a new, post-apocalyptic game that came out in early November 2015 and sold 12 million copies for a total of 750 million dollars in the first 3 days.
There’s no question that “Fallout 4” was a very hyped up game, but is it worthy of all the hype? Well, I’m here to find out– minor spoiler warning.
First, a quick recap of fallout lore.
“Fallout 4” is set in a universe that is a mix between the 1950s and and 2077. This being that everyone looks like they are from the 50s, but there are robots and everything is nuclear powered. Also, in the game, the cold war never really ended, and by 2077 nuclear war breaks out and some people get put in these fallout shelters called vaults. Your character, searching for your son, emerges from Vault Number 111 around the Boston area 200 years after the nukes were dropped.
The first good thing about “Fallout 4” is the character creation.
It’s the first thing you do in the game and it’s complex. When I say complex I mean you could take up to 30 minutes making your character look exactly like you. If you want to start the game immediately you can skip it and redo your appearance at a “hospital” found in an old baseball-field turned-city.
After you leave your vault, one of the first things you can do is build a settlement in an old town called Sanctuary. You can build new buildings and scrap old broken ones, recruit people to live in the settlement and assign them jobs. This is one of my favorite parts and I’ve probably spent at least 2 hours on this alone.
Sanctuary is not the only place you can make settlements. There are at least 20 different settlements all of which are cool places to build at.
Last but not least, the gameplay.
“Fallout 4” would really suck if you couldn’t shoot some irradiated animal or raider until their head explodes. The gameplay is interesting because you can play in the 1st or 3rd person with the press of a button. I’m not the biggest fan of 3rd person but you can use it, if you prefer. When fighting enemies you can use your V.A.T.S (vault-tec automated targeting system) to slow time to a near halt and calculate what, where, and how many times you want to shoot your enemies, or just shoot them normally.
Now for the bad stuff.
It has multiple endings. “Wait what?! but isn’t that a good thing?” Normally yes, but without going into too much detail, the ending involves killing the people you didn’t side with makes it impossible to do all their side quests… because their dead now, that means you can’t get that cool gun because the person who gives the quest is a pile of ash and its all your fault.
You could do all the side quests before the main storyline but you might not do that your first time though.
It wouldn’t be a game made by Bethesda if it didn’t have any glitches in it, and even though it doesn’t have that many bugs as other Bethesda games, there are some bad ones. Enemies can swim through the air and you can glitch people into selling you an infinitely high amount of ammo. I’m just naming a few of the well known ones but there are some less known ones that might even break your game.
Over all “Fallout 4” is a good game. It may have the occasional bug every once in awhile but I believe it is worth every penny (or bottle cap).
In fact i’m probably playing it right now. I give “Fallout 4” four out of five stars!
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