Fallout 4 is the fourth installment in a series of games set in an eerie post-apocalyptic world. The player in the game is a survivor of a nuclear fallout who is looking for their missing child. Fallout 4 release date was November 10th, 2015. In that added quite a number of new mechanics and gameplay options. This Fallout 4 review will discuss these new mechanics, as well as the Fallout 4 storyline, game design and DLCs.
|Type of game:||Action Role-Playing|
|Developer:||Bethesda Game Studios|
|Total Play Time:||81 hours with DLC|
|System Requirements:||OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
RAM: 8 GB RAM
HDD Space: 30 GBGPU: NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent
The World of Fallout 4
Most of the Fallout 4 reviews agree that the game is a worthy additiona to the Fallout series, but the game has also garnered some minor criticisms. In this first part of we will be discussing Fallout 4 game design, storyline and characters.
Atmosphere & Location
The overall effect of Fallout 4’s atmosphere is a blend of dark comedy, retrofuturism, and eerie devastation. Little touches like a line of heads on pikes outside of a high school provide fascinating yet unsettling hints of the violence that occurred. As you wander through glowing swamps, deserted cities, and radioactive beaches, you encounter a variety of mutated monsters and complicated characters.
After the dingy greys of Fallout 3, Fallout 4 provides a refreshing visual style thanks to the use of the Creation Engine that was made for Skyrim. The player wanders through an area called “The Commonwealth” that was previously Boston before being devastated by a nuclear attack. Brightly colored buildings use a charming, dilapidated art deco style, and you can see deteriorated versions of landmarks like Fenway Park. Unfortunately, when you leave the settlements, you can sometimes encounter rather repetitive forest areas.
The score for Fallout 4 has a slightly less epic feel that works well for the game’s more intimate plot. Music features a blend of classic music, electronic, and folk music for an eclectic and bittersweet feel. Background instrumentation changes based on the characteristics of each area, further contributing to the nostalgic atmosphere.
Fallout 4 has only one main character, the player themselves, who is referred to as the “Sole Survivor.” You witness your spouse being murdered and your child, Shaun, being kidnapped before you are put into a cryogenic stasis in a nuclear fallout shelter. The character then wakes up in 2287 and goes to find their child. Fallout 4 is the first game in the series to be fully voice acted. You can have dynamic conversations with most people instead of having to stick to a few scripted responses.
The crafting abilities that your character gains in Fallout 4 provides one of the most refreshing upgrades in the series. You may find yourself picking up random bits of trash compulsively, because almost everything can be used to craft something else. Players can even create entire elaborate settlements with the new crafting system, so you can end up spending hours building instead of following character quests.
Companions for the character include the robot butler, Codsworth, who is still alive after 219 years, and a German Shepherd named Dogmeat. In each area of the game, there are further friends, villains, and organizations to interact with. The companions and villains may only have minor roles, but they are all fully fleshed out. Rich backstories and detailed personalities make each character seem realistic.
As with other Fallout games in the series, Fallout 4 secondary characters are truly one of the best parts of the game. The main plot of Fallout 4 feels almost superficial when compared to the wealth of sidequests and characters this universe has to offer.
Unfortunately, most of the glitches in the game seem to revolve around the characters. If you try to change the main character’s appearance, you may encounter a variety of issues. At other times, people’s heads may appear without their bodies or the main character’s hands may appear dark. Though the characters themselves are always interesting, it seems like Bethesda once again ran into some issues with the animation generation.
The story begins as a fairly straightforward quest to find a kidnapped child and get revenge for the murder of the player’s spouse. However, it quickly evolves into a much more complicated plot. The sandbox nature of the game encourages the player to explore the world and take part in secondary quests.
While you are traveling to hunt for clues concerning the whereabouts of your child and the reason for your spouse’s murder, you can easily get sidetracked. The decisions you make will end up changing your allegiances with various groups. There are four different factions that the player can pledge allegiance to, and this will change the goals and overall ending for the storyline.
The Minutemen are one of the first factions you meet, and they want to encourage peace and rebuild the area. In contrast, the Brotherhood of Steel is a rather militant organization focused on wiping out Synths and preventing people from using technology. Synths, which are enslaved androids, are only supported by the hidden Railroad faction. The most secretive of factions, The Institute, is led by a mysterious man named “Father” who tries to recruit the player.
All of the storylines encountered in Fallout 4 further lead to the sense of depth created by the game. Your player can function as a moralistic freedom fighter, an optimistic helper, or a violent anarchist. Ultimately, the ending you view in the game will depend on how you resolved quests and interacted with all the factions. Along the way, there are many surprises, horrors, and happy moments that the player encounters.
DLC & Expansion Packs
So far, Bethesda has released three expansions and a few add-ons. All of these are paid DLC that can be added to the game. Automatron lets players collect robot parts and build custom companions through a series of quests. At just $9.99, this small add on manages to greatly improve gameplay. The Far Harbor DLC is a little more expensive, but it is a great story expansion. Nuka-World, the final DLC, creates a new amusement park area where the player can collect fulfill more quests with the factions.
Wasteland Workshop is the cheapest of the DLC at $4.99. It provides new decorations, new builds for settlements, and the ability to display captured characters in cages. The Contraptions Workshop and the Vault-Tec Workshop were later released with more build options. These DLC options are probably only worth it if you love the crafting and settlement aspects of the game.
Fallout 4 may have a few technical glitches and some uninspired worldbuilding, but it proves that substance wins out over style. A deep storyline and fascinating companions encourage immersion while sympathetic villains make players think about the plot. The gameplay features a good mix of crafting, combat, and exploration that encourages you to play it for hours. This Fallout 4 review concludes that the game is a solid addition to the series that can be enjoyed even if you have not played any other Fallout games. How do you think Fallout 4 compares to the previous games in the series? What would you like to add to our Fallout 4 review?