Fallout 4 has by far surpassed its predecessors in the realm of graphics, weaponry, character development, dialogue and much more. The game launched November 10th, 2015 with anticipated breath and boy was it worth forking the 80 CAD bucks. I know that I pledged to my viewers that I would not begin my Fallout 4 full game walk through until I have completed my Fallout New Vegas walkthrough. All things aside I wanted to give you my first impression of the game through this post.
Fallout 4 is an amalgamation of Fallout 1, 2, 3 and New Vegas in my personal opinion as you see references to the entire series in this one game. It is elegant how Bethesda engineers have found a way to incorporate the history of the Fallout series in the 4th edition. So far I have logged about 30 some hours into the game and I am loving every minute of it. Fallout 4 I would say has changed completely from what the series typically plays out. In this edition we see a beefier graphics display, better character development and dialogue, larger selection of companions and an endless supply of weapons, apparel, aid and junk. Finally, Bethesda has made a need for collecting tin cans, forks and teddy bears, as everything collected in the wasteland provides a direct investment into any settlement you are building.
Yes thats right, I said settlement, now with Fallout 4 you have the opportunity to go into a less savvy Sims build mode called “workshop” and build your own community from literally the ground up. Nothing is nailed down, no tree is too big that you can’t strip it down and use it as raw material. This aspect of the game I will admit has taken some getting use to since I’m all about going in guns blazing or sneaking off in the night from a Legion camp with the Platinum chip in pocket. Even still, I find it a refreshing break from completing quest after quest or wandering the wasteland aimlessly for hours on end turn over every rock, dead raider or trash can. From the start of the game, you can find comfort in knowing that there is at least one place you can call home.
Bethesda’s flawless incorporation of real world references, strategically placed items, easter eggs and incorporation of Fallout series historical items make this game overall very well rounded. There is certainly something to be said about the amount of time and money invested in the development of this game and all of the people that were involved in making this happen who deserve a good pat on the back and a round of applause.
I think the fact that the developers decided to start the storyline outside of the vault and before the nuclear fallout sets the precedence for gamers and really impacts how we view the contrasts between the pre and apocalyptic wasteland. Coming out of Vault 111 and viewing my neighbourhood and home for the first time was an awe inspired moment where I found myself just pausing and looking around in shock at how devastating it was. Then I started looting like a mad man…
I’ll stop myself there before I reveal too many spoilers, my take away for this is it is a must play. If you have not already gone out and bought the game, please do so and appreciate the hard work that the game developers and Bethesda have spent the last 5 or so years working on. You can expect me to begin a walkthrough of this edition once the Fallout New Vegas walkthrough is complete. In the mean time I recommend checking out Fallout OTR on youtube or podcast as Rick and Shaline are super awesome and enjoyable to watch and listen talk about Fallout 4 and all its glory. Until next time! Stay safe vault dwellers!