After 100+ hours on Fallout 4 I’m finally ready to give my review on it.
Fallout 4 took the gaming world by storm. Everyone went out and brought this game. It set a new record on Steam for most people playing a game by a large margin and Steam is filled with reviews on the game. What makes mine different? I played it for more then two hours before I reviewed it. I played through the game on the PC so that’s the platform I’ll be reviewing it on.
Fallout 4 finally has fun gameplay. It’s more modern then previous Fallout games. It’s not just the fact that we can now aim down the sights, because we could do that in New Vegas too, but everything just performs better. Bethesda nailed the gameplay this time around and it’s the best it’s ever been in their RPGs. It’s no longer the only downside anymore. Fallout 4 feels a lot different then previous Fallout games, but I’ll get more into that later.
The first thing I noticed when I booted up Fallout 4 was the soundtrack. It’s the best soundtrack I’ve heard all year so far. The main menu song is beautiful. The background music makes the fights I’m in more intense. When I’m exploring a building there’s a nice soft melody playing in the background that isn’t too loud and it’s not distracting. It adds to the experience and I love it. Bethesda hit the nail on the head here. Firing guns sound like you would expect them to sound. They’re not perfect, but I didn’t have a problem with them. When I blow something up I think it sounds great and watching as everyone around me turns into some form of goo is fun.
The voice acting is also really good which is something that surprised me because Bethesda is known for reusing voices in their games. I didn’t encounter a single npc that had an identical voice to a previous one that I encountered. Since I brought up the companions…
These are the best companions Bethesda has ever created. Everyone has their own personalities, likes, and dislikes. Strong really likes it when I’m aggressive in dialogue options, but hates it when I pick locks or fail persuasion attempts. He also doesn’t like it when I wear my power armor. Paladin Danse on the other hand loves it when I wear power armor. Everyone is different and they even communicate with each other. There is romance in this game, but don’t go in expecting Dragon Age type romances and you’ll be fine.
One of my favorite parts of the game is building new settlements for my Minutemen and expanding our influence in the Commonwealth. I could turn an abandoned gas station into a five star restaurant. My imagination is my limit in this game. I’ve created some pretty cool settlements, but I tried my best not to spend an insane amount of time doing it because I really wanted to explore the wasteland around me.
Fallout 4 is a big game and it’s hand crafted very well. It’s true that it’s smaller than The Witcher 3, but does that really matter? Bethesda gave us a ton of places to explore in this game. Just about every single building around Diamond City can be explored. While I’m out walking the wasteland I would come across random events. Some times it was a woman asking for help, but instead of me helping her she led me into an ambush and I had to fight my way out. I been blown up by nukes, killed by Deathclaws, giant crabs, and I’ve ran from giant green roaches because they were creepy.
There’s always something interesting to do in this game. I never got bored a single time in over 100 hours.
If you thought the crafting mechanic in Skyrim was good you haven’t seen nothing yet. The crafting in Fallout 4 is ridiculously good. I found a laser pistol and decided it would serve me better as a laser sniper and turned it into one. How many games lets you do that? I turned my sniper into a fully automatic assault rifle that can mow down a group of super mutants with a single clip. The crafting system is deep and I’ve spent hours just creating the perfect weapon for myself to use. My shotgun, named Buttkisser, is a beastly weapon that can mow down any foe.
Fallout 4 can look really dated at times. I’ve seen some really bad looking textures in this game, but they’re few and far between. Most of the game looks really good. If you can run this game with everything maxed then you’re in a for a treat because this game is beautiful. Bethesda still fucked up their lighting in doors, but I never expected them to fix that.
You’re a pre war survivor in Fallout 4. You were around before the bombs fell out the sky and obliterated everything. You survived because you were tricked into joining a vault and they froze you soon after you arrived with your family. When you woke up you saw your wife get murdered and your son, Shaun, get kidnapped. The main quest in this game is finding out who murdered your wife and getting your baby back.
I was pleasantly surprised by the main quest in this game. Bethesda did a really good job this time around and I was really curious about what happened to my son and who the institute was. In the end I was really happy with the main story. I never expected some things to turn out the way they did and I liked that there was a defiant way to end the game since I wasn’t buying any of the bullshit that was being told to me.
The world map in Fallout 4 is bad. There’s no other way to put it. I had to download a mod that had roads and made the map easier to navigate because of how bad it is. I was hoping for a map similar to Skyrim, but I guess Bethesda didn’t do that because all of the fanboys would cry and moan about how different it is from Fallout 2… oh wait!
Fallout 4 is one of the more stable games I’ve played this year. I haven’t experienced any game breaking bugs, but there are still some pretty mean ones in the game. Some times when I change my weapon it’ll take a good 15-20 seconds for it to register. I would be aiming an invisible weapon around with no ammo. It got really annoying after awhile and I hope it’s fixed soon. There are some pretty bad pop ins and from what I can see it’s on every platform.
That’s about it with the bugs on my side. I know everyone’s experience will be different, but mine was near perfect.
The Atom Cats:
I’m all for joining new factions, but I question the point of the Atom Cats being in the game. They’re useless and don’t offer much of anything. They’re just there to be there and give us pointless quest to do. Out of all of the factions in the game I think this is the only one of them that I straight up didn’t like from the moment I met them and that didn’t change as I kept playing.
It’s Been Dumbed Down:
I don’t know why Bethesda keeps dumbing down there games, but this one has been dumbed down a lot when compared to Fallout 3, and New Vegas. Fallout 3 was more of an RPG/FPS while Fallout 4 is an FPS/RPG. The Karma system is gone, thankfully, and the perk tree has been revamped.
Fallout 4 is game of the year material. I was completely immersed from the moment I started playing this game and only one other game did that to me this year and that was Ori and The Blind Forest. This game is fantastic and I can’t recommend it enough. The deep crafting mechanic, settlement building, and improved gameplay will keep you busy for a really long time. I can see myself playing this game for years to come and once again Bethesda has delivered.
Even though this game has been dumbed down, in a similar way that Skyrim was, that doesn’t take away the fun that I had while I played this game. I’ve already planned out my second character already. I’m going to jump right back in the game with a completely different build. Fallout 4 may lack some qualities that previous Fallout games had, but it makes up for it by having excellent gameplay, a good story, great companions, and it’s huge open world.