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Fallout 4: A Review of the Wasteland

Updated on November 14, 2017
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Hannah is a writer and an artist. She attended Florida Gateway college, for health. She is a mother, human and animals rights supporter.

Overview

  • Release date: November 10, 2015
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Genre: RPG (Role Playing Game)

Summary:

Fallout 4 is an action role playing game that was created by Bethesda Games Studios. This game is available on platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic world, and is the fifth Major installment in the Fallout series released by Bethesda.

Setting / Story

The main player is the only survivor of an underground vault, who then emerges 210 years later after being cryogenically frozen. The sole Survivor must survive the Wasteland.

Isn't this Deathclaw beautiful?
Isn't this Deathclaw beautiful?

Gameplay Features/ Game Specs:

  • Play in 1st person, 3rd person, or "Classic Mode" for PC Gamers.
  • You can now play the story line as a man, or a woman.
  • More character customization options than Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas
  • The map is 3 times the size of Bethesda's Skyrim game, which creates a lot of opportunity for more gameplay, and interaction.
  • There are 4 major factions you can choose to join. Choose carefully!
  • The same creatures from Fallout 3 are still there, but with an excellent (and scary) graphics update!
  • New Mods with DLC
  • Several characters from Fallout 3 will return.
  • Build settlements, and communities using materials.
  • Set in post-apocalyptic Boston.
  • New legendary weapons
  • Create ammunition mods
  • Beloved Fallout music radio


My Personal Opinions: May Contain Spoilers

  • The Fallout series always seems to start out with a vault. Someone is either living in it or leaving it in order to pursue the outside world after a nuclear fallout. To me, it would be cool to switch up the beginning a little bit instead of sticking with the same opening. Don't get me wrong, I loved the storyline. But a little diversity goes a long way!
  • I really enjoyed being able to have more customization options for my character and play the whole storyline as a woman if I chose to do so. There's new hairstyles, facial features, and body types.
  • Dogmeat! Need I say more? I love animals. (Sometimes more than people) so it's really exciting to get a 4 legged companion throughout the whole thing. You can also choose who you have as a companion.
  • Mods Galore and DLC—There are some pretty amazing mods created for this game (I mean who doesn't want to shoot a Fat Man and have the John Cena theme be the firing sound?Nuka world is an amazing DLC.
  • I am a bit disappointed that you can no longer combine your weapons to fix or modify them and you need certain perks before you can upgrade your weapons. There are some pretty cool weapon mods as well.
  • The pip boy looks a million times better in a power armor suit than just on your wrist. Either that, or I need glasses (Ha!)
  • There are so many possibilities. Everything you do or say will have an impact on your story. You choose your own path and I really love that. You will always carry your choices with you!
  • There's a lot of similarities in the Fallout society to our society today. (For example: Prejudice that all Synths are bad.) It really takes a stab at those social issues. I feel like more people need to be educated and made aware of things they don't fully understand.
  • There's new perks to upgrade your character, so make sure you upgrade a lot!
  • V.A.T.S combat has more gore, which is straight up my alley! It's also faster, and more detailed with your weapons stats.
  • You get to catch a glimpse of the Fallout World before the nuclear bombs hit. It is very cool.
  • I like how retro-futuristic it is. There's robots, amazing inventions, and synths, but everyone still listens to retro 30s music and dresses accordingly.
  • I love the power armor suit, but the only con I can see to it is the fusion cores. If you run out of them, you no longer can power a suit. In Fallout 3, it was just armor, with no cores required. I do like the protection and mods you can attach to your suit.
  • The quest organization in this game is a little off to me. I get overwhelmed when viewing the quests. The places on the map that pertain to the quests are occasionally hard to find. I think the game developers could have made it more clear and easy to understand. Maybe color coding would have been a good way to clarify the quest organization information.

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    • poppyr profile image

      Poppy 7 days ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I came to comment, and realised I'd already commented! I really like how you've presented this article, it's easy to read and you communicate your opinions nicely. Thumbs up from me. Looking forward to more articles from a fellow gamer :)

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      Poppy 4 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Nice article! I preferred Fallout 3, myself, but my brother was totally obsessed with 4. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!