Fallout 4 – seven years in the making – is one of the most anticipated video games of the year, if not the decade. Built on the Creation engine that powered the beautiful Skyrim, Fallout 4 on next-gen consoles and PC is more gorgeous than I could have imagined. Of course there were the complaints of “it looks the same, garbage graphics, etc”. Not true at all. The graphics mixed with the deep storylines, the hundreds of side quests and the minute details makes Fallout 4 an incredible game. I would be surprised if video game awards didn’t name it game of the year.
I wont go into the lore of Fallout 4 as I’m sure most of you already know. If you don’t however, check out Fallout Wiki, just tread lightly as Wiki loves to spoil plot points. Fallout 4 takes place in 2277, ten years prior to Fallout 3. You play the lone wanderer, after being cryogenically frozen since the Great War, you awake to find your child gone and you alone to find out what happened. Compared to Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4 is far more in-depth than ever before.
Like I said, it’s incredibly in-depth. While the main character (which is now voiced by actors) is stale and bland (presumably because with so many character options, why go heavy on one and light on the other) the surrounding story is great. Combined with an upgraded FPS shooting mechanic far better than its predecessors, you can create and build your own settlements to how you see fit, protect and grow food with its settlers and with every object able to be broken down and it’s parts reused, you can create and customize every weapon you see fit.
You may have heard rumblings before release of “graphics are garbage – this isn’t next-gen” I disagree. While it’s not as pretty as The Witcher 3 or Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fallout 4 combines graphics better than Skyrim with an incredibly expansive map, twice as large as Skyrim. Bethesda also included an ever-changing climate, that can go from a bright and sunny day, to thunderstorms to radiation storms that hit you with rad-producing lightning.
In a word, fantastic. If you play how I prefer, it’s without your Pip-Boy’s radio on and the game lays down its own eerie and subtle soundtrack that adjusts to your surroundings and enemy presence. The environment comes alive with the sounds of birds and insects and the aforementioned weather patterns.
Fallout 4 is amazing, almost perfect. It may have its small flaws here and there it is by far my choice for Game of the Year. While Fallout 3 offered 3 different options to the same ending, Fallout 4, with its multiple factions lets you choose from 3 actual endings, all different with different outcomes. If you’ve been living under a rock or have been on the fence, go buy Fallout 4 and enjoy hundreds of hours roaming the Commonwealth Wasteland.
Style – Single/Multiplayer, FPS
Publisher – Bethesda Softworks
Developer – Bethesda Game Studios
Release – November 2015
5 – Gameplay
4.5 – Graphics
5 – Sound
5 – Entertainment
4.0 – Replay Value