Fallout 4 is a post-apocalyptic open world game from Bethesda Game Studios set in a future that has been decimated by nuclear war. If like me you have played previous titles before Fallout 4 then you will know pretty much what to expect. In this case you are a dweller of vault 111, frozen as the bombs dropped above, with your wife or husband and child. At some point you are defrosted but only long enough to see your spouse killed and your baby stolen in front of you while you are locked inside a freezer unable to help and are soon refrozen when the kidnappers leave. Of course you’re not frozen forever and soon walk out into the hellish, wasteland of the Commonwealth to find your child and avenge the death of your spouse.
Having played previous titles I found it was more like I was slipping back into Fallout 4 rather than playing an entirely new game; Fallout 4 is after all set in the same universe so I wasn’t expecting a vast difference. As you would expect the commonwealth is a vast wasteland full of ruins, settlers, raiders, ghouls and monsters all of whom would happily rip you apart if the mood takes them. There are however differences, an in-depth crafting system for instance allows you to build settlements and attract people to stay in them be sure to add defences though as they will be attacked. You can also upgrade weapons and armour. Power armour which you will quickly come across is now more adaptable and repairable with upgrades like a jet pack and paints that can affect how you interact with non-playable characters.
As I said before the game is an open world you can go anywhere at any time and play missions in whatever order you wish. If you find you don’t have the skills to complete a mission then why not do another or bring along a companion who may have those necessary skills? It’s all up to you and there is so much to do you can even cook food at a cooking station and whip up some grilled radroach. Trust me you’ll need cooked food often as it has no radiation and is easier to come by than stimpacks.
Now here comes the bad bit and admittedly I have not played through the entire game yet (that’d take a lot of time). I’ve done a fair few missions and wandered from one side of the map to the other and back however and so far I’m wondering if the few changes Bethesda have made are enough? Sure Fallout 4 is in a different setting than the previous two Fallout games and the graphics are arguably improved on previous titles. Also they have completely voice acted the main character for the first time however I can’t shake the feeling that I’m playing the same game as before and if ever Fallout 4 gets boring for me I reckon that will be the reason.
To sum up Fallout 4 is a good solid addition to the franchise sure it has a few bugs and some say the graphics could be better but Fallout 4 delivers on game play, immersion and just sheer size of the world you can explore. It doesn’t however feel like a separate game but don’t let that put you off as the world of Fallout 4 is still a fun place to be.