Fallout 4 is probably the most hyped game of 2015. For the unaware Fallout 4 is the seventh game in the hugely popular fallout series which follows the handmade player character as they roam throughout the wasteland of the post-apocalyptic future. Fallout 4 is covered in so many extreme ups and downs that you might think your part of a evil doctors new experiment. It is a game with many additions and innovations but is yet still trapped in the prison of out of date mechanics. This, for better or for worse is what Fallout 4 came to be.
The most notable improvement to Fallout 4 is the gun-play which, instead feeling like your waving a plastic rod at your enemies and yelling,”Bang!”, it lets you know when you fire a double barreled shotgun into the back of a mutated cow with plenty of blood and bravado. Besides gun-play improvements, the game is quite difficult which is a trend I am beginning to see in modern Role playing games. I also adore the settlements, I wont go into much detail here but it is very satisfying to carve out your own corner in the Boston wasteland. The idea of Not having a level cap is great and the fact that I can make my very own perked up wastelander without any limits is so much fun. It is not all laser pointers and kittens though because Fallout 4’s AI just atrocious. Raiders will toss grenades into walls, Companions will try to melee Deathclaws (big arse death lizards) and NPCs will stand in door ways. It’s a mess. Another problem I have is the insane amount of uninterrupted walking. It can be phenomenally boring.
As Fallout goes this is the weakest main plot I have seen in the series. It is not bad, but it is forgettable. The real fun comes in the side quests which are long and interesting (burning ghouls with a rocket engine) and most of the time have some sort of follow up quests. Their is also a decent amount of (There it is) emergent narrative with encounters stringing together to form awesome stories about your adventure into the city or fight with some hulking super mutants. All in all, good.
The lighting at work here is awesome, Reflecting and highlighting stark contrasts between rusted cars and brightly colored signs. I have one major gripe here though. The textures look damn ugly. These are some of the worst textures I have seen in a triple A release this year. Fallout 4 is going to inevitably be compared to other modern RPGs like Bloodborne and The Witcher 3 and in the graphics department Fallout 4 flops.
Music is great with a mixture of classics and scores arranged for the game. Voice acting follows the same trend and is absolutely amazing, Bringing characters to life in amazing ways.
Fallout 4 is a good game but it is very far from perfect. It, like New Vegas before it, feels like fallout 3 version 1.5.