Our good friend SaltLake,
also known as Ark Survivor
and author of the "Diary of Ark series
", has provided us with a fun and in depth review of Fallout 4 game from Bethesda! Hope you find it as useful and entertaining as I did. Enjoy...
At this time I am sure nearly everyone has heard of Fallout or its sister-game The Elder Scrolls. If you haven’t, Fallout is an alternative future splitting from our timeline in the 1950s. While both Elder Scrolls and Fallout are RPG’s, Elder Scrolls fits snuggly in a fantasy genre, Fallout is a post-apocalyptic game with a theme similar to steam-punk mixed with nuclear technology which I have dubbed nuke-punk. Haphazard weapon and technology are found everywhere in the environment. Weapons look jury rigged together and finished, just enough, to work with fusion cells. Though you will find kinetic based weapons that use bullets are more common.
Character creation in Fallout 4 has been much improved, except you make you and your spouse which actually effects the outcome on how your child looks. There have been some awesome creations of famous people and of gamers themselves. I am not creative so I chose one of the preset faces, which is usually stuck inside a combat helmet or power armor hiding your face. For those of you that spend hours making the perfect face, you will enjoy it. There are people on the internet who have recreated their face in Fallout 4, with great degree of accuracy. Not to mention others that made comic book/fictional character, the Joker comes to mind. I tried though, and didn't find it to my liking as you can see below.
Graphics are better than prior games like Fallout New Vegas and Skyrim, and all 3 use Creation Engine for their graphics. Skyrim gets a boost with its high res texture package, this gives Skyrim competition if not an edge over Fallout 4. Fallout 4 desperately needs a high res texture package if it is coming. Modders have already found hidden files or modded files to show off better textures and use less memory. If it was this easy for non-professionals to develop these, then honestly Bethesda could have done better. I have a feeling they didn’t want the PC and console graphics to be vastly different at first, and later will release a free texture pack. This practice though is rather depressing to think of, if that is what they are doing.
The dialogue leaves much to desire unfortunately, it never feels like what I choose effects the storyline or the NPC I am talking with. I try to say something harmful to a NPC, which they respond with a single sentence, and the same dialogue will continue after that with the same dialogue as any other choice. Also your options do not say the full sentence, but only a description of what you are going to say. I miss how they would allow you to have conversations like in Fallout 2 choices when talking to the enclave (simply search “fallout enclave conversation” on YouTube to watch it, though it does have profanity). The dialogue responses were hilarious, and show how it is supposed to be done. There is a silver lining and that is the “Sarcasm choice” which does make me crack a smile at times at how the character makes a wisecracking comment.
The storyline, and I will not say spoilers, is decent. If you have any children will be able to relate to it more than those who do not. If you enjoyed previous Fallout/Elder Scrolls, you will probably enjoy this one. I know some people who rave that they main story is great, me personally I prefer the side quests and faction quests. I don’t have much to say, because I do not wish to give away spoilers.
immersion though, this is the peak of Bethesda. Their environments are so great. Everything from seeing a soldier and their significant other holding hands in the subway. Their skeletons still clinging on for eternity to the fateful day the nukes fell. Or another scene in the same subway tunnel where eerily a teddy bear holds a bone cutter and is about to perform surgery on another teddy bear, while its teddy bear family waits outside the curtain. Who thinks of these things and then implements them into the game are on the verge of genius and insanity. The power armor is heavily disputed, but in my experience it was great. No longer does the power armor feel like just another piece of armor you wear. It feels as though you are in an actual suit, the HUD changes, you feel the weight of the armor as you run or jump off a building. Power armor feels like it is this pinnacle of military research and just as powerful. You can now replace pieces and upgrade them just like any piece. Finally you get what fans have asked for and modded in prior games and that is jump packs. The one immersion breaking item is the voiced antagonist. I decided to play a high strength, low intelligence character that was rivaled by only that of the super mutants. I wanted to play this game through thinking myself as a sort of Hodor/George causing massive damage with my fists. The voice sounds educated though, not fitting my character. If you are an immersion player, and deviate from what the voice sounds like it is utterly immersion breaking. Oh also you can shoot the limbs off of NPC's a much downloaded mod for Fallout 3.
The there is the curse of every Bethesda game and that is the bugs. I have 3 main ones that plague me. One is when I alt+tab sometimes my screen will offset but its only noticeable when I go into the escape menu or aim down a scope, or when I die, and sometimes when I talk to someone. The second is a graphical glitch that happens and take a single texture and stretches it to infinity and beyond. The last and the hardest to replicate is the Screenshot within a Screenshot. For some reason when I take a screenshot it will show my previous screenshot in the upper-right. I'm not sure what happens when I attempt to take screenshots and even then its rare.
I have an invite to the PTU of Star Citizen 2.0, while sitting installed on my computer is AC: Syndicate, Rainbow 6 (thank you for both with NVidia’s Bullets or Blades bundle), CoD: Black Ops III, Ark: Survival Evolved, Just Cause 3. Despite all these games and all the bugs with Fallout 4, I cannot stop playing it. It keeps drawing me in, it is addicting with all the places you can explore. Overall I wish they released G.E.C.K (a moding tool) and their high res texture pack at release, improved settlements building and tutorial, and finally give us back the old Fallout 3/New Vegas Dialogue options with a mute character. Overall I believe this is going to be a great game and mods will only improve it, I cannot wait for the DLC’s that are inevitable to come. In a wrap, its not a perfect game, but when it does something right it feels really right, except the vocal antagonist.
(A brief history of the Fallout universe)
In this world humanity continued life after WW2, but microprocessors such as modern CPU’s were never discovered. The world also continued to ineffectively use resources at an alarming rate. China rose to power furthering consumption of resources, and eventually they started to run out. U.S.A discovered cold fusion allowing them to be less reliant on natural resources, nuclear technology was used everywhere even cars and cooling fluid replaced gasoline. U.S.A would then began processing the very first microprocessors being utilized in PIP boys and power armors. China desperate asked for this technology and was denied, as U.S.A was under their “Red Scare” still and wish to cripple communist states. China responded by invading Alaska, which would be the start of “The Great War”, U.S.A with use of their new found power armors were able to push the China back and then shortly thereafter annexed Canada. U.S.A retaliated and attacked China and just as they were on Beijing’s doorstep, in an act of desperation, China launched their nuclear arsenal setting off the chain reaction of nuclear launches, causing nuclear winter. Large shelters called “Vaults” were created just for this purpose, those that were able to fled to safety in these vaults.