Fallout 4, made by Bethesda, was a game I’ve been looking forward to for years. Ever since I bought Fallout: New Vegas and then Fallout 3 – I wasn’t old enough to buy them on their original release so I had to wait a couple of years – I’ve been extremely looking forward to the next installment of the franchise.
As soon as I got my pay check in October, whilst in Plymouth visiting my girlfriend. I pre-ordered the game for my PS4. I could not wait. Two weeks later, it arrived.
On November 10th 2015 I arrived home from college with the game waiting for me (god bless on the day delivery for pre-orders from Amazon). There was no holding me back, i ripped open the packaging and shoved the game into the PlayStation. I say shoved, more like gently slotted as I would never be so careless with a new game.
After a good 20 minutes installation time I was finally into the main game – Success!!
Now, I’m going to start with some of the things I absolutely love about this game. First of all, the game is practically endless. I’ve been playing the game for almost 2 weeks now and I’ve only just managed to complete the main quest, let alone all of the side quests and locations and equipment i could find. This means the game has a massive replay value, I could complete the main quest, and then keep playing and still experience something new. As well as being able to start a new save and having a completely different experience to my first save thanks to the uncertainty and massive choice of situations you can explore.
Another plus of this game is the new ‘build-a-base’ mechanic they have included. This is something completely new for the Fallout series, this allows the player to create there own settlement on a patch of land where they can build houses, shops, turrets, nearly anything all within the real-time of the game. And you can populate it with settlers to look after! Almost like Sims!! This was a genius move by Bethesda as it gives another way the player can immerse themselves within the game.
The story line for this game is also one I really really like. I know a lot of people have complained that the story line is weak compared to the actual game mechanics and the way the game looks itself but i loved it. It’s one of the oldest stories out there, a Father trying to find his Son (basically Finding Nemo but in the future apocalypse). This story made me want to finish the main quest so I could see if he finds his Son and what happens to them both and I wasn’t disappointed. I won’t go into any detail as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.
Now, on to a couple of problems I have with the game. First of all I’m a little annoyed that you can’t craft your own ammo. I didn’t realise this was a problem until I ran out of ammo for my best gun and after buying out the ammo stores of all the traders around – even though that only game to about 100 bullets – I couldn’t seem to buy any more of them. This also annoyed me as this is literally the only thing that you cannot craft. You can craft your weapons, your armour, your power-amour and even your home but you can’t craft bullets. Very annoying when you’re in the middle of a super mutant base and run out of bullets for a gun with 50 damage and have to use one that only has 10.
My second (and final) complaint is again going to be one that not a lot of people seem to have a problem with. This is the new perks mechanic. The only reason I don’t like this is because I think it’s very confusing. Admittedly this might just be me, but I get confused trying to figure out what perks I actually need to be able to make decent power armour. I’m sure I’ll catch on and understand eventually, as I have bought the game guide, but for now I’ll just upgrade random things and hope for the best.
Overall, this is a brilliant game, I was not disappointed. For £40 as well, this was a good game to invest in, especially with Star Wars Battlefront coming out for £50 and that being a major disappointment (but more on that later)
If you love the Fallout games, if you love the idea of a dystopian future, if you love Skyrim or even if you love role playing I can guarantee Fallout 4 is the game for you this Christmas.
I gave this game a 9/10