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Fallout 4 by Bethesda Softworks

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Fallout 4 is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 12.
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  • Platform: PC
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Bethesda Softworks
  • Category: Role-Playing
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Product Details:

Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, welcome you to the world of Fallout 4 - their most ambitious game ever, and the next generation of open-world gaming.

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Fallout 4

A Familiar Wasteland
by Andrew Reiner
Concept:

A straightforward sequel with improved combat and a denser world to explore


Graphics:

The visuals can be simultaneously breathtaking and a little ugly. The vistas and lighting are beautifully created, but some of the texture work is muddled and steals some of the finer details


Sound:

From the powerful Fallout 4 theme to radio stations filled with classic tunes, the score is brilliant. Most of the voice work (especially the protagonists') is equally as good


Playability:

Gunplay is vastly improved, making the act of exploring the wasteland more enjoyable. Better yet, I didn't run into too many glitches in my playthrough


Entertainment:

Bethesda has created another game you can lose your life in. New experiences just keep coming, and you always have another perk to unlock


Replay:

High

My lone wanderer from Vault 111 is as much a stranger in a strange land as he is a person returning to the familiarity of his own home. His crisis of identifying with the world echoes my journey through Fallout 4, a game that is as new and exciting as it is old and familiar.

Roughly seven years have passed since Bethesda Game Studios ventured into Fallout's wasteland, but you'd think the development team never left it, as Fallout 4 feels like a well-worn Pip-Boy. The studio clings to many of the great (and not-so-great) gameplay trappings and overarching designs that made Fallout 3 such a captivating release. This wealth of identifiable content is used as the backbone of this sequel - sometimes to a fault - but all in support of making the act of wandering the Commonwealth Wasteland one of the most rewarding (and time-consuming) experiences in gaming.

Despite the image of a large, hulking character on the box art, Fallout 4 doesn't roar out of the gate with guns blazing. As much as I enjoyed seeing the world prior to the bombs falling in the game's opening moments, Bethesda rushes through this event. The player is given barely enough time to take a snapshot of it, let alone develop a meaningful connection with the family members - whom are supposed to be the central hook of the narrative. The subsequent descent into the vault doesn't fare much better, and is used mostly to establish an antagonist in the brief minutes the player spends there. The studio clearly wanted to get the player into the wasteland as quickly as possible, but the rapid pace hurts the story in the process. As a result, I didn't understand who my character was; I just knew what he lost.

The wanderer (who can be male or female) comes into his own when he becomes a conduit for your choices, and ends up being more than a blank slate this time around. The new spoken dialogue fleshes this protagonist out, much like Mass Effect's Commander Shepard. I connected with his actions, but was fascinated by his choice of words and tone, which are not spelled out in the streamlined (and improved) dialogue tree. The protagonist's lines are well-written and believable, no matter what approach was used in conversation. If you enjoy role-playing as a cannibalistic madman, however, the voice work doesn't mesh with that fantasy, or any other that detours from a normal mannered person. Interesting, I didn't rush through one line of dialogue, and never turned on the subtitles. I watched it all unfold in real time, and was only forced to read stories on computers spread across the Commonwealth. I consider the new voice work a giant success for the series, even if it does remove a bit of the player's personality from the experience.

The main story arc for the wanderer offers some surprising twists and turns relating to his family, but a lot of the surrounding story lines mirror events from Fallout 3, and end up falling flat despite the huge world-changing events they bring. The real points of interest come from how you can toy with and poke at the different factions that preside in the wasteland. I reached a point in one faction line that would have completely shut down any involvement I could have in working with the Brotherhood of Steel, and it came early in my playthrough. Player choice pops up everywhere, but it's rarely as black and white as "save this city or nuke it." I was forced to make a handful of difficult choices along the way, and can't wait to see how they play out from other perspectives. The spider-web of choice that Bethesda intertwined is impressive, and it's fascinating to see the inhabitants of the world keeping tabs on your involvements.

See the rest of the Review at Game Informer

Features:

FREEDOM AND LIBERTY

Do whatever you want in a massive open world with hundreds of locations, characters, and quests. Join multiple factions vying for power or go it alone, the choices are all yours.

YOU'RE S.P.E.C.I.A.L!

Be whoever you want with the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. character system. From a Power Armored soldier to the charismatic smooth talker, you can choose from hundreds of Perks and develop your own playstyle.

COLLECT AND BUILD!

Collect, upgrade, and build thousands of items in the most advanced crafting system ever. Weapons, armor, chemicals, and food are just the beginning - you can even build and manage entire settlements.

SUPER DELUXE PIXELS!

An all-new next generation graphics and lighting engine brings to life the world of Fallout like never before. From the blasted forests of the Commonwealth to the ruins of Boston, every location is packed with dynamic detail.

VIOLENCE AND V.A.T.S.!

Intense first or third person combat can also be slowed down with the new dynamic Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System (V.A.T.S) that lets you choose your attacks and enjoy cinematic carnage.

FOR USE IN SURVIVAL

TIPS FROM THE VAULT

RADIATION AND YOU

BEWARE THE SILENT KILLER

While some harmful radiation should have dissipated years ago, lingering radiation will remain. In the Wasteland, ceaseless radioactive bombardment will attack your body without warning until it's too late. This will be a real threat to your survival. Use your Vault-Tec assigned Pip-Boy to monitor radiation levels at all times.


ADAPTING TO THE OUTSIDE

YOU'VE LEFT THE VAULT. NOW WHAT?

The moment you exit the vault, you will notice a piercing bright light. Like a creature of the night, your eyes are not accustomed to the bare sun. Make sure to shield the retinas with tinted goggles.

Specifications:

Minimum

Hard Drive Space
30 GB free HDD space
Operating System
Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Processor
Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
RAM
8 GB RAM
Video Card
NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent

Recommended

Hard Drive Space
30 GB free HDD space
Operating System
Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Processor
Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
RAM
8 GB RAM
Video Card
NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

Important Information:

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Game This game is so amazing that I am now officially obsessed and making model pip-boys
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Piece of Art A delightful game that has many improvements from the previous games, Improved graphics for example. They removed lined options with a word. Still extremely long loading times. Timeline you can easily understand. Lot's to do after completion of said storyline
Date published: 2016-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bought CD & it tried to do update @ over 12 GB! Will not load properly, did update over 12 GB and error ed out! Unable to use ! Would not recommend if you have a GB limit!
Date published: 2016-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece of Gaming Fallout 4 is a delightfully fun game with amazing replay value. The graphics are actually very good, despite what I've heard some people say. The sound effects are very good, and the music is way better than it was in Fallout 3, which I loved. The story is very engaging and satisfying with twists and turns. There are several new mechanics that greatly improve upon previous games, such as weapon/armor modification, settlement building, junk deconstruction, etc. The power armor has returned, but in a different (and better, I believe) form. No longer do you carry your power armor around like it's just a tuxedo; it stays put in the world wherever you leave it, and you enter/exit it when you want. You can also equip pieces of armor such as left leg, right leg, left arm, right arm, torso and head (which can be a full helmet that covers your face, or a smaller one that just covers the top of your head, which can then be paired with eye-wear or masks).
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great game, great addition to the series! This game has a HUGE amount of replay ability . So many different places to go and choices to make that affect the story, Great selection of weaponry. Great storylines, Great everything, I give this game a 9/10 on graphics though as they could be SLIGHTLY better looking , maybe a little more detail in the trees? but there's a million bombed out buildings with all kinds of hidden loot and enemy's . I am only halfway finished and Can't wait to play again with a evil type character =).
Date published: 2016-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun game, but Bethesda's formula has grown stale. Fallout 4 is a step back from Fallout 3 and New Vegas, and really shows that Bethesda has failed to innovate much in terms of their game engine, graphics, or gameplay. What they do is pretty cool, but it is becoming stale. And in the wake of The Witcher 3, the bad story and lack of any meaningful choices is made that much more glaring. That said, I had fun, but this could have been so much more, and I genuinely hope that Bethesda will learn from their mistakes - instead of just swimming in their cash - and deliver the next Elder Scrolls game with upgrades and improvements across the board.
Date published: 2016-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This game was everything I hoped for and more I remember very well the day I got my first Fallout title, Fallout 3. I had received it from my father for Christmas and spent the following 7 years playing it nonstop only taking breaks to acquire and play the previous 3 titles . That is, until I purchased Fallout 4 in November. Some people are saying that this game did not live up to their expectations as a direct sequel to the Fallout series and that they are disappointed with the final result, with one person on this very site giving it the lowest possible rating for a game. Personally, I don't believe that they're being very fair in their analysis of this game. Sure, they did a few things in a way that could definitely been done better (what game hasn't?), but we're talking about a MASSIVE game here, and it deserves more than a passing glance at the introductory sequences and missions to grasp the full scope of how well made this game truly is. Firstly, and possibly most importantly, we have to take into account who Bethesda was making this game for. They had to make this game in a way that catered to both nostalgic players (such as myself), and to people who have never played these games before. Admittedly, I have little love for New Vegas because of how It didn't meet up to my expectations of what the game should look like based on how Fallout 3 was made, even though it wasn't a poorly made game. Had I never played 3, I would have enjoyed New Vegas a whole lot more. That being said, Fallout 4 was a perfect mix of new content and familiar content, it wasn't a mirror image of Fallout 3, and it wasn't a totally different feeling game that blew you away with complete unfamiliarity either. You can tell that a lot of work went into making this game as great and worthy of note as it's predecessors, which I can really appreciate as someone who has followed this series for so long. This game has an amazing feel to it and I would definitely recommend it to any fan of the Fallout series or anyone looking for a good game to play.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid addition to the series. Not Amazing Ive played fallout 3 and new vegas. I loved both of them. I am about 8 hours into fallout 4. One of my biggest complaints about the game is that the game mechanics seem to take you out of the atmosphere of the game. It is clunky and slow to try to go through your inventory to find one of your thousands of items. My next complaint is that the game kept the carry weight system. This wouldnt bother me except for all the crafting that has to be done. Its really annoying when you have to drop a bunch of weapons and armor because you cant carry them. However, i do like the story so far and the music is pretty nice although it can feel a little over done at times. Glitches are a common occurrence and will hopefully be patched soon.
Date published: 2015-11-16
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