Lockdown Gaming, pt2: Fallout 4

I’m finding a lot of comfort in video games right now. With the state of the world at the moment, it’s quite difficult to focus on most things. I wanted to revisit a game that I put many hours into some years back, but never really tied up properly in terms of cleaning up side quests and exploring areas.

I didn’t really know what to write for Fallout 4; it’s a difficult game to digest. In my opinion it’s not as much fun as Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, although it does regurgitate some things from these games. It feels more like a retread of 3 for those that missed it some years prior, with some sections (one piece of DLC in particular) seeming like they have been ripped from the previous game with tiny changes and a graphical upgrade.

Without comparing it too much to New Vegas, it’s definitely more of streamlined RPG experience in this outing. The shooting is certainly tighter, and the explosives pack one hell of a punch this time around too. The combat was an area of the older games that was the least polished, but in 4 it really shines.

The main protagonist having a voice was a huge change at the time, although a welcome one, and I forgot just how stunning the sound design is overall. It’s a breath of fresh air getting to see and hear your character come to life in such a way. The factions and supporting characters are varied too and inject some urgency into the story, and it all culminates pretty well.

At time of writing I am just about wrapped up with the Nuka World DLC, with the main storyline being long finished. It’s been fun for the most part exploring areas that I had not before and tying up some loose ends here and there. I’ve just never been that fond of it as a Fallout game. It’s not a bad game by a long shot, just that it lacks some of the charm, and even some of the soul, of its predecessors.

But there we have it for now. I hope you’re all well and taking care.

12 thoughts on “Lockdown Gaming, pt2: Fallout 4

  1. maenoferren22

    Loved this game, played it loads and bought some of the DLC’s never did the Nuka world or the island one. My little boy was trying to get me to go back into it again yesterday… I might just do that.

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  2. savageddt

    I love the Fallout franchise, but bethesda made a right cockup regarding 76. I loved new vegas a lot just the lore and everything regarding the difference in bunkers. 4 i am interested in playing still and have put off from watching any news about. But its gonna be a while before i get to play it as i need to get through this virus and then see what platform i will be investing in, all that after we actually know for sure that we can go back to work

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    1. Steve Post author

      Bethesda have made some huge mistakes with 76. I never bought it but followed the news surrounding it, sounded like a trainwreck. I hope your work returns soon man, this Coronavirus situation has flipped everything upside down.

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        1. Steve Post author

          You mean after the canvas bag fiasco, the data leak, the testing room fiasco, the nuka dark rum blunder, the item replication/selling ordeal, the nukes crashing the game issue, the subscription rollout and the Fallout First domain name being bought ahead of them, there was more?!

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  3. Azazel

    I was quite enjoying Fallout 4. Didn’t get to the end of the campaign let alone the DLC but was happily working my way through and getting distracted with the side missions and whatnot, then 76 came out and just turned my stomach with how awful it was (I bought 2 copies so Marouda and I could play together). I’d like to go back to 4 at some point, but.. ehhh….

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    1. Steve Post author

      I know what you mean, they are the same engine aren’t they? 4 has its fair share of decent side missions, I love that there’s a lot to do off the beaten path. I’d recommend Far Harbor out of the DLCs if you can claw your way back in

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