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  • Summary: As the sole survivor of Vault 111, you enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. Every second is a fight for survival, and every choice is yours. Only you can rebuild and determine the fate of the Wasteland. Welcome home.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Nov 23, 2015
    100
    The graphics won’t blow you away, the side quests and scale of the game will.
  2. Nov 9, 2015
    95
    The world, exploration, crafting, atmosphere, and story of Fallout 4 are all key parts of this hugely successful sandbox role-playing game. Great new reasons to obsessively gather and hoard relics of happier times, strong companions, and sympathetic villains driving tough decisions make it an adventure I’ll definitely replay and revisit
  3. Nov 10, 2015
    90
    Unsurprisingly, Fallout 4 is closer to Fallout 3 than it is to the former episodes. And it comes with all the qualities and problems we already know. But Fallout 4 belongs to this hypnotizing kind of games that you should not miss if you love Western RPGs.
  4. Nov 9, 2015
    85
    It really does feel like Fallout 3 with slightly nicer graphics and a few mods (like “homebase customization”) thrown in, and while Fallout 4 has everything that made the last game great it has all the weaknesses too, like a terrible inventory menu, stiff character models, interior locations requiring loading screens, and more. Fallout 4 is an amazing game that I doubt anyone will be disappointed by, but it’s not unique. And I still prefer New Vegas.
  5. Dec 8, 2015
    80
    After 200 years in cryostasis you will find everything in ruins, beasts and monsters (human and nonhuman alike) run amok and there are more weapons than in a Michael Bay movie. In short it is a vivid world to explore in which no one can hold a decent dialogue.
  6. Nov 9, 2015
    80
    The fact that it's heavier on combat than stats is sure to annoy RPG classicists, but the fact that the combat is fantastic helps a lot. So, too, does the intriguing world, the excellent characters, the hidden secrets, and the difficult decisions.
  7. Nov 19, 2015
    60
    Bethesda has laid solid and at times spectacular groundwork for an awesome game. I look forward to another developer building on it.

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  1. Nov 10, 2015
    10
    Fallout 4 ended up being way more polished than I expected, I'm kind of blow away by how detailed some of the graphics are. It looksFallout 4 ended up being way more polished than I expected, I'm kind of blow away by how detailed some of the graphics are. It looks fantastic.

    -For the first time in a Bethesda game you can create a Skinny, Muscular, or Fat character.
    -The animations are really slick, the best I've seen from Bethesda so far.
    -The gunplay feels nice and tight, and you now have the option to melee attack with firearms.
    -There's tons of crafting in the game from cooking to chemistry to upgrading gear to building.
    -Different armor is available for each limb, it's not just bodysuits like in Fallout 3.
    -The perk chart is well done and perks have requirements before they can be levelled up.
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  2. Nov 16, 2015
    10
    Too much change from the classic Fallouts and it required a day-one patch, plus it won't run at 120 fps on my cool new 4K monitor. CompleteToo much change from the classic Fallouts and it required a day-one patch, plus it won't run at 120 fps on my cool new 4K monitor. Complete garbage, don't ever buy. Screw you, Bethesda. Get with the times and get Chris Avellone to write your game, or stop making games altogether. Can't have one or the other.

    Fallout 2 will always be the better than Loser Scrolls with Guns.
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  3. Nov 15, 2015
    8
    On my computer the graphics are much better than Fallout 3 or New Vegas. I think the physics glitches are funny and I need a good laugh afterOn my computer the graphics are much better than Fallout 3 or New Vegas. I think the physics glitches are funny and I need a good laugh after a big shoot out sometimes. I have played over 20 hrs so far and have had no crashes or problems. My main complaint is the talking.. there isn't the diversity that the others had nor can you command your companions as easily. Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2015
    4
    All I will say is: Bethesda. Bethesda never changes.

    I'm not really sure how or why they think this is an acceptable release in today's
    All I will say is: Bethesda. Bethesda never changes.

    I'm not really sure how or why they think this is an acceptable release in today's world?

    It is utterly and totally outclassed by games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Witcher 3. Fallout New Vegas is a vastly superior game from a gameplay stand point. The game world lacks charm and often doesn't give you enough reasons to mesh with it emotionally. Case in point: the start of the game is too short to have anything resembling a meaningful emotional impact, despite wife, baby and dog. The graphics aren't even true next gen (again, The Witcher 3 makes it look like a late XBox 360 title).

    I won't go any further; don't want to spoil the awful for you.

    Then again, we have to remember that this is a game from a company that thought it would be "cool" to profit off modifications that have traditionally been free, so expecting them to actually invest in and make a game that moves the franchise on in any meaningful way is a tall order.

    Bethesda won't be enjoying their lofty position for much longer if this is the best they can manage. Along with Blizzard, it seems all my favourite developers of yore have become greedy, self-congratulationist corporate gits. Frankly.
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  5. Jan 13, 2016
    3
    My first impression of Fallout 4 immediately got off to a bad start right after I finished installing when I realized, to my horror, thatMy first impression of Fallout 4 immediately got off to a bad start right after I finished installing when I realized, to my horror, that ultra widescreen resolutions were not supported in a AAA game and that I had to research how to edit the ini files to get something passably decent so that the HUD wouldn't drive me crazy while playing. In 2015, there's absolutely no excuse for that!!

    As usual, Bethesda crafted a very detailed, open world but unfortunately, the game itself is extremely shallow. The main story is pretty bland. Skills and perks have been gutted, aka 'Streamlined', and combined into one fairly generic system. The dialogue wheel is awful, extremely terse and often misleading. The new voiced protagonist is also a bummer. Even though I really enjoyed Courtenay Taylor as Jack in Mass Effect 2, I found her to be fairly bland and flat as the main protagonist.

    It's clear to me that the bulk of Fallout 4's budget was funneled into the settlement building mechanics which I have to admit can be quite fun especially since I also enjoy builder type games but that's not the experience I'm looking in this franchise. I want Fallout, not Fallout-esque Minecraft. If the roleplaying aspect of the game had even a tiny amount of depth, I'd probably feel a lot better about it but Fallout 4 is so shallow as far as the roleplaying aspect goes, it's just damn sad. I know there will be mods that will probably make up for that but I'm sick and tired of letting Bethesda off the hook with that excuse. The game should stand on its own at release and Fallout 4 does not.

    I'm giving this game a score of three because of the fact that I can find some enjoyment in the settlement building and exploration aspects of the game but as a Fallout roleplaying experience, Fallout 4 fails miserably.
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  6. Nov 13, 2015
    1
    Terrible, terrible game. I have no idea what Bethesda thought to accomplish? Maybe to make me not buy games from them anymore?

    Cons:
    Terrible, terrible game. I have no idea what Bethesda thought to accomplish? Maybe to make me not buy games from them anymore?

    Cons:

    -Removal of armor & weapons degradation
    -Addition of the dialogue wheel. 4 choices? What? BGS go back to your old dialogue system.
    -Level scaling. It's 2015 remove this abomination, Witcher 3 did it right with no level scaling enemies. Beth take it one step further and remove it from both enemies and loot.

    Pros:

    -Mods: Yay, I can add what I want and remove the bad features like the dialogue wheel.
    -Graphics: Looks ok, no idea why so many are complaining about them.
    -Crafting: It's actually fun.
    -Combat: Feels improved thanks to iD with their help.

    All in all this game gets a 1 from me due to the 3 cons I described, I can't stand the dialogue wheel and armor & weapons not breaking is annoying I want to maintain them.
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  7. Apr 7, 2019
    0
    So I see the good people of metacritic decided to post a fake score of 9 for me on this game when in reality I never even scored it. For thatSo I see the good people of metacritic decided to post a fake score of 9 for me on this game when in reality I never even scored it. For that reason I'm filling up the required text box and giving a 0. Not cool metacritic. Expand

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