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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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  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. Oct 21, 2016
    10
    Fallout 4 Review

    Before reading This review is based on my second mildly modified playthrough of Fallout 4 alongside with all of the DLCs.
    Fallout 4 Review

    Before reading
    This review is based on my second mildly modified playthrough of Fallout 4 alongside with all of the DLCs.

    Story and Quests

    The main plot didn’t really disappoint, mainly because I didn’t expect much of it. To me in the end it wasn’t half bad, I got what I expected. Most of the main story quest were good, it definitely had some memorable moments, difficult choices and the total length of the story wasn’t too bad. As for side content and quests, which were usually good but often hard to find. Radiant quests in Fallout 4 had a large role which annoyed many, including me. While ignoring radiant quest, you can easily get around 80hours of quality content out of Fallout 4. The highly criticised voiced protagonist and the new dialogue system didn’t bother me, which did undoubtedly pose problems. But to me they were welcome changes, which felt like taking one step back and two steps forward.

    Gameplay

    Gameplay probably features the biggest changes and improvements of the Fallout series. Improvements can be found from various aspects of the game, from combat, exploration, crafting and character building. Compared to Fallout 3, the combat is much more responsive, faster and dynamic. Enemy variation is amazing in Fallout 4 and it was often surprising to see new features and abilities added to already known enemy types. Crafting is one of the biggest and greatest part of Fallout 4. As soon I saw the new crafting system of Fallout 4 in E3, I knew it was gonna be great and sure wasn’t disappointed. With Automatron DLC you can also build your own robots, and go far as building your own kickass Sentry Bot. With the improved crafting looting and exploration became more important and rewarding. Junk rarity was also in great balance, I often found myself missing needed materials which then motivated me go out to explore the wasteland. With the new crafting system also came the settlement mode, which allowed players to create their own towns and settlements. To me the vanilla settlement mode was dull in many ways. Either way the settlement mode can a lot of fun with mods, allowing you to actually craft something genuine and incredible. The leveling and perk system was also redesigned. While there was nothing wrong with the previous system, the new system was a welcome change.

    Atmosphere

    With the improvement to the weather system and technical features, the gameworld became more immersive and atmospheric. In general the atmosphere in Fallout 4 is more subtle than in previous entries. Commonwealth felt much brighter and hopeful than the desolate Capital Wasteland or Mojave Desert. This is likely due to the more vibrant weathers. To improve immersion, Bethesda did a nice job of reducing the amount of loading screens. Abandoned towns now could be explored without having to struggle through the 5 second loading screen every now and then. Animations weren’t really mind blowing, but they certainly were better than in the previous games.

    Visuals and Audio

    I remember when the first reveal trailer was shown, many were critizising its graphics. In reality, to me at least the graphics look great. As I mentioned before, I upgraded my system, so I was able to enjoy Fallout 4 at full ultra-settings. Bethesda did a great job by making a much more vibrant weather system. Weather ranging from clear blue skies to the toxic radiation storms. Usage of shadows is bit weak though, as many of the gameworlds lights do not cast shadows. Also kudos to Nvidia for the implementation of volumetric light shafts, HBAO+ and Flex powered debris effect.
    Not much can be said about the audio except its good. Usage of ambient sounds was improved, gunshots sounded nice and beefy and generally the SFXs are great. Only complaint I have about the audio, is the poor usage of reverb. The new Creation engine has reverb parameters and profiles, yet Bethesda didn’t seem to take the advantage of it.

    Cons and Pros

    + Absolutely amazing art design and direction. Hands down the best one in the series.
    + A highly detailed and immersive gameworld
    + Fantastic crafting system
    + Improved and faster paced combat
    + Voiced protagonist
    + Wonderful soundtrack by Inon Zur
    + Hours upon hours of addictive gameplay.

    - Weakened RPG elements.
    - Settlement building is far too clunky in vanilla which completely limits your creativity.
    - The vanilla Diamond City Radio got repetitive real quick. With only total of 37 songs from which 12 were recycled from Fallout 3.
    - Visual quality and performance ratio is quite bad.

    Final Verdict

    While Fallout 4 did sacrifice some of its predecessors RPG elements, it still turned out to be one of the best open-world shooter that I’ve played. Fallout did change for better or worse, but as for me, it’s still
    an Fallout game, and a damn good one.

    Another fantastic Fallout game
    9.3 - 9.7/10.0
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  3. Nov 11, 2015
    8
    While not the best game ever released, this is a solid game in it's own. Whoever complains that it's not the same as previous games becauseWhile not the best game ever released, this is a solid game in it's own. Whoever complains that it's not the same as previous games because it's lighter on RPG elements needs to decide whether they want a call of duty or assassin's creed game or something that changes over time. The crafting system is great. My only issue with it is that I wish I could use a satellite camera when placing objects on the ground. I like that monsters use the world instead of just being there (Molerats coming out of the ground or ghouls sneaking up on you in from ventilation) What holds this game back is the incredible amount of bugs it's plagued with for that reason, I would suggest waiting a few weeks before buying it but it'll definitely be worth picking up once bugs get fixed. Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2015
    4
    After playing this game for many hours now I view the game as average at best. While it seems to start off well the issues this game has startAfter playing this game for many hours now I view the game as average at best. While it seems to start off well the issues this game has start to wear thin. It feels like a Fallout game, but not a very good one.

    This is not a pretty game. Graphics are certainly not the most important factor in a game being good or not but Fallout 4 graphics can be so bad at times it really distracts from the game. Some textures are so low that I was not even sure what it was meant to be, it just looked like a loads of messy muddy colours.

    The animations are very poor, running is stiff. Lip syncing and speech animations are just broken. Sometimes the mouth just moves up and down like some wooden dummy. That's if I can see their head at all as the cut animation scenes when speaking are terrible, walking out of view, back head to me, robot in the way.

    Boring quest, unlikable NPCs, vast areas of the map with nothing to do or anything of interest, it just goes on and on. The bad out weights the good here by a large margin.

    Conversation choices are sometimes boring, being just a bunch of variations on, 'yeh, ok, maybe, sure, whatever'. Might as well just put in 'Press (A) to grunt.

    The building options which I was most excited about are pretty shallow once you get into it. Story is just badly written leaving me to think "what the hell are you even talking about this is jibberish". At least once.

    This feels like a badly written game that came out 5 years ago. Beware any place giving this top marks, because while they could put an argument forward of how this is not a shallow game that does not have a lot to do than it pretends anyone saying this game is graphically great is in denial. Technically this game just feels like a bit of a mess made with a lack of ambition and a "sod it that will do" attitude.

    If you really like the idea of Fallout and want to try it I would advise waiting till Steam sale, you are not missing much as some of it feels cut & pasted from Fallout 3.
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  5. Nov 15, 2015
    3
    Unfinished, bug ridden mess that only managed to garner a 3/10 from me for moderate improvements to combat, a reconfigured SPECIAL system andUnfinished, bug ridden mess that only managed to garner a 3/10 from me for moderate improvements to combat, a reconfigured SPECIAL system and Bethesda's usual environment building. Expand
  6. Nov 15, 2015
    1
    Fallout 4 sucks, Witcher 3 is better BGS fails and failed to deliver. That dialogue wheel is terrible and my god is it bad to see. I feel soFallout 4 sucks, Witcher 3 is better BGS fails and failed to deliver. That dialogue wheel is terrible and my god is it bad to see. I feel so bummed I spent $60 BGS should be ashamed they ruined a good franchise and Fallout 4 lacks RPG elements. Witcher 3 will be my chosen game for GOTY, I will never buy games again from Beth. Lets not forget no Hardcore Mode suck too.

    This game is an abomination of every other Fallout games, even Fallout 3 is better than 4.

    Also Pete Hines should be ashamed for not letting all of Fallout 4's files be included on the disk for the PC. Screw Steams download some people don't have reliable internet.
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  7. Jan 30, 2020
    0
    Higher graphic but with worse and lazy a** story and the always present bug. Instead of focusing on the necessary part they made a completelyHigher graphic but with worse and lazy a** story and the always present bug. Instead of focusing on the necessary part they made a completely useless base making that barely work. A disappointment compared to their previous installment on the franchise. Expand

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