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  • Summary: The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain. Hunt them down and harvest their parts to build and mod your own custom robot companions. Choose from hundreds of mods; mixing limbs, armor, abilities, and weapons like theThe mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain. Hunt them down and harvest their parts to build and mod your own custom robot companions. Choose from hundreds of mods; mixing limbs, armor, abilities, and weapons like the all-new lightning chain gun. Even customize their paint schemes and choose their voices! Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Mar 28, 2016
    78
    All in all Automatron is a good bite of DLC, not a huge sandwich like we're used to seeing from Bethesda and not out of the norm for the current DLC market. But like a lot of good bites, it leaves us wanting more.
  2. Apr 4, 2016
    75
    Just be warned you’ll see all there is to see in a couple of evening’s entertainment, but it's a enjoyable enough way to keep Fallout 4 fresh until the meatier Far Harbor arrives.
  3. 70
    Fallout 4 is set to have a ton of great DLC, and Automatron is a good, if not perfect start. Building your own robot is fun, and leads to tons of hours of scavenging and collecting. The quest is also much longer than expected, though it does begin to feel stale after a while. Overall, this is a good start to what could become a great suite of DLC.
  4. Apr 12, 2016
    70
    Automatron, the first Fallout 4 DLC, focuses on robot companion customization, and really achieves a good result there. Nevertheless, the story is very short and, in spite of a really intriguing beginning, the ending feels extremely abrupt. However, this content pack is still a really enjoyable one and can provide, without any doubt, a few hours of fun.
  5. Apr 4, 2016
    69
    The first DLC for Fallout 4 has some good and interesting ideas, but is bad engame content. The main quest is too short and the option to create your own robot army won't be involving for those who already finished the game.
  6. Mar 24, 2016
    65
    Functional, yet prosaic. Constructing robots is a highlight, but Automatron's quest is short and unremarkable.
  7. CD-Action
    Jun 29, 2016
    45
    Creating your own robots is cool, but pointless due to their terrible AI. Why invest a fortune in upgrades if your dumb metal buddy will probably get stuck on a first rock he encounters? [06/2016, p.55]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 7 out of 21
  1. Mar 24, 2016
    8
    Automatron DLC is good for the price, the $10 for the DLC is worth it if you have the money to spare. Other than that I would say it isAutomatron DLC is good for the price, the $10 for the DLC is worth it if you have the money to spare. Other than that I would say it is average. I do not think it is a bad DLC at all it fits that content requirement of the price that it is at. It adds an extra challenge to the game making it more rewarding. The story is short but to be honest this really wasn't about the story in the first place, the real point was robot building. So you may be wondering does it fit that aspect of the intended content? the answer to that is a strong yes. The Robot building is rewarding and very much appreciated and fun at the same time. This DLC builds on the fact that everything is needed, nothing is really "junk" at all, everything has it's use. And even stealth characters can benefit from this DLC you can equip your robots with a stealth blade and a stealth module like the power armor, effectively making your robot invisible and making you sneak better. Other than this the content is great the story is average so that is why I am giving this an eight. Expand
  2. Apr 4, 2016
    7
    Making your own robot is an interesting addition. But personally I think it's overpriced.
    It should've been in the base game.
    Don't expect
    Making your own robot is an interesting addition. But personally I think it's overpriced.
    It should've been in the base game.
    Don't expect much from the quest and story, just build your own robot and have fun.

    Things I like:
    + Make my own robots with lot of mods.
    + Modify Codsworth and Curie to my own liking
    + Tesla weapon and Tesla Power Armour

    Things I dislike:
    - Story and quest are meh
    - It's overpriced
    - Robots take companion slot

    If you get it from the season pass before March, it's worth it I think. Otherwise only buy it when it's on sale.
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  3. Mar 23, 2016
    7
    Automatron is, overall, a pretty decent little DLC package. I probably wouldn't pay the full $10 for it, but if you've already got the seasonAutomatron is, overall, a pretty decent little DLC package. I probably wouldn't pay the full $10 for it, but if you've already got the season pass, it's a more than adequate reason to venture out back into the Commonwealth for a few hours.

    Automatron has a short, clever little story peppered with the usual sidelong references, inside jokes, and memorable characters Fallout games are famous for. The new Robot crafting mechanic is no more or less shallow than the rest of the crafting experience found in the main game. If you were expecting it to revolutionize crafting, or even provide you with a deep and interesting sub-system, you're out of luck. But if you were okay with the depth of the crafting system in the main game, the new system is, at least, no worse.

    There are several new enemy types in Automatron, most notably a robot-themed Raider gang, and several new robot enemies that appear to be randomly generated from the various parts available in the crafting system. It can be hard to notice this during fast-paced gameplay, though - even though no two Scrapbots look identical, for instance, very few of the available parts have any sort of a unique visual style, and most enemy 'bots end up just looking like randomly thrown together heaps of scrap metal.

    This DLC also includes two new locations - a home base for the new Raider tribe, and a secret lair for the primary antagonist. Both locations rank among the most interesting and well-designed dungeons in the game. As an added bonus, they also contain large amounts of the more rare scrap components that you'll be using a lot of if you're making and modding robots, so it's nice to know someone on the design team was thinking ahead.

    As far as negatives go, it's short (obviously) at around 2-3 hours total playtime for the story mode, and it doesn't really add any new or interesting mechanics to the game. Some new guns, new armor, new enemies and crafting? Sure. But nothing beyond that. Essentially, if you liked the base game, this is more of the same. It wouldn't feel out of place to tackle in the middle of a new playthrough.
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  4. Mar 25, 2016
    5
    When my friend told me that the new Automatron DLC was dropped for Fallout 4 I though for $10 this DLC and its content was good. Would I sayWhen my friend told me that the new Automatron DLC was dropped for Fallout 4 I though for $10 this DLC and its content was good. Would I say its on the level of Skyrims Dawnguard. No. The most fun you will mainly have will be gunning down robots and then building your own. Its painstakingly average and this DLC will just have you wishing more. Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2016
    5
    I came into this expecting a quest line reminiscent of that of the Dawnguard DLC for Skyrim. However, I was left feeling very disappointed.I came into this expecting a quest line reminiscent of that of the Dawnguard DLC for Skyrim. However, I was left feeling very disappointed. For one, this DLC is nothing like what we have come to expect from previous Fallout DLCs as it lacks severely in depth, it also does not even have half the content of previous Bethesda DLC titles such as Dawnguard that have been priced at twenty dollars.

    The story line is fun, I guess. However, it has a grand total of four quests which take at most four hours to complete only if you are early in the game and have to spend time travelling to the different locations and scrounging for parts for your robot. (very minor spoiler ahead regarding what the quests are like) The first quest is the introductory quest, which is basically show up to point A, listen to conversation, and then complete quest. The next two quests are basically fetch quests, and then the last quest has you go to the Mechanists' layer to confront them. After that, you get endlessly repeating sidequests akin to "another settlement needs your help".

    What little quest content is there is nowhere near diverse enough to call it an experience that you would not be able to find in the base game otherwise. That being said, there is a fun addition to the game in which you can create your own robot. In all honesty, that's really what you're paying for here, but I would say even that isn't worth it unless you really want to customize your own companion as Fallout 4 seems to be centered around customizing everything anyway.

    So is it worth buying? Well, as I said: it adds very little to the game. The few quests it comes with are like every other Fallout 4 quest so there's nothing special there, and the whole robot companion system is really up to personal preference if you really think having a custom companion is worth ten dollars because that's pretty much all you're getting with this DLC.
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  6. Apr 3, 2016
    4
    Automatron is a standard DLC in the gaming world today. It has a decent premise that is never fully realized, ,includes a few new weapons, 2Automatron is a standard DLC in the gaming world today. It has a decent premise that is never fully realized, ,includes a few new weapons, 2 New dungeons which are the standard walk, shoot, and slash bethesda affair, and about 3 static characters. In other words it's one of those DLC's you only buy if you reaaaaaaallly just need more of the game. Expand
  7. Apr 1, 2016
    0
    Bethesda, I hate you ... RPG R.I.P. Bethesda, I hate you ... RPG R.I.P.Bethesda, I hate you ... RPG R.I.P.Bethesda, I hate you ... RPGBethesda, I hate you ... RPG R.I.P. Bethesda, I hate you ... RPG R.I.P.Bethesda, I hate you ... RPG R.I.P.Bethesda, I hate you ... RPG R.I.P.Bethesda, I hate you ... RPG R.I.P.Bethesda, I hate you ... RPG R.I.P.Bethesda, I hate you ... RPG R.I.P.Bethesda, I hate you ... RPG R.I.P. Expand

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