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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: 52 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. Nov 10, 2015
    100
    If traveling through Bethesda's version of Boston for 60 hours has taught me anything, it's that the little things are what matter.
  2. Nov 9, 2015
    95
    With its vast open world and its endless possibilities, Fallout 4 is a must have for RPG fans.
  3. Nov 9, 2015
    92
    Fallout 4 makes you say goodbye to the rest of the world and immerse yourself in its universe for hours and hours. Its powerful virtues compensate for its obvious shortcomings.
  4. Nov 9, 2015
    90
    Fallout 4 is a roaring response to criticism that the series has ignored its qualities as a shooter in favor of its deeper and stronger RPG roots. Nearly every design change in Fallout 4 poises the game as a more streamlined modern shooter with high production value across the truly open-world Commonwealth wasteland.
  5. Nov 18, 2015
    85
    A thrilling, engaging, post-apocalyptic Boston awaits. Dark humor combines with a serious narrative that makes us think about the value of human life in this huge glitchy world that is barely contained within a game disc.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 16, 2015
    80
    A strong return for the franchise, boasting incredible customisation, a fascinating world and brutal yet brainy shooting, slightly tarnished by lacklustre AI and tedious inventory management. [Christmas 2015, p.88]
  7. Nov 9, 2015
    60
    The problem comes from the fact that this feels like more of the same, not a step forward. Fallout 4 doesn't break the same new ground Fallout 3 did with its jump to 3D, and its storytelling and intricacy of choice falls short of what New Vegas offered...Fallout 4 just feels safe, even when trying new things.

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  1. Jan 22, 2016
    10
    I heard that there have been a lot of negative reviews for Fallout 4 and was very surprised. I got this game for Christmas and it has blown meI heard that there have been a lot of negative reviews for Fallout 4 and was very surprised. I got this game for Christmas and it has blown me away. The replay value is exceptional due to the different options you can take along the main story line. The different play types you can try with your character as well add to the replayablity of this game. Okay I understand complaints about the story line but in Fallout 3 the main story line wasn't the greatest either. Okay you are looking for your dad and in this game you are looking for your son. I do not see a huge difference in the quality of the main story line so I do not understand those complaints fully. I love how they made the gunplay better and I do still like VATS is very helpful. It just depends on your play style. The graphics I feel are great I think some people think The Witcher 3 looks better because of the setting the world takes place in. The Witcher 3 from what I have played thus far is a great game it just didn't suck me into the game like Fallout 4 did. I love Diamond City Radio and the music and the setting of the game. The new settlements and other gameplay mechanics are good in my opinion. I would say job well done Bethesda! Expand
  2. Nov 19, 2015
    10
    Ridiculously Fun

    I had very high expectations after Fallout 3 and New Vegas and Bethesda absolutely delivered. This game builds on the
    Ridiculously Fun

    I had very high expectations after Fallout 3 and New Vegas and Bethesda absolutely delivered. This game builds on the foundation of previous titles and ventures into new territory. Playing on PS4, the graphics are simply stunning. I read some reviews about problems with frame rates on PS4, but I haven't noticed anything. Game runs very smooth for me, no glitches, no screen tearing, no crashes after some 40+ hours. The feel of the wasteland has never been better. I wasn't surprised by the huge open world with thousands of places to discover, but I was pleasantly surprised by 2 things:

    First, the combat is great. Huge step in the right direction. Especially on a higher difficulty the enemies will challenge you as they run for cover, communicate with each other, use tactics, hurl harsh language, and die with satisfying gore. In past Fallout games, combat was sort of an afterthought when building your character. Fallout 4 has an impressive FPS combat system and the VATS overhaul simply works better. I've never had more fun fighting the dangers of the wasteland. And to top it off, the power armor is fantastic in Fallout 4. From the dazzling good looks, to the fiery explosions, I think they really nailed the power armor this time around. That every piece can be customized, changed, improved and repaired with materials found out in the world is just a bonus to the power armor experience.

    Second, I was very impressed with the characters. The companions have lots of depth including their own likes/dislikes which can change as the game progresses. I consider it a good sign when I start to care about their opinions of me. The dialogue system has a nice feel to it and you can simply walk away any time you want during the conversation.

    The game isn't perfect though. I'm not crazy about the new leveling system and the perks, but its not horrible. Settlement building quickly becomes very demanding if you're not careful. The are some bugs with a few side quests. It can be hard to find companions after parting ways, then wasting time running around trying to find them. Should really have their own map markers with on/off toggle.

    Not going to bother with a Plus/Minus column because the game overwhelmed me with how much they got right while getting just a handful of things wrong. Been playing since the release date and I still don't want to put it down which is primarily why I'm giving it a perfect score. Already excited to start another playthrough. I'm not going to focus on the microscopic amount of flaws, many of which will get fixed in the next patch anyway. And anyone still complaining about the long download time needs to relax. I don't care if it takes a week to download - it's worth it.

    All in all I think the game will make veterans of previous Fallout titles very happy and it will blow the minds of unsuspecting newcomers. The game feels like Fallout. High quality, immersive, long duration, great re-playability. Games are supposed to be fun and Fallout 4 is a ridiculous amount of fun.
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  3. Nov 10, 2015
    10
    Bought the game a five hours ago and I'm going to give a 100% honest review about it.

    Fallout 4 is a massive game. In the strategy guide
    Bought the game a five hours ago and I'm going to give a 100% honest review about it.

    Fallout 4 is a massive game. In the strategy guide there's roughly 150 quests and I estimate the map is about as big as skyrim's, but there seems to be a higher density of areas to explore with fewer mountains and whatnot in the way to make the map feel bigger than it actually is.

    In comparison to previous Fallouts people keep saying it isn't a big step up. I disagree with them, but I will admit the facial expression are a bit stiff and lip syncing is a tiny bit off. Some people dislike the aesthetics of the game because they went with a much more punchy and bright color pallet rather than just make everything poop brown and puke green like Fallout 3. I actually enjoyed the more colorful environments.

    Looking at the pc specs this game is technically graphically superior to any other game out right now even if some people are saying the graphics are not very good. I honestly thought the graphics looked amazing, but I'm just putting it out there that not everybody shares my opinion and some people think games like Witcher 3 actually have better graphics. Personally, I don't think it should matter all that much because it's really about gameplay, not graphics.

    Gameplay wise what Fallout 4 brings to the table over previous games is a vastly improved combat system, much better balance regarding things like stimpacks and perks, and overall more challenge on higher difficulties. Gun play feels almost exactly like Call of Duty instead of very stiff and clunky like New Vegas. You definitely will feel noticeable improvements on how guns and things handle regarding sight clarity, draw animations, sway, recoil, and smoothness adjusting aim. Movement also feels more in line with Call of Duty. Sprint is in the game and is balanced by taking away action points to use in vats, a great mechanic imo that adds more fluidity and better pacing to everything. In other words you no longer have to worry about slowly plodding from one area to the next making for less overall downtime to deal with.

    What this game offers over Destiny, which probably it's main competition atm is a much more engaging story and much much more content than Destiny could ever hope to deliver. I mean in comparison I finished Destiny including all story missions, all strikes, and the two raids in about 20 hours. The story missions in the vanilla game itself you could easily get through in about 5 hours. Even if all 150 quests take a half hour each you are still talking about 75 hours of content to go through so even the most viscous haters on here would have to admit at minimum this game at least offers a lot in quantity of content even if one could make an argument about the quality of it.

    Sound wise Fallout 4 offers MUCH more voice actors than previous games leading to much more variations in how npcs interact. Games like Elder Scrolls online will recycle the same voice actors. It's not like that in this game. I also enjoyed how gun sounds have much more "oomph" than Fallout 3 and New Vegas. Everything sounded like it really had impact and the blood splatter in response seemed really satisfying. Unfortunately, didn't like the music track in the game so far, but oh well.

    People on here are complaining about very specific nitpicky issues with the game like for instance the facial expression/lip syncing issue, a few specific non game breaking bugs, color aestetics, and blah, blah, blah.

    All I got to say is please examine the facts for yourself. I encourage anybody reading this to just look at the amount of content and all the customization and what you are getting here and then decide based on that rather than some extremely specific little thing somebody is complaining about.

    I assure you this game has a lot of bang to offer for your 60 bucks and well deserves 10/10 in my very honest opinion.
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  4. Nov 20, 2015
    8
    Spent 40 minutes creating myself only to have something that resemble the portrait from a drug addict artist I got a few years back. CloseSpent 40 minutes creating myself only to have something that resemble the portrait from a drug addict artist I got a few years back. Close enough, but the different voice freaked me out so I went with the default female after some minor tweaks. I liked her voice acting better anyways.

    It's not bad. I really like the new settlement feature but they just kind of throw everything at you right away with barley any tutorials. It took me 45 minutes to build to get the walls of my first building to line up. Pro tip: build the floors first. Just look online for settlement tips, it will make your life easier.

    It's basically the same as Fallout 3 but with some improvements and new features. If your expecting the masterpiece that it was hyped to be you'll probably be disappointed. Apart from that I'm having a lot of fun with the game. I'd say it's still worth the price for what you get.
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  5. Nov 24, 2015
    7
    Probably my most anticipated game of the back half of the year, I'm sad to say I feel fairly disappointed now that I have literally completedProbably my most anticipated game of the back half of the year, I'm sad to say I feel fairly disappointed now that I have literally completed everything in the game. Yes, everything short of the random encounters you can't control. Every side quest, every misc quest (yes, I got a list to see if I had done them all), and every trophy. Saw all endings, wasn't impressed by any of them. And this all took about 125 hours of total game time.

    125 hours is nothing to scoff at and it would be nice if many more single player games gave half as much but I came to the realization that a huge amount of that time was spent messing with settlements - and not really enjoying it. IMO, settlements aren't worth the time because the biggest benefits to maintaining settlements - access to scavaged goods, food, caps from traders, and traders themselves - is outweighed by the fact that the player must take all the requisite perks to make those things worthwhile. But taking those perks means you end up earning more by simply exploring, you never hurt for food or drink or ammo, and there are so many crafting stations throughout the Commonwealth that you don't really NEED a settlement to mod your armor, weapons, or craft chems or food. Settlements don't even provide a sense of community as the NPCs are mindless drones named "Settler" or some such and are awkward to assign to tasks. The entire process of building and maintaining a settlement is a frustrating experience and unless you're truly insane the Benevolent Leader achievement/trophy isn't worth the time. Realistically, settlements only exist to pad player gametime and force players to handicap themselves by carrying around loads of junk to tote to each workstation.

    The gameplay outside of the settlements is largely the same as Fallout 3 except the gunplay is a lot better... at least once you can stop relying on the god awful pipe weapons that you're practically forced to use early in the game. I won't complain that it's too much like FO3 because that's good enough for me but the world felt so very lifeless and non-threatening. Outside of the main city of Boston, you barely run into enemies. If you've leveled up just by exploring like many of us have done those enemies are completely trivial. Deathclaws were literally the only things I feared. Super Mutants, Mirelurk Queens.. meh, no problem. I still don't understand how they weighed stats, especially for conversations. With 10 charisma and the Gift of Gab perk and 3 stars in Lady Killer, I was still failing most of my charisma conversation rolls against women. And forget even trying with men. I couldn't make heads or tails of it.

    The story made an OK amount of sense but I couldn't help but feel they stole a page straight out of Mass Effect's playbook with the Institute. Not to mention the Institute's world view is ALMOST the same as the Brotherhood of Steel (only we can be trusted with technology/saving the world from itself/redefining humanity as we see fit, et cetera) so it didn't really feel like a threat. I honestly found myself missing the Enclave.

    I enjoyed my time with the game but ultimately I feel that Fallout 4 was mostly candy that didn't truly satiate my hunger for the Fallout franchise, for lack of a better metaphor. Unlike Elder Scrolls, which has a lot more replay value in having different classes, insane amounts of skills and trees, and so many different branching story arcs, I can't see a reason to play FO4 again until the DLC (and only if said DLC is of decent quality). I will say that I only had two crashes and two texture bugs (not including settlement building which is nothing BUT texture bugs) during my entire playtime which was quite the refreshing change following the insanity that was the Fallout 3 launch on PS3.
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  6. Nov 7, 2017
    6
    This game is cool, but only on Hardcore mode. True Fallout experience. Masterpiece. 7.8/10.But don't play this on Normal difficulty, it'sThis game is cool, but only on Hardcore mode. True Fallout experience. Masterpiece. 7.8/10.But don't play this on Normal difficulty, it's totally ruined piece of crap.
    Hardcore mode - 7.8 out of 10
    Easy/Normal/Hard/Very Hard - 5.6 out of 10.
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  7. Jan 16, 2019
    0
    It's boring, it has midrange graphics, almost no storyline, it is mostly for bunker fans but it does not worth the attention, time or money

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