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  • Summary: A new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflictA new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost? Far Harbor features the largest landmass for an add-on that we’ve ever created, filled with new faction quests, settlements, lethal creatures and dungeons. Become more powerful with new, higher-level armor and weapons. The choices are all yours. Expand

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Exploring Fallout 4's Far Harbor DLC
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. May 27, 2016
    100
    From all expansions to Fallout 4 this is the content richest. A cursed island with some well executed scary moments, an atmosphere that reminds me of Alan Wake and greatly constructed quests with big decisions. This is a very good addition to the Fallout 4 core.
  2. May 20, 2016
    90
    Far Harbor is a DLC that has lived up to expectations. Its plot is complex, different and it features a new map which is well-developed.
  3. Jun 3, 2016
    90
    Fallout 4 was a strong game, but it had some weak spots when it came to the visuals, the challenge, the storytelling and the RPG elements. Bethesda obviously listened to the critique, as Far Harbor actually is a tad better than the original game.
  4. May 24, 2016
    80
    Far Harbor is a DLC that winds down rather than winds up, but it gets away with it. It uses a design that's refreshing even if it does eventually sour, and packs a lot of fun into all the quests you can pick up.
  5. May 27, 2016
    75
    Far Harbor feels like a classic Bethesda move, where we’re being given a ton of content that is littered with bugs and seemingly half-assed pieces, but contains some seriously fantastic bits as well.
  6. May 22, 2016
    70
    The best and worst of Fallout in one giant-sized new expansion, with better storytelling than the main game but even worse graphics.
  7. May 23, 2016
    40
    Far Harbor should have be an easy sell to those who have picked the Commonwealth clean, but something terrible lurks within the fog. Serious framerate issues on PS4 make the expansion stink like the rot of a mutated fishman, killing any sense of adventure in what is otherwise an intruiging add-on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 10 out of 31
  1. Jun 4, 2016
    9
    Far Harbor

    Far Harbor is pretty bad ass. I can’t say that I spent more time with this DLC than I did the regular game, but I certainly
    Far Harbor

    Far Harbor is pretty bad ass. I can’t say that I spent more time with this DLC than I did the regular game, but I certainly enjoyed it a lot more. It just felt so much more alive, and more like a Fallout 3 or New Vegas successor. So you start off by receiving a radio signal (as usual), and it takes you to Nick Valentine’s place, where you end up decidedly becoming a detective. Cool. So you make your way to the tip top of the right hand side of the map to this bay house with a boat docked right outside, setting up your DLC perfectly. You talk to a family about their missing daughter, and look around their home for clues. This eventually will lead you to Far Harbor.

    Once making your way to Far Harbor, the story immediately throws you into the action, and you get a taste of a brand new type of enemy. They’re pretty damn strong, so be careful not to fall down from where you’re fighting. (You’ll see.) After that, you become a ‘citizen’ of Far Harbor, and the story continues. I try not to disclose spoilers, so I won’t go into any further detail. Anyway, the gameplay itself is pretty much the same as it has always been, so you won’t feel much different going into the DLC. However, there are some brand new weapons, brand new enemies as I already stated, and there are some pretty interesting characters that gave me that nostalgic feeling from Fallout 3.

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    Check out this bad MF’er. He’s called a Fog Crawler.

    Far Harbor manages to maintain a very haunting atmosphere, and it also manages to keep you on the edge of your seat while exploring. This is something I haven’t felt from Bethesda since the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, when I first found the Dark Brotherhood. *Shivers* It’s all very creepy. This DLC is definitely one of the betters ones that Bethesda has released for Fallout in general. All of its characters have a certain charm about them that makes you wanna bring them back to the Commonwealth, however, you have to leave them there.

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    The fact that Far Harbor is such a great DLC softens the blow of what Wasteland Workshop lacks for its price. If Wasteland Workshop had five dollars worth of a story line, I could have accepted that, but with Far Harbor, I strongly suggest dropping some pre-war bucks on this and giving it a go. If you’re not playing Fallout 4 anymore, this DLC in particular is the best reason why you should be.

    If you don’t believe me, purchase the DLC yourself. I think you’ll be pretty impressed with what Bethesda has managed to cook up. I can’t wait to see their next set. I’d really love to see D.C. again with Fallout 4’s engine. Anyway, below you’ll find a link to purchase the Far Harbor DLC separately, and a link to the Season Pass. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope you enjoy the game!
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  2. May 20, 2016
    9
    Spent around 4 hours playing it last night, it has a great feel to it, very atmospheric, the story is well presented, with some verySpent around 4 hours playing it last night, it has a great feel to it, very atmospheric, the story is well presented, with some very interesting characters. Exploration feels great too, even more so than the main game, it's an island full of mystery, odd creatures, and strange tales, the constantly shifting shroud of fog that covers the island adds to the overall experience. Outside of the main quest there is plenty to do, people to meet, and places to discover, the map is the biggest I have seen for an add-on in a Fallout game so far. Highly recommended. Expand
  3. May 20, 2016
    9
    Suspect others are reviewing a PC version under the PS4 title here.... I've not had any frame-rate issues on the PS4. I tend not to use VATS,Suspect others are reviewing a PC version under the PS4 title here.... I've not had any frame-rate issues on the PS4. I tend not to use VATS, not sure if that can cause drag for others?

    So... about 10hrs into Far Harbour.

    Firstly, what you get:

    You get more settlement builds. Significantly the Barns - I assumed it would be a few default barns to place into settlements, but they've broken them down into walls / roofs etc ...and they're excellent. The roofs particularly go well with the vanilla wood builds. Everything else, and I do mean everything is pretty fishy. Fish buckets, fish signs, fish racks ... lots of fish related stuff, but some cool stuff amongst it.

    To be honest, it's not what this DLC was promising compared to the workshop DLC...

    SIZE matters. Er, sure does here. When I first landed on Far Harbour, I knew i had a handful of new locations and a new settlement waiting, i knew it was said to be large. It surpassed my expectations. I think it's just over a 5th of the size of the entire commonwealth, maybe about 22% or so is a good estimate. It's a little like the glowing sea as a lot of the area is baron. This sounds like it would be annoying, but it's actually well....just go there and see!!

    I expected the 'fog' to be a cheap ploy to hide the distant buildings and make rendering easier, it's not. Graphically some of the best parts of FO4 are within Far Harbour. The spooky swirling, almost spirit like, sweeping the roads and lampposts make it incredibly atmospheric. Like "The Fog" horror film, but better, The new creatures are brilliantly animated, and add to the horror backdrop Far Harbour offers.

    The new missions are much the same, a complete FO4 fan like myself was delighted by all the new characters, conflicts and dilemmas. It forced me into a corner with a few choices I'd not made in the commonwealth, but these were choices I'd been avoiding for a long while. (I've avoided completing the main quest in my 800+ hours gameplay - note at least 300-400 hours just building settlements, I'm hooked)

    I've not really used most of the new weapons, I've got my 5 guns of preference i carry and store the rest, but they are much the same with new perks. Some of the new armour is pretty cool though and helpful for rads!

    I hear another 3 DLCs are in the pipe-line + the MOD tool. For fans like me, this is such fantastic value for money for a season pass. £20 for Far Harbour as a standalone DLC, hmm... I'd pay £15 for it in a sale if I'd not got the season pass.

    To summarise I say this is a great DLC pack, surpassing expectations and adding easily 20hrs + gameplay, if not a lot more pending on your style of play. The new map is huge. The enemies are sneaky and enjoyable to fight and the lure keeps on building, probably now my favourite game of all time.

    Any fan will love this DLC, anyone that says FO4 didn't click with them or didn't enjoy it... well, that's the sort of sh1t a synth would say
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  4. May 16, 2019
    7
    Generally speaking, it's an improvement on the base game in many ways. The main storyline is definitely more engaging and creative, with aGenerally speaking, it's an improvement on the base game in many ways. The main storyline is definitely more engaging and creative, with a number of endings available for you to choose. Unfortunately, Bethesda's attempt at adding gameplay via the asinine puzzle section did not sit well with me. Honestly, it's been a while since I did something as pointless and boring as these puzzles.

    The new enemies are interesting and provide more of a challenge to higher-level players. The new items are also pretty neat in general. The best part about the DLC, however, is probably the atmosphere -- it just feels darker and more dangerous, as a post-apocalyptic wasteland should feel.
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  5. May 28, 2016
    6
    Far Harbor is a nice addition to Fallout 4. It's creepy and atmospheric it pulled me right back into the fallout universe. However, I mustFar Harbor is a nice addition to Fallout 4. It's creepy and atmospheric it pulled me right back into the fallout universe. However, I must agree with others about the performance issues with this DLC. I thought perhaps it was just me until I came here and discovered other experiencing similar issues. I want to love this nice expansion but fingers crossed that a performance patch comes out sooner rather than later. Expand
  6. May 31, 2016
    3
    DO NOT BUY UNFINISHED PRODUCT
    Glitches and low frame rate caps ruin the experience main quest glitched out for me with a NPC dissapearing.
    DO NOT BUY UNFINISHED PRODUCT
    Glitches and low frame rate caps ruin the experience main quest glitched out for me with a NPC dissapearing. Yes I know I'm reviewing the PS4 version people seem to think that others were reviewing the wrong platform not that that is an excuse to release a mess of a game. I love fallout dlc but even minus the glitches it gets a meh from me it was ok but it is not acceptable to release in this state.
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  7. May 27, 2016
    0
    Dreadful frame rate at times, I mean like very bad. I've played Homefront and it even beats that in bad frame rate. The DLC brings nothingDreadful frame rate at times, I mean like very bad. I've played Homefront and it even beats that in bad frame rate. The DLC brings nothing memorable. Possibly 1 of the most underwhelming DLCs after playing some of the best stuff out there recently. Expand

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