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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: 13 out of 34
  2. Negative: 11 out of 34
  1. 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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  2. May 20, 2016
    9
    Far Harbor has a great atmosphere and a complex plot, also some new creatures which fit perfectly into the world of Far Harbor. The Island hasFar Harbor has a great atmosphere and a complex plot, also some new creatures which fit perfectly into the world of Far Harbor. The Island has some cool places to explore and is very big so the price of 25$ is justified. Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2016
    8
    this was the type of dlc I was looking for in fallout 4 before playing this I thought it would be just another point lookout dlc from falloutthis was the type of dlc I was looking for in fallout 4 before playing this I thought it would be just another point lookout dlc from fallout 3 but I was wrong and was glad for it the story was intriguing the exploring was enjoyable and I have never seen this type off atmosphere in the fallout games the dark and gritty gothic look much like some of the places of the Witcher 3 and I don't mind them trying new things like this even If it is copying other games scenery a bit the new creatures where scary and stronger enemy's them about 90% of the enemy's in the commonwealth but those tough enemy's in the base game are their to but hard to find sadly :( the fog was also was a really good thing in the dlc as well making it harder to see enemy's and irradiating you while the radiation is just a minor incovinious on anything other them hardcore mode its more brutal when your on hardcore mode although not buy that much I hoped the fog also would off made it easier to sneak attack enemy's but it made no difference when the fog was so thick I couldn't see 5 feet in front of me their was enemy's that spotted me from 30 feet away during the daylight when it was that foggy I know that would off been hard to program the ai like that but still disappointed the new weapons and armor while plentiful creative and cool their where no new guns for pistol character's to play with and that was the exact type of character setup I had the next dlc must have new pistols next time like the desert eagle to throw an idea out there that shoots 50 Cal bullets but the worst part however thought and this is really bad for people going to far harbor on hardcore mode was the constant crashing MY GAME CRASHED 8 TIMES over the time I played this dlc usually happening apon entering vats i wanted to rip my hair as I lost hours of hard work playing this on hardcore mode I would off given this a 9 if it was,ent crashing so often it also happens in the commonwealth to this bug needs to be fixed before the next dlc or I be a lot harder on the score next time pls fix this but overall this was a good dlc Expand
  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 30, 2016
    5
    If you're looking for DLC that adds onto what you've accomplished in the main game be prepared to be disappointed. From talking points thatIf you're looking for DLC that adds onto what you've accomplished in the main game be prepared to be disappointed. From talking points that skip over the fact your the head of an organization or could say more it leaves you wondering if its poor writing or just Behtesda unwillingness to go beyond simple dialog.
    The new weapons and armor are boring. Most of the map is in a fog so atleast you cant see the bland empty environment, and the new enemies are as boring as could be.
    Bottom line is more of the same low caliber slop Bethesda has been pandering about.
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  6. May 23, 2016
    2
    I think despite the environment and characters that this falls short of the majority of former Fallout DLCs and even recent efforts such asI think despite the environment and characters that this falls short of the majority of former Fallout DLCs and even recent efforts such as Automaton.

    Performance suffers thank to the ever annoying fog and when the fog disperses there's very little to see.

    Despite new enemies and new weapons the only noteworthy new thing the DLC brings to the table is the VR sections which are the most tedious, misplaced things in a game for years... They're ultimately neither challenging or interesting and the quest could have functioned easily without them.

    In the end the decisions you have to make are fairly hollow and little is given in the way of character development to decide the fate of the islanders.

    Moving forward, Bethesda really need to up their game as this for me was bordering on Dead Money standards...

    Positives;

    Challenging new enemies
    New areas to explore
    New weapons and quests

    Negatives;

    Performance takes a hit due to fog
    Some interesting new camera glitches
    Island drab and mostly looks the same throughout
    VR section (one of the most ill-judged, worst piece of gaming I can remember)
    Leaves very little by way of legacy to take back to the main game
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  7. Mar 7, 2021
    0
    children of the atom Far Harbor, it would be interesting to see them in Fallout 5, but only as neutral characters, and not antagonists.

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