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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Dec 16, 2015
    100
    The game's music is perfectly set for the different situations you find yourself in. It's suitably dramatic in the big fight scenes and similarly soft when you get to a more emotional part. Whilst not at the forefront of your attention, the music is always there and sometimes you won't even notice it until it goes silent. Your heart might be in your mouth as you hack a computer or lockpick a door with enemies nearby, and the music will do a great job to reflect exactly how you are feeling.
  2. Nov 9, 2015
    100
    Fallout 4 is a game that will spark conversation and a huge amount of love, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t follow in the footsteps of Skyrim as something of a cultural phenomenon. The game’s only real issue is in the dated visuals, but the engine serves a purpose beyond eye-candy, and hey, we’re mostly walking through irradiated trash anyway, right...Fallout 4 is impossible not to recommend.
  3. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 11, 2015
    95
    You’ll have to deal with people who grew up with no understanding of morality and civility, gain their respect (by force, if necessary) and build bright post-nuclear future with them. Wasteland domination is just a step away. [Issue#203, p.46]
  4. Nov 9, 2015
    90
    The fact that your decisions stick with you after walking away from the game is a testament to the great storytelling on hand. Fallout 4 is an argument for substance over style, and an excellent addition to the revered open-world series.
  5. Nov 13, 2015
    90
    Fallout 4 is the epitome of what an open world RPG should be.
  6. Nov 9, 2015
    90
    Fallout 4 didn’t blow me away like the previous iteration did, but it did keep me thoroughly entertained and fully vested in journeying across the wasteland.
  7. Nov 10, 2015
    60
    At some point, I just want the games to work reliably. Fallout 4 follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, which is to say that it's a large, sprawling world filled with so many different quests and locations that most players will miss entire subplots as they scavenge their way from one side of the world to the other. That's also to say that it's occasionally kind of broken, from performance issues specific to the console versions to scripting glitches that might just prevent you from progressing to the same sort of "physics gone wild" moments that make for killer animated gifs and such.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 382
  1. Mar 17, 2016
    10
    I really don't understand the super low scores for this game on here. 6.1 is a ridiculous average, and not realistic at all. The game has it'sI really don't understand the super low scores for this game on here. 6.1 is a ridiculous average, and not realistic at all. The game has it's problems, the quest lines aren't as interesting as previous games. It's lost a lot of RPG elements that a lot of people loved. But it's still Fallout and it's still amazing. The combat is great, the crafting is great, the perks...well a mixed bag. But there's so much to explore like other games in the series and if you let it this game will run away with all your time.

    There's no other game I play where I look at the clock, play for a while, look again and 3 hours have passed. It grabs hold and doesn't let go like a good RPG should. Obviously, your mileage may vary and it helps if you enjoy first person shooters on their own merits as well. My game of the year for 2015, which I never expected since I enjoyed the hell out of MGS5 and Bloodborne. The sheer amount of fun to be had here is staggering, if you're on the fence don't listen to the haters.

    This one's a winner.
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  2. Dec 1, 2015
    10
    This game is great!!!. So much depth. There is a classical music radio station that plays EXCELLENT music while you wander around. There isThis game is great!!!. So much depth. There is a classical music radio station that plays EXCELLENT music while you wander around. There is also John Cleese as Cogsworth! So far the visuals are great. Some of the characters look like last-gen, but no worse than Skyrim did. It's still effective. it's a bit cinematic, but it really works with what they're going for. So far all the reviews seem a bit picky. This is better than Witcher 3, less glitchey and buggy, although centering on and selecting items is a bit wonky.

    The plot is surprisingly deep. There is a definite sense of loneliness in the wasteland. And it really doesn't look like Fallout 3. This is more of suburbia turned wasteland. Fallout 3 was just pure open-space wasteland, like 'The Road'. You explore empty houses and gas stations.
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  3. Nov 10, 2015
    10
    This game is great. So much depth. There is a classical music radio station that plays EXCELLENT music while you wander around. There is alsoThis game is great. So much depth. There is a classical music radio station that plays EXCELLENT music while you wander around. There is also John Cleese as Cogsworth! So far the visuals are great. Some of the characters look like last-gen, but no worse than Skyrim did. It's still effective. The framerate is fine on Xbox, it's a bit cinematic, but it really works with what they're going for. So far all the reviews seem a bit picky. This is better than Witcher 3, less glitchey and buggy, although centering on and selecting items is a bit wonky.

    The plot is surprisingly deep. There is a definite sense of loneliness in the wasteland. And it really doesn't look like Fallout 3. This is more of suburbia turned wasteland. Fallout 3 was just pure open-space wasteland, like 'The Road'. You explore empty houses and gas stations.

    So far so good.
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  4. Dec 1, 2015
    8
    This game is one of those games that seems like it's a 10/10 the moment you begin to explore. The environment feels like a post apocalypticThis game is one of those games that seems like it's a 10/10 the moment you begin to explore. The environment feels like a post apocalyptic sort of setting and the guns and enemy types you fight along your journey match the environment and suck you in. As you play you get more and more toys to destroy your enemies with and the experience simply never stops until you decide to side with one of the factions. Once you side with one you lose ties to some of the others and then the game plays itself for you. The choice of choosing a side feels shallow and lame to say the least. If you play a game for its story avoid Fallout 4 like the plague, but if you love to explore and love to simply roll around in toxic waste at every opportunity then this game is for you. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2015
    7
    Yes, this is still the Fallout that we know and love. The post-apocalyptic setting. The lore. The mutated creatures. Wandering around, seeingYes, this is still the Fallout that we know and love. The post-apocalyptic setting. The lore. The mutated creatures. Wandering around, seeing something cool in the distance, going there, killing all the bad guys, grabbing the loot, seeing something else in the distance, going there, repeat. It's all back in Fallout 4.

    That being said though, they have taken quite a few steps back with this game. Yes, the RPG system has been simplified. There are no skills anymore, weapon and armor don't degrade, there is no karma system, and the perks system has been reworked. The skills and reworked perks system, I can live with. The other two, not so much. I imagine they did it to streamline the series and appeal to a wider audience. The lack of a karma system means that the only meaningful choices you get to make are what factions to join, which leaves little room for any real role-playing. The story and setting this time around also don't have the appeal of Fallout 3. With a few exceptions, characters are flat and uninteresting, and this isn't helped by the lack of interesting player dialogue choices. Boston also doesn't have the uniqueness that Washington DC had. The usual Bethesda bugs are still in abundance. NPC followers can get snagged on objects, static cars can unexpectedly go flying and crush you, bad VATS cameras will glitch through enemies, and so on. The UI is also a bit of a mess. The pipboy menus in general are cluttered and confusing, and certain key binds are hard bound to actions. You can also build settlements now. It's a cool idea, but poorly explained and implemented. 30 hours in, I still don't know what ultimate purpose they serve or how it benefits me.

    Onto the positives. The world looks great. The art style in general is more colorful and vibrant than Fallout 3's, helped by a much improved graphics engine. Art quality is hit or miss though. Some areas look great while others look laughably bad. Character models and animations have been improved. 3rd person view in particular feels much better because of this. Character creation is also very robust, with tons of face customization options. The gun gameplay and general player navigation is also improved, and feels more in line with what you'd expect from a modern FPS. It can still be quite janky, especially when jumping or trying to navigate rocky terrain. You can also craft weapons and armor now, which is great. That also means every little clutter item in the world should be picked up, as they are used for crafting.

    So in conclusion, if you loved Fallout 3 for it's setting and and exploration gameplay, Fallout 4 will give you more of that but with a bit of next-gen polish. If you wanted a deep RPG experience, then the streamlining that Bethesda has done may disappoint you. Though not the classic that it's predecessor was, Fallout 4 is still a good game and a worthy addition to the Fallout series.
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  6. Nov 30, 2016
    6
    I love Bethesda. They craft amazing experiences for their fans and I appreciate what they do for us, but this is the first time that bugs andI love Bethesda. They craft amazing experiences for their fans and I appreciate what they do for us, but this is the first time that bugs and glitches have ruined an experience for me. I would load up the gaming begging and hoping it didn't crash on me. There were features and systems in the game that were legitimately broken for me like settlement management. No matter how much time and effort I put into building, I would encounter a bug that prevented me from properly progressing. Any game that forces you to stay on forums for hours trying to fix problems is broken. It is so disappointing because there is a great game here, but when I bought it on release day it was utterly broken and slowed things to a crawl for me. Everyday was something different and it was so frustrating. Bethesda games are known to buggy but I've always pushed on and loved them, but this was the worst I've seen technically Expand
  7. Dec 9, 2017
    0
    this is not fallout, this is stupid shooter.

    In this game there is no RPG component of the word at all, the most lame dialogues and
    this is not fallout, this is stupid shooter.

    In this game there is no RPG component of the word at all, the most lame dialogues and uninteresting quests, here you can not play any role, you're either a good warrior or a good housewife, quests are not memorable, except that quest where you are traveling on the mind of Kelog, the ending is just horror, this fallout breaks the story of the series completely, New Vegas turned out much better. (If there are any errors in the text and some nonsense is written, say thank you to Google translator)
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