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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 375
  1. Apr 26, 2016
    10
    A wonderful addition to the Fallout universe, and it is only going to get better. Every negative review i read it seems the persons complaintsA wonderful addition to the Fallout universe, and it is only going to get better. Every negative review i read it seems the persons complaints always boiled down to the fact that they are no good at bethesda style game, If you love Bethesda you will love Fallout 4! Expand
  2. Mar 4, 2017
    10
    I'm going to give this game a ten. Now i realise the game is too big for it's own good, and the script/plot writers kind of run out of ammo.I'm going to give this game a ten. Now i realise the game is too big for it's own good, and the script/plot writers kind of run out of ammo. But if you like the scrapping system, Bethesda, also used in Skyrim, which you can use to build, and scrap and then rebuild and then rescrap, to boost your experience and money, is a mechanic which i really like. i have spent over 4 days game time, doing just that. And am over level 60 already. Any kind of game that allows this kind of investment in time, and enjoyment, gets the thumbs up in my book.

    Sorry just one more thing. As to the glitches, they are not game breaking, but are built in to the game mechanics. Perhaps with the exception of if you kill a vendor, everyone will attack you. But the idea that you can buy materials, and build with them, and then scrap and rebuild. As well as build water purifiers and pumps, for free resources, which replenish at periodic intervals, is really a great formula, which is hard to beat.

    https://john2054.co.uk
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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 6, 2015
    8
    Fallout 4 is difficult to review. Overall it is a better game in every conceivable way than Fallout 3. A game I spent 100 hours playing. IFallout 4 is difficult to review. Overall it is a better game in every conceivable way than Fallout 3. A game I spent 100 hours playing. I have played 4 days and 6 hours of fallout 4 so far and it has not dissapointed me at all. The Story is, as per usual with a bethesda game average however this is a blemish on an otherwise wonderfull rich universe drowned in enviromental story telling. The gameplay is incredibly satisying and addictive only being reinforced by the games new settlement system, an addition that I completely ignored until I was ready but oh my it is damn good fun, yes it is unaccomadating for people who like to have their hand held but I personally enjoyed the challenge of constructing and managing my own communities throughout the world as this more than anything made the game feel real! As for the combat it is a delight, iron sights are now here,( not regarding new vegas of course)and honestly the way guns feel and sound and perform on screen is mnumentally improved over recent games. The gunplay can't hold a candle to Battlefield or Destiny but for an RPG it has the most solid combat mechanics I have ever played. A much appreciated cover leaning system has been implemented and works smoothly with most in game objects. Weapon degradation is gone which is a blessing in disguise as carrying 15 plasma rifles in fallout 3 just for repairs was annoying and unneeded and only served to limit the player. Hardcore mode is sadly not here and that is my main gripe with the game as this is lazy and just stupid not to include it too be honest, it feels like a dig at obsidian for impementing a feature that was interesting that they didn't like. I won't talk long about the graphics as a game should be rated on how fun it is, its quality and its content not how sharp the textures look. That said the game puts fallout games of the past to shame with truly inspired lighting and hella nice art design. Bostons achitecture is incredible and I refuse to complain about the aesthetic quality of the places you visit. E.g the glowing sea is INCREDIBLE. As for the interface it can be time consuming and archaic at times but I woudn't replace the pip boy for the world as it screams Fallout. Now for the big one, character development is more focused and specialised than ever before. I literaly spent hours considering what to put my perk points into and it felt good! Skills are gone and good riddance. Special now makes a difference instead of just determining what your skill levels are. Character creation is unbelievable too say the least. Fans of the series can go too ways with this one. They will feel bitter resentment because the game just isnt good enough to satisfy the wait. OR they will become lost in another top notch game from Bethesda game studios. Bad points below.

    Survival difficulty is disapointing
    Conversation system leaves alot to be desired
    It hard crashed twice on me in 100 hours. Haha
    Lockpicking and hacking are the same. Very boring. Just serve as level gates.
    Other technical issues. E.g. characters being stuck on roofs. Frame rate drops usual unoticable stuff.
    Fast travel sort of wrecks game balance.
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  5. Nov 17, 2015
    7
    Gun play is improved and extremely fun.
    Plot, writing, and story very well done.
    Characters are interesting and filled with depth. Main
    Gun play is improved and extremely fun.
    Plot, writing, and story very well done.
    Characters are interesting and filled with depth.
    Main story is short (Approximately 25 Hours on normal), interesting, but not completely satisfactory.
    Repayable is very good.
    Side quests are abundant and very well done.
    Skills and leveling system improved.
    Animation, art, and models exceptional.
    Graphics and rendering subpar. A number of frame rate drops on Xbox One.
    Awful companion Ai scripting.
    Enemy Ai scripting well done.
    Gun customization limited and near useless.
    Base building near useless but an interesting step up by Bethesda.
    Pip Boy inventory system easy to use and well done.
    Voice acting exceptional above all narrative driven games to date.
    Sounds exceptional.
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  6. Jun 7, 2016
    6
    This game is OK. But this just ins't my style of game. It takes why too much time to get invested into the game and the graphics aren't thatThis game is OK. But this just ins't my style of game. It takes why too much time to get invested into the game and the graphics aren't that good. I don't really like this game but it's not because of the graphics it's just too hard for me to be interested in this game. So I brought it back. If you have patience and like slow gameplay, buy this game if not, just ignore this game. Expand
  7. Jul 9, 2018
    0
    I made this account after extensively playing Fallout4 on PS4.
    (Not on Xbox, but does it really matter?)
    To be poignant 13d20hr18m into my
    I made this account after extensively playing Fallout4 on PS4.
    (Not on Xbox, but does it really matter?)
    To be poignant 13d20hr18m
    into my latest Survival No kills save

    It's absolute garbage; Bethesda should be ashamed.

    As a kid I used to play Morrowind on the PC, Watching your modding community flourish around the Construction Set was beautiful. The game itself didn't need character narration; the game was smooth, the characters were well thought out (Vivec, Dagoth Ur still bring a smile to my minds eye), There was a massive depth to your plot back then it seemed. I could depend on dropping into this RPG for hours at a time; if even just to play around with different cheats or spells for sillies. ( or even better mods from the community)
    With Fallout 4 . . . on Survival. . . I hope you realize your engine's bugs crash the game every 30m - 2 hrs consistently right? yet the game of the year edition came out and i see no updates fixing these issues. . . seemingly you want everyone seeing a loading screen (laments; fast traveling in lower difficulty with a smaller loot tree)
    every 30 min or the game will crash due to zone renderings, or any # of other immersion breaking issues.
    ( i have had cars thrown into me by companions instantly killing me, even discovered running into said cars sitting still can be fatal. . .)
    I am sure every player has noticed falling cars from highways and other needless animations that bug up the engine, when all we did was max-craft our character to run fast through the zones (because minutemen) and here we are, un-immersed, probably broke due to the expansions/skins, and nothing to really show for it except our Bethesda Fandom. . . & all the aforementioned hours spent in a broken game you refuse to spend any time(or $) fixing . . . despite how much money we have literally just thrown at you.
    I can't even fathom how much you probably make off these ripoff's you call creations in your club but it is downright despicable how you went from a Construction Set to a Creation Club. . .
    & you think your better than EA. . . Tsk, tsk.

    Watching the hype following your latest presentation at E3 I am feeling all sorts of deja vu when compared to f4's hype.
    I am not enthused, I am not excited.
    I am mildly disgusted and sad to see a great company brought so low by it's shareholder greed.

    Until you start acting more like Cd Projekt Red
    (you know a responsible game developer that keeps it's audience in mind, doesn't give in to corporate greed, and seemingly loves doing what it set out to do in the first place; creating)
    I won't be buying your games. I am done. You gave up on me. Us.
    & we are legion.
    you?
    Todd Howard, you are Caesar.
    The knives in your back?
    You put them there yourself.
    Suicide.
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