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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: 85 out of 442
  1. May 13, 2020
    10
    After a few mods for the settlement building aspect this game is a lot of fun with high replay value.
  2. Nov 14, 2015
    10
    Fallout 4 has seriously stepped up its game. The story is great, characters are lively and there is over 400 hrs of gameplay. The gunFallout 4 has seriously stepped up its game. The story is great, characters are lively and there is over 400 hrs of gameplay. The gun mechanics are simply brilliant. This is why the game deserves a 10/10, well done bethesda, you have nailed it again Expand
  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 11, 2015
    8
    This game is an amazing way to kill time. Unlike Fallout 3 combat is streamlined so you do not have to have a dependency on the most immersionThis game is an amazing way to kill time. Unlike Fallout 3 combat is streamlined so you do not have to have a dependency on the most immersion breaking feature of the games, V.A.T.S. The world is quite large, and all of it is worthy of exploration. The story is interesting and fun to go through.

    Two points taken off because the in-game tutorial is lacking in a big way and because of the glitches.

    To clarify, the tutorial exists but isn't very helpful and leaves out a TON of important information, making useless to anyone who has played any Xbox One game ever.

    The glitches and bugs are blatant and annoying, but thankfully few and far between. Unless you're very unlucky. The primary glitches occur in the settlements, being unable to assign people to placed food sources and being unable to attach the occasional wall. I haven't run across a game-breaking glitch that wasn't bypassable though, and I've put over 100 hours into this game.
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  5. Nov 12, 2015
    7
    While Fallout 4 strives to match the success of it's predecessor, it falls short in some key categories. It does however redeem itself withWhile Fallout 4 strives to match the success of it's predecessor, it falls short in some key categories. It does however redeem itself with innovative new mechanics that redefine how Fallout makes you feel and think while you sink dozens or hundreds of hours into the Wasteland. In short, while it's not perfect it does make for an enjoyable play through for all but the most overzealous fanboys.

    Quickly let's review what worked:

    1. The base building mechanic, while rough compared to other similar mechanics in modern games, is an enjoyable pastime and a needed break from the monotony of wandering the Wasteland.

    2. The map is expansive, while still keeping major cities close enough together to run between them if the player chooses.

    3. The enemies prove to be just as classic as in Fallout 3, with some new twists to keep them more challenging for casual gamers.

    4. The V.A.T.S. system is still wonderful and fun to use.

    5. The power armor and upgrades is a welcome and cool addition to the armor scheme.

    and what didn't work:

    1. The voice acting for every storyline character is flat and uninspired. It is painfully obvious that the voice actors weren't engaged in the story lines and were simply reading from a script that desperately needed some personality.

    2. The main storyline is routine for a Bethesda game (someone takes a loved one and I must find them etc.) and leaves a lot to be desired. The player should want to complete the main story arc, but most will skip it entirely until completely necessary.

    3. Bugs, bugs, and more bugs. Ranging from small annoyances like broken NPC bodies, to game breaking ones where quest givers are missing and players fall through the ground. This iteration of Fallout marks Bethesda yet again as the king of buggy RPGs.

    4. The graphics seem to be only a small step up from the Fallout 3 engine. On new systems and with a six year gap between games, people expect the art to evolve not stagnate. Unfortunately this is becoming a trend with Bethesda releases (see Skyrim, ESO, etc.) and it doesn't keep graphics nuts appeased.

    While Fallout 4 is a fun play and the base building is a welcomed addition, Fallout 4 leaves a lot to be desired in the area of story, voice acting, and graphics. This warrants a 7/10 from me as I did enjoy the game, but I always felt it could have been so much more.

    Thanks for reading,

    Monkiman300
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  6. Mar 28, 2021
    6
    EDIT: I'm lowering this to a 6, Im trying to enjoy myself, I find a cool submarine, and where does that quest send me? TO **** SAUGUS IRONEDIT: I'm lowering this to a 6, Im trying to enjoy myself, I find a cool submarine, and where does that quest send me? TO **** SAUGUS IRON WORKS!!!! I'VE ALREADY CLEARED THAT PLACE OUT 4 TIMES FOR 4 OTHER **** QUESTS! HOW IS THIS GAME THAT TRASHY!?!??!?!??!??

    This is a solid game all around, yes it isn't as good as Skyrim for a number of reasons;

    --Too many boring go clear a building quests
    --Locations reused multiple times
    --Uglier terrain
    --Nameless NPCs to 'flesh out' cities
    --Lack of location variety
    --Obvious copy and pasted areas
    --More bland infinitely generated quests

    But it does come with a bunch of upgrades

    --you don't have to level up a perk to unlock a perk, you are free as long as you meet the level requirement for that stat
    --you don't have to go into a menu to loot containers and bodies
    --your followers all have their own backstories, and as they get to like you they reveal a little bit of it here and there, until they ask you to go on a quest with them!
    --completing said follower quest unlocks a perk
    --there are multiple factions that actually oppose each other, you can't just join them all

    There are also times it seems Bethesda didn't care about the game. When you clear out a location to build a settlement, the dead bodies stay there forever, and I am playing in 2021. You'll be addicted and frustrated. It feels so annoying and passive aggressive when they force a random event "kill some people for no real reason" missions to be selected and pop up on your HUD.
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  7. Feb 15, 2020
    0
    Yea you know it’s reminds me of fallout 3 but instead of find your dad your looking for your son. Who doesn’t love being burdened by childrenYea you know it’s reminds me of fallout 3 but instead of find your dad your looking for your son. Who doesn’t love being burdened by children in real life an in game! Ps obsidian is better Expand

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