Fallout 4 Improves Wasteland Gameplay

Andrew Fisher

Staff Writer

The years were worth the wait. Fallout 4 was released with a bang, as fans have waited impatiently for the game for over seven years. 

In Fallout 4, you play as the Sole Survivor on a mission to find your son. As the name implies, you are the last survivor from Vault 111, an experimental vault where you were cryogenically frozen for over 200 years, since before the nuclear apocalypse even happened.

You have nothing to go off of in terms of directions, except the advice of your robot butler. This persuades you to go out and explore the world.

Compared to previous Fallout titles, Fallout 4 looks gorgeous. It’s easy to tell textures and colors apart from each other. The models for characters are also a lot better, with more unique designs instead of the same 6 or 7 models. The animations look smooth and natural, compared to the previous titles’ somewhat clunky movements.

Voice acting has also received a major boost. In previous titles, conversations were somewhat unemotional, leaving characters without much personality. In Fallout 4, characters have more feeling in their voice, as if they care about what they are talking about. At first, it seemed like a bad thing for your character to have a voice, as it took away from his or her uniqueness. As the game progresses, having the voice really helps to make your character’s personality stand out.

You can bring along a companion that will travel along and help you in your Wasteland adventures. Each companion is unique, responding to every action you make. Making a companion completely like you will reward you a certain perk that relates to that companion, making companions even more useful. It’s also possible to get romantically involved with any of the human companions, regardless of gender.

The various quests are all fun and unique, if you look past the various Minutemen and Brotherhood of Steel quests. These quests consist of multiple missions, such as breaking into old abandoned vaults, searching for a sea monster, and so on. These quests also reward you, with a new piece of armor or a new weapon or another item.

Leveling up is a lot different in Fallout 4. Instead of leveling up and increasing specific skills, leveling up in Fallout 4 lets you pick a certain perk that will help you, making leveling up much more important. But there’s no need to worry if you can’t get all the perks, since there is no level cap in Fallout 4.

Combat in Fallout 4 is quicker paced than previous titles. You have to react quicker to what your enemies do as they are more likely to move around. Guns feel more responsive and engaging, since they fire quicker.

You can upgrade your weapons and armor at various workbenches by adding mods to them. Power armor was given a huge buff, as there are now more versions to find, and each one helps to protect you more and against different kinds of damage.

You can also build settlements around the wasteland, inhabited by settlers. You must build various utilities, such as farms and water pumps, to give the basic necessities of life for your settlers. Building defenses like turrets also helps to protect your settlers from the various attacks from the dangers of the wasteland. Leaving your settlement undefended can lead to all of your settlers dying.

Fallout 4 is everything that you could ever want from a Fallout game, and so much more. With the various improvements in the graphics, combat, and character interaction, it’s easy to put many hours in the game. If you are a fan of RPGs, you will not regret picking up and playing Fallout 4.

Rating: 5/5

Fallout 4 is Rated M for blood, partial nudity, and language.


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