Fallout 4

Fallout4TitleOne of the most hyped games of 2015 was Fallout 4. It is the most recent addition to the mega-popular Fallout series. Personally, I find it kind of overrated. These games aren’t bad or even average by any means, but The Elder Scrolls of shooters they are not? Why? Read on.

Plot: 7 out of 10

Another sci-fi plot set in a dystopian future. We’ve seen that a lot. HaloGears of War, and the new Wolfenstein all do this. Well, actually, Wolfenstein: The New Order took us from World War 2 to a Nazi-ruled 1960s, but close enough.

Dialogue is not the best in the world. It’s basically the same kind we’ve seen in all the dark, futuristic games.

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Much more than the usual “loading…”

Still, there are multiple possible endings you can get. This feature (which can’t exist in almost any medium except video games) adds a lot of depth to this game.

Graphics: 7 out of 10

Even the frankly gushy professional reviewers of this game have to admit that it doesn’t look great. While the models of the protagonist look great, other characters, particularly enemies, do not. The graphics are good, just nothing special.

Sound: 6 out of 10

Voice acting is just OK. Neither good nor bad. Gunfire sounds are very generic and plain. Music is fairly good, though, for it (generally) captures the atmosphere.

The dog from Call of Duty: Ghosts is back!

The dog from Call of Duty: Ghosts is back!

Gameplay: 7 out of 10

An open world first-person shooter, Fallout 4 largely delivers. Controls are responsive and areas are designed well. Missions are fun and there’s a wide variety of weapons. The only problem is that some of these weapons have serious problems like taking a while after you hit the shooting button to start firing.

That smiling, prettyboy mascot is seen a lot throughout the game.

That smiling, prettyboy mascot is seen a lot throughout the game.

Challenge: 8 out of 10

A pretty challenging game. Has some really, really tough parts that will have you struggling to the finish. There is an issue with the gap between the difficulty of the regular enemies and bosses being too great, though.

That smiling, prettyboy mascot is seen a lot throughout the game.

That smiling, prettyboy mascot is seen a lot throughout the game.

Overall: 7 out of 10

That’s right. As already indicated, I don’t think that Fallout 4 is God’s gift to video games. It’s unimpressive on the spectacular side and the gameplay isn’t perfect. It’s still a good game, just not an excellent one.

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