This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 31 March 2016.
The world as you know it is no more and all that remains is a post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with an assortment of twisted humans, mutants and creatures out to do you bodily harm. This is the world of Fallout 4 and it is one that is both horrifying and disturbingly beautiful in equal measure. But be warned that choosing to step into this world will require plenty of personal sacrifice – Fallout 4 is a massive game and one that will consume you as you go in search of truth and the reestablishment of a humanity destroyed by… yes, humans.
Fallout 4 is a roleplaying game (RPG) that offers plenty of quests and side quests and as with games of this type, levelling up your character and looting for items is key to surviving your adventure. To further assist you in achieving your goals, you can develop a variety of character skills (lockpicking, hacking and more) and improve your weapons and armour. The latter is possible via workbenches that are available at ‘settlements’ – a new addition to the series and one that essentially offers you a number of satellite bases to recuperate at.
While you can play the game as a first-person shooter, the Fallout series has always offered a targeting system known as V.A.T.S. which for this entry into the wasteland allows you to target specific body parts of your enemy in slow motion. In a situation where you are faced with overwhelming odds (or fast moving enemies) V.A.T.S. will prove a lifesaver, and choosing to simply cripple an enemy can become a very viable tactical option. If you prefer to play your RPG in a third-person perspective you can do so, but whichever view you choose, rest assured that the wasteland will look the business.
Graphically, Fallout 4 (as mentioned) is a disturbingly beautiful place and it is fantastically realised by the game’s developer Bethesda. The various environments (from the radiation zone to the pre-war cities) convey a sense of desolation and savagery that makes the game an immersive experience second to none.
If you’re looking for a game that will keep you enthralled for well over 50 hours, you really can’t go wrong with Fallout 4 – one of 2015’s games of the year. Just do not expect it to be easy going at the beginning of your adventure – at least not until you have started to master the art of adventuring through the wasteland.
Available for: Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC
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