War. War never changes. Fallout 4 continues the franchise’s long running stronghold on open-world RPG games. Bethesda delivers in a big way with the new installment. In post-apocalyptic Boston, it’s you against the world (or what’s left of it), with a few exceptions. After witnessing your wife’s murder and the kidnapping of your son, you set out on a quest across the wasteland to find him. What is there left to find? Let’s see!
Blue Ball Score: 22.5 out of 25 balls
Wow. This is a game that truly defines the word. I feel that it was created to be enjoyed. If you only like games-on-rails where you are limited to one path and one path only, then you may not enjoy this game as much. Fallout 4 is an open-world RPG with plenty of missions and side quests to keep you busy. You have the ability to switch between first-person and third-person views at any time, so choose which one suits your little fancy. Each encounter with NPC’s will offer a variety of dialogue choices to make you feel like you’re guiding your own adventure. With plenty of paths to take, which will you choose? Towards the end of your journey you will be faced with a tough choice. As with most choices, it will determine the last events of the game.
The main aspect of the game involves exploration and foraging. You’ll find tons of abandoned buildings and structures to rummage through. A seemingly endless supply of items can be found throughout the wasteland and your first inclination will be to hoard them all. You wouldn’t be wrong to take every single thing you can find, because EVERYTHING is useful. Every. Single. Item. Leveling up will earn you more capabilities to upgrade your character, weapons, and gear, so all of those items will come in handy at some point. The bad part? You can’t carry everything. You will quickly find yourself choosing what is and isn’t important to bring with you. The sheer number of different items available is absolutely astonishing.
The controls in Fallout 4 are standard. The Pip-Boy personal computer attached to your wrist provides easy access to the menus, inventory and extras. Combat is challenging but not too challenging by any stretch of the imagination. The V.A.T.S. target assist system gives the player a sort of “bullet time” feature to help. Crafting and earning XP will keep you ahead of the curve in terms of combat strength. Settlements provide you with the ability to build/upgrade structures, which adds a fun element to the game. Fallout 4 also leaves the sky as the limit with no level cap to provide endless hours of play.
All of these elements provide a near perfect experience and earns 4.5 balls.
Along the way, you’ll find various settlements that need your help. You’ll also find gangs of bandits and creatures that want to take your head off, so watch your back. As mentioned before, you’ll find tons of items that can be used to craft better gear to help you on your missions. Companions will also provide support as they accompany you across the lands. There are different companions that you will encounter, each with different skills. As you level up, you’ll be able to unlock skills/perks of your own to aid you as well. And the strongest two words of the game – Power Armor.
I won’t give any spoilers here, but you should know that the world is vast. Hours and hours of exploration is available if you wish to take the less beaten path. There’s a ton of quests and you shouldn’t find yourself getting bored. A perfect campaign experience earns 5 balls.
Each station provides options to make a better and stronger you. Whether it be through food or armor, you’ll want to visit these stations often to stay ahead of your enemies. Items that you don’t need or want can be scrapped for crafting materials. The best part of crafting is the ability to mod your armor and weapons. Craft and attach attachments to make them better and stronger… just like you!
Such a massive crafting system and boundless supplies earn 4.5 balls.
Once your settlement meets certain requirements, you can build trading posts and other structures to provide your settlement with supplies. The trading post vendor has the best items, so show some love for your local businesses.
The ability to make these settlements your own adds another fun aspect to the game. Settlements earn 4.5 balls.
In conclusion, Fallout 4 sets the bar high for the gaming world. Open-world free roaming RPG’s have never been this much fun. I’m amazed at the gameplay possibilities here. Nothing seems out of reach and you will feel like you’re exploring the world for the first time. As such, it earns an impressive score of 22.5 balls.