Happy Saturday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind, the place where we talk about any and everything related to the video game industry and video game culture. Today’s article will focus on a game that has taken up way too much of my life recently and thousands of others’s. I’m speaking, of course, about Fallout 4.
Before I begin my review I should make it clear that I have not played any other Fallout game. So rather than comparing this entry into the series to the others, this review will critique the game based on it’s own merit and how it compares to other RPGs in general. Also, I have not beaten Fallout 4 yet. Given the scope of the game, it would be incredibly difficult to do this and still publish a timely review. However, I do feel that my thirty some hours of playing the game have given me a fair representation of it and it’s mechanics. If something happens over the course of me playing this game that does radically change my opinion of the game, I will be sure to write another post outlining why my views have shifted. With that out of the way, let’s talk about Fallout 4.
If you are on the fence about buying this game, buy it. If you do not want to buy this game, but have a console to play it on, but it. If you have never played a video game in your life, okay this probably isn’t the best game to enter into the world of video games with, but it is a damn good game. If you have the time, I highly recommend playing Fallout 4.
I hold this game in such high regard because it does a lot of things right. The first being that it quickly and easily establishes a sense of adventure. With in the first twenty minutes of the game (or longer depending on how long you spend designing your character), you are ushered into a more or less completely open world that you are free to explore however you wish. I’m relatively boring and generally don’t venture off trying to discover things without being prompted by a quest, but the idea that another person playing this game could be having a vastly different experience than my own is beautiful to me.
Combat in Fallout 4 is fantastic with a wide variety of enemies to discover and fight. I also appreciate that Bethesda, the studio that makes the Fallout and Elder Scrolls games, decided to remove some of the more tedious aspects that bogged down some of their previous titles, like weapon durability. So far Fallout 4 has done essentially everything that an RPG should do right and consistently makes me want to come back for more.
That being said, there are some things that it could improve on. For one, the game often makes you make decisions without explaining the impact of them. For example, you have to chose your starting stats spread, without really knowing what each stat does or how the perk system in Fallout 4 works. This can be especially problematic as early decisions like these have massive implications later in the game. Fallout 4 also really does not have much in the way of a narrative, but considering that RPGs rarely do, I can over look this.
The bottom line is that Fallout 4 is a great game and arguably one of the best in its genre. I highly encourage everybody reading this to go out and play the game. Trust me, you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.
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