Fallout 4 is an Action Role playing game. It is the fourth game in the main Fallout series (not including Fallout Tactics). It was developed by Bethesda Game Studio and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is available for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. This review is for the PS4 version.
Set in Boston in the same retro-future universe as the first previous Fallout, the game follows the Lone Survivor of Vault 111. The game starts as you choose the sex and look of your character (My character was a female named Rebecca, and the Lone Survivor will be referred to as such) as you start the day on 31 Oct 2077. After signing up for a space in the local vault, Vault 111, air raid sirens sound. Rebecca, her spouse and their new born son, quickly make their way to the vault where they get in just as the first nuclear bombs hit. Once inside, they are checked out them but into cryogenic pod to sleep until it is safe to go back out. Or so they are told.
Rebecca is woken up an unknown time later to see two people trying to take her son. Trapped in her pod, she can only watch as her husband is killed and her baby taken. She is put back into cryosleep but wakes up 200 years after the bombs fell. With the rest of the vault dwellers dead in their pods, she is the Lone Survivor of Vault 111, She goes out into the remains of Boston, known as the Commonwealth to find her child and get revenge for her loss.
The game world is a large open world. You can follow the main quest or wander and take many of the side quests. You meet up with various factions such as the Minutemen, the defenders of the Commonwealth that have fallen on hard times, or the Brotherhood of Steel, a faction from the previous games. You also encounter many different enemies, such as Fallout Staples like Feral ghouls, Deathclaws, Super mutants and human raiders. New enemies factions pop up, too, such as the paramilitary group, the Gunners and androids called Synth, some who look completely human. that work for the shadowy Institute. The Institute figures heavily in the disappearance of the Lone Survivors son, so you will ben encountering their agents a lot.
Like Fallout 3, you will also have companions to help you on the quest. Some prefer you if you help out the citizens of the Commonwealth, like plucky reporter Piper, Synth private eye Valentine and Brotherhood of Steel Paladin Danse. Some prefer if you cause trouble, like ex-Gunner MacCready, ghoul Hancock and pit fighter Cait. Some are romanceable (by both sexes) which can get you special perks. Of course, it wouldn’t be Fallout without your canine companion, Dogmeat!
Leveling up has changed from the last game. One you get your initial stats, you get a point for every level gained. You can use it to increase your SPECIAL stats or use it to choose a perk (instead or choosing a perk every 5 levels or so) Some perks can only be chosen if the corresponding SPECIAL stat is high enough.
The inventory is largely unchanged save for how clothing and armour are handled. Armour is now worn over clothing, and there are separate parts for the chest, arms and legs. The iconic power a.. Establishing settlements or armour is different too. The armour runs on fusion cores which you can find throughout the game. The power armour consists of a frame to which you can customize with the parts of different models of power armour. Each parts has its own hit points and when it is depleted, it is useless until repaired. Luckily there are power armour repair stations available in most settlements.
There is also a bit of settlement management as you can help establish settlements to help increase the Minutemen’s ranks. You can build houses, defenses, food sources and crafting tables. By establishing settlements or recruiting established ones can you can summon Minutemen to help or even call in artillery for support.
Fallout 4 is one of those games that you can play for hours and still have lost to do. There is no level cap and the game continues even after the main quest is done.. With interesting characters, various places to explore and a lot of enemies to fight, this game is sure to keep players busy, even without the addition content that is coming next year.