So yesterday (for those of use getting physical editions) saw the release of Fallout 4. A game that from my understanding had a lot of hype around it. I picked it up because it looked good, having never gotten in to the series prior to this title. I do own Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas, but I’ve never gotten very far. Now obviously the game has only been out for a little over 24 hours, so I am not going to be doing a review here, just some initial impressions and some screenshots.
Not being far in to the story, it seems like it has a good starting point and has so far moved at a good pace. I’m not going to get in to spoilers, but this was in the trailer so it doesn’t really count. The game starts off pre-nukes so you get about 5 minutes of the idealistic life of the future, where everything still looks like the 1950’s just with atomic cars and holograms. Things happen, bombs drop, things go kaboom. That’s as far as I will go because after that is spoilers.
I’m playing on the console, which is new to this series for me. The small amount I had played of Fallout 3 was on the PC once with keyboard + mouse, once with a wired XBox 360 controller. The control scheme on the PS4 controller is pretty easy to pick up, feels very much like a standard FPS control scheme. You use L2 to aim down sights, and R2 to fire. I got a bit confused trying to figure out how to access my inventory, and I’m currently still accidentally opening it all the time. I may wind up remapping the controls if it lets me. I’ve heard comparison to the controls being very “Destiny-esque”, which is to say it’s better than the last games. You can aim pretty effectively without using the V.A.T.S system, mainly using that for targeting specific body parts. I will say when you crit it is pretty bloody.
Graphics wise the game looks really good. I figure it might be better on PC with more RAM and other various things that make PC better. On the console though, and only comparing to other console games, the graphics look pretty good. The facial animations are a bit wonky but that’s not a big deal.
The character creator is probably one of the more in depth ones that I’ve seen so far, of any genre/system, but didn’t really feel like there was much to work with if you were trying to make an actual person. Now if you’re not like me and want to make a character that does not look like you (or in my case a much better looking version) then sure, it’s great. I do feel happy with my characters appearance, and it does look somewhat like myself. Though I guess that means I look like every other Caucasian male with a beard, but eh maybe next time I’ll go crazy.
Overall I am pleased so far, I’ve only got a handful of hours in to it but I’m enjoying it. If I didn’t have to work today I’d be playing it right now.
Now for the screenshots:
WARNING – THE NEXT TWO ARE A BIT GOREY