By: Josef Lopez
The quiet steps of the sole survivor can be heard around Concord as the survivor gazes at the savage beast with horns and claws of the devil and is the image of death.
Fallout 4 was officially confirmed on June 2, 2015 with Bethesda’s iconic 50’s countdown. Many fans had been waiting for five years for a fresh installation to the Fallout series; “ I was pretty excited when I saw the game was confirmed! “I always love a good story, and I love being able to see the world in different scenarios and how people will live under these circumstances,” said Alyssa Bashaw, freshman. After confirming the release of Fallout 4 Todd Howard, executive producer and game developer of Bethesda, talked at E3 2015 about their new game. He talked about how this game had been in progress after releasing Fallout 3, in 2008.
Some things that were confirmed in Bethesda’s E3 conference was that Fallout 4 takes place in Boston 2287, 210 years after the striking end of the Great War. Some new ideas that were added to the game were a voice protagonist, in-depth character customization, very elaborate armor and weapon customization, settlement building, no level cap, and a new V.A.T.S. system. “Positives so far I have seen is that we can add things to our guns also with power armor and build buildings,” said freshman, Sterling Schneider. With these recent installments I wanted to know how different it would be to the other Fallout games, “Compared to the old game it is forgiving. It gives ammo, more items, and harder enemies,” said Andrew Morrison, junior.
My favorite clip was the game's intro when launching the game for the first time. This game a brief timeline but it gave a dramatic feeling to a fan.
“The trailer I liked the most was the first one,” said Sterling, “My reaction was wow they finally started it we can get some more awesome action.” Sterling's favorite clip was released after June 2, 2015 Fallout 4’s countdown. The clip left Fallout fans suspicious to the rest of the countdown being fake, such as other fan-made countdowns that lead to nothing, by showing actual footage of the game. This brought many more hype to the game and many fans couldn’t wait for bethesda’s E3 conference.
“The trailer I liked the most had to be the live-action one; it was so pretty and really showed off the whole beautiful, suburban paradise to the dry and barren wasteland that you awaken to,” said Alyssa, “I most certainly wasn't let down when I saw how beautifully realistic and colorful the in-game graphics were! Nice way to represent the game!” Alyssa's favorite clip was the first live action video for Fallout 4 and it showed how the wasteland would be in a real situation.
But a clip you should see to learn the story of Fallout 4 before you get the game because this one is the launch trailer.
I have put many hours into the game and I heavily recommend the game. Fallout 3 was my first game I played when I was young, even though it is very violent. My favorite concept of the game is how customizable everything is. The customization is so elaborate from scrapping a toy car for plastic and rubber to scrapping a whole entire ruined house for dozens of steel and wood. With these scraps we can create or upgrade many weapons and armor. Also we can rehabilitate settlements to make our own towns that we defend and share with the needy of the wasteland.
But some negatives I have about the game is that most quests I have stumbled upon are mostly like “hey I need help killing this guy” then you go to the given location and just extinguish the place without talking to them. I think if I was in a wasteland I would not be killing more humans only if I have to since we are all falling apart anyways. I liked how in the previous Fallouts there were some of these quests but also some hilarious or serious ones such as “go find out what that man dressed as a giant ant is doing” or “find out who murdered my family and kidnapped my wife”. Another dilemma I have with this game is that sometimes my companion, such as Preston Garvey from the Minutemen, wonders into gun fire, alerts enemies without my command, stands in the middle of doorways, or just starts running the opposite way from me.
Many fans are still in love with the game even if it has some of its setbacks, “I can now continue with the Fallout experience with better graphics,” said Andrew.
“I felt amazed and was happy with the mystery. I would recommend this game to everyone,” said Sterling.
“I think Fallout 4 will be the Game of the Year because it has more players spending time on it,” said Jacob Terry.
With all of these evaluations I think Fallout is a great game to new or old fans from its way to emerge a player in its environment. I would give Fallout a 8 out of 10 because of it storytelling, branches of game play, and its new engine but I still needs some tweaks to how characters and companions work to make it to a perfect game.
My monitor’s graphics turns black and white and I hear the words every huge Fallout fan loves to hear:
“War, war never changes.”
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