I’ll be honest, I haven’t played any of the Fallout franchise until now. My bad. Still, being new to the Fallout franchise, I found this not to be a problem at all while getting into the game. After a few beginning cut scenes and objectives, you are quickly thrown into the post nuclear apocalypse version of Boston. It’s interesting, I’ve always wanted to see what Ben Affleck movies would look like, dystopian-ized.
Having not played too many hours of the game myself, it still had me hooked almost instantly. The game pulls you in with its design and the smoothness of its graphics. Of course, there are always flaws with any video, none are perfect. In the case of Fallout 4, it’s flaws are superseded by it’s design as a whole, but the flaws are there, nonetheless.
For example, during the beginning I found myself out of bullets, which made it quite hard to progress with everything wanting to attack me. I’m glad they haven’t used its futurism to introduce lasers or photons, but it would have been nice to at least have a chance to start with.
Even though this was the case, I didn’t once want to put down the controller. I just had to come up with an even better strategy that didn’t include using weapons. It’s an intriguing way to train your brain to think the way a person would in the world of Fallout.
Looting became a quick and easy way to find bullets and other necessities. Thank God. Even what you may consider to be junk will probably come in handy at some stage and just the size of the map alone gives you so many places to explore and conquer.
I am still very new to the game myself, which is why I haven’t gone into fortifying your own defensive buildings or anything like that. But there are just so many things to do you’re constantly weighing the pros and cons of your actions, and there’s rarely a right answer. Having that type of openness and freedom makes the game incredibly cerebral and thought-provoking, inviting real world consequences of your actions.
Overall, the hype is well-founded, and it’s a game that’ll keep you hooked, if only because of how much it makes you depend on your ability to think through situations and keep a level head.