First Impressions: Fallout 4

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So far, I am loving this game. I originally dismissed it because I thought it was a first-person-shooter, a genre I tend to find really boring. But when I learned that it was more of an RPG survival post-apocalyptic sandbox game, I had to try it.

I bought it last weekend and have “only” played about 12 hours so far. Considering the game has only been out 2 weeks total, that may sound like a lot, but I know of people who have already put in a good 80-100 hours already. Comparatively speaking, I’m still quite early on in this game.


Gameplay:

Basically this is a survival, adventure, stealth game with occasional shooting. But it’s very sandbox-y, so you could totally play it as an FPS if you really wanted to. It also has a shelter-building feature which reminds me a bit of Minecraft in this post-apocalyptic setting. Which is a very very cool aspect of this game for me.


My Thoughts So Far:

I’ve only played a couple missions and have just started on my first shelter, but so far I really like the world of this game. It hits a lot of beats for me as far as what I tend to look for in games: survival horror, crafting, building, open-world, first-person perspective, atmospheric art style.

I’m trying not to think about just how open and non-linear this game is, though. While I like that aspect, it can also be overwhelming, just in terms of figuring out what to do next.

I’ve never played a huge game like this before, so it’s taking some getting used to. Traditionally, I’ve only played games that are either strictly sandbox, with zero storyline (like Minecraft or Sims), or 10-12 hour games that are all storyline (like Until Dawn or Beyond: Two Souls). So having a sandbox game that has a storyline, missions, and an end-game goal is quite different for me, but still really cool. I think I’ll definitely have to try more of this style in the future.


Recommended For:

Just about any older teen or adult who enjoys games. There are a lot of ways to play this game, so you can really make it what you want.


Content Warnings:

This is an M-rated game.

Violence: Mild violence. Occasional gore / close-ups of killings. Killing is very much allowed in the game, but is not really a main element in the gameplay unless you want it to be.

Scary Factor: Mildly creepy bugs / animals in some parts. No real jump scares. Not really a scary game, per say, but occasionally a bad guy can sneak attack you, which could be considered scary.

Sex / Nudity: No nudity or sex that I’ve seen so far. It is possible to see your character in just his / her underwear, though not really a recommended way to play the game, since you need armor to survive any attacks you might get.

Language: Mild language. I haven’t noticed it much at all, to be honest. I think there are occasional bad words, but it definitely isn’t an f-bomb factory.

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