“Fallout 4” lives up to the hype

'Fallout 4' is amazing to explore. But is it really worth all the work?

“Fallout 4” lives up to the hype

By Alvin Nguyen

Photo and Graphics Editor

“War. War never changes.”

Bethesda Softworks latest release, “Fallout 4,” is the newest installation to the Fallout series. You play as a Boston citizen who has been frozen in time for over 200 years, until finally escaping into the post-apocalyptic world on 2287.

The first thing I noticed when getting into the game is that Bethesda has made a great effort to improve on the game’s graphics. Compared to “Fallout 3” and “Skyrim,” their hard work has really paid off. I’ve been able to play the game on Ultra settings, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the most beautiful games that has come out in 2015.

Looks aside, the gameplay has also greatly improved since the last edition of the game. The combat system is fluid and the new AI really knows how to put up a fight. To go along with that, Bethesda has done a full overhaul on the weapon and armor modification system, letting the gamers play in any way they please.

In my 31 hours of gameplay so far, the story is absolutely fantastic. I’ve only just finished one storyline, but I can see that there are many more endings to experience. Every character you meet has a unique personality, and there are countless ways to interact to every one of them.

However, typical to a Bethesda release, there are a few bugs that take you out of the immersion. I’ve dealt with subtitles that get stuck on your screen, spawning outside of the map after going into buildings and losing my arms. All was not lost though, a couple console commands and reloading last save fixes everything.

The long wait since 2008 for “Fallout 4” was well worth it.
4.5 out of 5 Torches

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