World’s Most Anticipated Game?
When Bethesda Softworks announced Fallout 4 this past June, they described it as the “world’s most anticipated game.” Normally I’m a bit skeptical about such bold claims, but given the enormous popularity of this franchise and the long seven year wait since Fallout 3, this is a case where I firmly believe the hype. Fallout 4 is going to epic, no doubt, so if you want to be first in line to play this sure to be “game of the year” contender, pre-order and secure your copy today!
I had the opportunity to attend Bethesda’s E3 2015 Showcase at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, and witnessed first-hand the deafening crowd as Todd Howard, Fallout 4’s director, unveiled the game. Hearing such an uproarious ovation reinforced just how passionately gamers have been awaiting Fallout 4—and the exciting news is that it’s releasing in less than three months.
E3’s “Best of Show”
Apparently I wasn’t the only one impressed with Fallout 4’s showing at E3, as the game won three coveted Game Critic Awards (the most of any game at E3), including “Best of Show”, “Best PC Game”, and “Best Role Playing Game.” The judging panel for the awards is comprised of top editors from major global gaming media outlets, including Famitsu, Eurogamer, IGN, and Polygon. Clearly the critics agree—Fallout 4 is the game to watch for this year.
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Genre: Action role-playing
ESRB Rating: RP – M (Rating Pending to Mature 17+)
Enter a post-apocalyptic future decimated by war
The Fallout 4 unveil at E3 kicked-off with Howard explaining that the game begins moments before the nuclear war that is the catalyst for this entire franchise. You and your family take refuge in “Vault 111,” an underground nuclear bomb shelter built by the Vault-Tec Corporation. For reasons still unknown, your character emerges from the vault some 200 years later, as the sole survivor, and finds a world decimated by the nuclear blasts. Bethesda has said the game world will be focused on Boston, and parts of New England.
In typical Fallout style, expect a vast open world filled with hundreds of locations, characters, and quests to undertake. In Fallout 4 you have complete freedom to go where you want, speak to whomever you want, and do whatever you want. Dialogue will be fully dynamic, reacting to your actions, and you can enter or exit conversations whenever you please. You’ll also be able to recruit companions, like Codsworth, your faithful robot servant, or journey with a dog that responds to your commands.
Return of S.P.E.C.I.A.L. and V.A.T.S.
Fallout 4 brings back the fan-favourite S.P.E.C.I.A.L. character system that defines your abilities across seven different attributes: strength, perception, endurance, charisma, intelligence, agility, and luck. As you gain levels, you can use your Pip-Boy computerized wristwatch to unlock new “perk” abilities, of which there are 275 in all. Your Pip-Boy can also be used to view holotapes that shed light on the game’s backstory, or insert discovered game tapes and play full mini-games.
The dynamic Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System (V.A.T.S) also returns, and is used in combat to slow down time for precision shots. Using V.A.T.S. you can target specific body parts of enemies for specific outcomes, like a head shot for quick kills, legs to immobilize your enemies, and hands to disarm them.
Build your own settlements in the Wasteland
Bethesda always strives to make their games bigger and better than those that have come before, and Fallout 4 is no exception. The game introduces an all-new town building system that lets you establish new settlements in the irradiated Wasteland. Not only can you construct buildings exactly as you like, but you also need to grow food, build water spouts, and use generators to power your bases. Townsfolk can move into your settlements, including merchants that sell some of the game’s best weapons and items.
The customization also extends to you weapons, allowing you to craft over 700 different modifications using lootable objects you discover across the Wasteland. Power Armour is also back, and this time you can modify specific armour components to fully customize your hulking mech suit.
Even more fun awaits you
I’ve only scratched the surface of what Fallout 4 is going to offer. Bethesda has called it “the most ambitious Fallout game ever,” and if past games in the series are any indication, expect hundreds of hours of gameplay. If three months is too long to get your Fallout fix, Bethesda has released a free mobile game for iOS and Android called Fallout Shelter where the goal is to populate and maintain a new underground Vault civilization. Try it, it’s fun!
For more details, visit the Fallout 4 product pages on BestBuy.ca:
By Paul Hunter, Editor Gaming
I work out of Toronto, Ontario as the Editor of Gaming here on the Plug-in Blog and as Editor-in-Chief of NextGen Player. I am thankful for having a loving and patient wife who doesn’t mind my 40 hour a week obsession with gaming. You can follow me on Twitter @NextGenPlayer