LSD Owns the Game #2: Fallout 4





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For those of you wondering what sort of gamer Mikey is and what kind of games I like, I am pretty open minded to most things. If I do have a preference it’s towards huge open worlds that were built to be explored so I enjoy games like Skyrim and the Fallout series amongst many others. I’m not a huge Star Wars fan though in saying that I’ve enjoyed quite a few Star Wars games over the years such as Shadow of the Empire and Dark Forces to name just a few.

For a game to be not just good but something great, awesome and inspiring in its design it has to be immersive, think of games like the Assassin’s Creed series when it was at its peak and at its most unique.

If there are games that I am not a big fan of it’s probably the Call of Duty series because that’s a game in which you’re literally told what to do and where to go every few minutes. Who to shoot, what objectives to complete and so on and so forth. I already have an experience where I’m told what to do for eight hours a day thanks Call of Duty. It’s called my day job.

Games these days like Call of Duty and others of their ilk boast all about their multiplayer compatibilities and their zombie modes and other such extras but most gamers buy a game first and foremost for the single player campaign. That’s why I probably won’t be buying Star Wars Battlefront. I mean sure the graphics look ridiculously good but the single player campaign is but a minor part in it and I think the rest would get repetitive and boring real quick. I don’t play a lot of sports games or racing games though I do enjoy the Need for Speed series now and again, Most Wanted was pretty cool. Gaming should be about freedom of choice I think and exploration. Show me a brave new world and throw me in it and I’m sold. But enough about me as a gamer, on with the review.








If you’ve read my Skyrim review https://www.Shakespir.com/books/view/599346 you will know that I’m a big fan of Bethesda’s work. Skyrim was the game I’ve spent the most time playing and I really enjoyed Fallout 3. Now with a new series of consoles and improved graphics capabilities it’s time for a new, improved Fallout and that is exactly what we got with Fallout 4.

Though the graphics are great to look at and it’s easy to lose yourself in the world as you run around the Wasteland with your faithful companion Dogmeat by your side there’s so much more to it too.

As with Skyrim the best thing about Fallout 4 is the huge choices you have when designing characters. It’s not just in choosing whether you’re character is male or female, blonde or brunette and their build, race, looks and what not. It’s much deeper than that as you decide what their strengths and weaknesses will be.

Short or long range weapons, melee perhaps. Skill points and perk points to put on things like Intelligence, Strength, Charisma, Luck and other attributes. How will you survive in the Wasteland, by being extra tough and able to take a beating or by being smart and sneaky and able to craft awesome weapons, explosives, drugs and healing items such as Stimpaks and Radaway.

It took me a few times with various characters before I really got into the swing of it but once I did I found it to be easy to lose hours at a time exploring the world, crafting weapons and going head to head with the creatures out in the Wasteland.

Another new feature in Fallout 4 is the ability to build your own defenses and base of operations along with settlers by your side. So there are certain things you have to build in order to make this successful. Water purification units, power generators and radio recruitment beacons in order to bring new Settlers to your place as well as food for obvious reasons.

At first I was skeptical when Sturges asked me to build a bunch of stuff for the settlement and I was worried that this would make the new Fallout too much like Sims. I would be spending too much time with the Settlers and building new stuff for the base to go out and explore the world. But it doesn’t work out that way which is good. You still have freedom within the game, you just give Settlers orders and as they carry them out and farm crops for you and defend the place you can go out questing and enjoying yourself. Then come back and reap the fruits of THEIR labor and hard work by plucking all the food off the crops, just like a good capitalist.

I think if you’re going to enjoy the game it helps if you know a thing or two about crafting and what ‘junk’ to pick up and what to ignore. I always pick up things like bone, acid, fertilizer, abraxo cleaner, basically anything that can be broken down and made into stuff which is valuable such as drugs, healing items etc.

As with Skyrim it’s the unexpected challenges you face in the Wasteland that really make the game great, enemies are everywhere and improvised mines and bombs can cripple you if you don’t disarm them quick enough. As well as this you watch what you eat since almost everything is radioactive and there are the radiation storms to contend with as well.

Add into the mix a healthy dose of paranoia about ‘synths’ or synthetic life forms which are replacing some people, super mutants which think they’re the supreme race in the Wasteland, the Brotherhood of Steel who view themselves as its defenders, the Minutemen and more and you’ve got a tinderbox just waiting for a spark to set it off.

Which faction if any you choose to support is entirely up to you. As for me I always like to play the Clint Eastwood ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ Mercenary type and just go with whichever side offers me the most bottle caps at the time.

Charisma plays a big part in the game and there are times during which you can alter the outcome of arguments and confrontations if it’s high enough. In terms of replayability Fallout 4 like Skyrim succeeds because there are basically unlimited ways to do the same quest. Be stealthy and sneak in to achieve your goals, pick off enemies from a distance with a sniper rifle, go in all guns blazing or try and talk your way out of a fight.

Dogmeat is a great addition to the game as well I think because he does help out in tight situations where you’re facing off against multiple attackers. One moment a guy is shooting at you and the next Dogmeat has him by the leg and as he fights him off you take him out… very satisfying.

To be critical there are times when things get frustrating that’s for sure. Dogmeat can be a hindrance as well as a help and he can get in the way when you’re trying to navigate enclosed places be it underground or corridors inside rooms and what not. He also disappears sometimes and though it says ‘Dogmeat found something’ it’s like trying to talk to Lassie as well. “What’s that Dogmeat? You say there’s a Super Mutant Suicider and he’s coming this way with a big bomb strapped to him?” It would be nice if he could be more specific sometimes. Maybe a Perk where you can ‘talk with the animals’ just saying.

As with most Bethesda titles it’s the human side of the story which hooks you and draws you in, keeps you playing. You start off in a time of peace with a great intro about the end of the war and an appearance by a Vault Tec guy and then the bombs start to drop. Better run to Vault 101 and once again you’re dropped right in the thick of the action. But surprise surprise Vault Tec has played a trick on its inhabitants and you’ve been cryogenically frozen for 200 years and now it’s time to find your son.

I called my character Athena after the Goddess of Wisdom, War and Domestic Crafting. It seemed appropriate at the time.

Though I’m a recovering completionist (someone who has to complete 100% of a game’s objectives due to an OCD compulsion) I find that what’s awesome about Fallout 4 is the freedom of roaming the Wasteland and doing what I want at my own pace. At one end of the gaming spectrum you have Call of Duty where you’re basically walking a predetermined line to a pre-designated objective and on the other end you have games like the Farcry series, Skyrim, Fallout, Grand Theft Auto and Just Cause.

Some gamers don’t like too much freedom and get bored easily of it so if you’re a gamer who needs constant direction a la Call of Duty then Fallout 4 is probably not for you.

On the other hand if you’re the kind of player who enjoys characters that are ridiculously customizable, the freedom to make your own decisions, level up and decide your own strengths, weaknesses and what not then this IS the game for you for sure.

There are a wide variety of weapons you can craft and though I favor the sniper rifle most often it’s cool to see how many variations there are of other weapon types as well. Energy weapons such as laser rifles, the Fat Man which launches Mini Nukes as well as weapons that deal radiation damage. There are also many different types of explosives which you can craft as well. It’s tough to know which weapons are the best since there are so many different types of enemies to face.

Another thing which makes Fallout 4 great and more realistic is the fact that if you take too many chems or drugs then you get addicted and you have to deal with that. So every item in the Wasteland has its positives and negatives, every mod for a weapon improves one thing and weakens another aspect of it. These are all things you have to think about when you’re crafting weapons and armor.

I’ve rambled on enough though, in short I love this game and I’m pretty sure you will too. I give it a well deserved FIVE STARS for lastability and enjoyability, awesome graphics and gameplay (and power armor which is freaking cool). What about you? Did you enjoy or are you now enjoying Fallout 4? And what game would you like us at LSD to review next? Let us know in your comments. This is Mikey signing out and if we haven’t released a new review then we’re probably too busy playing the latest titles. Stay tuned readers, competitions and giveaways will begin shortly.











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LSD Owns the Game #2: Fallout 4

LSD Owns the Game returns with an in-depth look at Bethesda's latest massive open world RPG Fallout 4. Does it live up to the hype? Is it for you? Read on to find out.

  • ISBN: 9781311854766
  • Author: Mikey Lee Ray
  • Published: 2015-12-17 00:50:07
  • Words: 2336
LSD Owns the Game #2: Fallout 4 LSD Owns the Game #2: Fallout 4