Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Available On: PS4 (Reviewed), Xbox One, PC
Released: November 10th, 2015
After a long wait, it is once again time to enter the Wasteland of post-nuclear America and discover that, if nothing else, war never changes. With the latest entry into the Fallout universe, Bethesda brings back the classic style that made the franchise so popular, but continues to add new twists to keep things fresh. So, does Fallout 4 bring enough good stuff to the table to be a great game, even while laboring under the idiosyncrasies that are standard in pretty much every Bethesda open world offering? The short answer is, well, mostly.
Warning: The following review will contain spoilers for the very early story content of Fallout 4. If you want to go in without knowing the setup for the overarching plot, you should probably stop now.
Before we get into the game itself, we have to give some love to Fallout 4‘s character creator. The game allows you to fully customize both male and female characters at the very beginning (whomever you don’t choose to use becomes your spouse), and when we say “fully customizable”, we mean that you can be anyone you can put your mind. The community has already been hard at work since launch, making some truly horrific creations, as well as several pretty good celebrity impersonations. The depth to the creation suite is incredible, and you may find yourself spending a good amount of time tweaking your personal character. Or, you can just skip all that and go with a pre-set face, but why would anyone do that? Also, because it wouldn’t be the Internet without a meme, here’s Interrupting John Cena: