Fallout 4 is an open world RPG set in the post-nuclear fallout area of modern-day Boston.
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Story & Themes
Fallout 4 begins in an idyllic suburban home in Boston, 2077. A lack of resources has sparked both domestic tensions and the Third World War, but the family living in the house are still enjoying most of the perks of the American Dream. However, the morning takes a dramatic turn for the worse when nuclear bombs start dropping on the United States, heralding the outbreak of the war's quick and explosive end. Husband, wife, and baby flee to the safety of Vault 111 where they are put into cryogenic pods, but the player character, who is either the husband or wife depending on player choice, watches as a tough-looking bald man and a couple of scientists steal baby Shaun away from the other spouse. Trapped in the pod and unable to do anything, the player can only observe as their spouse is shot and Shaun is taken away.
After 210 years have passed, the player awakens from their cryogenic sleep to greet the devastated, post-apocalyptic world outside. With no sign of their son anywhere in Vault 111, they venture forth from the vault to search for Shaun in this strange new world.
Performing certain actions, such as sleeping in a bed, will cause the game to autosave. The game can also be quicksaved and saved manually from the menu.
The game doesn't provide much in the way of instruction, so new players will have to mess around with the controls before they get a hang of them.
Violence Fallout 4 is graphically violent, with enemies being blasted apart rather frequently during moments of combat. Players have a choice in using guns, melee weapons, explosives, or just running into the fray with only their fists. Blood and gore are abound, and slow motion critical hits in V.A.T.S. will display the violence in all of its graphic, close-up detail.
Sex & Nudity Players can encounter characters wearing just their underwear, especially if said players choose to loot or steal the clothes off of them.
Strong Language Strong language occurs periodically in dialogue and includes words like "f*ck" and "sh*t."
Substance Use Players can ingest drugs and alcohol for various benefits, though continual use will lead to addiction. Addictions can be cured by doctors or people at clinics.
- How do you like the main storyline? Do you spend lots of time progressing through its related quests, or are there other parts of the game that draw your attention more?
- Do you like the new addition of building settlements? Is it intuitive and easy to navigate and control? Why/why not?
- Who's your favorite companion? Why? Are you attempting to romance him/her?