I have put around 35 hours into Fallout 4 so far, which for most games would be enough to do a full review, however Fallout 4 is so massive and filled with features, that I don't feel that I am in a position to do a full review yet. Also I am yet to finish the main quest line, which I always try to complete before my full review, this note aside here is my review in progress for Fallout 4!
This game is huge, let me just that straight away, there are places, people and activities that I will never see because of how big this game is, but that is okay. No matter how much you play, whether it be a few hours, just finishing the campaign or even getting 100% completion, every second you spend with Fallout 4 has been masterfully crafted. That may sound like an overstatement, but it really does feel like everything has been taken account of, there are many styles of play you can opt for, all of which can probably be catered towards in the massive perk list. Every character you speak to feels like a three dimensional person who may or may not have a hidden agenda. This leads me onto one of my very few complaints with the game, the conversation options sometimes don't fully represent what you are going to say, the epitome of this is the fairly frequent option to simply give a "sarcastic" answer. I know there is a PC mod that shows you the full line of dialogue you will speak, and that might be too much on screen at once, but I would like to know more about what I'm going to say. Returning from previous Bethesda games are companions who will follow you around, make judgements on your decisions, maybe fall in love with you, or the opposite, and perhaps most importantly they can be traded with to take a load of your Junk!
Next let's take a look at the combat in Fallout 4, all in all this is much better than I was expecting, I thought the focus of the game would be on the story and RPG elements, and while they are still focused on, so too is the combat. My only problem with it is that there feels like there is no auto aim what so ever, which is probably what the PC players like, but on console that is not my cup of tea. Especially when taking into account that certain types of ammo can be rather scarce, in the early hours when I was getting used to the lack of auto aim, I would waste a lot of ammo simply by missing shots. One part of the game that I was not expecting at all was unique weapons, there are tens of these weapons, that are a guaranteed drop form certain types of enemies. On top of these unique weapons there are Legendary weapons which either drop from named enemies or Legendary variants of normal enemies, these spawn randomly and with varying consistency depending on your difficulty, and these drop a random piece of Legendary armour or a weapon. The weapon modification system was something that I ignored for the first 20 hours or so with the game, but then I realised just how amazing the system is. If you pick up a weapon from an enemy with a modification on it, you can remove it, and put it on another weapon for very few materials. There are different grips to put on some of the weapons which make the weapon either a pistol or a rifle, there are different barrels to change the damage, accuracy or range. Ammo modifiers to change the kind of ammo that weapon takes, and also magazine modifiers which change the ammo capacity as well as reload speed. Then finally there are optic modifiers which mean you can change the sights on you weapon to suit your needs! This is a very deep crafting system that adds loads of options for customising your favourite weapons.
I want to start wrapping up my review in progress for Fallout 4 by taking an overview of the story, don't worry I will not mention any specific of the main story, just how they are laid out and my thoughts on it in general. Firstly I would like to say that I am really enjoying the campaign, the only other Bethesda game I've played is Skyrim, and the main story in this is much better than Skyrims in my opinion. It feels more succinct and focused on a single goal, one which I have very much rallied behind. It's not just the main quests which have impressed me, but the amazingly detailed side quests as well, there have been quests that I might not have experienced simply by annoying a certain character at a certain time. You explore characters in more detail, with the side quests where you might need to help them, though sometimes the details you learn about them aren't that good! There are quests which can be picked up simply by standing near a guard while they talk about hearing about a bandit camp, and how there is a reward for clearing them away. There are radio stations which are only available to tune into in certain locations which can lead on huge quest lines, most notably one of the faction quest lines is started this way.
There you go guys, my review in progress for Fallout 4, all in all I am having one of the best gaming experiences you can have. Everything has been well crafted, there are tons of mechanics to get into, all of which have been fully fleshed out, it feels like a well refined Bethesda game, and that is the highest compliment I can give it! Check back soon for more coverage of Fallout 4, and other games including Just Cause 3, Uncharted Collection and The Division!
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Okay so we are coming into the crazy season, where loads of big budget AAA games are about to be released. So today I want to give you my thoughts on some of the biggest releases of the next few months! A lot of great looking games have been delayed to early 2016, so check back soon for my coverage of early 2016 games!
First up is Star Wars Battlefront, if you didn't know this weekend is the open beta for the next shooter coming from the doors of DICE. This time taking on the internationally large name, of Star Wars. I played the open beta back when it was live, and this sadly finished of my decision making process, leading me to the firm conclusion that this is not a game for me. There are many things I don't like about it, but rather than a boring list of the bad, let's look at what makes this game and epic Star Wars Game. The Walker Assault mode will pit two teams of up to 20 players against each other in a bid to defend or assault an AT-AT careering though the map. Bases need to be secured in order to bring the AT-AT down. There are icon locations, characters, weapons and vehicles in the game, including the possibility to play as either Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker, with more of these iconic characters to be featured in the main release. It can not be denied that the simple name of Star Wars will sell this game relatively well, especially considering the upcoming 7th film, but whether the game can stand up to the loft expectations of the name will have to be seen. In my opinion we might be in for a disappointment.
Battlefront is set to release on November 17th or 20th for America and Europe respectively.
Then we have the most annualised game franchise in history, Call of Duty, is back in the hands of Treyarch this year, with Black Ops 3. I played quite a bit of the Beta when it was out earlier in the year, and it felt exactly how a Call of Duty should feel. Personally I have moved beyond that need now, and the CoD franchise holds little for me, however compared to other CoD games, Black Ops 3 did feel good. Certainly different enough to warrant you pick it up, if you are a fan of Call of Duty. Now with the introductions of Specialists, which act like the Super abilities from which vary from a one shot compound bow, to a grenade launcher. They will certainly add a twist to everyday matches. Zombies is making a seemingly triumphant return in Black Ops 3, with a promised bigger and better Zombies experience, not much is known at this stage, other than that it will be set in 1940s America!
Black Ops 3 is set to be released on November 6th!
Then we have the massive Open World game that is Fallout 4, the long awaited game to follow on from Fallout 3, this is one of the games I am most excited about. With more features than I can reasonably list here, it promises to be a game filled with more content than most people will ever get through. A massive open world filled with things to do, along side the ability to make our own villages, around the world, and create them exactly how we want them to be. Right down to having specific things powered by electricity. If you set more than one village up, you can allocate specific people to guard convoys transporting goods between your villages! All of this combined with weapon customisation, and what I can only assume will be more quests and exploration areas than you can hold a stick too, Fallout 4 is surely going to be one of the biggest releases of the year!
You can get your hands on Fallout 4 when it releases on November 10th!
Next up we have possibly my favourite game yet to be released this year, Just Cause 3 promises to build on the explosive freedoms of Just Cause 3, which what seems to be even more destructibility. This time even bridges, along with the plethora of outposts and military structures can be destroyed. We also get our hands on an all new Grapple Hook, which now lets us tether two things together and pull them towards each other, we then have the ability to release them, and create a catapult of sorts! Did I mention that you can have up to four or five of these tethers active at the same time, meaning that if you were so inclined you could pull cars, boats or even planes anywhere you want! All of this set in a massive open world that will take tens if not hundreds of hours to fully explore, and I personally can't wait!
If you can't wait to be let loose in Just Cause 3 as much as me, then mark December 1st in your diary!
There you go guys, the biggest games coming out in the rest of 2015, we have some really good looking games coming out, and I can't wait to bring you all coverage on some of them!
Thank you very much for reading,
I know content on my site has been very E3 based recently, so I hope you aren't getting fed up with it, I know I'm not! Today I thought that I would take a bit more of a subjective look at E3 2015. Specifically the games that we will see and if I am looking forward to seeing new content from them!
This is a game from Gearbox(the legends behind Borderlands), and it first came on my radar a few months ago, when I wanted to find out what they were working on next. At the time the look of the game impressed me, but in the last week a new trailer has been released which shows off the game very nicely, which you can check out below! This game looks incredibly exciting, with a new take on the standard FPS. There are over 20 different classes to chose from(26 I believe but don't quote me!) each of which appears to have incredibly different combat talents. Any game from the makers of Borderlands will have my full attention, but this game does more than that. It genuinely has my whole hearted attention, I expect this to be my personal game of E3 2015.
Battleborn is scheduled for release in "Winter 2015".
Up next we have Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain. This is one of very few games that we will doubtlessly see at E3 this year that I am not excited about. Or at least its appearance at E3 would need to do a lot to get my interested in the game, I have never played a Metal Gear game before(apart from Ground Zeroes which I don't understand). Thus my interest in this game in minimal, I need to be convinced that despite the fact that I haven't played previous MGS games, I will still understand Phantom Pain. Plus the fact that I only like stealth games in theory, in practice I just get bored and go for a more outlandish approach to the issue! The only part of this game which does interest me is the online side of it, though we don't have many details for this side of the game!
Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain will be available September 1st worldwide!
Fallout 4; one of the most famous games for never being released or announced... Was recently announced, Bethesda(makers of Elder Scrolls, Fallout and more) released the new trailer below to 90,000 via Twitch, I was amongst those people, and I fell in love with it straight away. Similarly to the Metal Gear series, I have never played a previous Fallout game, but unlike MGS this Fallout 4 trailer felt open to anyone. Despite the fact that there wasn't any actual gameplay show, Bethesda are hosting their own E3 conference this year for the first time ever, and have already promised more details about this game. There have already been leaks(including from Bethesda's website) which indicate Fallout 4 will be released later this very year! There are few things Bethesda could announce during their conference that would surprise me, but a 2015 release date would do just that!
Fallout 4 doesn't have a release date confirmed yet, but late 2015 is rumoured!
Assassin's Creed Syndicate, the next instalment in the unfortunately annualised series. I would like to say at this stage that the Assassin's Creed series is one of my favourite of all time, and I have played all major instalments(apart from Rogue). However Syndicate holds no interest for me, the additions to the series don't interest me, and the gameplay that was released seemed to me to reek of... Assassin's Creed, I know that may sound stupid, but the series needs to take a few years off, and come back with an amazing game. Syndicate boasts the new bear knuckle fighting, which seems like a waste of time when we are used to the fast fights with swords or guns, the new grapple hook seems to me to detract from the beauty of the world of AC. I have always loved the unique traversal methods that AC games boast, but the grapple seems to take this away. It goes without saying that Assassin's Creed Syndiate will be making a sizeable appearance during Ubisoft's conference, and probably one of the two console conferences!
Assassin's Creed Syndicate will be released worldwide October 23rd
Destiny. A very controversial game, some people love it and play it for hundreds of hours, and some people can't stand it. Think of it as the Marmite of the gaming world! I don't know which of those groups I reside in, but that is a post for another day. Bungie have been teasing that people will want to tune in to their appearance at E3 this year. This would tally with a major leak the occurred earlier in the year, which said that Bungie would be releasing a major expansion for Destiny later this year, at the time it was codenamed Comet. Fast forward a few months and Destiny The Taken King was trademarked by Bungie, along with a logo. It would appear that Comet has grown its wings and transformed into The Taken King. It is said that this expansion will nearly be as big as the base game, apparently having nearly as many new strikes as the original game and many new story missions to work though. Apparently there will be new areas to explore as well, it is unclear whether these will be new planets or tag on locations to the existing planets. Either way, Bungie should be a developer to keep your eye on during E3 this year!
The Taken King hasn't even been announced yet, but if rumours are to be believed a September of October release date should be expected!
That is me guys, I hope you have enjoyed reading my thoughts on some of the games that will doubtlessly headline this E3. Don't forget that E3 is so special because it brings the unknown, some previous announcements have turned out to be some of the best gaming experiences out there. So keep an open mind to new and possibly indie games announced at E3, and most importantly enjoy it, E3 is a once a year event, where gamers come together and celebrate gaming, no matter their console preference.
The spotlight is on gaming, I know we will be impressed, do you?
Thanks for reading as always,
Friends of The Games Critic:
My name is Ed, I write everything here, covering all kinds of games, but I only play them on the PS4!