A message brought to you by Vault-Tec: Hey there Little Timmy, have you ever wondered “What Makes You S.P.E.C.I.A.L.”? No? Well don’t worry yourself Kiddo, Vault-Tec will tell you, using our carefully designed and patented test that will help you discover what makes you, you. In light of our impending doom due to nuclear blasts and resulting fallout, it will be left to you and Vault-Tec to lead the way to a brighter future.
Let’s begin shall we?
S stands for Special and that’s you!
P is for People, the ones we at Vault-Tec care about.
E is for Everyone that you must tell about Vault-Tec and our wonderful products.
C stands for Clarity, we will tell you everything you need to know about life in the vault.
I is for intelligence. It is what you used when deciding to become one of the Vault-Tec family.
A stands for an Awesome life you and your family will be living in one of our state-of-the-art Vaults
L is for Lies, don’t listen to those commies and trust Vault-Tec with your wellbeing.
So, using our test, you now know who you are and what makes you special. Now go out there and tell all your friends and family about Vault-Tec and how great we are. Vault-Tec, a face you can trust.
At Vault-Tec, we would like to let you know that war never changes, but the toys do get bigger. With the threat of nuclear war breathing down our necks, we would like you to take this opportunity to reserve your place within one of Vault-Tec’s Vaults. You will be given all the amenities afforded to you, just underground. Dad will oversee and manage all day to day tasks instead of fighting off a horde of mutants that will stop him from coming home for dinner, way to go Dad. Mom will be backing fresh cakes with ingredients that never expire in one of the new luxury kitchens; mmm I can already taste the freshness. No irradiated goodies in this kitchen. And you Timmy will be able to play catch with all the other children whose parents were smart enough to book their new homes through Vault-Tec. If you don’t reserve, then you would be able to play catch with yourself and your new third arm as a result of radiation poisoning, but don’t worry, we know you’re smart. So run to Mom and Dad and reserve you place now. Vault-Tec, a face you can trust.
Where to begin… ah at the beginning of course. Fallout 4 allows you to take on the role of either Mister or Missus… well, You, Pre-war. Life seems pretty prefect in this 50’s period style neighborhood. A knock at the door introduces you to a friendly salesman from Vault-Tec, he advises you that your place in the local vault is reserved for your family. But as with anything perfect, it never lasts. A panicked call from Cogsworth lets you know that all hell is about to break loose. Confirmed nuclear missile launches have been reported and the end of the world is close at hand. You grab what you can and make a mad scramble for the vault. You and a few others get there by the skin of your teeth. You are lowered into the depths of the earth where you’re new home awaits. Ushered by scientists into the vault and provided some orientation by them. The scientists hand your new attire, a jumpsuit for vault 111. Just a quick decontamination and you’re on your way.
Time has passed in an instant you now need to leave the warm embrace of the vault, but things have changed and not for the good either. Fighting a few giant insects and reading a few computer logs reveals that there were sinister motives intended. Once the elevator that brought you to this sanctuary is now the road to your freedom. Emerging from the depths, the sun burns your eyes and you take in the glory that is the wasteland.
Your first task is to go back home… well what’s left of it anyway. This short little trip lets you take in the wonders of the wasteland of Boston and a lot has changed. Upon entering, Cogsworth greets you and informs you that you have been away for some time and some possible assistance in the nearby town. You begin to make your way there, It’s immediately clear that the wasteland wants you dead as almost everything is trying to snuff out your life.
You will rank up similar to that of Fallout 4’s predecessors but with a few minor tweaks here and there. Weapons are the order of the day and if your brain can conceive it, you can probably make it. Towns that you occupy can be made to feel like home by setting up crops, water and power. Homes can be built the way you like and trade routes can be set as well. You will need to also defend your settlements with defenses and high powered turrets. The crafting engine is beyond mind-blowing. The graphics are gorgeous as well, from beautiful green hued weather to flowing irradiated rivers to the Yao Guai trying to show you personally that a bear really does take a s#$t in the woods, to the mini games, it has all been masterfully done.
It is difficult to quantify the amount of work that has gone into making Fallout 4 but the wait has been well worth it. I have always loved the Fallout brand and Bethesda did not disappoint. Although the map seems to be a bit small, the amount of content is immeasurable and with more on the way. It does not mare the juggernaut that is Fallout 4. To Bethesda I take my hat off and say give those men and woman a Nuka-Cola. You earned it.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: Microsoft Windows and Xbox One
Genre: Role Playing, Action, Adventure
Age Rating: R18
Publisher/Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Estimated RRP: R +-750
Release Date: 10 November 2015
- Beautifully Developed
- Gorgeous Music Score
- Awesome Landscape and Character Models
- Map Seems a Bit Small
- Not Enough Hours in the Day to play