If you were a vault dweller who survived the nuclear devastation, how would you live your life in the wasteland? Do you want to be a wanderer or would you settle down in one place? Fallout 4 enables you to build your settlement in the Boston wilderness.
Inspired by Minecraft
When thinking about games that has a building feature, people will absolutely think of Minecraft.
The world’s most famous sandbox building game. An indie game from Swedish company, Mojang, gives freedom to players to build anything they want to.
This is the first time that Bethesda will introduce a full building feature to their game. Fallout 4’s building system is more like Minecraft, rather than their previous game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
What you can do in Skyrim is just pick a house but in Fallout 4, it really is building a house.
“In Fallout 4, you don’t go into some menu and say, ‘I want a house like this’, and then the game builds it. No, you’re putting down the floor and ceiling and deciding where the lights go and stringing in the copper wire.” Todd Howard gives an explanation on how crafting in Fallout 4 will be.
Build and Decorate Your Settlement at Its Finest
After we saw an introduction of this new feature in E3, it became apparent that this is not about choosing a field and planting your building in a plot. You will need to select each piece and place it together. When you need to build a house, you have to choose a wall and ceiling, then combine them together. That is how Fallout 4 will make players become an architect and interior designer in the crafting system.
The concept sounds rather similar to Rust, an indie survival game from Facepunch Studio. Whenever you need to build things, you need to gather materials to build what you want. For instance; if you need a chair in your living room, you will need to scavenge more wood to make it.
No, it is not only building your shelter for survival reasons, but decorating and making it functional is your job as well. You will also be able to hang a light bulb and place the furniture to make your house more beautiful. Imagine how you build your house in the Sims? You can do it exactly that way. You can hang a picture frame or beautiful antlers on your wall. You can placing a rug on your floor or get a show case for decorative figures. Not only limited to houses for people, you can build a house for your dog too.
The building system allows you to do more than a house. Once your settlement grows, you can make your own town. You can build a supplies store and important infrastructures like grocery store and water shelter to provide you with necessary resource. In addition, you can build a store trader for welcoming merchants who have excellent stuff to trade. You could even test the system this first in the Fallout Shelter.
The in-game stuff is simulated from real life. If you need to hang a light bulb in your house or you want to run something on electricity, you will need to establish a power generator and wire to connect the device to the energy source. In case you are in need of a wire, you will have to find copper to make it.
“It’s common sense visual stuff. If it doesn’t connect to the generator, the power doesn’t work. We’re not faking it,” Pete Hines said
Of course, attack to your settlement is inevitable. To protect your territory, you can install defensive turrets, pillbox or flamethrower to neutralize the raiders.
Do you want a house or do you want run your own town? Need it more functional or decorative in style? It’s you who designs and builds it.
You Can Skip It Of Course
We believe that not all people love to build things. There are fans in both Yay and Meh side.
For those who hate it, we have good news for you. Crafting is not compulsory. If you don’t like it, just skip it. As the game allows you to do anything, certainly you have a choice not to do anything as well.
Pete Hines, vice president of PR and marketing gave an interview to GamesRadar to ease worried fans who are afraid that the game will turn out to be Minecraft in post nuclear wasteland.
“It’s a completely optional, freeform thing that you can do, if that’s what you want to do. If you don’t care about that and you just want to play quests and play side quests, and finish the main quest and that sort of thing then you can just ignore all of this [crafting]. Or do as much or as little as you want.”
Crafting might not be the core part of the game but it will surely benefit you in someway somehow.
“There is a benefit to it, but again it doesn’t prevent you from playing through the game,” Hines added.
The choice lies in your hand. Establish your kingdom, or leave it.
Many gamers love to build their own house or town, a latest feature of Fallout 4 is a good invitation to building lovers to join the Boston wasteland to establish their own settlement.
Minecraft: The most famous block builder. It is the pure sandbox game where you can express the freedom to build anything you want. While breaking from placing a cube to build a castle, it is recommended to try the well chosen building feature of action-RPG genre.
Rust: From building shelter to rest for one night, turns to a fortress to prevent bandit from robbing supplies. Rust gamers will find pleasure in building things in more decorative way than functional but still they can build turrets to protect their own plot.
The Sims: It might sound weird to persuade Sims lover to try action game. However, these games (Fallout 4 and the Sims) share something in common. Certainly, it is the housing. You need to build your own house from the beginning as well. You need to pick all pieces and make it together, you can decorate your house with cool stuff. You could spend the whole day with Fallout 4 building like you did in the Sims.