Fallout 4 is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. Being revealed as Bethesda’s E3, gamers have been frantically trying to gather as much information about the game as possible. Bethesda has slowly released features about the game and we’ve gathered everything you need to know right here.
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Story and Setting (Spoiler Alert)
While the other Fallout games have taken place after the bomb has landed, you start Fallout 4 the day it drops. You run through a few cinematics before entering the vault and beginning the game. When you finally come out of the vault, 200 years have passed by and you’re left with the remnants of the nuclear war that took place during your time below. You then journey into the remains of Boston, Massachusetts and a few neighboring cities on a quest for survival.
Fallout 3 allowed for players to have a dog companion help them throughout the game, but Fallout 4 plans to take things a step further. You gain access to about a dozen different companions that can journey through the game with you. Some of these choices include characters such as Dogmeat, Codsworth, Piper, and Peston Garvey. During E3 we even saw a mutant companion that was helping the player in a mission, but it is unknown whether or not this was a quest based companion or a permanent one. While players get a wide range of choices, you may only have one companion at your side. Here are some of the companions revealed so far:
Dogmeat is a stray dog you find near Red Rocket station who can be recruited as an optional companion. He is one of the first companions you come across in Fallout 4. He can be used to retrieve items, helpful in combat, or go to a certain location.
Codsworth is the robot you see in the very beginning of the game, and the first “living” being you see after coming out of the vault. He is capable of saying over 1,000 names and offers several quests.
Garvey is found hiding from a raider attack, one of four survivors before you show up. He offers quests and can serve as a permanent companion.
Piper is a female companion you find near Diamond City. She is the way into the city, as she pretends like you are a trader from Quincy which convinces them to give you access.
Leveling, Perks, and Stats
For starters, Bethesda have revealed in Gamescom that they will remove the level cap for leveling meaning that players can achieve an infinite amount of power if they continue to play the game past the main storyline. Each level you will gain a stat point that can be placed in your S.P.E.C.I.A.L: Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck. You will also get a perk point that you can use each level to gain a new perk or skill. There are 70 perks to choose from that can each rank up to increase in usefulness and power. There are 10 perks per stat, which each require that you have that stat at a certain level before you can choose the perk.
We’re seeing a lot of returns of previous combat tools that have been revamped and polished up. VATS is returning, which is a system in which you could pause the game and line up a critical shot on the enemy. While this was a fun mechanic, it did slow down the combat quite a bit and so Bethesda has stated that they’ve made VATS run more smoothly with Fallout 4. They’ve made some balancing tweaks and have prevented players from now being able to use it just as a way to cheat death. Players can switch between first and third person POV to change up the way they see combat. Another key component of the combat system is the power suits mechanic. Players can collect parts for power suits and even combine them to create a customized suit. The suits give big stat bonuses and change up your combat quite a bit. Your HUD changes are you’re given stats about the armor suit and a different outlook while in combat. Some things you’ll see are the core, compass, ammo, and much more. Some players have been really excited about being able to equip a jetpack to your power armor as well. It’s an interesting twist that we hope to see a lot more about as the game nears release.
Fallout 4 is all about being able to fully customize your experience and weapons aren’t any different. Players can pick up parts for weapons and use them to create unique weapons of their own. You can attach a giant fan on a shotgun, add a bayonet to your pistol, and much more. This will alter the stats which include fire rate, range, accuracy, weight, and value. They’ll sometimes add special effects to weapons, making them much stronger.
Bethesda has already released a ton of information about the new enemies, ranging between creatures and other humans. You aren’t the only one fighting for survival and may come across other survivors such as bandits, mutants, raiders, and brotherhood initiates. As for creatures, there’s a long list but here are a few of them:
- Mole rats
- Blood Bugs
- Sentry Bots
- Savage dogs
There will also be boss enemies throughout the main story mode and during certain events in the game. Little is known about a majority of the bosses in the game so keep your eyes peeled for some spoilers!
Crafting is a big component of Fallout 4. Players are able to create their own base which will sometimes undergo attacks, meaning you’ll have to stock up on defenses. You can gather components as you venture through the game by scrapping items such as tires, which can then be used to craft other items in your base. Players can build structures, luxury items, defense systems, power grids, and much more. Of course, if you aren’t a fan of crafting you don’t need to touch it because Bethesda has stated that the entire game can be finished without ever having to craft a single item.
Mods are going to be available on console systems as well, but they must go through the PC version first. Mods have to go through an approval process before they can be released, which generally just means that you can’t use any pornographic, illegal, or copyrighted material. Other than that, Bethesda wants to make mods as open as possible and allow players to break their game if they choose. Some popular mods from Fallout 3 mainly changed environmental effects, such as “Glowing muck pools” and “Rustic Grass – Retexture”.
Release Date and Platform
Fallout 4 is set to be released on November 10th, while the Android and iOS app minigame is already available. It will be available on Windows, PlayStation 4, as well as the Xbox One. The app minigame is available on any mobile device that has access to an app store.
Pre-Order and Bundle
If you pre-order the game you get many bonuses such as a Fallout boy bobblehead, an exclusive soundtrack, and in-game perks. If you get the special collector’s edition of Fallout 4 you can get the exclusive Pipboy wrist toy that looks just like the Pipboy device in the game. It’s designed for you to place your mobile device into while using the Fallout Shelter app. Unfortunately, if you haven’t already purchased it you may have missed your window. Bethesda has announced that it was so popular they’ve already sold out.
Fallout Shelter is a spin off of the main game that has already reached the #1 top downloaded app in the iOS app store. You basically get to run your own vault in a real time strategy game, fighting for survival and improvement. It’s all about micromanagement and being able to run a society that is constantly under attack. You collect resources and fight off enemies as you expand your vault. Now Fallout Shelter is available on Android version.