E3 Special – Fallout 4

So as almost everyone in the gaming world knows, Fallout 4 is coming. Finally at the Bethesda press conference we got a definitive release date of the tenth of November this year. This is wonderful as it’s coming very soon. We’re not left waiting too long but they’ve still given you time to quit your jobs and veg out to become one with the wasteland.

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Explore the surface once again.

Building and a revamped crafting system!?

For the first time ever we’ll be able to see part of the world before the bombs drop, which hopefully will give us more of an insight into the world than ever before. I for one was very excited to see the game bring new features to the table such as creating your own towns and bases. This seems very much like an extension of what was done in the Skyrim: Hearthfire expansion and also in mods made for both the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series. The best thing about this new system is that it seems to let you build significantly more freely, giving you the ability to position buildings and decor to your own will and taste. It looks like it could be a big part of the game and will add a hugely different dynamic to what we already know and love in Fallout, however as stated by Todd Howard, the game’s director, it will be entirely optional giving you more of that all important freedom that people love from from the studio. Accompanying this revamped town building is the game’s new crafting and upgrading system for weapons and armor. Pieces can be interchanged as you see fit radically changing the dynamics of the guns you wield. Turning laser rifles into precision snipers or even into scatter guns is all supposedly possible. Bethesda claim to have around 50 unique weapons but hundreds of mods that can be fitted to personalise them to your tastes. Not much was shown about the armour but if it’s even half as diverse it’ll be an interesting feature to add to the already fantastic series.

Cities look to be more vibrant and dense than ever.

Cities look to be more vibrant and dense than ever.

We’ve seen a decent amount of combat and exploration and it does certainly look fun. I have to say graphically it didn’t look nearly as impressive as a lot of the games we’ve been treated to lately it but that’s not what these games are about and whilst it looks similar from a general gameplay perspective compared with the previeous two games it will be as refreshing as ever. As you probably know, the world and the atmosphere is one of the defining parts of Fallout series as Bethesda have no doubt again, been creating something very special and just as or more intriguing than ever.

Another city in a ship perhaps or does it fly?

Another city in a ship perhaps or does it fly?

Face sculpting too!

Another hugely important aspect of these games though is to be able to put your stamp onto your own character. Through character customisation you mould your external presence to look however you see fit. Previous character creators made by Bethesda were either limited in true customisation à la Morrowind or often resulted in ugly messes in Fallout 3 and Oblivion. Significant improvements were made for Skyrim but once again they’ve made it even easier to create the person you want by letting you sculpt the face just by grabbing it and moulding it to your will increasing immersion no end. Another fantastic feature that will increase the games immersion is that your robot butler you meet at the start of the game will also be very likely to be able to say your name. Not every name will be covered but a list of the most popular names have all been covered and will be there for you to be greeted with when you play. Also in line with voicing, your characters will have a voice for the first time. No word on whether there will be multiple choices of voice yet though.

The popular armour makes a return.

The popular armour makes a return.

I look forward to more announcements about the game in the coming months but I look forward even more to playing it. You can pre-order the game, with links on Bethesda’s Fallout4 site or on Steam for the PC. No news yet on the system requirements for that however we’ll probably see those soon. There’s also a special edition for any collectors among you that contains a real life Pip-Boy reconstruction. This will have a slot for phones (no word on what phones in particlar) to fit into so it can be worn and used with the games’ companion app to control it’s virtual counterpart from outside the game. This combined with the release of Fallout Shelter for iOS (eventually coming to Android too), a game where you get to create and control you own vault, gives us plenty to think about and keep the excitement flowing for a while. Be sure to tell us what you look forward to the most or wish to see in the game. And as always, remember, stay tuned for your gaming forecast.

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