Fallout 4 reviews round up

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War. War never changes. Neither does the engine that Bethesda uses for their open-world RPG’s, but I digress. Like many of you wonderful wasteland wanderers, I’m terribly excited for Fallout 4, and I don’t particularly care that it’s not the most graphically sumptuous games. Nor do I care that it has frame rate issues, unless they make the game unplayable.

What I want to know is if it’s a good game that I’ll be able to get completely lost in. While we’ve not got a review yet (or even a copy of the game), here’s what other critics have to say about Fallout 4.

The Jimquisition – 9.5/10

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What I can say is that Fallout 4 is a wild ride that gets its hooks in you deep, with a number of welcome improvements and a settlement management system that could be its own entirely separate game. All that, and not a single microtransaction in sight, despite the game being easily structured for such a horrible business practice to slide right in. That is impressive.

Videogamer – 9/10

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The fact of the matter is, though, that this is more of the same, even if that ‘same’ has been pushed to new heights. If you hated Fallout 3, then there’s not much to get you onside here. If you loved it, then you’ll love this all the more, because of its differences as well as its similarities.

Polygon – 9.5/10

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Bethesda’s open-world strengths have always differed from its contemporaries in that focus on world-building and a sense of place above all else. Fallout 4 has all the ambiance and history that made its predecessors such wonderful places to get lost for hours at a time, with a much more coherent set of stories within it. That Bethesda has integrated a major building and crafting tool while finally building a great-playing game almost feels like a bonus.

Gamespot – 9/10

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In the grand scheme of things, Fallout 4’s minor issues pale in comparison to its successes. When you put the controller down, you think about the friend you betrayed to benefit another, the shifting tide of an incredible battle, or the moment you opened a drawer and found someone’s discarded effects, making you wonder how they felt before the bombs fell. In moments like these, Fallout 4 can be an intoxicating experience. You’re often forced to sacrifice something–a relationship, a lucrative opportunity, or your health–to make gains elsewhere. And the deeper down the rabbit hole you go, the more you wonder: what if I chose a different path? You second guess yourself, not just because you had other options, but because you aren’t sure if you did the right thing. The fact that your decisions stick with you after walking away from the game is a testament to the great storytelling on hand. Fallout 4 is an argument for substance over style, and an excellent addition to the revered open-world series.

Gameinformer –  9/10

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Fallout 4 didn’t blow me away like the previous iteration did, but it did keep me thoroughly entertained and fully vested in journeying across the wasteland. As Bethesda’s “Welcome Home” marketing campaign teases, when fans of Fallout 3 or New Vegas enter this new world, it’ll feel strangely familiar. As one of the top games of the previous generation, this isn’t a bad thing at all. Fallout 4 has all of the trappings that can keep you engaged for days on end.

God is a Geek – 9/10

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It’s hard to find genuine fault with what Bethesda has done here beyond the performance issues. They’ve taken everything learned from Fallout 3, New Vegas, and Skyrim and refined it into one huge, intelligent action-adventure movie. It’s more cinematic than you might expect thanks to a clever script and a dynamic chat camera, the combat missions are well thought-out blasts of adrenaline, while the trademark Fallout weirdness makes a welcome return now and then to relieve you of the constant need to fight something. It’s very much your game and your story, and everyone will play it differently simply because there are so many ways to play, and each one feels natural.

So is it good or not?

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Last Updated: November 9, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    Geez, overwhelmingly awesome

    • Matthew Holliday

      scores mean nothing though.
      will play it and decide for myself.

      • Unavengedavo

        Well there are a lot of them that said that it has it’s issues, yet they still gave it a good score. And that is kinda what I expected O_o

        We all know Bethesda doesn’t have a good track record on stability. But they are awesome at story telling.

        • Matthew Holliday

          game is broken, 9/10 would bang.
          cough, batman.

          and yeah, their day 1 releases havent exactly been consistent. cough, skyrim.
          il trust in the patches, but really, the reviewers cant just ignore the problems during scoring.

          • Unavengedavo

            One thing I do remember is them saying that the game was done, so to speak, when they announced it. And they have just been spending time on bug fixing and so on as they learned from their mistakes with Skyrim.

            But only time will tell O_o

          • Matthew Holliday

            “we’ve learned from our mistakes”
            “bug fixxing”
            like we havent heard that befor. even when witcher 3 had its fair share of bugs after it was released after being delayed and delayed.

            i have zero faith in devs anymore.

            but yes, only time will tell, trust the patches.

          • Unavengedavo

            It’s not the devs fault, but rather the publishers who push for an early release date. Those guys are under a lot of pressure and can’t be fun coding in such an environment O_o

            I see this with our devs and sales people.

          • Nikola

            I got SKyrim day one on PC never had 1 issue or bug with the game!

          • Dutch Matrix

            Same with Xbox 360. Sunk hours into that mother and not once did I come across one critter.

          • Matthew Holliday

            neither did i, but then again, i got batman day one on PC and didnt have any problems either. doesnt mean that other users didnt have horrible experiences.
            i got more bugs and crashes after they fixed things.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            This^

          • Jim

            Batman wasn’t broken though. It ran flawlessly on PS4, that’s the version that got the 9s and 10s. The PC version was rightfully panned.

        • WitWolfy

          Tell that to Fallout 3.. Hence why they released Broken steel.

          • Unavengedavo

            Yeah, Fallout 3’s story kinda fell flat O_o

          • Hammersteyn

            The ending blew, worse than ME3

          • WitWolfy

            And the funny thing is Fallout 3’s ending was a much smaller out cry than ME3’s.. Just shows you who is the better dev when it comes to listening to their fans.

  • WitWolfy

    Good scores.. Still not getting it though.

    • Charl van der Merwe

      no ones cares……they too busy playing Fallout

      • WitWolfy

        You cared enough to comment.

        • Charl van der Merwe

          here’s me commenting AGAIN about how little i care

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Great scores… I may need to find someone that has it on PC so I can get those files that need to be downloaded… I’ll do I shout out if I do. K. Thanx. Bye.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Kromas will have it, in exchange for a Wimpy coffee

      • Dutch Matrix

        I prefer my coffee like I do my women: Tough, bloody and hard to chew. No wait. That’s my steaks. I prefer my coffee like I do my steaks. No wait…

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Cool, I’ll be sure to ask him nicely.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      I’ll email them to you so long 😉

      • VampyreSquirrel

        LMAO! My Gmail account doesn’t have enough space.

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          The funny/sad thing is that it would probably be cheaper, faster and easier to put it on a flash and mail it to you.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            That is so true… you wouldn’t get the flash back tho…

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Hahaha. Fair enough.

  • oVg

    Must be good considering all sites gave Black Ops 9/10 but Jim Sterling slammed it with a 5. I always trust Jims reviews, ever since he slammed FFXIII with a 4.5 while all us fanboys were still in the honeymoon phase.

    Now we wait to see what game breaking bugs will be popping up and what broken patches are getting released.

    • Dutch Matrix

      And will the dog run backwards?

      • oVg

        Fly backwards.

        • Dutch Matrix

          Come on! Give Bethesda some credit! They will not make the dog fly. Although, a flying dog could get me into the game…

          • oVg

            I am worried that we have been spoiled. Ill be expecting the same silky smooth animations as D-Dog.

          • Dutch Matrix

            If this is not Pixar standard animation, they can bite me.

          • oVg

            lol lets hope the ending is more satisfying than 3.

          • Unavengedavo

            And Fallout: New Vegas O_o

            But didn’t they say the game doesn’t end this time around? The story does, but you still get to explore and carry on afterwards.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Ending? Satisfying? What are you, an ex-bookworm? Video games MUST have crappy endings. Heck, they give me a thanks for playing screen and I am happy as a dog in… in… in a squeaky toy factory!

          • oVg

            LOL same I dont care about closure but if the gamer is thanked in the end credits like they did in the Tomb Raider Reboot then Im stoked. All comes from the arcade days of Street Fighter 2.

            THANK YOU FOR PLAYING!!!

          • Dutch Matrix

            At least Blanka found his mommy at the end of Street Fighter 2…

          • oVg

            I cried.

          • Dutch Matrix

            As did I. But thinking back to it now, I kind of wonder what Blanka’s dad must have been…

          • oVg

            an eel

          • Dutch Matrix

            I did not see that coming…

          • oVg

            Its Anime, nobody can 😛 not even Otaku MGSV fanboys…

            RUNS

          • Dutch Matrix

            I have no idea what you just said!

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        The dog will be able to create portals!!

    • Hammersteyn

      His review was hilarious!

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      His review was masterful, had quite the laughs

    • Unavengedavo

      Well it seems to be up. But the website is taking a bit of strain O_o

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      I don’t trust anyone except my Glorious Leader, Banana Jim!

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Jim is just AI.
        He’s not even a real person 😉

        • 40 Insane Frogs

          Malicious Lies! You will apologise to our Glorious Leader!

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            The Banana and I have frequented here for years. I am still to meet him to confirm that he exists in a physical form.

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            One does not simply meet the Banana….! Have you tried to enter ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? B A ?

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I’ll have to remember that.

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      Let the beta testing commence!

    • Jim

      Jim Sterlings career as a reviewer ended the day he gave Assassins Creed 2 a 4/10.

      Years and years later it’s still considered one of the best games of last gen. Hard to trust the fella after that. He’s basically the personification of a clickbait reviewer, aka the reason why gaming journalism is still a joke.

    • Skyblue

      Agreed, lets give it a few… hours

  • BurninZ

    Ah man, more excited for this than any other game in recent memory (memory sorta spans back till 2010… ok maybe 2013). I have already made plans to be at Bulls**t Talkers first thing tomorrow morning. have a wicked place for the poster as well. Bring on Tuesday 18 hours and counting.

  • Mistake Not…

    Thanks, Bethesda.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    YES! o/ I was a bit worried about that pre-order, but I am happy now! Can’t wait! 😀

    “War…. War never changes.”

    • Dutch Matrix

      But War changes a man…

    • Lisa

      War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

      • Dutch Matrix

        The key to war is not to die for your country, but to let the other bastard die for his.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Unavengedavo
      • Hammersteyn

        BWAHAHAHAHA! Where’ve you been!

        • Unavengedavo

          Lazygamer is still blocked. But I found out today that Disqus links to their comment section and I can access it like that 😀

          Sadly my phone still crashes when I try to read articles on it and I have to stop the page loading just after the text pops up O_o

          • Hammersteyn

            Gaaaaaaaah
            #StayStrongAvo!

          • Unavengedavo

            Just need to get a new phone O_o(or a new job that doesn’t block LG)

          • Hammersteyn

            Remote desktop into your PC at home?

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Or VPN

          • Unavengedavo

            VPN, is also blocked… Except for the certified one that we are supposed to use to VPN into the work network O_o

          • Unavengedavo

            Remote desktop is blocked O_o

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            What horrible anti-life creature blocks lazygamer….

          • Skyblue

            They’re called employers and 99.9% of Earth’s population need them to pay for their “habits and/or hobbies”

      • Dutch Matrix

        That is just wrong! Even by my standards! Eeewww…

        • Unavengedavo

          Missed me? O_o

          • Dutch Matrix

            Like a wet fart…

          • Hammersteyn

            I DID!

          • Dutch Matrix

            But your aim is improving, Amirite?

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Dude. It’s been to long
        (I never thought I would miss the messed-up stuff you bring here, but I did so much)

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        Sniff! I missed you. PS: I want access to your special folder!

    • Skyblue

      Gawd if I have to play though another “I know I’m in a bunker but Liam Neeson is my father level MAKE IT END ALREADY!!!!”
      Tried to start up Fallout 3 again recently and almost went insane

  • Hammersteyn

    Cant wait to Trade BLOPS for this! Tomorrow can’t come any sooner!

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Do it

  • miaau

    SHITE!

    No pre-order. I will not give in.

    • Unavengedavo

      Join us! O_o

      Well the game is releasing soon so you don;t have to hold out much longer

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Well, if you buy it now technically you haven’t preordered.

      • miaau

        Sigh. But yes. And still no 🙂

        I am strong. Mostly because my time is quite limited.

  • Kikmi

    *shifts pant pleats*

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Called it! And within a week or so, the community reviews will come out (and then the fun will start, as gamers start to realise they’ve been served a bait-and-switch again). All hail the glorious gaming community! Death to Pre-ordering! Death to “Vidya Jurnalisms”!

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Where’s the lagz review, slackers? I don’t trust any of these guys. Tell your reviewer to stop slacking, and get playing….

  • Viking Of Science

    My Body and PC are ready! My Copy is arriving tomorrow.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Hopefully so is mine! 😀

  • Lisa

    So, what store sells the physical PC version? Hopefully cheaper than steams $60

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      That, is an excellent question, have been looking everywhere and the only place it seems is loot.co.za(via pricecheck) for R619, a little bit cheaper than on Steam, but still quite pricey… Though I’m not sure that the physical version will have much on the disc, apparently only 5.2GB and the rest is downloadable… My apologies for being the bearer of bad news…

  • SmurFyZA

    Those review scores though

  • Deceased

    IT IS FUCKING AWESOME!!!

    Clocked 6 hours already and cannot wait to get home from work :'(

    ( Also – the game really does look good – people moaning about graphics are probably comparing it to the likes of The Witcher 3, which I feel is unfair )

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