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Fallout 4 will let you be peaceful instead of violent

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Fallout 4 can be non-violent

The apocalyptic wasteland is a dangerous place. raider lurk around every corner, treacherous Rad Scorpions are always ready to pinch off your limbs and mutants are ready to club your head off your shoulder with every club swing. Even without perks like Bloody Mess, Fallout is a deliciously violent game, which might make a passive playthrough a little bit confusing. In reality, it isn’t.

In fact, some of the more popular Fallout 3 playthroughs involve very passive approaches to violence, and it’s something that Fallout 4 is embracing as a legitimate play style. Creative Director Todd Howard has emphasised how many different ways players can explore the upcoming sequel, including the circumvention of violence entirely. You won’t be able to achieve a “no kill” playthrough of Fallout 4, but you can get really close.

“You can avoid [killing] a lot. I can’t tell you that you can play the whole game without violence–that’s not necessarily a goal of ours–but we want to support different play styles as much as we can.”

Howard didn’t exactly detail how the pacifists out there would achieve such a playthrough, but instead promised that questing in Fallout 4 will be far more emergent than in the past. Considering “emergence” is a very popular buzzword to throw around without it actually meaning what it’s meant to, that doesn’t exactly tell us much.

“I can’t spoil it, but we’re doing a better job than we’ve ever done,”

Now before anyone gets up in arms, let’s get one thing clear – Fallout 4 is going to be violent. The flying, bloodied limbs in the E3 gameplay proved as much. But that doesn’t mean having different options for different players is a bad thing. Having more passive options to approach combat gives Fallout a new dimension, without stepping on the toes of the traditional, brutal gameplay.

And that’s great, even though I’m personally going to equip the biggest laser weapon I can find as fast as I can. I might want to decapitate every moving mutant in sight, but I’m equally glad to see a more peaceful option included for those who don’t.

Last Updated: July 29, 2015


  1. :FFFFFFFFFFFFallout…


  2. justlikemo

    July 29, 2015 at 07:59

    no violence, what is this! go play tetris ya softies


    • Dutch Matrix

      July 29, 2015 at 08:02

      Yeah. Even Super Mario is more violent, what with squashing the heads of those poor mushroom folk


      • justlikemo

        July 29, 2015 at 08:15

        well I suppose tetris can also be violent, did ya watch Pixel at the movies.


        • Dutch Matrix

          July 29, 2015 at 08:18

          I tend to avoid Adam Sandler flicks like I do a herpes infested lady of negotiable moral values. Which is pity. In real life the guy is super nice. Even waved at me once…


  3. Hammersteyn

    July 29, 2015 at 08:09

    I still remember being peaceful to that old couple on a farm in Fallout 3. Turns out they were cannibals and had bodies in the basement


    • Dutch Matrix

      July 29, 2015 at 08:19

      Old people. Fun. Did you find a lot of gummed corpses in their basement…


    • Rock789

      July 29, 2015 at 09:01

      Witcher 3 reminds me alot of Fallout 3 in that respect – no one, no matter how innocent they appear, is truly innocent. They all got some messed up secrets (usually in the basement!).


  4. HairyEwok

    July 29, 2015 at 08:25

    Lul somehow I read club as klap…. Klap your head off your shoulder with every club swing. XD So how will you be passive aggresive in this game? I have a gun but I’m allergic to trigger pulling?


  5. The Sten

    July 29, 2015 at 08:34

    Lincholn Repeater + Max rifle skill + Bloody mess………….oh the memories


  6. Rock789

    July 29, 2015 at 08:54

    November cannot come soon enough for my liking. MOAR Fallout!!


  7. schitsophrenic-toothbrush

    July 29, 2015 at 09:13

    F that!! If I see a Deatchclaw I will pop a laser beam straight to its trip switch!


  8. Brady miaau

    July 29, 2015 at 10:11

    peace in a Worlde Gonne Mad, eh.

    Sounds good to me. For maybe ten minutes.

    Splat, shoot from distance, satisfaction.


  9. Nikola

    July 29, 2015 at 10:34

    I am literally going to kill everything that moves in the game:)


    • Brady miaau

      July 29, 2015 at 10:35

      It is fun. That is the point


      • Nikola

        July 29, 2015 at 10:43



        • Brady miaau

          July 29, 2015 at 10:51

          I do not understand these debates about games, graphics, game play and all that. Is it fun? Yes or no. Graphics, gameplay all add to that, sure, but fun factor?

          Master of Orion 2 IS still fun today. For me. Witcher 3 has some bugs in it on the Xbox One, funny graphics. I do not notice, cause game is fun


          • Nikola

            July 29, 2015 at 11:40

            I fully agree gamers have become spoiled and like to complain about every little thing. Graphics for me personally REALLY don’t matter sure having amazing graphics is a bonus but if the game is not fun what is the point. Order 1886 perfect example graphics I have never seen better in my life but was the game good hell no!!

            Got that indie game helldivers graphics are nowhere but is the game fuck hell yeah loving it that is what matters I still play FF8 now and then on a PC simulator thingy:)

  10. Deceased

    July 29, 2015 at 11:07

    I cannot wait TO GET THIS INTO MY FACE!!! O.O



  11. Mark Treloar

    July 29, 2015 at 13:14

    Why would you?


  12. Andrew Ulrich

    July 29, 2015 at 17:13

    I could see it if you sneak around everywhere. It would make me sad though because I like my pew pews.


  13. Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

    July 30, 2015 at 07:01

    Fallout 3 wasn’t the first Fallout game; why is it constantly referred to as the only other? Fallout was always about options and that’s what made it so damn good!

    The problem here is that the dialogue had to work with the situation. So basically I really hope that Bethesda fired and replaced their writing team.


  14. Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

    July 30, 2015 at 07:05

    Another topic for discussion is “Should they simply rebrand Fallout as a FPS and remove all role playing options?”


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