The distant future. The year 2000. Robotic beings rule the world, and the humans are dead. Not really, but if that robot mouth online making human noises is anything to go by, things are not looking good for us. Getting back to the matter at hand though, Fallout 4 Automatron is the first DLC to arrive for Bethesda’s latest massive RPG. You can pick it up for $10 (or R216 in South Africa) or as part of the season pass. It’s the first part of the 3 major DLC planned for Fallout 4 and this one, is all about robots!

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The setup to Automatron’s story is an interesting one. Responding to a distress call you find that a pack of rogue and aggressive robots have killed a group of humans. One lone robot seems to be fighting against them however and it or she, was the companion of the fallen victims. Ada as she is called requests your assistance in putting a stop to the new menace and to confront The Mechanist, the mastermind behind the recent robotic uprising. To make matters worse, there is a new Raider faction in town that utilizes robots for their own evil deeds.

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Looking at the premise alone, there are some really great elements to the story. We have a new companion, the robot Ada that displays some semblance of human emotion. There’s the mysterious Mechanist and its legion of killer robots alongside the new, deadly Raider faction, Rust Devils. In all honesty, it sounded a lot more exciting than a lot of the questlines in the main game. It’s just unfortunate however that not only does it take about +-3 hours to complete, but it’s really, painfully average. It feels just like every other quest, and while there are some interesting concepts thrown into the mix, it never fully goes beyond the expected.

414212653When I reached the Mechanist’s lair, I ran into one cool looking trap. I thought that maybe this section was going to spice things up a bit, but nope, just like most of the quests in the game, it just became another shooting fest. Even the final encounter was just a survival test against waves of robots. When the truth was finally revealed, and I confronted the Mechanist, I was surprised by the curveball it threw, and I was actually excited by what had just transpired, but again, to my disappointment, that section wasn’t fleshed out and it ended like nothing happened. Oddly, the game doesn’t seem to account for the fact that Ada can accompany you. Seeing as how she requested your help, at the end of the quest you need to report back to her, and even though she was with me the entire time, when I spoke to her, she had asked me how it went and what I did as if she was never there.

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I know I’m sounding quite negative right now, but there are some good points to the DLC. Like the newly added and quite amazing robot creation. Using parts from slain robots, you can now create and customize your very own robo buddy. Judging by the gun customization, I knew this feature would have some depth to it, and to no surprise, it was deep. I made a robot with a skull face, a hovering body like Mister Handy and made him wield a flaming sword in his right hand and turned his left hand into a claw. It’s pretty crazy what you can create and I was really impressed by this new feature. One caveat though, is that you’ll need to have put points into Science! and Robotics Expert to get the most out of this system.

Last Updated: April 11, 2016

Fallout 4 Automatron
Overall, the DLC isn’t really that impressive - but even though the quest line is mediocre, the new robot creation functionality is sure to appeal to those Fallout fans that got sucked into the Settlement building or those that just love building things in general.
7.0
Fallout 4 Automatron was reviewed on PlayStation 4
69 / 100

15 Comments

  1. What’s the bet this score would be 8.0 if it had tentacles? 😛

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    • Umar

      April 11, 2016 at 12:35

      11/10

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      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 11, 2016 at 12:37

        And PURRRDY COLOURS tentacles?

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        • Umar

          April 11, 2016 at 12:38

          GOTY/10

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 11, 2016 at 12:43

            Filthy casual. It would be GOTY/9000!

  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 11, 2016 at 12:39

    Would be DLC of the year if we could build better side quests

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  3. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 11, 2016 at 12:39

    10/10 would rather play TW3

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 11, 2016 at 12:44

      Still need to find Wirt’s Leg

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      • miaau

        April 11, 2016 at 13:19

        Is that not in Diablo 2, special club? Wurts leg?

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 11, 2016 at 13:35

          Yes it is

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  4. miaau

    April 11, 2016 at 13:03

    “when I spoke to her, she had asked me how it went and what I did as if she was never there.”

    Poor, poor. I hate that, it seems to be fairly common in games. Come on. Also, 3 hours? Come on.

    Also, this seems like I wait for GOTY edition later on and buy them all in one foul swoop.

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  5. Dale Squid

    April 11, 2016 at 14:03

    tad confused why this is being posted now, when DLC 3 isnt far away… your article was news 4 weeks ago.

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  6. Lord Chaos

    April 11, 2016 at 15:05

    Took you this long to review? 😛

    The next DLC releases tomorrow.

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    • Umar

      April 11, 2016 at 16:27

      Had a bit of a mix up, I do apologize though 🙁

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  7. Vulcha

    April 11, 2016 at 17:10

    SEMI SPOILER ALERT. The final showdown was more than just a survival test. If you paid attention throughout that “dungeon”, you would have noted that it was possible to avoid it completely. It was one very long puzzle.

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