The Good Fallout 4 is a fantastic open-world role-playing game with an amazing sense of style and presence. It offers a seemingly endless amount to do, explore and characters to meet. New features like crafting and settlement management add even more fun.
The Bad A few logistical issues like destination markers and design choices could use some work. There are also a few glitches on PC and some framerate slowdown on PlayStation 4.
The Bottom Line Fallout 4 is one of the year's best games -- an amazing post-apocalyptic world to explore and experience.
A welcome armageddon
I didn't know much about the series when I first popped Fallout 3 into my Xbox 360. To be totally honest, I hadn't given any role-playing game a fair shake until then. But over 100 hours later it was obvious there was a void being filled I didn't even know I had.
Fallout 3 changed the way I thought about games. Not only was it the first one that really got me into RPGs, it was one of the first that got me to really buy into the fictional world it created. For me, it was a feeling similar to that of playing BioShock, the juxtaposition of 1940s and '50s aesthetics smashed up against a supernatural world in chaos. But in Fallout, it was the endless isolation, the feeling of being so small and insignificant that made the game such a powerful influence on me. The fact that you could just do whatever you wanted in such a rich open-ended world captured my imagination.
Not without its share of rumors and overanalyzed supposed leaks, it wasn't until this past June that publisher Bethesda Softworks finally made it official: Fallout 4 was coming. And it was coming real soon. And for what it's worth, give Bethesda credit for the manner in which the game was announced. In a landscape where games get teased three or even four years ahead of time, it was refreshing to see so much so soon.