Special Feature: Why 3 Years Later, Fallout 4 Still Has A Hold On Me

When Fallout 4 released on November 10th, 2015, I was one of many who stood in line at midnight at my local Gamestop to grab my copy. I stayed up all night playing, knowing I had to work the next day, but I didn’t care. I had in my mind, the game I had been searching for. The game that was going to end all games. Here we are almost 3 years later, plenty of AAA games have come and gone, I’ve enjoyed them, but nothing has kept my attention quite like Fallout 4. Why is this? To some, it’s just an “average” entry in the Fallout series, but to me, it’s something special. We’re going to explore just why.

The first time I played through Fallout 4, I poured roughly 400 hours into it before completing the main story. Trying to gather up every bobble-head and magazine I could find, searching every containing and trying to do everything I could. I am now on my 12th play through as of this writing and I’ve just now hit the 24 hour played mark and I’m still finding things I didn’t know were there. From weapons I’ve never spotted before to NPC’s I never know existed, I’m constantly finding something new. I’m enjoying the settlement building way more than I thought I initially would, I’m finding myself trying to play realistically. Gathering as much scrap as possible for my settlement, trying to make things just right.

Then there’s the quest set up. While most of us know of Preston’s constant “This settlement needs your help” dialog, I’ve come across many side quests I never knew about in my previous play throughs. There’s also the added DLC content. While I’ve played through them all multiple times, there’s something enticing about going through with a different character build, trying to do things differently than before. There’s also the addition of modifications, which while at the expense of losing achievements, can add in new NPC’s, quest lines, armors, or even shut Preston up.

What keeps me coming back though is the idea that while it’s not perfect, there’s so much that can be explored, so much that can be done.  From leveling up, to upgrading and changing out weapons/armor, to creating my own story from within the Wasteland. My Sanctuary Hills is thriving and surviving as its own living breathing settlement with each person having their own jobs and tasks to do, it feels like a unique world. I find myself getting wrapped up in the lore of the world, checking every letter, terminal, and note.

In closing, I just want to thank Bethesda for creating, while not perfect,  a damn fun RPG that nearly 3 years later is still grabbing hundred upon thousands of hours from this Lone Survivor.

If you still haven’t managed to pick up Fallout 4, now is the best time to do so. There’s a GOTY edition that comes bundled with every expansion that was released, plus the mod system is free. All that’s needed is a free bethesda.net account.  Fallout 4 is a game that continues to get plenty of attention from me and I feel that others should definitely give it a shot, whether you like Fallout, RPGs, or both!

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