Fallout 4, Day 8

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It’s been over a week since I first entered post-apocalyptic Boston as a lone wanderer called “Gareth”, armed with a series of makeshift firearms and a suit of robotic, fusion-powered armour. I can’t seem to leave the place alone. Over the last week we’ve played for hours and hours and hours.

I’ve never played a Fallout game before but I lost weeks of my life to Skyrim, Bethesda Games’ epic fantasy role playing video game. My wife and I would wander the wilderness battling vicious enemies, crafting better stuff, picking flowers (no, really). And now it’s all happening again, but in the god-awful future.

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Fallout 4 is as engrossing, immersive a gaming experience as you’ll ever want. There are literally thousands of things to see and do between combating marauding raiders, building settlements and picking a new bandanna for your dog. It is a wonderful looking, wonderful feeling, wonderful wonderful game.

This is unlikely to be the only post I ever make about Fallout 4. Both me and Aimee are really enjoying just living in this world: she does the settlement upkeep – the farming, crafting and recruiting – while I wander into what she calls “the sepia world” and do all the killing and dying (more the latter than the former, usually). It’s bloody great!

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We’ve barely scratched the surface of this enormous game but I haven’t a bad word to say about it yet. There is nothing to criticise. I’m sure I’ll find something to pick at at some stage, but so far this game is a 10 out of 10. Sometimes I want to quest hard, ploughing through story or side missions with a hunger. Sometimes I just want to wander the irradiated wasteland, picking up junk to break down into building components.

But most of all it’s just great fun to be. It’s rare that a game offers such a living, breathing world to explore… Many games offer “open worlds” but here you get thrown into a world where a toothbrush is something you may find yourself searching for for hours on end. And even that search is fun.

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