Here's my take on Fallout 4: OUTSTANDING
I've been playing for over 320 game-days, several new-games since 11/11/2015. The game takes place in the "Commonwealth" aka Greater Boston area.
Review from IGN:
Most of the way this huge roleplaying-shooter game works is carried over from its excellent predecessors, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. It is the Skyrim to Fallout 3’s Oblivion, if you will – it iterates on the previous game’s already amazing systems, and it’s similarly dense with locations to explore, genuinely creepy monsters to fight, and superbly engrossing post-nuclear atmosphere that blends unsettling gore and death with dark comedy. After more than 55 hours played I may have seen an ending, yet I feel like I’ve only begun to explore its extraordinary world; from the look of it, I’ll easily be able to spend another 100 happy hours here and still see new and exciting things.
A story that begins as a basic search for your lost family evolves into something much more complex and morally nuanced. Like in Fallout: New Vegas, we’re drawn into a struggle between several groups competing for control of the region, and deciding which of their imperfect post-apocalyptic philosophies to align with made me pause to consider how I wanted events to play out. Even the highly questionable Institute has a tempting reason to side with them, and turning away from them in my playthrough wasn’t as clear-cut a choice as I’d expected. I was impressed by the sympathy shown toward the villains, too - even the most irredeemable murderer is explored and given a trace of humanity.
There was a BIG problem. The initial version downloaded from Steam has a restrictive screen resolution, would not display in my native 1280x1024. Note I said "was." Found fixes for this problem via Google, see below.
Also, there's no "Data" option in the Launch Dialog, so you cannot easily add MODS, but this is a minor problem for me.
The biggest feature of Fallout 4 that I really like is crafting. With the proper Perks, you can craft/upgrade any weapon or armor you have, as long as you have the proper Crafting Items. There's even an Crafting Item List online.
Fallout 4 is a big improvement of the Fallout series.
How to correct display resolution:
1) Find C:\Users\[name]\Documents\My Games\Fallout4\ Fallout4Prefs.ini and edit the following entries to read...
- bFull Screen=1
- iSize H=1024
- iSize W=1280
2) Get “Fallout 4 1280x1024 HUD Fixes” MOD and copy contents to your game folder, example C:\Steam\SteamApps\common\Fallout 4\Data\ (note that this MOD has no .esp file, it modifies scripts) From MOD readme.....
1. Copy Data folder contents into your Fallout 4 Data directory
2. Edit \My Documents\My games\Fallout 4\Fallout4.ini
- Find sResourceDataDirsFinal=STRINGS\,
- Change it to: sResourceDataDirsFinal=STRINGS\, INTERFACE\
- ADD under [Interface] section
How to skip intro when loading game.
First go to C:\Users\[name]\Documents\My Games\Fallout4\ and open up Fallout4.ini and under [General] ADD:
Now you should have no more pesky long intro video, key [Space] to get the game Load Menu.