Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Can Fallout 4 live up to its Hype

Finally! At long last Fallout 4 will be released today for the XBOX ONE, PS4 and PC and considering it has been about 7 years since Fallout 3, I’d say it’s about damn time. While Fallout 3 was an absolutely immersive and fun game to play at the time, I just did not feel the same way about Fallout New Vegas. So when Fallout 4 was announced the excitement was real as I believed Fallout 4 to be the real followup game to its predecessor, and I am certain there were others who felt the same way.

From the looks of things Fallout 4 follows along the lines of Fallout 3 in terms of its vast post-nuclear apocalyptic world where you essentially get to live out a scavenger’s paradise while partaking in a not so typical RPG.

The hype for Fallout 4 began long before its official announcement, especially among the fans and community of Fallout and so when it WAS finally announced the excitement escalated to an uncontrollable level. Fallout 4 has attained an almost cult like following in the past few months leading up to the release of the game. Often times when a game is hyped up to this extent by fans and non-fans alike, the game sometimes fails to meet the expectations set upon it.

I’m not saying Fallout 4 will be a bad game, on the contrary everything from the initial trailers, to early game footage as well as critic reviews point strongly in favor of Fallout 4 being an amazing game. The problem is that the fans of the Fallout series have hyped up the game up to such an extent that the average gamer might feel let down after spending their money on Fallout 4. I personally feel that Fallout caters to a specific genre of gamers and you either really like the game or don’t and this was true even for Fallout 3.

Early adopters already complained that the graphics of fallout 4 were not up to par with next gen standards that they have been so accustomed to over the last two years. Bethesda has already tried to address this problem by announcing an immediate graphics update for the PC version. For hardcore fans however Fallout 4 is so much more than the graphics and how the game stacks up against other RPG games currently on the market.

As someone who played Fallout 3 and thoroughly enjoyed the game, when I first looked at the screenshots for Fallout 4, the graphics of the game were the furthest thing from my mind. I immediately felt a sense of familiarity and nostalgia probably from my time spent playing Fallout 3. To me playing Fallout 4 was an absolute must.

For new adopters to the series, however this will definitely not be the case and if they haven’t played Fallout 3, they might not fully understand what all the excitement was about in the first place or what Fallout 4 has to offer in comparison to the multitude of other games being released this year.

I personally feel that Fallout 4 is more about a “culture” of Fallout and I also think the game will be a lot more challenging than the average RPG game, especially to newcomers. This game will be centered around a community, but for those willing to give it a try I think that it will definitely be worth the time.

SO, the big question remains, will Fallout 4 live up to the hype?

I think that for the hardcore fans or even not so hardcore fans such as myself, the game will be an absolute joy to play with an abundance of changes and tweaks to the old mechanics, as well as new additions to the game such as the base-building system, the game can become a potentially dangerous time sink. For all the fans of the series, Fallout 4 is probably going to take top priority over other new games for some time to come.

For the average gamer, however this might not be the game they expected or imagined, considering all the hype leading up to its release, especially if they have never played Fallout 3.

I still think that Fallout 4 has a lot to offer especially in terms of content and uniqueness and if given the chance can totally immerse a person for hours on end.

I think that Fallout 4 is one of the biggest games of the year but only time will tell if it truly lives up to its long anticipated hype.

What are your thoughts on Fallout 4, and what do you think about all the hype surrounding the game? I would really like to hear from you, so feel free to leave your comments in the comments section below.



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