Fallout 4 has released to mostly critical acclaim, and although we do have issues with the game, it’s still pretty damn good for what it is. The problem is though, unless this is your first ever Fallout game, you can’t help but compare it to Fallout 3 and New Vegas. It’s hard to pinpoint why exactly that is, because there was a an element of this when New Vegas came out, but it quickly subsided, and it’s probably because New Vegas brought a lot of new things to the table. There were more choices available to finish most quests, the story was also significantly different, and in general there were a lot of improvements across the board.
With Fallout 4 though, it feels like a lot of stuff has been taken away from you, for example:
- The dialogue tree is oversimplified, and the lack of a percentage value on the charisma-based choices means you feel like you make a mistake every time a persuasion fails.
- The dialogue also feels a little slow. I don’t know if this is just me, but I absolutely hate the fact that you can press X to talk to someone, and it will take a few seconds before anything happens. Having to wait for your character to say something is also a little annoying. Maybe I’m just impatient..
- The karma system has been essentially removed. There’s aspects of the karma system in the background, such as your companions disliking or liking certain actions, but part of the soul of the game feels like it has been removed.
- The skill system has also been removed in a sense, and there is a much larger emphasis on general combat. The perk’s on offer are also not very impressive when you compare to the ones you could select in previous games.
- Now that junk actually is useful (in terms of crafting, which is good), encumbrance is even more annoying. Previously you could just drop all the junk, but now you need it, yet your weight limit is too restrictive.
- It’s very slow to get going, you can literally play hours of the game, and you still feel like you’ve not scratched the surface.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some things that Fallout 4 does do better, but why they removed some features from previous games is what is so conflicting for many people. It’s definitely worth playing for RPG fans.