Bethesda has released the first add-on for Fallout 4, so we thought we’d have a quick look at it and see if it’s worth dishing £7.99/$9.99 to play this new downloadable content. The story behind this DLC is that there is a new enemy called The Mechanist, who has released an evil robot army on the wasteland, and your mission is to find out why, with the help of another robot, Ada.
The DLC starts off exactly as you would expect from a Fallout add-on, you listen in to a radio distress beacon and the mission starts. At first Automatron feels like it is just a standard mission in the game, which it is essentially, but the DLC is meatier than expected. The mission starts off with you meeting an assaultron that is being attacked by a load of evil robots. Ada, the assaultron, wants to find “The Mechanist” who killed her creator.
You then have various missions in a chain that will first allow you to repair robots, and eventually create a robot workbench where you can modify and build up your own robots with parts that you pick up from others. One of the good things about the DLC is that it modifies the game so you can pick up and automatically transfer robot parts to the workbench. Before this, you’d never really see the parts show up in the inventory when hovering over a destroyed robot, so whereas previously you may have been able to pick up a Military Grade Circuit Board, now you will be able to pick up this and a Robobrain Head for example.
Automatron is a good 3 hours of gameplay if you’re at a higher level. I was already at level 47 when I played through the content, and whilst it was challenging, I never died during my play-through. It would however be significantly harder if you were at a lower level, because you may have to level up your character and unlock certain crafting skills before being able to modify your robots. Whilst the missions are good, The Mechanist’s dungeon is particularly impressive, but what makes the DLC worthwhile is if you like the crafting side of things, as you could spend literally hours in the Robot Workbench. It’s a good start in terms of downloadable content, but Automatron may not be for everyone, especially those that weren’t too impressed by the crafting side of Fallout 4.