Review of Fallout 4 for the Xbox One
By: Jeff R. Young

First off, I sincerely hope everyone is safe and staying healthy. I, for one, am having a bit of trouble dealing with the imposed quarantine, but my family and I have been making the best of it, which I hope you all are too. One way I have been passing the time is well, playing games. I've been testing new games, but I wanted to go back in time a bit and talk about Fallout 4.

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Fallout 4 hit the shelves on November 10th, 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft windows. The game takes place in a large post-apocalyptic open-world space in the year 2287. The character the player becomes is known as the "Sole Survivor," who has to learn how to live in the radiation plagued city of Boston (known then as the Commonwealth) and the surrounding region by using weapons of various design, protective armor, and friends met along the way.

The game, in its entirety, is entertaining as you explore an immense open world, completing hundreds of missions or objectives. Which, is the games saving grace as the primary campaign is irritatingly short and to me felt anti-climactic. Not too long after the launch of the original game, Bethesda began to release large scale DLC's, each with their own central story. For those of us that had hammered through the game were able to dig in once again for some fun.

It would be wrong of me not to mention the content warning, as this game is not suitable for younger audiences. Not only is there a lot of adult language, but there is also drug and alcohol use and, although over-done and comical, very graphic violence.

One of my favorite features of the game is its extensive crafting system. It allows you to upgrade weapons and armor but also calls into to play the settlement creation system. This is where you get to let your imagination run wild by building settlements for all the desperate folks to live. One must provide shelter, food, electricity, and defense systems, along with a ton of decorating items, all to keep the settlers happy. And that alone is a significant challenge. Building said settlements is not just an easy task as you have to find all the materials to build with. That is, of course, you are not using the cheat mods.

Like The Elder Scrolls Skyrim, Bethesda opened Fallout 4 for modders to create engaging content of all sorts. You could use cheats, created weapon packages, armor mods, story content, and graphical overhauls. I myself started using different mods for about two years now and really enjoy some of the unique additions to the game. I recently found that the mods are not always portable from one platform to the other. When I gave the game a run on the PS4, I was disappointed to find that Sony has strict policies concerning mods, which is a shame knowing the dedicated PlayStation gamers are missing out on some choice content. That said, Xbox One is in the middle, allowing more content while still restricting individual formats.

And then comes the PC version. Not long ago, I purchased both Fallout 4 and Skyrim to play on the computer. I wanted to see if there were any significant differences between the three platforms, and there was. Nothing too major, though, just a few dialogue changes for the most part. But then, I looked into the kind of mods you could use for the PC version, and what I found took me by surprise, to put it mildly.

When searching mods on the Xbox, I found some of the clothing mods designed to be skimpy looking, adding some sex appeal to the immersion. Same went for Skyrim, which had an even wider variety of such. But what I found for the PC for both games would make a demon blush, which is not something that's easy to do. I'm talking full-blown adult, XXX content…very detailed content. I have to admit I am slightly disturbed by the fact that a more significant amount of content focuses on the female, and that's knowing there are over 24 thousand downloadable mods. But I have to give them kudos on originality and artistic design, I think.

As I speak of graphics, my opinion, which matches a considerable amount of other's thoughts, is Fallout 4 lacks in this department. It's not ugly by any sense, but had they taken some extra time with the details around a world devastated by nuclear war, the addition to the immersive landscape would be spectacular, and not plain. Also, another of its downfalls is the constant crashing or glitching. If you don't religiously save your game, you might end up having to do things over again.

So, with the glitches, crashes, and short storyline, I would rate Fallout 4 a full three stars. Not because the game is terrible, but because the issues mentioned are frequent at times and frustrating. But, with the addition of the DLC content and the added freedom of player-created mods, I'll up the rating to a four and a half, because, yes, the additions are that good.

All in all, I believe the game is a good one to try, specifically for the role-player at heart. With its open-world design and endless quests, there are hundreds of hours' worth of gameplay. So, if you find yourself at the Red Rocket gas station, staring down the barrel of your shotgun trying to take out a Super Mutant, shoot him once for me.

From my family to yours, we hope you're safe and pray you're healthy. And don't forget to look me up on Xbox One or the PS4 under wickedwisdom66.