Fallout 4 is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, it was released on November 10, 2015.
Taking place approximately 200 years after the Great War, Fallout 4 is set in post-apocalyptic Boston, Massachusetts, now referred to as The Commonwealth.
Fallout 4 has no level cap and the player is able to continue playing after the main story line ends.
Fallout 4 brings back the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system used throughout the series. It is a group of seven attributes that govern different aspects of the player.
The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system governs many important character traits.
The system is first introduced to the player during the opening sequence before the Great War, where a representative of Vault-Tec comes to the player's house to ask a few questions so they can reserve a spot in Vault 111.
Unlike the previous Fallout games, the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. set controls the updated Perk system, with each stat tied with a different group of Perks.
Every time the player's character levels up, they can choose to either put an extra point into any of their stats, or pick an available Perk.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stands for:
Deviating from the previous games in the franchise, Fallout 4 merges the Skills into the Perk system. There are a total of 70 Perks, each with its own mini ranking system, totaling 275 ranks.
Perks are no longer tied to the player’s character level or relative Skill level. The 70 Perks are divided into groups of 10 under each of the 7 S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats. Each Perk requires a different value of the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat that it is tied to, from 1 to 10. For each point in a stat, the same number of perks in that stat’s group is available to the player.
Each time the character levels up, the player can add an additional Perk, upgrade an already acquired Perk, or forgo Perks and instead add a level to one of their S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats.
|Increased unarmed damage.|
|More melee weapon damage.|
|Unlock armor related crafting.|
|Attach mods to melee weapons.|
|Improved accuracy and damage with big guns.|
|Increased carrying weight.|
|Recoil reduction for all weapons.|
|Increased damage when using melee attacks with ranged weapons.|
|Increased damage and reduced chance of being staggered with wielding two-handed weapons.|
|Charge into enemies while sprinting to stagger them.|
|Ability to pickpocket.|
|Enhance attacks with non-automatic rifles.|
|3||Awareness||Know more about an enemy after viewing them through V.A.T.S..|
|5||Demolition Expert||More damage with explosives.|
|6||Friend of the Night||Better visibility at night.|
|7||Refractor||Increased resistance to energy weapons|
|8||Sniper||Adds accuracy to all ranged attacks.|
|9||Penetrator||Shoot through cover|
|10||Concentrated Fire||Improved accuracy when aiming at same body part through V.A.T.S..|
|1||Toughness||Increased damage resistance.|
|2||Lead Belly||Less rads when drinking irradiated water.|
|3||Life Giver||Increased health.|
|4||Chem Resistant||Increased resistance to drug addiction.|
|5||Marine Boy||Swim faster and hold breath longer.|
|6||Rad Resistance||Increased radiation resistance.|
|7||Adamantium Skeleton||50% limb damage reduction.|
|8||Cannibal||Gain ability to eat human meat for health.|
|9||Nuclear Anomaly||Explode when low on health, killing enemies and increasing health|
|10||Solar Powered||Health regeneration when outside during daylight hours.|
|1||Cap Collector||Better prices on items.|
|2||Lady Killer||More damage against opposite sex.|
|3||Lone Wanderer||Bonuses while travelling without companion.|
|4||Attack Dog||Bonuses to Dogmeat.|
|5||Animal Friend||Wild animals no longer attack the player.|
|6||Local Leader||Adds residents, trade options, and happiness to settlement.|
|7||Party Boy||Improves resistance to alcohol and adds bonuses while drunk.|
|8||Inspirational||Companions gain bonuses.|
|9||Wasteland Whisperer||Ability to train wasteland creatures.|
|10||Intimidation||Force others to do the player's bidding.|
|1||V.A.N.S.||Vault-Tech Assisted Navigation System|
|2||Medic||Increased med effects and ability to craft med equipment.|
|3||Gun Nut||Ability to craft weapon mods.|
|4||Hacker||Ability to hack and craft computer terminals|
|5||Scrapper||Salvage uncommon and rare items.|
|6||Science!||Ability to craft mods for energy weapons.|
|7||Chemist||Doubles active time for chems.|
|8||Robotics Expert||More damage to robots and ability to craft them for settlement|
|9||Atomic||Speed and damage bonus when irradiated|
|10||Nerd Rage||Physical bonuses when low on HP.|
|Gunslinger||Bonus damage with pistols.|
|2||Commando||Bonus damage to automatic weapons.|
|3||Sneak||Improved stealth ability.|
|4||Mr. Sandman||Instant kill of sleeping enemies.|
|5||Action Boy||Bonus AP and faster AP regeneration.|
|6||Dodger||Dodge out of way of enemy attacks.|
|7||Ninja||Bonus damage when attacking unaware enemies.|
|8||Rapid Reload||Increased speed in reloading and ammo switching.|
|9||Sprinter||Increased sprinting duration per AP.|
|10||Gun Fu||Bonus damage when attacking multiple targets in V.A.T.S.|
|1||Fortune Finder||More bottle caps in containers.|
|2||Scrounger||More ammo in containers.|
|3||Bloody Mess||Chance enemies explode when killed.|
|4||Mysterious Stranger||The Stranger has chance to assist players while in V.A.T.S.|
|5||Dumb Luck||More components when scrapping items.|
|6||Better Criticals||More damage to criticals.|
|7||More Criticals||Successfully shooting limbs adds to Crit Meter.|
|8||Grim Reaper's Sprint||Killing enemies refills Crit Meter.|
|9||Luck of the Irish||Find best gear in containers.|
|10||Untouchable||Decreases enemy's accuracy.|
Fallout 4 offers the option for the player to add or modify their armor and weapons.
The player can create weapon modifications to customize their original weapons. These mods can be attached to the base weapons while at weapon workbenches found throughout the world. There are over 50 base weapons with more than 700 total different modifications.
Custom weapon with mods
The different mods include barrels, grips, scopes, and more. Each weapon mod will affect certain stats of the existing base weapon, including damage and fire rate.
Each weapon mod is built from scratch and requires its own set of base raw materials. The player can collect everyday objects in the environment -- such as radios, lamps, glue bottles, and wrenches -- and scrap them into the raw materials needed to build the weapon mods.
To customize gun weapons, the player will need the Gun Nut perk. For energy weapons, the Science! perk will be required.
There are 12 companions that the player can choose to accompany them in the world. Each human companion is a possible romantics prospect, regardless of the player's gender. The player can only have one companion accompany them at any given time, or choose to not have a companion at all.
A loyal German Shepard, Dogmeat can be given different commands, such as retrieving objects and looting dead bodies. He can detect nearby enemies, and will arch his back and let out a growl to help warn the player.
While mortal in the previous Fallout games, Dogmeat cannot die in Fallout 4.
The player's old housekeeping robot. Codsworth tried to keep the player's household going after the fallout for 200 years, always waiting for him/her to return. He is constantly concerned for the player's well-being and mental state.
Preston Garvey is the leader of the militia group, Commonwealth Minutemen. The player first encounters Garvey in Concord, while he and his group are being held up inside the Museum of Freedom against attacking raiders.
As a human companion, he is a potential romantic interest of the player.
In Fallout 4, the player can find workbenches in multiple sites around the world, allowing them to enter a construction mode. This enables the player to build their own structures around the immediate area, from individual houses up to self-contained settlements.
Building a house
Similar to the weapon modification system, the player can scrap items and demolish run-down buildings for the raw materials. These materials will be used to construct all parts of a building, including walls, windows, stairs, roofs and doors. Each having different styles available and requiring their own set of materials.
The player can build multiple houses and buildings, which will bring in people from the Wasteland to visit, and eventually live in the settlement. Businesses can be built to attract local and travelling traders that will provide different goods and services. When multiple large settlements are built, Brahmin caravans will travel between locations to provide more goods.
The player, his/her wife/husband and his/her little boy life a happy and sheltered life in a rural American town, when they get approached by a Vault Tech worker, with a proposition to enter Vault 111 if the big war ever were to break out. The player chooses to accept the offer and just minutes afterwards the war actually breaks out.
The player and his family hurry to the shelter, while the first nuclear strikes hit the town and barely make it to safety. Inside the Vault the are greeted by an Overseer, who beckons them to go through some medical checks, including a full body scan inside some kind of machine.
Instead of receiving a medical check the player and his family are cryogenically frozen. Some time later the machines are reactivated and the player has to watch unknown people kill his/her wife/husband and take his infant son, talking about the boy being chosen for something. Time passes again and the machine now starts to malfunction, setting the player free. He/she takes their spouses wedding ring and vows to find their son.
The player leaves the by now completely abandoned Vault and steps out into the world. He soon meets his old house-keeping robot Codsworth, who informs him/her that over 200 years have passed since the great war happened. The player now has to come to turns with this unknown, post-apocalyptic world he was thrown into and find his son.
On September 9, 2015, Bethesda announced that they will be offering a Season Pass, which will include access to all of the DLC for Fallout 4. No information has yet been given detailing how many, or what types of DLC will be released.
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Bethesda's Countdown Clock
Bethesda Softworks tweeted a teaser #PleaseStandBy on June 2, 2015, and updated their Fallout website to feature only a countdown clock, expiring on June 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM EDT.
A few seconds before 10:00 AM on June 3rd, Bethesda released a teaser trailer for Fallout 4 on their website and YouTube. The trailer showed a desolated Boston, Massachusetts with various landmarks, Vault 111, and a male character wearing a jumpsuit from the aforementioned Vault.
At their first ever E3 press conference, Bethesda revealed the opening story and gameplay footage, featuring an updated V.A.T.S., locations, and armor and weapon customization. Also revealed is a brand new feature to the Fallout series: crafting and building settlements. The player can gather in game materials to "scrap", allowing them to construct individual buildings and entire settlements, equipped with electricity and defense systems. NPCs and merchants can travel to the constructed settlements and set up residence.
"Do you know what makes you S.P.E.C.I.A.L.?"
Starting on September 10, 2015 - two months before Fallout 4's release - Bethesda released a weekly video series describing each of the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats.
Each video, around two and a half minutes in length, takes the form of satirizing the stereotypical Cold War educational videos of the United States during the 1950s, keeping in tune with Fallout's parody on the American retrofuturism and political jingoism of the time period.
The future of the franchise was in doubt after a legal battle that saw the rights to previous Fallout games, along with the rights to Fallout 4, between Bethesda Softworks and Interplay Entertainment resolved with Bethesda regaining the rights to the whole franchise.
Bethesda's Todd Howard announced that the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Fallout 4 will run at 1080p and locked at 30 FPS, while the PC version will have no resolution or frame rate restrictions.