Fallout 4 News: Waiting for the Bomb to Drop
The Fallout series is aging very well! In all of the releases of Fallout 4 news, we’ve been given glimpses into the gorgeous post-apocalyptic world. In the official game trailer, we see a home flashing between pre-and-post-nuclear detonation, and beautiful landscapes of color—that’s right, color other than grey, brown, and green. There are wonderful blues, yellows, some spots of red, it’s exciting really to see this world revamped into something eye-catching, but still appropriately corroded and mangled like we expect from the end of the world. We haven’t been told much at all about the story of the game, and it is suspected that this will be withheld until release.
Bethesda’s website calls Fallout 4 their “most ambitious game ever, and the next generation of open-world gaming,” and boy do I believe them. According to a Twitter post by Bethesda Game Studios, Fallout 4 has over 111,000 lines of dialogue recorded, more than Fallout 3 and Skyrim combined. Part of this may be due to the fact that this game will have fully voiced protagonists, with a male and female option. In the past, our wasteland heroes have been silent wanderers, but no longer, they’ve found a voice, and I can’t wait to hear what they have to say.
With all of these new humanizing features, from voice acting to enhanced graphic quality, it only makes sense that Bethesda would pull out the big guns and take characterization all the way, right? Right. They’ve opened up the options for your wasteland survivor to find love in the cold, dark, world, something some of us would have liked to see in Fallout 3 and New Vegas. You can now romance your companions, forming romantic partnerships with them, and a big plus is that gender doesn’t matter. It really is a more human protagonist this time around.
In other Fallout 4 news, players of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas will notice a difference in the perks system of Fallout 4. Skills and skill points are gone! Traditionally, you would have two sets of stats, the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system and the Skills. Skills are now rolled into Perks, a choice which Bethesda feels will eliminate the feeling that the previous system “had some confusing parts and ended up spreading your choices too thin” which was an issue that many felt came from the conflicting and overlapping qualities of Fallout 3’s Skills and Perks.
In this new installment, upon levelling up, you will either place a point into one of your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. categories, which are the same as in the past—Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck—or gain a rank in a perk. There are a whopping 70 perks this time around, which will keep you busy for a long time improving your character.
As of this moment, many of the 70 perks (10 for each S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat) are unconfirmed, though the perk chart provided by Bethesda gives some hints in the form of pictures. Some are recognizable from past games, like the image from Charisma tier 2, which looks a lot like Lady Killer/Black Widow, giving the vault dweller advantage over members of the opposite sex.
And if 70 perks doesn’t sound crazy enough, there are a total of 275 ranks across the board to be attained, and the player can choose one per level.
The Perks system isn’t the only thing to get an overhaul, there are also videos and articles floating around about the new crafting system upgrades. While in the past, you might go around picking up a bunch of junk—tin cans, plates, irons, etc.—now, the concept of having all of these garbage items that are only really good for selling in exchange for caps is a thing of the past. Apparently, nothing you pick up in the wasteland will be for naught, as there is an intricate crafting system to take advantage of all of that junk.
I’ll admit, I’ve been teased for being a Fallout hoarder. My inventory is constantly filled to the brim with useless items, most of which I intend to sell to the first person I find that still has caps to offer me. After a while, it really makes you wonder why you’re grabbing all of the toasters and pitchers the wasteland has to offer, and it begins to feel like more of a hindrance to the actual gameplay. I’m looking forward to my hoarding tendencies becoming useful with this new crafting implementation.
Todd Howard, game director for Fallout 4, addressed this when he said in an interview that the new crafting system “causes this very interesting economy in the game, where traditionally you’d pick everything up and sell it, and now you pick it up and say, ‘well, I can make this out of this, or I can make this out of this, or maybe I do want to sell it.’”
More than just enhancing your weaponry with your spare parts, you will be able to craft items for your home base as well. You can build a town, wall by wall, bulb by bulb, in the hopes that merchants may show up hoping to do trade in this place you’ve built. It is wasteland survival, and rebuilding from the ground up. This addition gives the wastelander the option to hunker down and stay awhile—if they want to. You always have the option to carry on in the typical Fallout fashion of the lone wanderer, but sometimes it’s nice to have a home to come back to, and for me, the option is welcome.
Those gorgeous graphics and features come at a price, and that price comes in the form of system requirements. With all of the exciting Fallout 4 news, you may be rushing to pre-order the game without needing to put much thought into it. I mean, as a huge fan of the series, I knew where my money was going as soon as the words “Fallout 4” met my eyes, and a lot of you are probably in the same camp. But one thing we all need to look into is the system requirements to play the game. It would be a very sad day indeed to have the game in-hand and a system that just isn’t up to the task.
Before release day, you need to make sure your system is capable of playing the game. Here’s what you need to know:
Minimum Requirements for Hardware:
And here are the Recommended Requirements for Hardware:
Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX 9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent 8 GB RAM
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent
Fallout 4 is scheduled to launch on November 10 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.