I wasn't going to buy Fallout 4. I didn't want it. I certainly never planned on actually liking it, but after the ten or so hours of play I have gotten in since NaNoWriMo ended, I find myself lost in the world.
I've been trying to pin point exactly what turns me on about it. I like shooting things. I like I can play a female character and do a little customization. I like I can have a dog. None of these things are very deep or super immersive in nature, so imagine my surprise when two or three hours go by.
I'll set a goal to go do one of the faction quests. Nothing over the top hard at my minuscule level, but still, I might get to snipe some people from a hill. I take along dogmeat and run out along the road. I stop for everything. There are flowers to be picked, I keep my eyes peeled for veggies and fruit, ammo, and stuff because I am a bullet whore. I am a lousy shot up close and tend to empty my guns with rather consistent regularity. I'll see a building off in the distance and next thing I know, I am off the road and on way towards it. It's a small town, and there are some buildings I can get into. I start searching, shooting feral ghouls or raiders I find and stripping gear off them. Now an hour or so has gone by and I am long ways off in the wrong direction from my focus. Sigh. I start trudging up the road again and see a hut along side the freeway. Next thing I know I am overrun with molerats trying to eat my face off. I take out my shotgun and start shooting.
This can go on for hours as I get lost in the landscape. I always start with a goal. I mean to get there, but I seem to get distracted by all the other things to do.
There has really been only one big con in the game for me. The training or help ingame is abysmal. I am still one of those nutters who buy the strategy guide, but even with the hard cover Collector's Vault Dweller's Survival Guide, I find myself pulling out my tablet and googling for an answer to something. Drives me batshit. Thankfully smarter and more dedicated people than me have put together some really great sites on the game, and I can usually find what I am looking for without having to go to far afield.
The building mode still has me flummoxed. I love to build things. Cities:Skylines is a favorite of mine, and I play SimCity Buildit on my phone. I get how this works, except, I don't get it in Fallout 4. I can't tell you how many switches I made before I realized I needed some other power component for my generator to make my house run. I still haven't found the crystals I need to put in the radio tower so I can attract more dwellers. How do I figure out what angles raiders are going to attack my city from? How do I set up supply lines?
I think the game is pretty dense. I am just scratching the surface of it. I was worried I was going to be wasting my money on a game I would play intermittently, but I find myself sitting in the doctor's office wondering if I should wear my power armor to go attack the power station where some raiders are holed up.
That's what a game is supposed to make you feel. Plus, I'll say it again, I really enjoy shooting things.
If you've got some links to great Fallout 4 guides, send them my way. I could use all the help I can get.