Fallout 4 Gameplay And Performance Review

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Getting to Know Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is finally here. Channeling its best 50's era paranoia and the allure of a warm, radiation-free bomb shelter, Bethesda’s newest RPG tells us doomsday prepping and cryogenics actually work—yay! Well, that is until they malfunction and you’re thrust topside to an irradiated, post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with vile mutated everything, all gunning and clawing for you.

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The world of Fallout 4 is a hostile place, much like Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3 before it, though we’re glad to be back on the game world's radioactive soil, becuase it has been nearly a decade since the latter launched. In that time Bethesda has moved the game from the Gamebryo engine to the newer Creation Engine, which was also used for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the company’s other massive open world RPG. The new engine makes way for a more robust and detailed character creation system with free-form facial feature editing. Yet the most notable feature of the Creation Engine is its scope.  Much like the Witcher 3, if you see something in the horizon, you can bet your last shiny bottle cap that you can traverse your way across the wasteland to get there.

 

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It’s no surprise for us PC folks that the PC version of Fallout 4 offers the most definitive experience by far, and allows the new engine to really shine. Unfortunately, consoles are locked in at 1080p at 30fps, with lower levels of in-game image quality. However, though the game is not without is fair share of bugs and in-game quirkiness, it scales very well with mid-range hardware.

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Trying to grow that hipster beard but the radiation knocks it back hard.

The Setup, Playing And Testing

Speaking of hardware, we should mention that we tested the game on an Intel Core i7-6700K-based system, built around a Z170-based Gigabyte Gaming G1 motherboard, paired to 16GB of Corsair Vengeance 2666MHz DDR4 memory. Windows 10 was our OS of choice. it was installed on a 256GB Corsair Neutron Series XT SSD, with the game files installed on a dual 128GB Sandisk mSATA RAID array, which resided in an external Asus USB 3.1 enclosure.


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