Fallout 4 is the latest installment in Bethesda’s radiation infused, post-apocalyptic video game series. The game follows the story of either a male or female protagonist as they survive the onset of nuclear war, only to watch their spouse die and have their young child kidnapped. The male hero of the story is a decorated military veteran, given access to an underground fallout shelter outside of Boston, called a “vault,” based on his record of service. Because I played the game as a male, I can’t speak to the variations in the story line you may find in a female play-through.
Although the world you find yourself in while playing Fallout 4 is a veritable wasteland full of monsters and evil doers, a good portion of the game is also based on your ability to establish and maintain lasting relationships with a variety of good guy characters. The open world environment and method of play permits you to traverse the Boston area, laying waste to any who step between you and your lost child… or you can find a new girlfriend, settle down and start farming tomato plants. The variety of options, combined with the limiting characteristics of a world that feels familiar while simultaneously foreign, makes Fallout 4 the most realistic “veteran experience” simulator I’ve ever seen – and they seem to have done it by accident.
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