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Bethesda Drops a Nuke at E3; Fallout 4 Coming November 10, 2015


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Ten days ago, Bethesda showed off the game that RPG fans have been clamoring for: Fallout 4. The trailer split our time between pre-war and post-war apocalyptia in the Boston area, but seemed to ask more questions than it answered. Is the player character voiced? Are we playing only in post-apocalypse Boston or getting some pre-war experience, too? How big of a role will the androids, the synthetic humans, play a role? Is that man with the metal hand the new Mysterious Stranger? Well, sadly Bethesda was holding off on answering any of those questions and more until its E3 press conference, which just so happens to be tonight. So, what do we have to look forward to in Fallout 4?


Full Fallout 4 section of the press conference

Basically, everything and more we've ever wanted. Running on a next-generation edition of the Creation Engine, Fallout 4 starts off before the bombs drop, where you can customize a husband and wife, and then play as whichever one you pick. Everything about the characters can be customized by way of tweaking settings in the mirrors; no sliders or anything, just pick a facial feature and modify. Each character is also voiced, too, and dialogue selections can be made to determine what you say in conversations (this is an RPG, after all). Soon after, the bombs start to drop and it's off to the vault, where, after some things happen, you emerge 200 years later and return to your house. Your faithful robot Codsworth is waiting for you, and from there you can get some details filled in, or just head off and explore. Once you find a dog, you can have him join you and help out in fights, issue contextual commands that change based on where you're aiming, and a whole lot more.

There are more than 50 base weapons in the game, and each and every one of them can be customized and modified to suit our needs with over 700 modifications. Maybe you want a silenced rifle to take out baddies without being noticed, or a long-range laser rifle that scatters the beam over a distance, or a nail gun, or really anything you can want to make. Alongside the weapon customization is armor customization, where you can alter your very own set of power armor with any number of components. Attach a T-45 helmet, T-51 chest, X-1 arms, and other items for a unique look, along with items like a rocket pack on the back. Other armors can be customized, too, with stacked pieces added for a style that's all you. Oh, and that customization isn't limited to just your arms and armor, as you can build your very own settlement. Demolish and scrap whatever items you can find to design houses, shops, fields, defenses, and more, with a gigantic amount of possibilities at your disposal. Protecting these settlements is important, as raiders can and will attack. Also, settlements, as you can build and run multiple ones and even set up a Brahmin caravan between them.

Fallout 4 is, of course, set in Boston, and while Bethesda is still a little light on the details, it looks like The Institute, Brotherhood, and potentially the Railroad all play a part in our adventure. Considering you can call in your very own Vertibird and man the weapons on it, we need more details to learn exactly how that is possible. Whatever the case may be and however the story plays out, we don't have long to go to get our hands on Fallout 4; it arrives on November 10, 2015, for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, at $59.99. There will also be a Pip-Boy Edition available for $119.99, where a functioning model of the in-game Pip-Boy is included. Snap in your phone, load up the companion app, and experience the game's menu in a brand new way. For those that can't muster up the extra cash, you can still utilize the free companion app on your Android or iOS device without the physical Pip-Boy.

Source: Bethesda's E3 Press Conference and


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