Fallout 4: The Tale Of Bloody Nora

This week’s RPG Scrollbars is a diary charting the player’s first moments with Fallout 4. Therefore, there are some spoilers for the game’s introduction and setup. Note: If you’re reading on iPhone, flip the screen horizontally and it should be fine. Fingers crossed, on Android too, but didn’t have one to test that on directly.

Hi there. Um. People. You’re tuned to Diamond City Radio, and this one’s, uh, going out to anyone currently listening to ironic music in the middle of a gory post-apocalyptic killing spree.

Please! Crazy gun lady, stop! You don’t want to do this!

Sweetie, two hours ago it was two hundred years ago. Since then, I’ve not shed a single tear for my child, my husband, or the world I knew. How many do you think I’m going to waste on you?

You’ve changed your hair. I like it. New style?

Yes. I thought about also giving myself all kinds of hideously disfiguring bruises just in case I needed credibility in some kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland. But what’re the odds, eh?

Yeah, I’m almost positive that’ll never happen. I love you, Nora.

I love you too…

…Nate.

Right, right. I swear I will never forget you… uh…

…Nate.

Oh, listen, baby Shaun is crying. You handle that, sweetie, because this isn’t really the 1950s. On second thoughts, our murderbutler can handle it. I knew we bought it for a reason.

On my way, mum!

Codsworth, we talked about this. I made threats.

Ah, my most indubitable apologies, “my queen and empress of all”. I cannot believe my creators forgot to add that most crucial entry into my name bank.

Probably too busy making sure you could say ‘Boobies’. Programmers…

Maybe in a patch they’ll teach him to call his masters ‘Shaun’. Such an odd omission. Isn’t that right, Shaun? Ah, Nora, my scented dove. What do you think he’ll grow up to be?

Well, since Bethesda generally writes with the subtlety of a sledgehammer introducing itself to a box of eggs, I’m guessing some kind of villain.

What?

Sorry, forgot where I was there. Maybe he’ll be Head Stroking Officer at a Kitten Cafe. Or the first winer of the Nobel Prize for Cuddles.

I wiw destwoy the worwd!

Ah, listen to that. His first words…

Sorry to interrupt, my queen and empress of all, but I do believe there’s a fellow at the door, rather urgently ringing the bell and checking his watch.

I’ll deal with him.

Good morning! Vault-Tec calling! You can’t begin to know how happy I am to finally speak with you. I’ve been trying to speak to you for days. It’s- where are you?

I got bored of you and decided to watch TV instead. Are you still here?

Okay! Okay, I get it – point made. Listen, I just wanted to let you know that you and your family – except the filthy robot – have been pre-selected for a place in Vault 111.

It’s okay, I don’t see the apocalypse happening in the next five minutes.

No, no. No. Definitely not in the next… uh… five minutes. Ahem. But… listen, I’m offering you the once in a lifetime chance to survive! You really have to-

I also want your pen.

But it’s mine! It’s got my name on it!

I can slam this door right now.

Fine. Okay. You’ll need it to sign anyway, right? Right? NO PRESSURE!

I also want to wear your hat for a while.

Anything! Look, just agree that if anything happens, you and your precious child will survive. And your husband, if he wants, I suppose.

Give the poor guy a break, honey.

Fine. But if this turns out to be some convoluted social experiment designed by an evil sociopathic shadow government, I will write a most stern letter to the paper. The sternest!

I’m almost positive that won’t be necessary, ma’am. Thank you, ma’am. I need to get this back to Vault 111 as quickly as possible!

Then why aren’t you taking the Vault-Tec van across the road!

I need to get this back to Vault 111 almost as quickly as possible.

What a strange fellow. Thankfully, we don’t really need to worry about nuclear war. Speaking as an expert, the odds of anything starting now are at least a hundred squillion billion to-

We interrupt this episode of Leave It To The Saints for an important message from President Hellboy. War. War never changes. But it has just been declared. So that’s new. Also, we’ve got lasers now.

Well, darn. And to think I just wasted all that time putting the bins out. I could have seen one last football game! Or we could have had awkward but wholesome 50s sex!

I can’t believe I just told that guy I was naturally lucky. Well, I suppose we’d better go to the Vault. Codsworth, you know what to do.

Affirmative, my queen and empress of all. Consider Sir’s porn hidden.

Wait, what-

NO TIME WE HAVE TO GET TO THE VAULT. It’s pandemonium out there! Look – our interacial lesbian neighbours aren’t even actively reminding us how open-minded we are!

Not open-minded enough that they’re getting into our bloody Vault though.

Hi there, I just wanted to comfort you with the knowledge that I’m definitely going to survive this. I know you were worried about that.

Nora!

Coming, coming. Seriously, thanks for making me a better person. Oh, and Codsworth? Good luck out here, melting in the radioactive heat and cursing your creator for letting you feel pain.

NORA!

Oh, ssssh. Unlike civilisation, the Vault’s not going anywhere.

What do you mean, I can’t come in! I AM Vault-Tec!

Sorry, but rules are rules. Unless you have something to prove you work here-

Wait, my official company biro! That’ll- OH NO!

Coming through, coming through. I believe you’ll find our papers in order, despite them only having been dropped off five minutes ago by a guy who wasn’t allowed in.

Well, you’re entitled and white, so I don’t see any reason to assume you’re lying- Oh, and you’re on the list too. That works. Go on through. Try to remember us when you’re busy down there. Being alive.

Wait! If it wasn’t for me, you’d be dead! You have to tell them-

No time! Vault be waiting!

I wonder what he wanted.

Won’t matter in a few minutes either way. Come on.

Wait, is this a trap door? If this thing just drops us-

QUICK! EVERYONE INTO THE VAULT!

Oh, calm your tits. It’s not like it’s the end of the-

Oooooooh, right…

I hope we didn’t just get a faceful of nuclear explosion there.

As the Ink Spots once sang, it’s all over but the crying. But hey! Welcome, white people, to Vault 111 – your new home. There may be a couple of black folks already inside, I guess. Any questions?

A few. If we’re meant to live in this place for the rest of our lives, why’s it so sterile? Couldn’t we at least have some fake plants in the corridors? Also, how does the Vault door close with those pipes-

Those are excellent questions. And they and all others will be answered once we’re through induction. First things first, welcome. In event of starvation, remember we eat Fat Barney first.

Everything else will be explained… later. Yes. At a party, where there will be cake. I’ll just need you all to strip naked in the corridor and put on these Vault suits. Yes. Slowly. One button at a time…

I envy the dead.

Ah, so you already know the Vault-Tec motto! Okay, we’re here. We just need you to step into these personal decontamination chambers so that we can… check your readings.

Where are they, behind the obvious cryogenic pods?

Cryo- No, pay no attention to the freezing cold booths surrounded by temperature knobs and gusts of frozen air. This is all for… decontamination.

I don’t know. Something about your words doesn’t fill me with confidence. I think it’s the fact that they’re complete bollocks.

Look, between us, which would you rather? A lifetime here eating snack cakes so that your kid’s kid might one day see the sun, or waking up in a happy new world? Just get in the pod.

Come on, sweetie. Get in your ‘decontamination’ pod. I’ll take Shaun with me. You’ll be able to see us from across the way, with the only catch being that you’ll be totally helpless if anything happens.

I’m almost positive… it… won’t… Zzzzzzzz….

Oh, goddamn it.

Whu… Is it the future? Are we safe?

Half right! BANG!

SHAUN! Uh. WHATSHISNAME! NOOOOOOO! They’ll pay for this! They’ll… ugh. Damn, I wish I was a morning person. Okay. I’ll get right on this. Just another… few… years…

Right, I’m up, and the next person in a blue suit is getting this baton forcibly inserted into them. What the hell happened here? Where’s… Urgh. Nobody around. Maybe this terminal will help.

Those… those shitweasels! Right. When I get out of this place, I’m going right to their head office and getting busy with this baton! Let me just first get this PIP-Boy so I can open the door, and-

Huh. The makers of this thing built in a graphic to illustrate my exact situation. Pity the actual build is just cheap plastic. And these buttons don’t do anything. “Special Edition” my defrosting blue butt.

Time to see the world, I guess. I wonder how it’s changed over the centuries. Oooh, maybe Star Citizen is finally in beta!

Well, at least I remembered to wear clean underwear.

Have at you, roach! And you, and- My queen and empress of all? You’re alive! Goodness. You appear to be almost in the altogether. Did the Vault not provide you with one of those snazzy suits?

Yeah, after everything that’s just happened to me, I’m totally going to go around giving bloody Vault-Tec free marketing. What’s happened here, Codsworth? How long have I been gone?

Why, two hundred years, give or take, my queen and empress of all. You’re looking well. I am afraid I am out of your brand of hair-dye-

I told you, this is my natural colour.

Of course, my queen and empress of all. WINK. In any event, I have been well, as you would know had you chosen to ask, but did not. No matter. No matter.

Good. Now, I need to find Shaun. My only clue is that he’s somewhere in the entire world, probably. He might have died of old age while I was dreaming about George Clooney. Any ideas?

Concord, ma’am. A town near here. They will have the best idea of what to do, I am sure. I shall stay here, and secure the home-front.

It’s worth a try. Pass me one of those roaches. I need a snack.

You’re still tuned to Diamond City Radio. Diamond City Radio, playing all the hits of the last two Fallout games, because it turns out there’s not as much ironic 50s music as people hoped back in 2008.

Hey, anyone here?

There ‘aint nobody here but us raiders, lady! We’d ask for whatever you’ve got on you, only its pretty obvious you ‘aint packing much! What’re you doing-

Hey, I’m wearing more than the guy in the gimp harness there.

Well, yeah. Only it’s all… frilly. And rude.

Fine. Just give me a minute to kill this guy and rip some clothes off his corpse.

Looking good! Only now… we’re REALLY going to kill you!

No, sweetie, you’re going to TRY.

Mercy!

Sorry. I don’t speak French.

Hey! On the off-chance that you’re not an indiscriminate killing machine, get that ass up here! I have people I promised to help, but I reckon if I have you do it, I still get partial credit!

It’s the Ladies Knitting Circle all over again. Right. Fine. Die, scum!

Actually, I’m just a regular Raider. Takes years to be promoted to Raider Scum.

Eh, whatever.

No! Stop! Who are you who splatters brains with such cold efficiency?

Your worst nightmare. A housewife with a gun. And a law degree.

Wow, this is good stress-relief. Glad to see they’ve maintained the museum so that everyone can learn about the Boston Tea Party in the irradiated wasteland where America no longer exists.

In our hearts, it still does!

You made it. Preston Garvey, of the Minutemen. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, we’re named for how long we typically last when shit goes down.

I hope you feel much shame.

Every day. But enough about me, what’s your story?

I just woke up 200 years in the future and it sucks. I’ve-

Yeah, everyone’s got problems. Back to mine. There’s a suit of power armour upstairs. I’m too much of a wuss to use it, so you think you can-

Do I get to keep the power armour?

Will I be able to tell you that you don’t when you’re wearing the aforementioned power armour?

Point. I’ll go get it. Wait, just a second. Will this involve a shitty lockpicking mini-game?

I can’t promise it won’t. Probably the same one as Skyrim.

Bethesda. Bethesda never changes. Fine. As long as it leads to some really sweet gear, I suppose I don’t mind taking a few minutes out for a quick…

Oh yes. I AM… IRON WIFE!

OH YEAH, YOU GET THE MINIGUN AND YOU GET THE MINIGUN AND YOU GET THE-

Graaarh! I’m a Deathclaw!

MINIGUN FOR EVERYONE!

I HAVE LET DOWN MY ONCE PROUD SPECIES!

Well, that was energetic. Now, to see-

Hey! Die, bitch!

And it’s official, this year’s Biggest Balls in the Wasteland trophy goes to the raider chick who just saw me blow away an army and Godzilla’s nephew, but still figured… sure, I can take her!

I MADE POOR LIFE CHOICEEEEEESS!

Don’t bleed on my new power armour. Rude.

Right, right. Well, you’ve now become the deadliest thing in the Wasteland since the bombs dropped. Here, have some bottlecaps.

What?

You know, currency. Like Pre-War Money, only much more inconvenient, heavier, not available in multiple denominations-

That’s silly.

Then why have you got a whole bag of them right there?

Turns out my OCD is going to come in handy. So what next, Big Iron?

I need to get these people to safety. Somewhere big, unused, full of potential…

Okay. Well, there’s this giant, empty Vault I know of. Bit of a fixer-upper, but all things considered it’s in pretty good shape. It’s got plumbing at least, which is more than-

I was thinking a town called Sanctuary. It’s just ruins, but if we throw up some rickety guard towers, maybe a “Thank You For Not Raiding” sign…

Yeah, the neighbourhood’s really gone downhill lately. But hey, you know what’s pretty easy to defend? A big concrete Vault with a huge door nobody but me can open. We’d have to mop up, but-

I just hope we can grow enough crops for winter…

The damn Vault even has freezers! Kindof! Even some fresh meat, if you’re not picky! Only an idiot wouldn’t immediately snap it up as a base before raiders show up and-

Yes, Sanctuary will be our new home. It’s okay, a drug-crazed psychic told me it was a good idea. Right. I’ve got a long list of jobs for you now. Killing raiders, finding people, building houses-

Oh, no you don’t. I’m not working my ass off just because you bastards have spent generations being too lazy to even take the corpses out of the bathtubs! The bathtubs, Garvey!

Well, we’ve been busy. Fighting… raiding… drinking radioactive water despite purifying it being about the second easiest scientific thing to do after disproving homeopathy…

Are you shitting me? You’ve had time for two industrial revolutions! There should be cities here! And not made out of scrap metal! You have laser guns and robots! Where is civilization?!

Well, now we’ve got you, maybe we’ll get around to it. Sturges, show her how to craft. You’ll want a mod to get rid of carry limits. Don’t ask what that means, just-

Pffft. You want crafting? I’ll craft! Here! I crafted you this lovely box, so that when you finally get your shit together, you’ll have somewhere to put it. Now get out of my way.

Wait! Stop! Where are you going?

Back to my bloody freezer. Wake me if Obsidian makes a sequel.

47 Comments

  1. Richard Cobbett says:

    (If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy the Abridged series on my site. Currently got Arkham Knight, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Shadow of Mordor, Watch Dogs, Thief, Tomb Raider, the first two parts of Dreamfall Chapters, and a couple of quickies. And if you didn’t enjoy it – well, thanks for reading anyway.)

    • Jac says:

      Read the whole thing grinning like a Cheshire cat and did several of those laugh things out loud, so yes, I very much enjoyed that it was excellent thanks!

      • strayth says:

        Not only is this hilarious, but it even beats its subsequent comment slapfight.

    • Geebs says:

      Cam Clarke is great, and I will strike anybody who says he’s not with bits of extremely well-masticated scenery. And ham.

  2. DarkFenix says:

    Sadly that last line there sums up my final impression of Fallout 4 quite perfectly.

    • Mario Figueiredo says:

      For a game that almost everyone agrees is subpar, there surely is a lot of talk about it. Including articles like this that… I’m not even sure why they exist.

      And then there’s those games few people hear about. You know them. The underdogs and “the best game no one played this year”. The game press loves to write those articles too. Of course, you are going to be told by the press you should have played those great games that the press didn’t cover so well while they were entertaining themselves with an endless and boring stream of articles on games everyone agrees where not that good anyways.

      That’s gaming press for you. These guys here at RPG once actually used to avoid this nonsense. Not anymore.

      • Richard Cobbett says:

        It exists to entertain people, in a way that relies on some knowledge of the game. Past columns have done more obscure stuff like Serpent in the Staglands and Undertale (before it exploded) as well as big RPGs in the public eye.

        Also, the front page at the moment is crazy heavy with indie stuff, so the idea that the site is only covering the big games of the moment is palpable nonsense. If you want even more of that stuff though, read it, link it, interact with it, because the stuff that only gets 2 comments is the stuff that’s harder to do because it doesn’t appear to have an audience.

      • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

        It might have something to do with the fact that “almost everyone agrees is subpar” appliest to any freshly released Bethesda title, and then each of them proceeds to remain for years.

        Sometimes it all comes down to who you listen to, where you go to listen to them and a side serving of confirmation bias.

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        kfix says:

        If you don’t understand why people like to read about and even play the wonderfully broken/brokenly wonderful games that Bethesda makes, that’s fine – not everyone has to like it or see the point.

        But to pretend to not notice that so many people like to read about and even play those games, is to be willfully blind, pointlessly elitist or, just maybe, trollish.

        And for someone responsible for the deathless prose

        The political and diplomatic aspect of Crusader Kings II is so deeply entrenched in its design and so central to the gameplay, that you will have no doubts this is a game of diplomacy and intrigue. The best you ever played, by far.

        to accuse another writer of being boring is hilarious or so very sad, depending on your level of charity towards the troll commenter in question.

      • Geebs says:

        I hate to do this, but:
        Fallout 4 sales = 12,000,000
        Metacritic ratings = 5,077
        32,385 Steam reviews, 80% positive = 6477 negative reviews
        “Everybody” (5077+6477)/Total sales * 100 = 0.096%

        We have proven two things: an appeal “everybody” is almost always wrong, and Fallout:New Vegas fans are the loudest and most obnoxious of Obsidian fanboys.

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          kfix says:

          That is some “excellent” mathing right there… :P

          I liked FO3 for the sense of humour in the world building if not so much in the quests, and I loved FO:NV for the intersecting plots and systems and faction interactions. I kind of wanted to dislike FO4 from all the early info about the dialogue and skill systems, but the more I hear about the game the more I think I’ll still find plenty to like about it. If I ever leave Skellige that is….

  3. kororas says:

    Haha, didnt see the author before I started reading. I did think this writing seems familiar!

    Nice one Richard, summed up the intro to F4 perfectly!

  4. Tsumei says:

    For what it’s worth; The text here breaks The confines of The sites textbox on my Phone. So it Kinda Just continues off into The vold.

    Also autocorrect is a piece og shit

    • Richard Cobbett says:

      Sorry. Checked it on my iPhone and it’s fine there if you flip it horizontally, but that’s the only phone I had to test with.

  5. mashkeyboardgetusername says:

    Why does every reviewer/game journalist/whatever seem to play a female? Is it all due to mass effect?

    I like that you renamed your husband to “Mate” by the way. (How did you do that?)

  6. pistachio says:

    My favorite title of this year, despite its flaws.

    The scaling though…. it really feels like I wasted content. Best fun I had was killing a mirelurk Queen in some basement at level 11. After spending all ammo on all my guns, she had 25% hp left. I must have pumped 800-1000 ammo in her. Only managed to finish her of because I found a shotgun on some corpse and I still had 300 shells.

    Then later on in the game I one-shot them big green guys with a silenced pistol at level 32. Sigh..such a waste. Everybody goes through this, I imagine.

    Still, my favorite single-player game of this year, i’ll play it again in a year with appropriate mods that fix the broken scaling.

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      Carra says:

      I just fought the mirelurk queen at level 17. Damn, that was a serious fight. I went up the balconies and it took me like half an hour to kill it. And after all that work? Some queen mirelurk meat, meh.

  7. Shiloh says:

    My long-dead granddad used to say “Bloody Nora!” when exasperated or surprised (he was seemingly one or the other about 90% of the time), which annoyed my mother and delighted me.

    Anyway, Fallout 4 – I’m playing it, but I’m not hugely enjoying it. Maybe I should start the main quest now that I’ve got bored of helping the Minutemen reclaim the wasteland one bloody settlement after another?

    • BannerThief says:

      One of the weird tricks to really enjoying this game is getting to Diamond City as soon as possible; it’s basically the Vegas of this game, and both the main story and a lot of interesting side content will open up when you get there. Also, the Minutemen and Preston Garvey are the most boring faction and companion in the game, and the game front-loads them way too heavily. Just do enough with them to get one settlement going and take off. They’ll still be there when you’ve done all the good side-stuff several dozen hours later.

      • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

        I’m even considering leaving Sanctuary to them for another playthrough.

        I have all the settlement and i helped them with everything, but the endless stream of crap from Preston and the Castle radio killed my nerves, just like the fact that Santuary comes already overloaded with useless people.

        I’ll just grab my musket and leave them to rot in a shithole Sanctuary, meanwhile the Red Rocket just a couple meters south will be filled to the brim with neon signs and all kinds of crap.

  8. Sui42 says:

    Loved this. Very entertaining. Also summaries exactly what I think of the intro (and the entirety of the game’s writing, tbh): utterly dumb and riddled with cliche’s.

    Like, one example out of many is that the ‘raiders’ are never characterised as bad guys. In Fallout 1 they were an actual group of people who you could reason with. They were dicks, yeah, but it was up to the player whether to vilify them. In F4, a group of people with guns just tells you to murder a load of other people with guns, and for some reason you are forced to trust the first people with guns you come across. It’s nauseatingly stupid.

    I’ve played F4 a fair bit, but recently got fed up with it. I’d avoided all the terribad quests, but had explored almost all of the map. The ‘goal’ I had set myself was to find the advanced X-01 power armour – but after exploring multiple high-tech bases that suspiciously all looked exactly the same, I looked online and discovered that I had to be about 10 levels higher for the power armour to actually ‘spawn’. What total bullshit. When I was thinking about what to ‘aim for’ next, I realised that I didn’t actually want to be playing this game anymore. So I uninstalled it.

    • Sui42 says:

      also, to elaborate on why I found the game’s design boring:

      Bethesda have basically sewn together a handful of ‘zones’, most of which look the same, and none of which actually bring anything new or interesting to the series.

      In each zone they have evenly distributed a number of locations. Most of these are simply MMO-style dungeons justified with small scraps of narrative detail, and they all borrow from a shared asset pool that effectively makes Boston feel like it was procedural generated.

      Rather than try to BALANCE any of this, or – say – actually put some critical thought into the game design, they have simply chosen to level-scale everything, only giving you the decent loot when you reach a certain level. Not that they’ve even done this very well, as I found a Fat Man launcher within the first hour of play, on some random raider.

      There’s so much potential for them to tell stories in an interesting way, rather than forcing you to follow dull, uninspired plot quests. Perhaps by encouraging the player to explore certain places by making them visible from anywhere in the world, like HL2’s citadel or New Vegas’ strip, for instance – and letting quests emerge dynamically from that. Instead, most of the game’s locations – or rather, most of the game iteslf – is buried under piles of junk.

      • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

        Since we can probably agree that Bethesda’s best part is more or less environment design, i have to say that i find this one to be the most varied. I found way less diversity in any of their previous games.

  9. Scrote says:

    Excellent post! I cracked up and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  10. Myrdinn says:

    Loved it! Almost would’ve wanted you to continue the game just to continue the series. While I was fairly disappointed with the game as a whole (long time F1/F2 fan) it was enjoyable enough for a playthrough. Like you mentioned though, I can’t wait ’till Obsidian (or inXile perhaps) get a shot at making a new one.

  11. MiniMatt says:

    Every bit of writing about Fallout 4 I’ve seen is better than… the writing in Fallout 4 – and this bit of writing on Fallout 4 is the best of all the writing about Fallout 4.

    Still love the game though. Give me stompy robot armour and a laser gun and I’ll happily click-skip through all the stilted dialogue you can throw at me.

  12. grve says:

    What a wholesome story. For what’s it worth: if you enter ‘tm’ in the console it’ll hide/show all UI elements and keep everything paused and pretty for screenshots.

  13. sandman2575 says:

    “Maybe Star Citizen is finally in Beta” Zing!

    (hilarious send-up – thanks. I completely love FO4 despite all its absurdities, several of which are well documented above…)

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    Andy_Panthro says:

    Always love to read these Mr. Cobbett! Pretty well matches my experience too, I started the game knowing the only way I could manage to get through it is by being the homicidal mercenary that is expected.

  15. wondermoth says:

    This is fantastic stuff, but when compared to some of the later missions the opening seems like a masterpiece. I’m looking at you, Kid In A Fridge.

  16. Zenicetus says:

    Great read, thanks! Loved the Big Iron reference.

    I’m playing with blinders on to ignore everything that isn’t so great about the game (which is a lot!), but having fun anyway. The environment is enough for me.

  17. TheAngriestHobo says:

    Nora reads an awful lot like Steve, Richard…

  18. csbear says:

    That was great! I am enjoying some parts of FO4, but it’s mainly for its environments and exploration. Bethesda trying to satisfy the shooter crowd has taken the game farther and farther from its original Fallout mystique. Oh well, big companies need to sustain their bloat.

    Any “real” cRPGs you looking forward to?

    • Richard Cobbett says:

      Not been following it too closely, but very keen to play Numenara.

      • csbear says:

        I was just about to say the same! I supported the Numenera Kickstarter, but have been keeping away from any dev blogs and such. Excited to play that as well.

      • ffordesoon says:

        Alpha systems tester here to tell you that it’s pretty immediately great and everything you’d want from a Torment game.

  19. namad says:

    I think the reasoning behind the 200 year’s thing has to due..ya know with radioactive half lives… so yeah there might’ve been time for industrial revolutions… OF GHOULS but not humans… and maybe the ghouls couldn’t do it, because they mostly went feral?

    • Richard Cobbett says:

      Vault City was founded in 2091. NCR was founded in 2189. Fallout 4 begins in *2287*.

      There is no excuse for skeletons in the bathtubs. Tidy your shit up, people.

      Also, there’s quite a lot of smart ghouls. Who realistically should probably be running the damn place by this point.

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        kfix says:

        Is there an equivalent of Underworld in 4? That was probably my favourite place in that game.

        • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

          As far as ghoul-only things go, there is a settlement run entirely by them, “The Slog”, it’s far away but their dream is to expand with anyone that wants to join them in peace.

          There’s Goodneighbour though, which is a sort of pseudo anarchic city run by a ghoul that you might have briefly saw in trailers, and that’s a cool place with plenty of weird things and stuff to do.

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            kfix says:

            their dream is to expand with anyone that wants to join them in peace

            Thanks you. This is why we should be able to play as a ghoul. Mod makers pls….

  20. lepercake says:

    This article doesn’t display properly in vertical view on Android phones btw. Check yo elements dawgs!

  21. ffordesoon says:

    I liked the opening a lot, and this still made me laugh my ass off.