Fallout 4: Everything A Gaming Noob Needs To Know

Fallout 4 has finally been released. Here’s everything you need to know.

It’s finally here: The long-awaited Fallout 4 has finally hit the shelves, and it already has more players than any other game on Steam. 5 years after the publisher, Bethesda, released Fallout: New Vegas, the previous game in the series, fans are finally able to continue their escape from reality in the post-apocalyptic role-playing-game series.

Whether you’ve already played the other 4 games in the series or are a newcomer to the game, it definitely has appeal for all gamers and it’s easy to see why. Here’s the gist of what you can expect,without any spoilers.

For starters, immediately upon loading the game, you will be swept away by the graphics and detailed scenery. While your graphics expectations will vary from one platform to another, no one can deny that the graphics of Fallout 4 have come along ways since the first game in the series came out.

Graphics comparison between the 3 major platforms. Image source: Tech Insider.

Graphics comparison between the 3 major platforms. Image source: Tech Insider.

If you haven’t played any of the previous games in the series, you’re probably wondering if you will be able to enjoy Fallout 4. In most series, games will build upon each other and might be hard for newcomers to follow if they don’t start with the first game.

That’s not the case for Fallout 4, you’ll be happy to know. The storyline is completely independent and you don’t need to know anything about the previous games in order for it to make sense. If you have played other Fallout games, though, you can expect a few Easter egg references and tie-ins to previous games.

As the game starts out, you’re already in the middle of a scary situation. Bombs have already hit New York and Pennsylvania, so now is as good of a time as any to grab your family and head for your fallout shelter. You make it just in time as your hometown, Boston, is bombed as well. There, the real adventure begins.

The bomb as it hits Boston. Photo source: Tech Insider.

The bomb as it hits Boston. Photo source: Tech Insider.

As is to be expected from any good open-world video game, the Fallout 4 map  is massive and you’ll find it easy to get lost in the game. There are plenty of surprises for you to find throughout the game, so be sure to explore every inch of the map so you don’t miss out on any loot or side missions. You have hours of gameplay ahead of you, so you’ll have to invest some serious time if you want to make the most of your experience.

While you are still low-leveled and getting the hang of things, you might be intimidated by the enemies you will encounter. Be sure to manually save frequently; any gamer knows how frustrating it is to die and lose 20 minutes of progress because there was no recent autosave.

A glimpse at some Fallout 4 combat. Photo source: Tech Insider.

A glimpse at some Fallout 4 combat. Photo source: Tech Insider.

Fallout 4 gives you the tools to make the world your own. How you deal with enemies is up to you – you can come in with guns blazing, sneak up on them, or try out your power of persuasion. That’s the beauty of the game, with your own choices and techniques, you make your own. If you have a friend who is playing the game also, you’ll find that their playthrough will be vastly different from your own.

With the sheer size of the game, you’ll surely want to take your time. Fallout 4 is not a game you want to rush through. There is so much to discover – and you only have one first playthrough – so take it slowly and enjoy it to the maximum.

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Janessa is a gamer, a bookworm, an animal lover and a self-proclaimed foodie. She is passionate about everything that she does and hopes that it will come across in her writing.