As we near the end of the year, more and more of 2016’s biggest titles are launching. And considering how long it has been since I last asked what you all were playing, I figured it was time. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!
Now this may come as a shock to some, but I will not be talking about Final Fantasy XIV today (crazy, I know!) That isn’t to say that I haven't been playing, of course I still do, but there isn’t much to report since the last time I talked about it.
Instead, I am going to be talking about a game that actually released last year, Fallout 4. I actually purchased Fallout 4 at launch, but only ended up playing it for 30 minutes before putting it down, and forgetting about it. But a couple of weeks ago, i decided to give it another go. And I have not been able to put it down since.
For starters, I made a new save file. I had only played on my previous one for 30 minutes, so nothing of value was lost in deleting it. But right off the bat I decided to make a few early changes that really helped. The first thing I did was invest more time in my character. I don't really do well with character creators that give a lot of freedom, but I stuck with it, and I am really happy with how it turned out. I also took the time to edit some settings, change some button mapping. These changes were obviously not enough to drastically improve my opinion of the game, but they were enough to keep me going for a little bit longer.
Moving on to the actual game. Fallout 4 marks the second Bethesda game I have ever played, the first being The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. And even very early in my Fallout 4 journey, I could feel some of the same magic that made me fall in love with Skyrim. There is nothing quite like having a NPC character running up, and saying something that starts a new quest. Or hearing a NPC mention a special area in the game that is found days later. Even things like how open the world is, and how my character moves feels very similar to Skyrim, and I think that is a good thing.
Having said that, there are plenty of differences between Fallout 4 and Skyrim that I have had to adjust for. One of the biggest changes has to be in the main weapons of each game. In Skyrim, I would almost always use a sword, or some type of melee weapon. But Fallout uses guns, and I struggled with that early on. The main difference between the two is the fact that guns has ammo. So, unlike swords, the possibility of running out of ammo is a real threat. And it means that the player has to think differently when deciding what to do in the game. This was a challenge for me, as I have never played a Fallout game before.
Something else that I find Fallout does differently is how the world is built. It has been a few years since I played Skyrim, but I remember there being a lot more friendly folks throughout the world of Skyrim. There were plenty of big cities, but there were also a lot of different villages with a good amount of people living in. So far, I am finding that Fallout is not the same. I feel that the commonwealth is full of more raiders and mutants than regular people.
Early on, I disliked both of these changes and vastly preferred my gameplay experience in Skyrim. That didn't mean that I don’t like Fallout, but I wished it had been more like Skyrim in several ways. But the more I have played it, the more I changed my mind. I have grown to appreciate the differences between the two, and everything that is possible because of those changes. At this point, I don’t even know if I could tell you which game I prefer.
I could write a lot more about Fallout 4, and I probably will one day, but this has gone on a little bit more than I had originally planned. I know it reads more like a Fallout 4 impressions post, but I hope nobody minds! Having said that, it is now your turn to tell me what you have been playing. So be sure to leave a comment below!