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  # 1423433 9-Nov-2015 08:11
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You're loss really.

I would have liked to support Mighty Ape but wanted the Pip-Boy edition.

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  # 1423673 9-Nov-2015 13:33
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Hmm I just saw a bit of a review pulled almost immediately that was suggesting the game doesn't come close to meeting the hype :(

 
 
 
 


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  # 1423675 9-Nov-2015 13:36
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networkn: Hmm I just saw a bit of a review pulled almost immediately that was suggesting the game doesn't come close to meeting the hype :(


Hmm, well I don't really care about fan hype, but the hype from Bethesda itself has largely been demoed in gameplay vids hasn't it?  Unless they'll pulled content at the 11th hour.

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  # 1423680 9-Nov-2015 13:39
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nofam:
networkn: Hmm I just saw a bit of a review pulled almost immediately that was suggesting the game doesn't come close to meeting the hype :(


Hmm, well I don't really care about fan hype, but the hype from Bethesda itself has largely been demoed in gameplay vids hasn't it?  Unless they'll pulled content at the 11th hour.


We will know in 11 hours, but given the large number of failed big game launches in the last 18 months, including Black Ops 3, I will just hold off and wait for the reviews and pick a copy up cheaper later on. 

I didn't really love the last FO or it's expansion.

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  # 1423682 9-Nov-2015 13:42
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networkn:
nofam:
networkn: Hmm I just saw a bit of a review pulled almost immediately that was suggesting the game doesn't come close to meeting the hype :(


Hmm, well I don't really care about fan hype, but the hype from Bethesda itself has largely been demoed in gameplay vids hasn't it?  Unless they'll pulled content at the 11th hour.


We will know in 11 hours, but given the large number of failed big game launches in the last 18 months, including Black Ops 3, I will just hold off and wait for the reviews and pick a copy up cheaper later on. 

I didn't really love the last FO or it's expansion.


I hear you mate - FO:NV was really thin content-wise, and the FO3 DLC's were average on the whole.

My big question will be stability, in general and across all platforms - I pretty much gave up playing FO3 on PS3 as it crashed so often I got sick of saving every 2 minutes.

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  # 1423689 9-Nov-2015 13:47
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nofam:
networkn:
nofam:
networkn: Hmm I just saw a bit of a review pulled almost immediately that was suggesting the game doesn't come close to meeting the hype :(


Hmm, well I don't really care about fan hype, but the hype from Bethesda itself has largely been demoed in gameplay vids hasn't it?  Unless they'll pulled content at the 11th hour.


We will know in 11 hours, but given the large number of failed big game launches in the last 18 months, including Black Ops 3, I will just hold off and wait for the reviews and pick a copy up cheaper later on. 

I didn't really love the last FO or it's expansion.


I hear you mate - FO:NV was really thin content-wise, and the FO3 DLC's were average on the whole.

My big question will be stability, in general and across all platforms - I pretty much gave up playing FO3 on PS3 as it crashed so often I got sick of saving every 2 minutes.


My problem was I just couldn't really get into it. Felt like long periods of wandering around, no ammo, no weapons, constantly attacked, then mission, then back to step 1. 

It was a long time ago, but I prefer my in game gratification to be more frequent. I find games like batman with LOTS of missions and frequent but small power ups, hold my attention better. 

Agree on stability. I can't recall the last time I got a game day 1 and it ran without flaws or problems...

Seems the bigger the game the worse it is, and testing is done ala Microsoft 8.1 and 10, post release :)


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  # 1423752 9-Nov-2015 14:26
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networkn:
nofam:
networkn:
nofam:
networkn: Hmm I just saw a bit of a review pulled almost immediately that was suggesting the game doesn't come close to meeting the hype :(


Hmm, well I don't really care about fan hype, but the hype from Bethesda itself has largely been demoed in gameplay vids hasn't it?  Unless they'll pulled content at the 11th hour.


We will know in 11 hours, but given the large number of failed big game launches in the last 18 months, including Black Ops 3, I will just hold off and wait for the reviews and pick a copy up cheaper later on. 

I didn't really love the last FO or it's expansion.


I hear you mate - FO:NV was really thin content-wise, and the FO3 DLC's were average on the whole.

My big question will be stability, in general and across all platforms - I pretty much gave up playing FO3 on PS3 as it crashed so often I got sick of saving every 2 minutes.


My problem was I just couldn't really get into it. Felt like long periods of wandering around, no ammo, no weapons, constantly attacked, then mission, then back to step 1. 

It was a long time ago, but I prefer my in game gratification to be more frequent. I find games like batman with LOTS of missions and frequent but small power ups, hold my attention better. 

Agree on stability. I can't recall the last time I got a game day 1 and it ran without flaws or problems...

Seems the bigger the game the worse it is, and testing is done ala Microsoft 8.1 and 10, post release :)



Completely agree - NV starts soooo damn slowly - FO3 was great once you got out of the bunker, and the whole Megaton quest was a great way to start, with lots of things to do.  Pacing in general was pretty excellent, compared to Elder Scrolls games etc IMO.

And yeah, from what I've read, the crashing is down to maps size and where items on the map are. . .Same kinds of issues as the GTA games suffer from I think - I'd rather have a smaller map, but with more happening in it.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1424081 10-Nov-2015 02:48
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The review embargo has expired and they're flooding in. Metacritic says "Universal Acclaim" and although it's not a near-unanimous, perfect result like GTA5 was, there's very solid scores from heavyweight reviewers like IGN, Gamespot and PC Gamer.

http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/fallout-4

All I have to do now is convince SWMBO that I need to buy a PS4 to run it. Could/would have run it on my once-cutting edge laptop (as I did FO3) but it doesn't make the system requirements cut any more.

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  # 1424205 10-Nov-2015 10:54
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eracode: The review embargo has expired and they're flooding in. Metacritic says "Universal Acclaim" and although it's not a near-unanimous, perfect result like GTA5 was, there's very solid scores from heavyweight reviewers like IGN, Gamespot and PC Gamer.

http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/fallout-4

All I have to do now is convince SWMBO that I need to buy a PS4 to run it. Could/would have run it on my once-cutting edge laptop (as I did FO3) but it doesn't make the system requirements cut any more.


Keen to know if it starts slowly like the others. I have so many games to finish, but I am away for 10 days on holiday so considering the purchase of this, though I have heard frame rate is a problem with console versions so inclined to play on PC. 


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  # 1424267 10-Nov-2015 11:29
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Just picked up my copy at work today, remoted in to my home computer and started it downloading on steam. only 3 hours to go until I can get home...

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  # 1424410 10-Nov-2015 14:30
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Played a bit this morning before work.

Spoiler free initial thoughts after 2 hours - just enough to get through the intro and the first proper mission:

 

     

  1. It's Fallout. If you like Fallout 3/NV I am sure this one will tickle you
  2. Technically a bit janky like all Bethesda Efforts. Looks nice enough and the art style nails the atmosphere. Animations etc leave a lot to be desired.
  3. Feels very much evolutionary than revolutionary but that is Ok and I have yet to touch on any of the new features such as the settlement building.
  4. Performs Ok on my PC at Ultra settings/1080p with the God Rays and AA touched down a notch. Suffers from odd occasional stuttering - mostly indoors - even though the frame rate still seems to report as 60FPS. Probably patchable/improvable. (specs - 4790k, GTX780, 8Gb, SSD.)
  5. New conversation system is very Mass Effect with the dialogue wheel. Not sure I like it in Fallout 3 - prefer to see the list of more detailed options and more than 4 options for some situations...
  6. Voice acting seems decent. Facial animations less so - especially after just playing the Witcher 3 and Until Dawn!
  7. Heads go pop in VATs. Check.
  8. Weapon crafting/customization looks like a potentially decent improvement
  9. They said my name! Gave my (female) character a name I often use when I am "serious" gaming and I have now been called Miss "name" in the dialogue. I had heard they recorded a butt-load of these for the game.
  10. No crashes or obvious bugs yet.
  11. Power armour is cool

 

I think I will enjoy it. Got a lot out of the last 2 but been a while since I played, so looking forward to some more time in the wastelands...




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  # 1424876 10-Nov-2015 23:45
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I've spent about 8 hours on it so far and I'm a bit disappointed.  They have messed with the inventory and pickup setup, and I'm pissed off with it, they're turned an OK system into something unnecessarily confusing.  Some UI bugs too, such as twice being unable to complete a mission unless I was standing behind the character I was turning it in to.  Pip boy looks cartoonish and the maps and items are harder to read.  There are things to do (such as setting up Sanctuary) that are very poorly explained.  Lots more too, unfortunately, it's taken the gloss right off what is after all an incremntal change rather than a major re-write.




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  # 1424908 11-Nov-2015 06:40
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Got home and started the download, 4 hours!

Will get some time in tomorrow or over the weekend I guess.

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  # 1424917 11-Nov-2015 07:27
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Im enjoying it. I'm the type of person who avoids hype cause I can't be bothered with it. I agree the menus, inventory is a bit confusing but I'll get used to it in time. I'm the type of player who will easily loose hours just tinkering rather than hammering out the story.

Not sure if you noticed it but the pipboy screen can be zoomed to be full screen. It's easy enough to read imo.

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  # 1424918 11-Nov-2015 07:29
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Item: Played a bit this morning before work.

Spoiler free initial thoughts after 2 hours - just enough to get through the intro and the first proper mission:

 

     

  1. It's Fallout. If you like Fallout 3/NV I am sure this one will tickle you
  2. Technically a bit janky like all Bethesda Efforts. Looks nice enough and the art style nails the atmosphere. Animations etc leave a lot to be desired.
  3. Feels very much evolutionary than revolutionary but that is Ok and I have yet to touch on any of the new features such as the settlement building.
  4. Performs Ok on my PC at Ultra settings/1080p with the God Rays and AA touched down a notch. Suffers from odd occasional stuttering - mostly indoors - even though the frame rate still seems to report as 60FPS. Probably patchable/improvable. (specs - 4790k, GTX780, 8Gb, SSD.)
  5. New conversation system is very Mass Effect with the dialogue wheel. Not sure I like it in Fallout 3 - prefer to see the list of more detailed options and more than 4 options for some situations...
  6. Voice acting seems decent. Facial animations less so - especially after just playing the Witcher 3 and Until Dawn!
  7. Heads go pop in VATs. Check.
  8. Weapon crafting/customization looks like a potentially decent improvement
  9. They said my name! Gave my (female) character a name I often use when I am "serious" gaming and I have now been called Miss "name" in the dialogue. I had heard they recorded a butt-load of these for the game.
  10. No crashes or obvious bugs yet.
  11. Power armour is cool

 

I think I will enjoy it. Got a lot out of the last 2 but been a while since I played, so looking forward to some more time in the wastelands...


Go easy with the power armour, the fusion core runs out pretty quickly if you sprint.  I ran out before I got back to Sanctuary and haven't found another fusion core yet so I'm back to reinforced leather armour.

 

The menu for getting in and out of the armour seems bugged too.  The key used doesn't always work, or works unexpectedly.  When you ARE out, you're still carrying pieces in your inventory which you can't use because it says you don't have power armour on.  If you store those pieces, you can still put the power armour on anyway.  At this point I'm not sure what purpose they serve... maybe upgrades, separate from the shell??  So removing the armour and the weight of the inventory pieces is a two-step process - get out, store the pieces in your inventory somewhere else.  I also assumed that the power armour rack had more purpose (such as hanging your armour to make it available at any rack in the wasteland) but it is a storage space (where does it all go?) and used for upgrades and repairs.  I store my inventory power armour pieces in one of them.

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