Major Concerns for Fallout 4

Everyone is excited about the upcoming release of Fallout 4, but I'm a little bit more on the cautious side, and here is why.

I’m just as excited about Bethesda’s Fallout 4 as everyone else. They’ve done a great job of marketing and advertising the crap out of this game, and it looks impressive to say the least. I have played Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, and I’m actually concerned about this sequel. With all the hype and expectations going on, I feel very I shouldn't get carried away with all the buzz and excitement. Here are some concerns that I feel us gamers should have in regards to Fallout 4.

The Size


Everyone has heard the cliché bigger is better, but I don’t think this is true when it comes to Fallout 4. There are rumors and reports floating around the internet that this game will be three times bigger than The Elder Scrolls’s V: Skyrim’s map. Skyrim left me feeling happy knowing that there was plenty to explore and discover across the world. But something this size seems a little too big. So if you’re a person that likes to complete and acquire everything in a game (like I am), then good luck to you. With this enormous map, that may prove near impossible. I could also see a significant dip in how the game performs as you near the map size limit. Bethesda better have plenty for us to do so we don’t feel like we’re just walking aimlessly around everywhere. 

Have they learned from their mistakes?

In Fallout 3, there were glitches, mechanical hiccups, game freezes at random moments, and a few other problems as well. I noticed the same issues in Fallout: New Vegas. With all these advanced features, promises, and hardware going into the game, I’m a little worried that I’m going to have to deal with these problems all over again. I understand that these things in many ways are unavoidable, especially for open-world games, but if fewer issues during gameplay, the more forgiving I am when one does actually occur.

The Complexity


Fallout 4 boasts a lot about all the things you can do in the game. You can customize your character, weapons, armor, and even build and craft structures. There is also the unique combat style, the leveling up system, training a dog, and dealing with mods. While I’m familiar and can handle all of this (and I’m looking forward to it all), new gamers that are just trying to get into the series might feel overwhelmed. It is a steep learning curve that they must overcome to enjoy the game. This could cause a lot of frustration and a failure to acquire newcomers to the series. 

The release date itself

The final concern is the November 10 release date. When you think about the size of the game, the hardware involved, the multiple features, I can’t help but wonder if this game will be ready by then. With a lot games going out unfinished (Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Assassin’s Creed Unity come to mind), I’m worried that this game will follow suit. I don’t want a game that forces me to wait for patch updates.

While I have these concerns, I’m still going to buy the game on the release date. Bethesda is one of those companies that for the most part, hasn't let me down, so I’m placing my trust in them despite my concerns. I have no doubts that this game will be awesome. I just hope it is awesome from day one.

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Fireboltz is a die-hard fan of gaming, and has been playing them for over twenty years. He's a graduate from Weber State University and looks forward to focusing his writing on the video game world.

Published Jun. 28th 2015
  • Kelvin Maynard Jr.
    Being a big fan of Bethesda collection of works over the years, I think their track record is really good. Seeing that we are hearing about it so close to release time gives me more confident that they have learn from their mishaps in the past with FO3 and FONV
  • OrganisedDinosaur
    Your concerns seem to be grounded in absolutely nothing but pessimism. It is a pleasant surprise that they announced the game close to release date. It has been in development for a long time.
    Don't be so eager to find problems for the sake of finding problems.
    New gamers will not be overwhelmed as most of the new features are optional.
    A bigger world map may not necessarily be better but it certainly won't be worse.
    This game has had a longer development time than New Vegas.
    Of course, it may all go horribly wrong, but there is no reason at present to believe that it will.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    After last year became the 'year of the delay' I'm predicting that a lot of AAA games are going be pushed back, including FO4 :/
  • Stephen Johnston
    Bethesda will push the game if it is truly not ready. These games are bought in huge numbers and their bug awareness is amplified by an engaged fanbase. They are actually pretty high quality releases and Bethesda has a good track record of them.
  • Fireboltz_7795
    Featured Contributor
    Bethesda's track record is really good, I agree there. I'm okay if a game isn't ready by the initial release date, as long as they let us know before hand. It's because of the good track record that I'm getting it on November 10th, I'm just nervous is all, but excited all the same.
  • Si_W
    They're hardly major concerns if you're going to buy it any way due to your trust in Bethesda, rather just a list of things that could potentially go wrong...
  • Bob Nat
    Like anything you should not get carried away.
    Seeing how much of what we know about the game was delivered by the man in charge, Todd Howard at a press conference that Bethesda normally don't say any thing at, says to me; "we are not going to fudge this one up". The fact that the game has been in development since they wrapped up on Fall out 3 and was their big priority since they got done with Skyrim shows their dedication to the product.
    I am pretty sure they will hit their delivery date with 'fingers crossed' no major fudge ups.
  • Fireboltz_7795
    Featured Contributor
    Bethesda has always been good to their fans; it's one of the reasons they're one of my favorite game studios. I just wish it was November already. Tomb Raider and Fallout on the same day though is really unfair. There just isn't enough time for both.

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