By Alex Zelger
Bethesda Softworks knows how to handle the release of a franchise game. On June 3, 2015, Fallout 4 was announced out of the blue. After being developed secretly for nearly 7 years, the bigger shock to fans was that the game was almost complete with the release date November 10, only 4 months away.
The game takes place 272 years in the future in the nuclear wreckage of Boston after a great nuclear war. Wandering through the wasteland, several famous landmarks like Fenway Park, Freedom Trail, Paul Revere’ house, the USS Constitution, and Bunker Hill can be found and explored. Not only is the wasteland full of historical monuments, it also houses creatures such as super mutants, zombie like radiated humans called “ghouls”, giant roaches, mutated bears, scorpions, lobsters and so on. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you will be happy to know that is not even half of the ridiculous creatures you are able to encounter.
The gameplay features a single player first person shooter that has over 100 hours of gameplay. Roaming the wasteland will lead you to different factions looking for you to complete quests for them, along with many other insignificant characters handing out side-quests. Occasionally you can find a character that wants to tag along and assist you with your journey.
Fallout 4 is riddled with new features like weapon and armor customization, base building, and a major rework of the character upgrade menu, just to name a few. Base building, in which your character can build defenses at settlements to fend off bandits and raiders is easily one of my favorite additions to the series.
Overall, the game plays and feels great. The clunkiness of the gameplay from previous Fallouts have been almost completely removed. I even tried to go back and play a little bit of Fallout 3 and it almost felt unbearable to play after getting used to Fallout 4 changes. With that being said, Fallout 4 gets a 9/10 and is easily my 2015 game of the year.
By Isaiah Workinger
Prior to the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, EA DICE has released Star Wars Battlefront, a first person shooter game that puts you right in the middle of the fight between the Empire and the Rebels.
Star Wars Battlefront includes everyone’s favorite characters such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Darth Vader. The weapons and gear are accurate to the movies, too, which helps to bring a legitimate feel to the game, and that is what a lot of the games buyers are looking for.
This game was designed for Star Wars fans. This is why the game hasn’t gotten the 10/10 reviews you see with other first person shooter games. You almost have to like Star Wars to have an appreciation for the game. If you’re a person who doesn’t like Star Wars, you most likely would not purchase the game.
This is what sets it apart from games like Call Of Duty. Battlefront involves lots of things you see in the movies which does not allow for as much diversity and you could put in other first person shooter games that can do whatever they want.
The audio and visual effects in this game are exactly what you would expect them to be like. It feels like you’re in the movies. Though the game doesn’t have a story mode like the movies, it has the same characters and maps to play on.
If you’re not a fan of the Star Wars saga you might be a little let down with this new game. The fact that there is no serious solo player action like a story mode lets down a lot of gamers. A campaign is what a lot of COD players like and look for in first person shooter kinds of games.
On the overall appeal of the game the graphics are completely amazing. Every explosion looks legit and the maps are huge and have great concepts.
If you are a gamer looking for online gameplay this game fits right in for you. There is a huge 20 vs. 20 player game mode that allows for huge battles. The diversity of the game modes is also an advantage of this game because of all of the different ways you can play.
All of these things add up to Star Wars Battlefront being a great game. No matter who you are you can pick up a controller and have a ton of fun.
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