The Fallout of Fallout 4

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So it’s now been a few weeks since the release of Fallout 4, perhaps the most widely anticipated game of 2015, and it is due a review. Fallout 4, the continuation of one of the most popular game franchises, was looked forward to by the massive following the franchise has for a few years, and the opinions of most of the people who’ve tried it are in agreement; it’s good… it’s really good.

Fallout 4 follows the same vein as previous titles; taking place following a massive nuclear war, 210 years to be exact. For those who’ve played the previous games, you should know that it takes place 10 years after the end of Fallout 3, but for those who haven’t you should know that Fallout 4 can still be enjoyed even if you’ve not played the others.

Unlike Fallout 3, which took place in New Vegas, Fallout 4 takes place in Boston. Don’t let this seemingly limited map colour your opinion though; the fourth sees a massive expansion in scale compared to the third, particularly in terms of dialogue in NPC’s and weapons and customisations of yourself, your environment and said weapons.

The game has a basic quantity of weapons at fifty, which is hardly minuscule. But if that isn’t enough for you, not to worry, you’ll be able to customise these weapons in a number of different ways for massively different results. There is a lot of gameplay available just regarding trying all of these different weapons out.

Like previous fallout games, you’ll be able to acquire a number of different companions, although only one can be in use at a time. These will help you complete tasks and survive against enemies; they can be used as an extra weapon carrier, or they can be used to pick locks and find items. There are a total of 13 potential companions, which can be acquired through main quests and side quests, although only one, Dogmeat, has to be acquired, the rest are optional. These companions can be interacted with, including some with the potential for romance.

An interesting new component to the franchise is the ability to adapt your environment through craft. Essentially this is used to secure bases and rest zones so that you’re safe, but it can also be utilised in interesting ways for specific tactical purposes that I’ll leave you to figure out!

 

No Man’s Sky – An Opportunity for an Adventure

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No Man’s Sky is an, as of now, yet to be released game, but the initial look at what the game offers its users seems to offer people a lot of promise. Made by an independent gaming company, it has what is perhaps the most extensive world of any game ever made.

The world of No Man’s Sky is a galaxy; you play an explorer going round to various planets, discovering (and naming) wildlife, resources and planets. Although the game is technically multiplayer, with the game universe being large enough that even if a planet is discovered every second, it’ll take 585 billion years to find them all, the chances of randomly encountering another player is very remote. Even intending to meet another player of the game will likely take a long time and be very difficult, although as the game gets explored more and more, players will likely find focal points for people to gather around.

 

Bundled Games: A Great Money Saving Option

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If you’ve had any experience with gaming, then you’ve likely experienced how expensive it can be. If you’re a bit savvy about it there are numerous ways to reduce the costs of your hobby though, and one of the best is to buy bundled game packages.

You find that a lot of the smaller gaming developer companies will bundle a number of their older games together in a package occasionally. This means that you could get ten games which, when bought individually could cost you £50, could be bought for £20 or even cheaper occasionally.

The only real downside to this money saving option is that it could include only a couple of games that you’re actually interested in, with the rest being a pointless purchase. In this situation you could find yourself overpaying for the games you wanted, but it could also mean that you end up with a number of surprisingly good games too.

Midweek Madness – The Best Reason to Be a Steam User

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Being a steam user brings a lot of benefits to PC gamers, but perhaps the biggest and most important is actually the Midweek Madness – the weekly release of incredible deals on games. Every week Steam provide users with a pop-up of the best current deals, showing how some games have got a a 30-90% discount if you buy them within a given period. This means that games which were £20 can now be bought for £2! Truly, this is an incredible opportunity for the frugal gamers out there. The midweek madness doesn’t just cover games; we also see a number of early release games providing people with a few days free of charge within that period.

Midweek madness is just one of many reasons why you should download the Steam platform. You get access to an extensive list of games, easy management of your library, a great community with the option to find and join up with like minded individuals interested in the same game and read reviews of game pre-purchase to make sure that you’re making the right decision. There is a massive number of high quality F2P games on the system as well, so even those who don’t want to spend money can enjoy themselves.

Using Steam – An Essential For Anybody Interested in Starting PC Gaming

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If you’ve been playing on consoles for a long time, the urge may arise to start playing games on your PC. This is greatly encouraged, as PC gaming is, quite frankly, better. You have better gaming options, better interaction with other gamers, and greater opportunities to play games to really high specifications. Console gamers had to wait for the newest generation of consoles before they could play games at really high FPS and graphics, while PC gamers had been able to play to those specifications and even better. This trend is only expected to continue.

Steam is one of the most essential things for anybody interested in gaming to get. It is a free program which you can install on your computer which has a thriving gaming community, an online store, downloadable mods (which modify games to improve graphics and make strange things happen) manageable games library, and a large number of free games available for download.