I’ve owned fallout 4 now for just over 2 months. for the first month and a greater part of the second, I played until the early morning, sleeping little and regretting nothing. Right around the new year, my body started rebelling and I was forced to obey. Since then the game has lost its iron grip on my brain, and I’ve been able to enjoy the game in a much more responsible manor.

Ahoy! There be Spoilers past here for the weak of heart. Not likely Story spoilers (because I’m not at all far in the story) but spoilers none the less. 

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There was a time, back in 2012 or 2013, when Hearthfire was announced as a DLC for Skyrim.  Legitimately, I thought it was a joke. Taking care of your own house? Furnishing it and making it the envy of.. who? Yourself? Maybe. It didn’t take long for me to shoot down a similar concept in Fallout 4. I was, however. very wrong.

Explicit warning of Spoilers below – mostly vague, but still there. 

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Fallout 4 is an extremely complex game that does not tell you the rules clearly, contradicts what you want to do, fails to explain parts of the game that are sometimes very obtuse, and can has some very strong choices that you can miss if you either don’t know the setting, the game, or the way the system work. Fear not, though! After over 100+ hours, I’m compiling everything I think is critical to know about the game. Follow me as I explain things you may not know, thing I clearly didn’t know, and things I am clearly a moron for not understanding. This may take a few articles.

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Fallout 4 is, and continues to be, a complete blast. While I’ve only recently discovered the joy of settlement building (the key is to build one giant fortress, not a bunch of stupid houses), I have thoroughly been enjoying the playstyle that I laid out at the start of my journey, that of a Gramaton Cleric, teeming with reckless abandon and itching for destruction. He is cold, calculated, and ruthless with a trigger finger quicker than his wit. While I expected to be able to play this style, I never expected the type of massive destruction I am capable of waging was part of the game.

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The last few weeks have been a killer for my hobbies. While I’ve still been able to get in games of Warmachine, and play D&D on Tuesdays, I’ve done almost nothing else during any free time except play Fallout 4. Xerxis 2 languishes on my desk, 30% painted, My desk itself is covered in the refuse of a score of different projects. I don’t regret it one bit.

Remember: Game Spoilers ahead, though I will try and avoid story. 

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I missed last weeks Thursday article, and for that I apologize. However. Fallout 4 came out on Tuesday, and I received the package early Wednesday morning.  When I got home, I turned on the console, booted it up and installed. The wife and kid got home just as the install finished, and I had to wait. Finally, at 8:30pm, the day after It was released, I sat down, made my character, and embarked into the common wealth.

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. I will try not to include much in terms of story, but there may be some. 

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I. Cannot. Wait.

I’m generally a very patient person. It might not seem it at first, as I’m pretty direct and prone to speaking frankly and bluntly, but that’s simply expediency. It allows me to get the most out of what I am saying in the most efficient way possible. Today, however. is not that day. As I sit typing this, I know that Game Stop, across the street, likely has a growing line around the building. The displays are being built and the store is getting ready to sell a PILE of copies of Fallout 4.

But I am not there. I am here, and once I get done writing, I am going to go to bed, wake up, and go to work.

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The Time has Come

I have come to the undeniable revelation that the Fallout Intellectual Property is my favorite. XCOM is my favorite game, hands down, but the setting, lore and style of Fallout beats it in my book every day. Where I am excited for XCOM 2 to come out so that I can experience the game play, I eagerly await Fallout 4 so that I can, once again, immerse myself in the world.

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Holy Jesus.

The amazing and astounding things coming out of, and around, and even near E3 this year are beyond my wildest Dreams. Every expectation that I could have had, if I had ever paid attention to E3 before, were completely blown away. I have gone from lamenting that I had a video game system at all to being overjoyed that I managed to pick one up last year. I have re-joined the Inquisition in full force, and am stoked to get to the end and move on to the next game, something I’ve not had in years.

I’m just going to run through the list by enthusiasm level. While It is not representative of when I heard the list, it is very representative of how gleeful I am at each release.

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