Why I’m Still Playing Fallout 4 155+ Hours Later

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I love Fallout, you love Fallout, we all love Fallout. But… why?

Fallout 4 is all about freedom. The freedom to go where you want, do what you want, and be who you want. You can even pick out a specific settlement to act as your base of operations, and build what you want, as evidenced by this YouTuber-

That’s obviously taken to the extreme, but the fact that you can take the in game building system that far is incredible. I haven’t built anything near as amazing as Ops_Specialist’s Star Wars creation, but then, I doubt many have. The option is there, however.

From the start of the game, you’re given a main quest that you can start on immediately, or you can pick any direction and start walking, and see what you find. This sense of discovery and adventure is a large part of what keeps me in particular coming back over and over again, over 155 hours into my game. There are hundreds of quests, weapons, characters, and locations to find and interact with in Fallout 4. Even now, after playing for over a total of 6 1/2 days (which my save file likes to keep track of for me), I’ve still yet to find all of the companions, collectibles, or locations. I could sit down with a guide and track everything down one by one, but that would take the fun of discovery out of it for me. My biggest bragging right to the game so far is that I have found 14 of the 20 bobbleheads in the game (collectibles that raise your stats, and just plain look cool) completely on my own, with no hints at all.

The point of all of this is that there is always something to do, something new to discover. Will it ever get old? I’m sure it will, nothing is perfect. Eventually I’ll have every companion, every cool weapon, and every collectible. Until that time comes, however, I’ll enjoy my time in the Commonwealth, and may the Fallout gods have mercy on any Super Mutant, Raider, Ghoul, or any other irradiated creature my arsenal and I may come across.

In closing, here are a few of my favorite screenshots I’ve taken in my 155 hours-

Maybe I should get a release for this one?
Your lack of faith is disturbing.
Your lack of faith is disturbing.
Scariest room in Fallout 4.
Scariest room in Fallout 4.
Beauty in the Commonwealth.
Beauty in the Commonwealth.

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I'm just a guy that loves nerd culture, and video games in particular. My earliest memory is seeing a copy of Super Mario World, and wanting nothing more than to play it.

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