fallout 4

A Digital Obituary for a Wonderful Character

A gaming tragedy happened to me yesterday. I’m still bummed about it.

I lost my saved game files for the Fallout 4 play-through I had been working on for over two months. I even reviewed the game recently. My character, a red-haired vixen (what other type would I play?!) dead shot named Jessica had traversed the Commonwealth in my place. She had found her lost son. Jessica had made the tough decision of which faction to join (The Institute); which companion to take as her lover (Curie…I’m a sucker for androids with big hearts).

Jessica had a soft side who could be snarky in particular situations. She once gave to many drugs to an old woman and accidentally killed her. Her favorite food was Mutant Hound Chops with a side of Nuka Cola Cherry.

Okay, I’m being facetious. But man…losing a 50+ hour saved game is a hard pill to swallow. I had let my 8-year-old start a new Fallout 4 game. I don’t the how or whys of what happened, but an hour later he comes up to me, in tears, and says “Dad, I’m sorry. I deleted all your Fallout 4 game saves.”

Dad, I’m sorry. I deleted all your Fallout 4 game saves.

I definitely went through the typical stages of grief.

Denial — No way. He’s mistaken.

Anger — Oh my god, I’m never letting the kid be in the same ROOM as my Xbox One ever again!

Bargaining — Please, God, I will stop writing short stories with evil Baptist preachers if one file can be saved!

Depression — Well, fuck. It’s gone. 50+ hours of my life. Gone. I need booze. And a giant cookie.

Acceptance — It was an easy mistake. He’s 8 years old. I’ve done the same thing before with other games.

I will miss you, Curie!

I will miss you, Curie!

I will accept Good Dad points for swallowing my gamer rage and putting on a soft face to tell my son that I understood it was an accident and not to feel bad.

But to keep it real here…I think I would trade the Good Dad points for my save files. Bargaining. It’s the one step we truly never get beyond!

Fallout 4

fallout-4Despite the mountain of work sitting on my desk (the work resides in my laptop, of course), I’ve lost 40+ hours of my life to a video game. These are precious hours of my mortal coil burned off in the pursuit of experience points and legendary weapons.

Damn you, Fallout 4!

Reactions to Fallout 4 have varied from “Meh” to “Eh, pretty good.” I’m in the “pretty good” camp.

There are plenty of reasons to knock the game. The graphics can be glitchy. The user interface appears to have been created by someone who has never played a game before. Dialogue pathways have gone from nifty and interesting to incomprehensible.

And these are just the three biggest sins.

But if you’re a casual gamer who likes the occasional triple A game (like me), then you’ll find Fallout 4 has a lot going for it.

The plot, while nothing original, is interesting and propels forward at a pace that is comfortable to the player. You can dive right in, or you can muck around with side quests and exploring the large sandbox world. You’re seeking your child stolen from your spouse’s arms from an incubation chamber. Familiar factions like the Brotherhood of Steel are around.

The game lets you choose your sex and craft your character’s appearance. That was cool. Naturally, I created a sexy red-haired bad ass.

The big reveal of the Commonwealth (Massachusetts) when your character first exits the vault is brilliant and stunning.

You can attain powerful weapons, but so far, nothing I’ve found is broken. The game does a decent job of escalating the difficulty levels as you experience up. Contrast this to my experience with Fallout: New Vegas where I got my hands on a sniper rifle that allowed me to rip through the last quarter of the game with little difficulty.

Finally, I must compliment the voice actors. The acting is understated and appropriate. So often in video games the performances are hammy and over-the-top.

Oh, and you can the mod the hell out of the game. My favorite mod? Where you turn all the Deathclaws into the Macho Man Randy Savage. OOOOOOOO YEAHH!

Got to go, the Commonwealth beckons!