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Fallout 4, PC

The fourth Fallout was released by Bethesda in 2015, some seven years after Fallout 3, and five years after Fallout: New Vegas. In fact: I would call this the fifth Fallout game, because Fallout: New Vegas was more than just game number 3.5, in my humble opinion – it was the best game in the entire series. But anyway… What do I know?

What Fallout 4 retains from the previous games it benefits from (like lockpicking, hacking, and companions, which are essentially the same), and what Fallout 4 loses from the previous games it also benefits from too. Excepting for maybe the Perk Chart, which I found to be a big step backwards, usability-wise, in Fallout 4.

That ‘blip’ aside, I love the sparse and refined interface of Fallout 4; the story and conversations are simpler and more realistic; and ‘crafting’ has taken on a whole new meaning this time around. New additions to the gameplay, such as building and defending settlements, the use of power armour, and manufacturing helper robots, I think are all excellent. Although base-building in Fallout 4 is not perfect (trying to get fencing to connect up is a bitch), the fundamentals behind it work very well and add another dimension to the Fallout experience.

Of course, Fallout 4 is all about chasing quests, gaining and using experience points, playing politics with different factions, and hoarding every piece of tech and weaponry you can get your hands on. Exploring the crumbling, post-apocalyptic Boston, Massachusetts yields many surprising moments.

What I love most about Fallout 4 is the world itself. And the atmospherics. The effort Bethesda has made to create a believable, destroyed world is remarkable. The use of light/dark; coloured lighting; weather effects; music and sound effects all combine to make something really worth experiencing. On normal difficulty Fallout 4 is a challenging game – that I like too. At times the enemies in the game can be utterly ruthless and punishing (try meeting an Assaultron Demon and its friends when you’re lower levelled and see what you think of that experience…), and there are many unique monsters in the game that are way beyond your initial capabilities and who will mince you for dinner without warning if you make a mis-step. Which is all part of the Fallout RPG experience – fear, followed by eventual domination (when you go back to get your revenge later). And – there being no real level cap this time – you could in theory just keep on surviving indefinitely.

At times Fallout 4 can be frustrating. A game this big and complex is going to have some bugs, and I did experience a couple that broke my game (which I had to use to the console to fix), which nobody wants to do, but at least a fix was available, saving hours of gameplay that I’d otherwise have to re-do. I also think that the item management is still not quite as good as I’ve seen in other games. Organising items can be quite tiring in Fallout 4 and a few tweaks to the menu system might have made it a lot easier. But overall: I don’t want to complain about it too much, because I really enjoyed playing Fallout 4.

Where would I put Fallout 4 in my list of best Fallout games? Is it better than Fallout: New Vegas? Mmm. I would probably put it joint top with Fallout: New Vegas. In some respects, Fallout 4 is better, but in other respects: not. The story/characterisation and world-building in Fallout 4 are outstanding. There’s no doubting that.

More: Fallout 4 on Wikipedia
Steam: Fallout 4 on Steam

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Fallout 3, PC

After a gap of some ten years – between the release of Fallout 2 and “the void” of there being no other Fallout games – came Fallout 3 from Bethesda. Like a bolt from the blue: Fallout was back, and this time it was in 3D.

The year was 2008, and it seems like an age ago now, but the release of Fallout 3 onto the market really invigorated the RPG scene. Not to mention: brought back a much-loved series with a modern twist on the game world and mythos. Not everyone was happy, though. A few fans were unhappy with the change to first-person, or the fact that Super Mutants were ubiquitous early on in the game (when, in their minds, Super Mutants should only appear at higher levels). Which is nonsense. Fanatics will be fanatical…

What were slight problems with Fallout 3, though, were the bugs (the game is notorious for having an abundance of game-breaking bugs); the sometimes ridiculous story-telling (the ending is much debated on those terms); and the rather trite voice acting. Not all the voice acting is bad – only some of it – and it kind of holds the game back a little.

Personally: as an admirer of the original two Fallout games, I spent hundreds of hours playing Fallout 3 and enjoyed every minute of it (except when I had to replay because I’d saved a game-breaking bug into my game). I was just so happy to be back in the Vault again. It was only later, after I’d played the superior Fallout: New Vegas, did I realise how limited Fallout 3 was.

Fallout 3 is still a huge amount of fun to play now. The seamless mixing of real-time action and (optional) turn-based combat impresses me a lot. The combat system – called V.A.T.S. (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) – is a joy to use and gives you a great view of the action while it plays-out. As long as you’re not taking on an opponent who is way stronger than you, you always feel in a control of the action, and as you level up you can face stronger and stronger enemies. Which is just how it’s supposed to be.

More: Fallout 3 on Wikipedia
Steam: Fallout 3 on Steam
GOG.com: Fallout 3 on GOG.com

Far Cry 2, PC

Far Cry 2 first came out in 2008 and is a first-person shoot ’em up set in a war-torn, ficticious African country. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal.

The game mixes open world exploration with brutal violence, best-in-class combat, and also showcases many exciting action game concepts – such as great vehicle use and a large arsenal of weapons to choose from.

The action takes place across deserts, jungles and savanna regions – all of them crawling with enemies. In fact: as beautiful as the landscape is: you hardly get a moment to admire it because, more often than not, someone is buzzing around your ankles with a machine gun.

Just like in the original Far Cry, the AI of the opponents in the single-player game of Far Cry 2 is set to high. Far Cry 2 is not a game you play to waltz through on ‘easy’. No – you have to approach things carefully if you’re going to survive. You play it for the tactical challenge.

Although Far Cry 2 may be too brutal for some tastes, I have to say that I had a great time playing it when it first came out. As single-player shooters go it is absorbing, varied and very challenging. Some might even argue that Far Cry 2 is the best game in the series.

It’s been ten years since Far Cry 2 was first released, and it’s still available to buy via the usual outlets, and I would say that it is still well worth a play now. Even if it does require that horrible UPlay thing that Ubisoft forces on you…

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_Cry_2
Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/19900/Far_Cry_2/
GOG.com: https://www.gog.com/game/far_cry_2

Resident Evil 4, PC

The high-def Windows version of Resident Evil 4 looks a bit sharper than the GameCube original, but is essentially still the same great game.

The updated version (shown here) is the 2014 re-release called Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition.

Resident Evil 4 is considered to be one of the greatest games of all time, and for good reason. If you’ve never played it, you have never lived.

It’s on Steam. Wait for that sale. Then go get it.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil_4
Steam: 254700/resident_evil_4__biohazard_4

Resident Evil 4, GameCube

Resident Evil 4 – THE standout survival horror game of the Noughties – was released exclusively by Capcom on the Nintendo GameCube in 2005, and it immediately became a critical and commercial smash hit. For all the right reasons.

The traditional zombie approach has been tweaked slightly, and this time you’re battling with weird Eastern European villagers and some super scary sub-bosses.

Resident Evil 4 has memorable moment after memorable moment, whether it’s fighting El Gigante, or having your throat torn out by zombie wolves – the action is relentless.

Those disgusting tentacles that spurt out of decapitated heads are a sight for sore eyes too.

Resident Evil 4 is a must-play game for all gamers. Except small children and people of a nervous disposition.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil_4
Steam: 254700/resident_evil_4__biohazard_4