Prepare yourself for my first ever website rant. I had these feelings last year, but I didn’t have the time during Q4 OR a fancy internet site 🙂 Here goes…
The Fallout 4 Far Harbor expansion was released earlier this week. It is by far the beefiest of all the DLC released for the third best selling game of 2015. As like most open world Bethesda games, two things remain constant:
- It’s fun and engrossing
- It’s a buggy mess
The game suffers from two major bugs. First, NPC dialogue consistently overlaps between sentences. Not only does this make dialogue difficult to hear, but also destroys any sense of environmental immersion. Watch the 44-minute mark of the video below. Second, your character textures often disappear when your talking, ala Assassin’s Creed Unity circa 2014. These aren’t one offs either. They frequently happened in the first ten hours I’ve played (still not done yet). Other bugs I encountered (albeit not as frequent) were: my character getting stuck in front of a computer terminal, and not being able to exit my power armour. Both cases resulted in me needing to reload an autosave. I’m playing on PC, which is almost always Bethesda’s most stable version. For more info on my rig see below.
What bothers me is not the bug themselves per se, but rather how Bethesda is left off the hook for releasing incomplete games and content. Even before the launch of Fallout 4, both critics and players were pretty much accepting of the fact that the game was going to have issues at launch. I heard several critics cite how bugs are part of the charm of a Bethesda game….
Are you kidding me!?!?
How can we give one company, such as Bethesda, a pass but vilify another company like Ubisoft? It’s a complete double standard. The missing face textures (among many other issues) resulted in critics destroying Assassin’s Creed Unity and on social media. As is often the case with Bethesda games, the hype gives everyone short-term memory.
Don’t get me wrong; the hype was deserved. The company produces fantastic, often Game of the Year, calibre titles. But that does not mean their obvious shortcomings should be overlooked or in some cases rationalised. When I save a game, it should be because I think it’s the right moment to save the game and not because I’m expecting my character to be stuck bobbing his head in front of a terminal. Some would say, this is why the modding community exists. Once again…
Are you kidding me!?!?
Yes, it’s great that Bethesda games are often highly modifiable by their dedicated fans. I am amazed to this day the things I see coming out of the Skyrim community; however fans should not be looked upon to fix issues in your game.
Nic – @TetraNinja
PC Rig | Nvidia Driver 365.19