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Fallout mod

Fallout 4 looks so much better with seasons


Good job, modders!
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
Thanks to the modding community, Fallout 4 has a long life ahead of it. We've had fun covering assorted user-made gags, but it's stuff like this multi-person Seasons project that I most love to see. It introduces much-needed color and variation to the Commonwealth without going over the top. Spring, summer, fall, and winter are all represented. The side-by-side comparison is seriously impressive:
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Fallout 4

Jesus, this Fallout 4 Deathclaw video


What was I saying?
Jan 11
// Chris Carter
While I'm not one to normally endear myself to Fallout 4's cavalcade of glitches (hello auto-save deletions), there are a number of them that really hit the spot. Most notably, the "hey this conversation is fucked" concept i...
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Fallout 4

Make Fallout 4 look a little more like Borderlands with this mod


There a few mods on top of this too
Jan 08
// Chris Carter
PC gaming sure is great. Modder Reddit_is_wrong managed to craft his own visual overhaul mod for Fallout 4, and it brings the style more inline with Borderlands' cel-shading. Sure it isn't an exact 1:1 replica, but it looks c...
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Fallout 3

Watch someone beat Fallout 3 in under 15 minutes


A new world record
Jan 05
// Joe Parlock
Fallout 3: a huge, sprawling game that will eat hundreds of hours of your time… unless you’re speedrunner Rydou, in which case it’s only about 15 minutes long. Rydou has broken the world record for an Any%...
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Randy Savage

Fallout 4 finally playable thanks to Macho Man mod


On PC, at least
Jan 04
// Steven Hansen
Fallout 4 has been out since early November and it's been nigh unplayable in the last two months thanks to a distinct lack of Macho Man Randy Savage. While PS4 and Xbox One players are shit out of luck, modders have once aga...
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Fallout 4

Learn how nuclear mushroom clouds are made for Fallout 4


There's math involved
Jan 01
// Chris Carter
If you make it your goal to learn one thing per day, the above video is a great way to kick things off for the New Year. Simonschereibt over on YouTube decided to break down the science of digital mushroom clouds, explaining...
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Deals

Fallout 4 missing in Steam's Winter Sale? It's 34% off at GMG (Updated)


Hooray for third-party retailers
Dec 30
// Dealzon
[Update 12/30: It took a week but the deal is now back again for a limited time. The game is 17% off at Steam, which means Bethesda has decided to give a price drop across all authorized retailers, including GMG who has stack...
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Dogmeat

GODDAMNIT, DOGMEAT


Doggonit
Dec 29
// Brett Makedonski
You're lucky you're so fucking cute.
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Fallout 4

Fallout 4 has been beaten without killing anyone, but it didn't go smoothly


It was tedious and time-consuming
Dec 28
// Brett Makedonski
Fallout 4, more so than its series predecessors, is a game that relies on combat. Unlike the other Fallout games, talking only goes so far, and, when push comes to shove, diplomacy gives way to violence. It's almos...
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Fallout 4

Check out this fan-made Fallout 4 ammo box and Gwent set


Laminated Gwent cards
Dec 28
// Chris Carter
Although I pride myself as a collector, I have limits, and I generally don't craft anything as ingenious as a lot of other gamers out there. That goes double for Waffleguru, who has created both a fully laminated Gwent set (f...
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Fallout 4

PSN EU reveals its final 12 Deals of Christmas promotion


Your definition of 'deal' may vary
Dec 23
// Vikki Blake
The final deal in Sony EU's 12 Deals of Christmas promotion will bring you discounts for Fallout 4. From now until 11.59pm GMT tomorrow, December 24, 2015, you can grab the standard digital version for €45...
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Star Wars in Fallout

Lightsabers in Fallout 4 is, scientifically speaking, something the Internet should like


But you can never really tell
Dec 22
// Brett Makedonski
Possibly the laziest route to garnering online favor is to take a thing the Internet likes and put it in another thing the Internet likes. There are countless examples of this all the time, but a good recent one is the Batma...
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Not my wife!

Man sues Bethesda over Fallout 4 addiction


Cost him his job and wife
Dec 21
// Steven Hansen
Move over, Florida Man, we're getting intentional weirdos. According to the Russian-government-owned news publication RT, a Siberian man is suing Bethesda and its Russian localization crew over his addiction to Fallout 4, whi...

Score attack! Mario, Metal Gear, Witcher, and more games better than Star Wars

Dec 21 // Steven Hansen
Now, at year's end, Destructoid's Brett Makedonski rekindled this bonfire in my head with an innocuous tweet, "How does Rotten Tomatoes work? If something's a 6/10 or better, does that review count as 100% fresh for the aggregation?" I replied, "yeah." And then, [embed]328101:61584:0[/embed] What Brett gets at seems like a no-brainer concern for anyone who works in video games. What happens when the average games gets across-the-board 7s and then comes up as a perfect? Well, thankfully movie reviewing is a bit less insular than video game reviewing and there's a bit more disagreement. There are more people giving negative reviews -- even to almost universally praised things. And that's okay! Let's look at 2015's common Game of the Year award candidates and, via Metacritic, see what their RottenTomatoes "freshness" might look like (the percent of reviews that are positive, versus the average score). The closest thing to a negative review among the 874 total are two instances of 5/10. The lowest Metacritic score here is an 81 (Splatoon) while the highest is 93 (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Undertale) for an average of 88. For a more direct comparison, Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Metacritic score (they do movies, too) is 81. RottenTomatoes, which also displays an average rating, albeit less prominently, has the film at 83. I don't think anyone who worked on the project is going to miss his Xmas bonus. This isn't to rail on Metacritic, a common target for its reductionism, for game developer bonuses contingent on its averages, for failing to include individual writer names on its listings. Nor is it to kick the tires on the "do review scores matter" question, crossing up hypothetical opponents and swishing a "read the words" as if it were a mic drop. What these trends point to is a blind spot in game reviewing and the lack of diverse opinion. There are reasons for this, but first, note that the above comparison is, admittedly, not one-to-one. There are publications rating games not on Metacritic, there are game and movie publications that don't score reviews, movie aggregate sites have a wider pool to cull from because of the prominence of movie reviews as newspaper/magazine staples. But the Metacritic sample size is still a large representation of major outlets writing about games. Okay, so, why? Oh, man, so many reasons, most of which overlap in various ways. First let's try this out: You can be smart about games, but absolutely terrible at actually playing Bloodborne, for instance. And that's not me projecting -- I'm the best Souls player on staff. It does get to a good point, though, which is how game reviews are assigned. Familiarity with the French New Wave canon may inform your thoughts on the new CGI Samey Explosions, but lot of styles and techniques work across eras, genres, etc. This knowledge is more cumulative. Games? Content, style, presentation, physical means of interaction vary so wildly. Someone joked they need a community college course on Xenoblade Chronicles X. Twitch shooters and Devil May Cry-style action games require additional physical skill and execution. Sure, knowing about RPGs and progression systems helps a critic working on a sports or action game when those genres started adopting those systems regularly, but god damn, some people just can't do a Dark Souls. And so there are often experts. There's "the Dark Souls woman," or the "the JRPG guy," or the "the MOBA person." And that's not all bad. Sometimes the expert or genre fan has broader context or deeper insights. However, the setup is fated towards homogeneity. Especially when coupled with -- I'd be remiss not to mention this -- the tendency of major video game writing publications towards hiring middle-class-and-up white dudes. Similar types of people with similar experiences all reviewing the same stuff. And there are reasons for this, too: members from that group are most likely, especially in this economy, to be able to work unpaid internships or for the bum rates that writing gets these days, period, while having financial security or backup otherwise. Sometimes it's just a Rolodex problem, as Jenn Frank noted.  It is much more sane to write a review of a 100-minute movie for $50 than a 100-hour game for $50. With its shorter history, gaming media exists more so in the current era of devalued writing that has felled everyone from, well, all the game sites that have closed down recently, to the best film (The Dissolve) and sports/pop culture outlets (Grantland). I think this translates -- to the sincere dismay of everyone involved -- to a lot more "good enough" writing than we'd all like, especially when most of the people who are writing about games are underpaid, hustling freelance, or both. This is a general publishing woe perhaps exacerbated by games writing's shorter canon and fewer agreements on how even to talk about games (aside from the established, book report-y "is it fun?" style). Demanding more rigor from overtaxed, underfunded writers and editors working in a devalued, fraught industry within a generally struggling economy, well, damn, it's tough. A doable step, though, is actively hiring from a wider pool of applicants than your typical just-graduated-22-year-old-Nick. I think here at Destructoid we do a good job simply encouraging our reviewers to be as straightforward and honest as possible without kowtowing behind cookie cutter review formulations and tasteless writing that goes down without a fuss, but serves no one (I'm cautiously optimistic that fans of the genre will enjoy this return to the series roots). Average starts at 5, and all that. Some of the biggest holiday releases (Fallout 4, Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider) came in under 8. But it's almost more disheartening for the state of gaming as a whole that folks across the net will point to an incredibly good score like a 7/10 as rabble rousing, as trolling for hits, and that collectively -- as in the Chart Chart Binks above -- it's rare to even end up on the "negative" side of the spectrum. Someone has to dislike something.
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Yes, they all reviewed better
There are exactly 100 professional reviews culled on the Bloodborne Metacritic page. Of that 100, 99 are "positive" and 1 is "mixed," a lowly 7/10, which I'd suggest is still positive. Oh, so nobody dislikes this game? When I...

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WASTED!

Car crashes into gamer playing Fallout 4 in his home


His response is priceless!
Dec 17
// Jed Whitaker
Ben Rose was playing Fallout 4, minding his own business, when a Hyundai Sonata burst through his wall like a violent Kool-Aid Man before plowing directly into him. Fortunately for Ben and the driver, the words "Wasted!" didn...
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Zelda

Of course someone modded Zelda into Fallout 4


It's basically a requirement
Dec 10
// Chris Carter
For years, some of my favorite PC mods have been homages. It's easy to plan it out on paper, but much harder to actually sit down and create -- while I previously had time to do that in the past, I pretty much leave it to the...
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Fallout 4

Fallout 4 looks right at home with an isometric camera


Old school Black Isle Studios
Dec 08
// Chris Carter
Although Bethesda has done a fine enough job with the new Fallout games, they pale in comparison to the older games, done by Black Isle Studios under Interplay (except for Obsidian's amazing Fallout: New Vegas, of course...
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Fallout 4

Fallout 4's first patch is boring, but probably necessary


Functional's good too
Dec 07
// Brett Makedonski
Sometimes, video game patches sort out or enable quirky features. For instance, The Witcher 3 had one earlier this year where severed heads no longer disappeared. That's a good patch! Developer CD Projekt Red was like "P...
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Fallout 4

Amazon has the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition back in stock again


Maybe for the last time
Dec 04
// Brett Makedonski
Thanks to a bunch of cancellations, Amazon has some stock of the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition to sell again. For those who don't know, that's the one that come with a big old wearable Pip-Boy that operates by use of your ph...
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Deals

Xbox One Fallout 4 1TB bundle $329 in early Cyber Monday sale


Yes "early" as in two days early
Nov 28
// Dealzon
Update 11/30: Deal's dead! Next best bet is this $299 GOW bundle or $349 1TB bundle with free $60 gift code (which you can basically use to buy Fallout 4). Here's an Xbox One Fallout 4 bundle that crept up on us "unexpectedly...
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One-Punch Man

This champion recreated the One-Punch Man anime in Fallout 4


Go go Saitama
Nov 27
// Chris Carter
Similar to Kill la Kill and other animes throughout the years, One-Punch Man has been making the rounds on the Internet in the past few months due to its absurd premise and high-octane fight scenes. In essence, the...

What is your favorite Bethesda era Fallout game?

Nov 27 // Chris Carter
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New Vegas, baby
Barring the amazing original PC series, I want to know what people think of the newer takes on the Fallout franchise. I've seen so many conversations regarding Bethesda's reign, and although there's lots of love for Fallout 4...

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Fallout

Fallout: The Story is recreating Fallout 1 in New Vegas


"You're a hero... and you have to leave"
Nov 26
// Joe Parlock
There are plenty of people who’ve been introduced to the Fallout series thanks to the recently released Fallout 4. That means there are also plenty of people who might like to go back and play the older games to see ho...
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Fallout 4

Make Fallout 4's Mysterious Stranger noise your ringtone


Or text alert, I'm not your Dad
Nov 24
// Chris Carter
Fallout's Mysterious Stranger is a fan favorite character in recent years, and for good reason -- he's a badass that lives on the edge. Now you can download a ringtone to relive that "hnngh"-inducing noise, by way of Android ...
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Fallout Band 4

Look like a wasteland warrior when Fallout 4 invades Rock Band 4


A duet of cuatros
Nov 24
// Brett Makedonski
If you fancy yourself a living room faux-musician, this is probably the closest you'll ever get to looking like a Fall Out Boy. Harmonix has collaborated with Bethesda to add free Fallout 4 Vault-111 jumpsuits to the Ro...
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Fallout update notes

You can nab the first Fallout 4 update on Steam


I thought you'd be bigger
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
Bethesda has released a beta version of the first Fallout 4 update on PC, and if you were expecting a bunch of sweeping changes and bug fixes, well, give it some time. New Features Number pad keys can now be used for remappi...
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Fallout 4

Bethesda: Fallout 4 console commands 'not supported or recommended' on PC


'Can very easily mess up save files'
Nov 23
// Chris Carter
In a very Bethesda-like fashion, messing around with console commands on the PC version of Fallout 4 might completely bug out your game more than it's already bugged out to begin with. Warning folks not to use the system...
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Fallout 4

What hellish humans have you crafted with Fallout 4's character creator


Haha, these are amazing
Nov 23
// Chris Carter
Haha, man, I can't get over how good some of these Fallout 4 character creation templates are. Beavis and Butthead is probably my absolute favorite, but I've seen so many great garish creations over the past few weeks. A...
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Fallout 4

Fallout 4 Script Extender has arrived, and with it the ability to make bigger mods for the game


Early initial release, but give it time
Nov 23
// Joe Parlock
Bethesda games are known for being modding playgrounds, and Fallout 4 is no exception. It’s only been out for about two weeks, but there’s already plenty of worthwhile mods floating around. Sevral mods for Skyrim,...
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Fallout 4

There's a Fallout 4 patch hitting PC next week


Console patch on the way later
Nov 20
// Laura Kate Dale
It's no secret that Fallout 4 is pretty damn buggy. Bethesda open world RPGs are not known for technical polish, and the development team knows that well. Thankfully, the first patch for the game will be rolling out next week...

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