When Bethesda announced Fallout 4 was coming to virtual reality, there was plenty of excitement. The long wait is finally over, as the game was released to the public 24 hours ago. For now, the game is only available for HTC Vive, but it will come to other platforms as well. It is an absolutely amazing game, as it is a VR version of the original Fallout 4 game we all know and love. However, it is not perfect by any means, even though the overall experience is rather pleasant.
Fallout 4 VR is Glorious in Most Ways
As one would expect from a full VR port of the original Fallout 4 game, you will get a far more up-close experience with any and all enemies you encounter along the way. Contrary to what most of us would have expected, the game itself runs pretty well, despite having a powerful computer certainly helps quite a bit in this regard. Unfortunately, it is also clearly an existing game ported to VR, which makes paying the full price of $60 for a game most people already own a rather steep hill to climb.
Even though we are real Fallout 4 fans, we already paid the same price for the non-VR game. There’s also the Season Pass for the regular game, which isn’t exactly cheap. Reliving it all in VR certainly works quite well, but paying $60 for a game in a niche market is still pretty difficult. If the developers released it as a VR add-on for the price of $15 or $20 to the people who already own the game, that’d be far more acceptable. Charging full price for people who don’t own the game yet would be justifiable in that case as well.
For fans of the genre, the game is absolutely amazing. A full open-world VR game is long overdue, and with both Skyrim VR and Fallout 4 VR at our disposal, the headset only comes off to write these reviews. It is also a very impressive game, which oozes the Fallout 4 atmosphere at every possible turn. Crafting items in the game is still a bit awkward with the current controls, but it’s a price we have to pay. Moving around in the game world through teleportation works quite well, but it feels a bit slow at times.
On the action front, Fallout 4 checks all of the right boxes. It is absolutely amazing to spend hours in this game world as a VR experience. Combat feels genuine and we worked up quite a sweat during our few playthroughs combined. That is also one of the major strengths of this game, as it allows the player to pretty much do whatever they like. Be prepared to stand on your feet for some time while playing this game, as it is not designed for people who want to sit on their bum whatsoever.
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