ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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At this stage, millions of players around the world have accumulated millions of hours in Bethesda's Fallout 4. Some of us know this game a lot better than others, but we can't deny that it's a fantastic title that has contributed to one of the best years in modern gaming. But even after almost 100 hours with Fallout 4, I have to admit, I've got a lot of problems with Bethesda's latest release.

The grievances that numerous players have with Fallout 4 can't simply be fixed with mods - no matter how crazy those mods may be. No; these issues run a lot deeper and prevent the title from achieving its potential greatness.

Fallout 5 - 4 Much-Needed Improvements

Fallout 4
Fallout 4

Therefore, we thought we would examine these issues in order to further understand what Fallout 5 - or even Elder Scrolls 6 - needs to learn from Fallout 4 in order to reach their true potential.


From the moment that Bethesda unveiled the gameplay of Fallout 4, its visuals were criticized. Players weren't happy with the seemingly small leap that Bethesda took from Skyrim. Even though the game was certainly more colorful and vibrant, the graphics weren't close to what a lot of us had imagined. Bethesda's games are always a bit grimy, but I suppose we thought they were over that following the massive success of Skyrim.

Although Fallout 4 has its charms, the lighting in the game is often bleached out, and textures can appear murky up close and even at a distance. It never really bothered me too much, but having played The Witcher 3 earlier this year and been dumbfounded by its graphical presentation, I can't help but criticize Bethesda's visuals.

Fallout 4
Fallout 4

Glitches, Bugs & Performance

If you've played Fallout 4, then you know what we're talking about. Characters getting stuck in walls, companions disappearing, quests not working, crashes - the whole works. I've seen elevator floors disappear, along with companions' clothes in the middle of a battle. And while it's pretty funny at the start, the glitches are so prevalent that it can be difficult to immerse yourself in the world or narrative - especially with all of the performance issues and frame-rate problems.

I recall that after a climactic moment in the game, I turned to find my companion flat on the ground, but still responding. They followed me along like a dead fish, even fetching items for me at will.

While it was funny, it occurred after an emotional section of the game, and if Bethesda wanted players to become more involved in the narrative of Fallout 4, then they needed to break down the wall of glitches and bugs that often prohibited me from doing so. Fallout 5 or Elder Scrolls 6 need to fix the performance issues that this developer is known for.

Fallout 4
Fallout 4


This is a small thing in comparison with the other issues we have with Fallout 4, but there's a lot of talking in this game, and there are a lot of people to talk with. However, every conversation is the same. You'll see some awful facial animations, deplorable lip-syncing, and really strange body movements. It's distracting from the conversation, and fails to involve you in the narrative. Yet again, The Witcher 3 did a remarkable job of keeping this in check.

Fallout 4
Fallout 4


While Bethesda have brought us a far superior narrative to that of Skyrim, they've filled Fallout 4 with some truly awful dialogue. You're bound to find tons of cliches, jarring conversations, and even worse dialogue options for the player to chose from. Often, the 4 conversation options I have in front of me aren't indicative of what my character will actually say.

I loved having my character voiced in Fallout 4, but if you've played games like Mass Effect and experienced the wonder of Bioware's writing, you can't help but criticize the inferior level of quality that Fallout 4 displays in this area.

What Do You Want From Fallout 5?

Fallout 4
Fallout 4

Let me make this clear, I don't dislike Fallout 4 at all. But after spending so much time with it, the cracks begin to show. Bethesda often get off lightly when it comes to things like glitches and performance issues, and we know why - they make great games. But that's not good enough. One of the most respected developers in the world should be able to achieve a higher level of quality, and we should expect it from them too. If we attack Ubisoft for glitches in [Assassin's Creed](tag:437814), why not with Bethesda and Fallout 4?

Therefore, Fallout 5 or Elder Scrolls 6 have their work cut out for them in order to right the wrongs of this fantastic, albeit troubled video game.


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