ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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If you take a look around on various sites, you'll notice that Fallout 4 isn't the lauded masterpiece we thought it would be. Fans of the Fallout franchise have been disappointed with various aspects of Bethesda's design. While the game is a tremendous amount of fun, its let down those who desired a true Bethesda RPG, rather than an enormous and enjoyable shooter-type RPG.

Therefore, we're all hoping that the DLC expansions that Bethesda have promised for the future of the game will bring in some much needed improvements. Fallout 4 is an excellent game, but that doesn't excuse the areas that it's lacking in. Let's examine its faults in order to see what its DLC packs need to introduce.

Fallout 4 DLC Expansions - 5 Things We Need From Them

Fallout 4
Fallout 4

Some of the chore elements of Fallout 4 won't be able to be fixed this time around. We'll have to wait and see whether Bethesda change things with the release date of Elder Scrolls 6 or even Fallout 5 - such as graphics, RPG progression, and performance. In saying that, DLC can still bring us some joy.

Better Dialogue

This may be a strange place to start, but I had some serious issues with Bethesda's dialogue in Fallout 4. It was cliche-ridden, had no flow to it, and often our dialogue options didn't accurately reflect what our character was actually going to say. I hope the new story elements in the DLC sections will provide us with better dialogue options and conversations to listen to without cringing.

Fallout 4
Fallout 4

More Variety

There's a rumor going around that the DLC expansions for Fallout 4 will bring us underwater. In the E3 demonstration of Fallout 4, two pieces of concept art featured underwater elements. Such as a first-person perspective under the sea and an octopus. The ability to venture underwater would be amazing and a welcomed form of variety for Fallout 4. Perhaps that hidden harpoon gun will be needed in the future!

Narrative Impact

Fallout 4 failed to deliver in one area that disappointed me. Aside from choosing which factions to side with, you never really had much of an impact on the narrative of Fallout 4. Someone could die on a quest but that was really it. My dialogue choices didn't affect anything and I was still put on quest after quest which I had no way of changing. This is an RPG right? Let's hope the DLC fixes this!

Fallout 4
Fallout 4

Better Performance

I sincerely hope the DLC sections of Fallout 4 aren't as rife with bugs as the main game is. At times it became unplayable. It was hilarious at the start and you expect a degree of glitches and bugs with a Bethesda game - but the level of performance issues in Fallout 4 was unacceptable. Let's hope things are a lot smoother the next time round.

Settlement Fixes

While I really enjoyed being able to upgrade my settlements in Fallout 4, they really felt pointless after a while. There was no need to build up a great place and there was very little reward for doing so too. I'd love for DLC packs to make the settlement building a more prominent feature or at least one that impacts on the narrative. I started to forget about it in Fallout 4 once missions didn't ask for my settlement improvements anymore.

But what about you guys? What do you hope Fallout 5 and future Fallout 4 DLC expansions will bring? Let us know in the comments!


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