My free time has been severely impacted recently. After purchasing a Playstation 4 last year, I've been surprised how little time I actually spent on it for the first 11 months. However over the last few weeks, that all changed with the release of Fallout 4.
I'm addicted to the bloody thing, and over the Christmas period, when there are presents to buy and plenty of events in real life to get ready for, it's a little bit problematic.
In case you're unaware of the Fallout series, allow me to give you a brief introduction. You play as a survivor of the nuclear apocalypse, the bombs have dropped and civilisation as we know it has changed beyond recognition. In the case of Fallout 4, you play a character who was rushed into a giant fallout shelter or "vault" and swiftly shut away in a cryogenic freezing chamber, only to awake 210 years later, ready to explore what is left of the world.
It's a sprawling open world game, and it's a tad intimidating when you first step into the wasteland. Whilst the game does provide you with a few supplies, and half an idea of where to go, the stabilisers are off almost immediately. You're let loose into an unforgiving environment where enemies roam free and will show you no mercy. Everybody is out to get you.
Don't get me wrong though, it's no Bloodborne. Whilst it's challenging to start, you very quickly get into the swing of things. You learn to take no prisoners, sweep every location you come across clean for loot and generally look after number one by any means necessary.
There really are no boundaries, you can befriend or kill pretty much anybody.
For example, as it's the end of the world, bartering is one of the only ways of receiving items necessary for say completing a task. Sometimes to get said items, a character will ask you to go off and retrieve something from a particularly nasty spot. So it's nice in these situations to have the choice of either agreeing and going off to accomplish said trials, or simply turning around and blowing the head off whoever dared to ask us to do such outlandish things. HOW VERY DARE THEY.
But I digress. The main reason you should be playing Fallout 4, is because it's really fun. There is serious joy to be had by exploring the treacherous yet engrossing world, gathering valuables, rebuilding communities and slowly but surely taking over the world.
But beware. This game will take over your life if you're not careful. I'm still very much in the midst of my addiction, but with the support of my friends and family I know I can make it out. See you out in the wasteland.