Why I’m not waiting to play Fallout 4

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A lot of people have been putting off purchasing Fallout 4 because they know bugs are inherent to Bethesda Softworks role-playing games upon release. These people aren’t wrong. Fallout 4 has, by many accounts, a large number of glitches (I’ve been lucky to not experience many of them). So while I respect and understand people’s choices to hold off, I also know something’s coming in the future that will keep me from completing the game’s narrative even more so than bugs: mods.

First off, I have to admit something: I’ve never completed a Bethesda game. And no, I don’t mean that in the completionist “I’ve never reached 100 percent” kind of way. I mean I’ve never finished the main story of any of their games.

The closest I came to doing so was with Oblivion on the Xbox 360, but in the middle of my playthrough I caught a glimpse of the mod support on PC and jumped platform. My PC character never made it as far into the game as my Xbox protagonist, but I still had a hell of a time thanks to those mods.

Then Fallout 3 and Skyrim came out, and while I only bought them for PC, I never finished their main quest lines. These already massive role playing worlds were mountainous on their own, but to deluge them with mods that do everything from adding entire new storylines to completely overhauling skills makes the game nearly impossible to complete without getting side-tracked.

Now, with the release of Fallout 4, I know I only have one opportunity to complete the game before mod support releases and I fall into the rabbit hole once again. Even console players won’t be safe from the armada of mods that are sure to come with the release of the Fallout 4 Creation Kit early next year.

Somebody create a search feature for this mess. Just wait for me to beat the game first.

Somebody create a search feature for this mess. Just wait for me to beat the game first.

Yes, this is some first-world problem shit, and yes, I know I lack self-control, but I don’t play video games to worry about what I “need” to complete. I play what’s fun in video games, and while Bethesda games are great on their own, mods can add hundreds of hours of new content and thousands of minuscule to massive improvements to the game. It’s simply far too easy to get distracted even though I really want to complete the game’s primary narrative.

It’s difficult to simply ignore mods as well. There are already dozens of mods I want to see created for Fallout 4. Even something as simple as looking for a UI change can be the start of the rabbit hole, because once you go looking for one mod, the others surrounding it are hard to ignore. Soon enough you’ve loaded up 20 different mods, each calling out to be experienced to the fullest.

I need to avoid that, and my best chance of doing so is to delve into the game before I even have the opportunity to say, “I bet there’s a mod to improve this.”

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