Wasteland wanderers will be getting a welcome surprise next week – Bethesda Studios has announced that their year old Fallout 4 will be receiving a fresh batch of high-definition textures for users playing the PC version. This graphics overhaul (arriving in the form of a free patch) will be very welcome in some circles – while many (including myself) consider the visuals of the post-apocalyptic RPG to be just as stunning as ever, there were several fans who lamented the fact that the quality didn’t hold a candle to other AAA’s released around the same time (Witcher III, for example). With the addition of this new texture pack (which clocks in at a whopping 58GB) that all may change.
It’s not all good news, however: In addition to the aforementioned storage requirements, you’ll want some relatively serious horsepower. Bethesda recommends PCs have at minimum an i7-5820K, 8GB of memory, and a GTX1080 (or equivalent). While this might exclude those of us with more budget conscious rigs, Bethesda assures us that we can try the updated textures and then easily disable them from the launcher if they don’t work out.
Console gamers are getting some love too – although they won’t be receiving the high resolution textures, players on the PS4 will be receiving a patch of their own around the same time that will buff the game’s native rendering resolution to 1440p as well as some other perks such as increased draw distance for in-game objects and enhanced godray effects.
Fallout 4 was released a little over a year ago on November 10, 2015. While receiving positive reviews from the general gaming community, some die-hard Fallout fans have often had misgivings over it. In addition to the graphics complaints mentioned above, players also criticized the comparatively linear story line and overly-streamlined dialog system, especially when compared to the franchise’s previous installment, Fallout: New Vegas. In some fan communities there have also been rumblings about allegedly sparse DLC (Nuka-World, released in August 2016, is confirmed to be the final expansion for the game). With the addition of the new high-resolution textures, Bethesda may be hoping to quell at least some of the fan’s complaints.
All in all, this looks like it will be a welcome refresh to the game. As a serial screenshooter, I’m looking forward to donning my favorite power armor (a souped up T-65e with Atom Cats paint, naturally) and revisiting some of the more photogenic areas of the Commonwealth.
I haven’t personally played this game, but I’ve watched some videos and walkthroughs of it, and I’d have to say it definitely looks like an enjoyable game. I actually finished watching the complete walkthrough of it, and I enjoyed myself just as much as if I were to play the game! Fallout4 is definitely a must-have for any RPG-FPS fan, if there’s even such a genre. If you’re unsure, you can watch some videos of the gameplay before committing to a purchase.