Fallout 4 is the 2015 installment in Bethesda's acclaimed post-apocalyptic action RPG series originally created by Interplay in 1997. The game is set in and around Boston, Massachusetts 200 years after a nuclear war between major world nations. The player character is a customizable avatar who emerges from an underground shelter as the sole survivor of his or her community following the aftermath, and seeks out answers as to what has happened and why.
Fallout 4 utilizes many of the series gameplay elements as realized in Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas, while utilizing an updated game engine to introduce more features including the ability to craft weapons and even large-scale structures alike. Players explore an open-world environment and interact with a variety of NPCs, with dialogue options and choices potentially affecting how their game unfolds that playthrough.
Ranged and melee combat is conducted using a variety of weapons based on both real-world as well as more creative sci-fi inspired arsenal. Combat unfolds in real-time with the option to manually target specific points on enemies using the V.A.T.S. menu system.