You Might Not Be Impressed By Fallout 4s Graphics But Bethesda Doesnt Mind

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Aug 22, 2015 2:00 PM
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As you pretty much expect with any game reveal these days, there was a pretty vocal portion of the internet that wasn’t too pleased with how Fallout 4 looked back in June. I think, to be fair, most of us assumed after all this time that Fallout 4 would be making the leap to a massively updated engine. But after the E3 demonstration it became apparent Bethesda had taken a different route, opting for ambitious gameplay elements over a generational leap in visuals.

For a little while the internet blew up about the subject matter, made even more vehement after gamers had just been treated to the visual sumptuousness of CDPR’s The Witcher 3. For all the controversy though, it turns out Bethesda really isn’t all that bothered if gamers had a negative reaction to Fallout 4’s visuals.

"It definitely doesn’t upset us," said Pete Hines, Bethesda’s VP of PR and marketing. "As with most forms of entertainment you never get 100 per cent agreement on anything. And so, at the end of the day, whether it’s what the graphics look like or whether the gameplay is what you want or whether you like the setting, or whatever it is, everybody is entitled to their opinion."

Personally I was just pleased that Bethesda had finally added a dash of colour to proceedings, something which are number of people weren’t too pleased about. An apocalypse should be brown and depressing of course. Whatever the case, Hines doesn't seem to be bothered and we don't blame him; Fallout 4 has bestseller written all over it regardless.

"You can use whatever criteria you want to buy or not buy a game, because ultimately it’s not up to me," Hines finished.

What do you think of Fallout 4’s visuals? Are you bothered it’s not a huge leap beyond Skyrim? Would you prefer more ambitious gameplay over more demanding graphics?

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21:29 Sep-09-2015

Shouldn't be a problem maxing it out, it's all about the game to me and the content, which they always deliver.

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08:32 Aug-27-2015

Texture mods and enb will fix the graphics, they're sure of that too.

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04:56 Aug-27-2015

I would much rather have a game that plays well and is extremely fun than have it look extremely good. Bethesda even said they want older systems to run it.

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10:39 Aug-27-2015

Agreed. Gameplay in these type of games is much more important than graphics. And if someone wants better graphics, there are graphics mods about that.

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05:37 Aug-25-2015

i dont see a problem...
as long as its nice (GTAV) or (nfs hp 2010+ gfx)

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11:58 Aug-24-2015

i still play skyrim with a ton of graphical mods and am amazed at how incredible it looks, fallout will be no different.

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05:22 Aug-24-2015

Graphics and gameplay make a game more immersive, when you have bad graphics it takes away from the immersive experience, same if you have bad gameplay and amazing graphics, so I think the two rely on each other, you have to balance the two and I think Fallout does a pretty good job of it!

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14:15 Aug-24-2015

but the key is "good" graphics is relative.. Many people lost themselves in Morrowind because Bethesda chose to favor of depth of story and game-play content even if the graphics where only decent but not top of the line at the time.. Mostly due to space limits on the 1st Xbox. heck go back far enough and you find the text only "adventurer" games of the late 70's to even the mid 80's that where plenty immersive..

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18:24 Aug-24-2015

I love ShadowRun Returns and Dragonfall I love those games because the story and the lore is amazing ..The writing is superb I sank and immersed into the game and solid gameplay also helped..Its below average graphics did not even make a difference..I am not against graphics but against it being given precedence over things like story, writing and gameplay(All of which are the soul of a game).

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04:41 Aug-24-2015

i'm so confused, the graphics look outstanding imo

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13:29 Aug-24-2015

Well its outstanding but not jaw-dropping as the new game titles with more outstanding graphics.

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23:05 Aug-23-2015

I play on PC for the gameplay and immersion, immersion, for me anyway, comes from great gameplay.


In my opinion, nobody does gameplay better than Bethesda, hands down.


All hail Bethesda and FO4 :D

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13:34 Aug-24-2015

Yeah. Good for Bethesda to choose better gameplay than an impressive mind-blowing graphics. If the graphic were so stunning, I guess, not all can play which is disappointing to them and a waist of time in developing this game.

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23:01 Aug-23-2015

kinda gets back to what pc should be all about imo and why i chose it over console, cant wait to see it run amazing on relatively modest hardware and then see people with i7 5820s n 980tis really push the possibilities

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20:14 Aug-23-2015

I'm fine with it, the devs has the right to do whatever they want with their game and us as consumers can like it or not. At the end of the day you can't make everyone happy. At least they don't showed us something that they can't deliver.

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17:11 Aug-23-2015

Gameplay -> Graphics. There can't even be a discussion about that.
All studios should think like Bethesda!

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16:54 Aug-23-2015

I don't think we should have to choose between good gameplay and good visuals, since we are paying quite a lot of money for our setups and games.They should even add more options so not so powerful PC's are able play as well.

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01:05 Aug-24-2015

if you play games only for visuals, stick with movies. gameplay is crucial in a game, while visuals can only be additional plus.


sorry for my english.

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03:00 Aug-24-2015

Your English is better then some native speakers and your right game play is the most important

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00:03 Aug-25-2015

thanks for the compliment.

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09:26 Aug-23-2015

are these people retarded? i modded skyrim with around 20 EASY mods and the forest look as good or even better than modern games like dragon age inquisition and the witcher 3. the lighting is greatly improved too. fallout 4 might look even better i have no doubt because bethesda will ofcourse give it mod support anyway

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09:29 Aug-23-2015

bethesda wont let 6 years of hard work go away just cause of the graphics.they want everyone to play it.besides when they start making any game like oblivion no PC or console could even run it and the game takes 5 years in development anyway.when i saw gameplay with lighting in the forest i thought it was buetiful.

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07:02 Aug-23-2015

Kids these days, all qbout visuals. Fallout 4 still looks breathtaking, and will have agood story, unlike some games. Cough, starwars BF ,cough...

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10:33 Aug-23-2015

They didn't prioritize the graphics. Since modders will be modding it anyways and the effort of the team can focus on more important parts of the game.

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02:26 Aug-23-2015

Normaly I prefer as good graphics as possible. But with Falllout, the story is way more important than candycrushing visuals.


Ofc it would be awsome with some amazing HD stuff, but c'mon. Fallout got some of the most addictive storylines I've ever played, and I'm not about to sacrafice the story for some extra visuals. Let the modders do their job :)

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01:45 Aug-23-2015

Good. Now poor people like me wont have to upgrade their PC's :D

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09:31 Aug-23-2015

thats exactly bethesdas point. btw you can run any game you want from the Oblivion to the witcher 3

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10:35 Aug-23-2015

If a person has a good rig and really wants to make their game look better. We have modders that will do so.

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23:04 Aug-23-2015

you have a nice rig its well balanced and pretty capable :)

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01:37 Aug-23-2015

Couldn't they update the engine AND make good gameplay?

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01:53 Aug-23-2015

Bethesda did upgrade their engine but not like the new next-gen graphic.

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00:58 Aug-23-2015

I always prefer game-play over graphics.

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04:22 Aug-23-2015

Because the Modders will take care of the graphics with ENBs anyways.

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15:55 Aug-23-2015

I wouldn't mind having both

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15:58 Aug-23-2015

Neither would I

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00:45 Aug-23-2015

Do you want a game that allows you to do this, press this to do this, or go and checkout this? Or do you want a beautiful movie with the only functionality being play/pause. I want a game. Not some eye candy that's boring as ****.

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23:52 Aug-22-2015

Come on BETH give us a GREAT music score deserving of fallout :D

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00:44 Aug-23-2015

Yeah, the music is great. I personally love everything I have heard about Fallout 4 the graphics aren't great but they are good so whatever, the gameplay and customization look incredible and I'm pretty sure the story will be amazing too.

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00:45 Aug-23-2015

It will be a wonderfull game I plan on putting so many hours in.

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