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?