Fallout 1 is one of my all-time favorite games despite having only played it for the first time a few years ago (so no nostalgia), but I’m also surprisingly tolerant of series making changes to their established formula so long as the end result is entertaining. As I played through Fallout 4, these two parts of me collided over and over, causing my opinion of the game to constantly flip-flop. Basically, it’s terrible as a Fallout game and its opening hours proved to be a truly painful slog, but it nevertheless managed to be an incredibly entertaining shooter once I poured enough time into it. Its story makes no sense when you think about it, there are all kinds of annoying Bethesda quirks like invisible walls that block shots, and the dialogue wheel proved to be every bit as terrible an idea as everyone expected, but it also does some things right like including fewer invincible NPCs and less empty space than were present in 3. So long as you don’t expect the game to scratch that old Fallout itch, or even anything resembling an RPG itch (this is far more a shooter than an RPG), it should be possible to have an good time.