One of the joyous benefits of having a newborn in the house is that it reintroduces you to hours that you previously were ignorant to, mostly due to being in deep slumber. Three a.m.? It’s amazing! And a perfect time to put in a little Fallout 4 gaming while bouncing a kid on your lap.
As the world’s pokiest gamer, I’ve yet to get past Concord, instead spending my time looking around, uncovering all the secrets I can, and stocking up on gear and ammo. I was pretty amused to discover a good old-fashioned speak-easy (was the Fallout alternative universe still under prohibition?). Amazing that after 200 years, that skeleton is still balancing a cigar in his mouth with aplomb.
What is this I don’t even.
A headless skeleton in a tub (the skull was in the toilet nearby) with machete-wielding manniquins standing over him. I kept expecting them to attack, but no dice.
Anyway, probably one of my favorite features of Fallout 4 is — without a doubt — the in-game radio station. You start out with two, one is classical music (pass) and one is a 50s-era station called Diamond City Radio. There are more, but I haven’t encountered any yet.
If you don’t have a radio station on, the default game soundtrack plays, but I gotta say that the experience is a lot more immersive by tuning into DCR while I’m crawling through sewers and scavenging old houses. The old timey songs are spot-on for the retro futuristic setting and the DJ — a nervous, halting, adorkable guy — keeps making me smile. Along with Dogmeat, he’s my constant companion, keeping me from feeling too alone in the wild.
I even got a kick when he mentioned that people had been seeing a person wearing a Vault 111 jumpsuit in the area, which is me!
The whole in-game radio feature is a staple of open world sandboxes such as Grand Theft Auto but hasn’t really made its way into MMOs. At least I can’t think of any that have official in-game radio stations (some unofficial ones, like with The Secret World, exist and are run live by players). The problem with adding such a feature is immediately obvious and two-fold:
- A majority of MMOs are fantasy and how does radio broadcasts work in that setting? It doesn’t, really.
- You’re still spending way more time in MMOs than you would an open-world single-player title, so any radio station would need to have an even larger body of music and voice work.
Still, it’d be pretty cool to have that option, especially if the devs could slip in in-game announcements as part of the DJ patter. Holiday event going on? DJ promotes it as part of the ‘cast! Or the radio station could highlight the community, special housing projects, or rile players up for some PvP. Lots of possibilities.
I wonder if developers have ever considered it. If done right, it could be pretty stinking awesome.