Top positive review
Great console, decent game.
November 21, 2018
I upgraded from the original Xbone (is that still a thing?) on a whim this month, I was still happy with the original, but with games like RDR2 coming out it was starting to feel sluggish, muddy, so I figured it was time.
I’m glad I did, even though I’m still just on a full HD screen, not a 4k HDR fancy pants display, the difference in the graphics is substantial enough that it warranted an audible “WOW” from me. Everything (that has a 4k update) is crisper, clearer, sharper, any -er you can think of, it probably is that. The dangerous thing now is how badly I want to spend even more money to get a 4k tv just to see how much more this half-generation console can blow my mind...but no, I musn’t, I can’t...I...can I?
Anyway, it’s amazing, I love it, and it’s so tiny compared to the brick house that was the original Xbox One. Side note - I was a Sony fanboy before this current generation of consoles came out, but Microsoft won me over this time with great customer service, a system that feels solid and stable, a controller that doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall apart in my hands, and unparalleled backward compatibility (seriously, Sony, why?).
As for Fallout 76, which comes with this bundle? I’m a HUGE Fallout fan, been playing since the isometric RPG days so I’m already biased by a large margin, probably don’t listen to me. But, if you must, I like it, maybe not as much as previous games, but it’s a unique experience. With exception to Mr. Handy’s, there really are no friendly NPC’s at all, all the lore and story are experienced through prerecorded audio and text, which Fallout is no stranger to both of these, it just feels weird that those two things are all there is. I will say this, however, it makes sense given the context of the story, everyone’s dead, save for the residents of Vault 76, plain and simple.
It’s a huge and beautiful map, full of things to discover, but the no NPC’s thing largely makes it feel so empty, especially for solo players. It’s my hope that they find ways in the future of this game to make it feel more full for loners like myself.
Overall, I am beyond satisfied with my purchase, over the moon, if you will. Now I just have to convince myself this is enough for now, I don’t need a 4k tv, I don’t need a 4k tv, I don’...hey, how’d that get in my cart?!