It's time to journey back out into the wasteland, with Bethesda returning once more to its beloved post-apocalyptic world, the North America of Fallout.
The game takes place some 200 years after a nuclear war devastated America. Now, with the dust having settled (somewhat, at least) the player emerges from Vault 111 into a retro-futuristic Boston, and the surrounding commonwealth.
This is the Fallout series' first outing on new generation hardware, and Bethesda has created the game using a new engine to get the most out of the new machines. The huge open world of Fallout has always been a core part of its appeal, and the blasted forests of the commonwealth and the crumbling ruins of Boston should be no exception.
While of course a main storyline is present and accounted for, Bethesda says it's only one small part of this sprawling game. The studio says there's upwards of 400 hours of content on offer. Players can explore at will, taking on whatever missions and sidequests they see fit and acquiring experience to level up their character through a sprawling skill tree. Whether you fancy being a powered armour soldier or a charming smooth talker, you can choose from hundreds of perks to build the character that best suits you.
Although you're wandering a land devastated by war, it doesn't have to be a lonely experience. Additional party members can accompany the player and join them in battle. Players can also build a settlement, attracting non-player characters who can inhabit it.
And, of course, the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System (V.A.T.S) returns to bridge the gap between shoot-'em-up play and traditional, turn-based RPG combat.