Many gamers are tired and grumbling through another Tuesday having stayed up all night playing "Fallout 4." Bethesda's latest entry in its postapocalyptic open-world series has racked up good reviews, but every gamer or reviewer has noticed a few things wrong. "Fallout 4" bugs and glitches are mostly funny with only a few truly hindering gameplay.
Currently, the "Fallout 4" Metacritic score sits at a very good 89 -- better than "Halo 5: Guardians," "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" and "Rise of the Tomb Raider" -- so the bugs didn't seem to affect reviewers' overall experience with the game. The reviewers agree "Fallout 4" delivers a massive immersive experience that fans have come to love and expect from Bethesda. The reviews also note the many ways the game can break.
Kotaku has a pretty decent list of glitches mentioned in "Fallout 4" reviews. The most prevalent tend to be scenery-related mishaps -- characters falling through floors, enemies getting stuck on a pile of rocks, walls disappearing or textures popping out of existence. There are also scripting errors that delay quests from being completed, occasional crashes and other odd moments that hindered the overall experience.
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The worst problem was encountered by the Verge's Chris Plante. He was stuck in an elevator with no way to escape. Reverting to a previous save file did not help his predicament. Plante realized he did not download the latest PS4 system update along with the day one patch. After the update, Plante's game worked fine.
Graphics aside, the major complaint with "Fallout 4" has been framerate drops. As gamers explore the world, encounter hordes of enemies or enter a new location, the smooth feel of the game takes a hit. The "Fallout 4" Digital Foundry analysis has the best summary of this problem. In the "Fallout 4" PS4 vs. Xbox One test, the latter suffers a pretty severe stuttering effect. "It's a glaring hitch downward, and matching runs to the gates of Diamond City shows Xbox One dropping to a record 0fps (zero) while PS4 turns the same corner at 28fps," writes Digital Foundry in its performance review.
In the Reddit "Fallout 4" bugs megathread, the two main issues involve the game crashing within a few seconds on the PC and a script error that prevents a quest from being completed in Concord. So far, the proposed solutions have met with mixed results.