Fallout 4 is getting rave reviews and selling like crazy, but some fans that are new to the franchise don’t get what all the fuss is about. Here’s our take on why…

If the first week of sales and reviews are any indication, Fallout 4 is going to be the critical and financial success that everyone hoped it would be. After seven years of waiting, old and new players are visiting┬áthe Wasteland to mod weapons, build bases, and uncover the secrets of the Institute. Although returning fans know what to expect from the post-nuclear RPG setting and gameplay, consumers picking up the game based on hype alone may be in for some unexpected surprises…

Fallout 4 is getting rave reviews, but even the most flattering critiques of the game, including Game Rant’s, admit that the RPG isn’t trying to broaden its gameplay to appeal to mass audiences. The game is difficult and refuses to hold the hands of players who are new to this world. Gamers who want to understand weapon modding will find a few lines of text in-game about the feature, but for a real understanding of its benefits and where to find the needed materials, players need to do some research on their own.

This is just one of many examples of how Fallout 4 feels and plays like an old PC RPG (and we mean that in an incredibly flattering way). The game doesn’t betray its roots, but it also may leave a lot of new gamers scratching their heads because of that dedication.

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Despite the great story and near endless content, we’ve heard a decent amount of complaints from commenters, friends, and even some coworkers than the game just isn’t clicking with them. These players aren’t really complaining about the graphics or the gunplay or the story, but the game and its world just aren’t sucking them in. Although, in my opinion, the game does have an incredibly interesting core narrative that players can focus on to power through the Wasteland, it seems like the lack of direction is just too much to overcome for players who skipped this genre during its hay day (which can now be revisited on Xbox One).

It’s no secret that not all games are for everybody. I’m sure that many of these gamers who feel disappointed by their initial experience in the Commonwealth could learn to love Fallout 4 with some helpful guidance from a good friend or after watching a more experienced player run through a few hours on Twitch. I had a similar experience when I first hit max level in vanilla-era World of Warcraft and had no leveling left to do. I nearly quit the game at level 60 because I felt like it was over, but some more experienced players took me under their wings and taught me that the game had only just begun. Digging into the end-game content can often be the most reward experience of a game.

That said, there’s no shame in cashing in your copy of Fallout 4 and playing Rise of the Tomb Raider, waiting for Star Wars Battlefront, or returning to Metal Gear Solid 5. This winter has plenty of high quality AAA titles to offer and┬áthere should be a game out there for every player with sixty bucks to spend. Unless you’re waiting for Half-Life 3 that is, then you might as well just learn to get comfortable in the Wasteland after all…

Fallout 4 is now available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.