Fallout Shelter 1.6 Review for Mobile and PC
- Tweaked UI
- Nuka Quantum is a needed addition
- Combat system adds some strategy elements
- Runs very smoothly on PC
- Limited groups to send to Quest
- PC edition text not properly scaled
- Combat system doesn't always work 100%
Bethesda Games is celebrating the one year anniversary of their popular mobile app Fallout Shelter with a substantial update and a new port to PC. First shown at E3 2016, Fallout Shelter 1.6 is the largest expansion yet, bringing with it the new Questing mode, Nuka Quantum; a new item to speed up your efforts, and more minor things such as a tweak to the UI, new weapons, outfits, and characters.
Questing is an interesting addition to the core game, allowing the player to acquire rare loot for weapon and outfit crafting by exploring buildings in the wasteland. There is also a developing story with each successful mission completed. Obtaining pet container and legendary items is much easier through this method than before. In addition to Quest mode, random locations can be discovered by dwellers already exploring the wasteland. These new sites include Red-Rocket Stations, abandoned buildings, and even other vaults. Sometimes the dwellers sent out can be at a disadvantage to fully explore these ruins due to little or no Stimpaks or Radaways and challenging enemies inside. Furthermore your team’s resources are shared in Quest mode, so plan accordingly. For example, a maxed out group of three level 50 dwellers, all with Power Armor and legendary guns, got completely decimated by one glowing ghoul and pals.
Another added element was Nuka Quantum. Used to speed up quest traveling and other time specific activities like the Barbershop, Weapon and Outfit crafting, Nuka Quantum is ostensibly a shortcut allowing you to circumvent the game’s established mechanics to create an even more abbreviated gaming experience. Its effective to a point, that point being you can’t use Nuka Quantum to speed up Questing or dice-roll the outcome. There is also a limit of three groups at any one time you can have out Questing.
I have reviewed both the mobile and PC editions, here is a break down:
iOS/Android: With the mobile platform, the core game is the same with a slightly different UI. Loading time has increased a bit, and managing vault dweller is a tad more laggy with the new features taken into account. When questing, the new combat system is a decent addition letting you to better devise your party’s actions. The touch-pad is a good controller for the combat system, making fights manageable and the outcomes less random. Getting the combat system to work with you is another thing. You have to click on your explorers and drag the cross-hairs onto your chosen target and wait till it locks onto them. This new mechanic could use some fine tuning, as you’ll more than likely not ‘lock’ on to anybody and your explorers will just shoot predetermined defaults. The new combat system could be described as ‘point and wait’. Unfortunately, Bethesda only implemented the new system for questing and is non existent in the core game (you main vault). Radscorpions can attack your vault now, running amok causing major havoc, potentially killing everyone, and erasing resources.
PC: Finally available on PC, the game is almost a direct port with a few tweaks to controls, but no adjustable screen resolution options. Because the UI wasn’t scaled down properly, it feels like the game’s text IS YELLING AT YOU. That being said, Shelter runs very smoothly on PC with load times dramatically reduced compared to mobile.
The new addition is paced strangely to that of the core game, assuming that you have more time to play than just moving a few people here or there and approving a bunch of resources. Some of the quests took over fifteen minutes to complete, leaving this reviewer with as much mediocre loot as would just casually sending a vault member on a routine jaunt through the wasteland. You can’t skip or throw Nuka Quantums at this problem. Bethesda fix this in futures adventures please!
With the new update, Fallout Shelter finds itself transforming from a casual micro manager game to a travel size facsimile of Fallout 4. Some aspects just make going and playing the later more preferable. Its alright, but it doesn’t know what it wants to be.
iOS/Android versions can be found at the Appstore and Google Playstore respectively.
PC version can be found via Bethesda.net Launcher.
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