In June, I ordered the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition. On November 10th, my game and Pip Boy arrived. With more Fallout 4 Pip Boy stock emerging for the holidays, I feel like it’s appropriate to take another look at it. This is our Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition review.
I’m a huge fan of the Fallout series, always have been. I’ve put hundreds of hours into the Fallout (and Elder Scrolls) games and I’ve also spent hundreds of hours reading about the Fallout universe.
What I am not though is the type of Fallout fan that dresses up like the Lone Wanderer (or someone else) for conventions or for fun. Not my thing.
As a fan of the series, I was ecstatic when Bethesda announced the follow-up to Fallout 3. Fallout 3 is one of my favorite games of all time (if you bought the Xbox One version of Fallout 4 you got a free copy, play it sometime).
I’m not into cosplay and I’m not into schwag but after a six year wait, I could hardly contain myself. I was Fallout drunk. Still am.
I picked up the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition right when it went on sale. I was pretty fortunate because supply dried up quickly in the United States. I figured it would probably sell out but I didn’t think it would happen that fast.
Like many others, I started counting down the days until the Fallout 4 release date. And when November 9th/November 10th, it was like Christmas morning.
Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Review
I offered some of my initial impressions of the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition after 24 hours. And now that I’ve spent some quality time with the game and the Pip Boy, I want to share my final thoughts.
The Pip Boy Edition bundle is still sold out most places but new stock has emerged and resellers will gladly sell one to you over eBay. But before you succumb, hear me out.
I am officially addicted to the Fallout 4 Pip Boy application.
The Pip Boy app for iOS and Android allows you to check in with your character when you’re playing and when you’re offline. I spend all of my time in offline mode.
As I’ve noted, I don’t have a ton of time to play Fallout 4 and the Pip Boy application has helped me maximize my time because it allows me to plan ahead. I’ve spent several nights in bed researching perks and plotting my course for the next time I’m able to play.
I use the Pip Boy application a lot, I just don’t use it with the Pip Boy.
If you’re unfamiliar, the Pip Boy allows you to stick a smartphone into its cavity so that you can use it like the game’s main character, the Sole Survivor. Great for cosplay maybe but bad if you’re trying to be comfortable while playing Fallout 4.
I tried wearing the Pip Boy while playing on the first day and took it off after about 10 minutes. I tried it again a few days ago, same thing.
The Pip Boy doesn’t weigh 100 pounds but it’s not a feather. It’s not uncomfortable to wear but it becomes a nuisance after 10 minutes or so. My wrist and arm started getting tired and so did my brain once I realized that you don’t really need to use the Pip Boy app when playing the game.
My Pip Boy is still broken. I broke it within the first three hours and I haven’t found the time to unscrew all of the tiny screws and pop the rectangular button I broke back into place. I will get around to it at some point.
The Pip Boy looks great. It looks exactly like the one the Sole Survivor uses in Fallout 4. The problem isn’t the looks or lack of detail. It’s the build quality. Every time I put it on or take it out, I feel like something could snap or break at any moment.
I wasn’t expecting the world for $60 but you can’t tell me someone in quality assurance didn’t press this button and break it during testing. The knobs and switches are meant to be used but not the giant rectangular button. Got it.
I love Fallout 4 the game. It’s worth $60, easy. The Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition is a different story.
I’m a huge Fallout fan but I don’t dress up and I don’t own a collection of Fallout related memorabilia. I’m not going to wear the Pip Boy while I play Fallout 4 and I’m not going to put it on a mantle so that I can brag to friends and family.
And over the past three weeks, I’ve gotten the most joy from the game itself and the free Pip Boy application. Not the Pip Boy.
If you don’t cosplay or collect, I think you’re going to be better off with the standard version of the game which you can already find for less than $60. I made the mistake so don’t have to.
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