5 Reasons Not to Pre-Order Fallout 4

We’ve already outlined some reasons why you might want to skip the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition and today, we want to share with you a few reasons why you might not want to pre-order the regular version of Fallout 4 for PS4, Xbox One or PC ahead of its November release date.

In 2008, Bethesda released its critically acclaimed Fallout 3, an open-world roleplaying game set in the ruins of Washington D.C. Two years later, the company and Obsidian Entertainment released Fallout New Vegas. The game, while set in the Fallout universe, is not considered a sequel to Fallout 3.

Fans of the series had been waiting many years for Bethesda to announce a follow-up to Fallout 3 and at E3 2015, the company finally delivered.

Fallout 4 is now official and Bethesda’s confirmed many of the key details including the game’s location (Boston), many of its crafting features, its character creation system, and its release date. Fallout 4 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC will be arriving on November 10th, just in time for the holiday shopping season.


In the buildup to November 10th, Bethesda and various retailers around the world have been taking pre-orders for the regular version of the game and a collectors edition called Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition. The Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition is already sold out in the United States and Bethesda says it won’t be making any more copies. The regular version of the game is still on sale and it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve received a number of questions about the Fallout series and one of the loudest questions has been: “Should I pre-order Fallout 4?” We outlined some reasons why you might want to avoid the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition and today we want to take a look at the regular version of the game.

Keep in mind, we’re not telling you to skip Fallout 4 completely. There are just some people that we think will be better served skipping a pre-order ahead of its release date.

You’ve Never Played Fallout

Fallout 4 has a ton of promise. It’s a game years in the making and it comes from one of the most respected development studios on the planet. Bethesda Studios is not only responsible for Fallout 3 but it’s also the studio behind games like Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

Unless Bethesda has somehow managed to massively screw things up, Fallout 4 will most likely be one of the best games you can buy this year. We’re that confident. That said, the post-apocalyptic world and the RPG based gameplay of the Fallout series won’t be for everyone and if you’re not at all familiar with it, you might want to pass on a pre-order.

Bethesda’s games have always had solid story lines, Fallout 3’s story was central to its success, but not everyone will be interested in vaults and deformed beasts and laser rifles. We absolutely love them but we have friends and family who don’t have time for things of that nature.


Fallout 4 looks like it will build on the foundation of Fallout 3 with its varied combat, focus on exploration, its intense customization, and more. This is an open-world roleplaying game and it doesn’t come with a multiplayer mode. If that doesn’t sound appealing, don’t pre-order.

Maybe you’ll come around once reviews come out but those probably won’t be out until just before November 10th, on November 10th, or shortly after November 10th. And if you’re new to Fallout, open-world RPGs, you typically don’t play games without multiplayer, you might want to hold onto your money. At least for now.

You Don’t Have a Lot of Free Time

This brings us to our second point. If you don’t have a lot of free time right now and you don’t see any free time opening up later this year, you might want to put the breaks on an early order.

If Fallout 4 is anything like Skyrim or Fallout 3, it’s going to be absolutely massive with tons of things to do, characters to meet, quests to run, and more. It’s a game that is going to require a pretty sizable commitment if you want to enjoy it. And in our experience, if you don’t have a lot of time to commit to open-world RPG games, they’re just not as enjoyable.

So, say you decide to pre-order Fallout 4. You spend the $60 or so on the game and you start playing it the first night that you have it. And then, duty calls. Maybe that’s work, maybe that’s spending time with your husband or wife, maybe that’s a child that needs you.


One day turns into three and then you finally have time to start playing again. You play a bit and then a day later you’re forced to pause for a day, three days, a week, or even a month. You pop the game back in and you have no idea what you did right before you turned the game off or what you were planning on doing to advance your character. You have no idea what’s in your inventory, what you need, what you don’t. Essentially, you’re re-learning the game every time you decide to pop in for a play session.

You can do this with games like Call of Duty and FIFA because they aren’t massively complex. Pick a team or a class and jump right in. That’s the appeal of those games. With a game like Fallout, to truly get your money’s worth, you’re going to want to remember things and explore and meet people along the way. And that’s really hard to do if you have two hours a week to spend playing a video game.

There’s no sense shelling out $60 on a game that you aren’t sure you’ll be able to play, especially when that game requires the commitment that open-world RPGs require.

You Don’t Want to Pay Top Dollar

If you can’t or don’t want to spend around $60 for Fallout 4, you probably don’t want to pre-order the game ahead of its release date.

We’ve already seen a few Fallout 4 deals floating around though some of them require memberships. For example, Best Buy’s Gamers Club Unlocked Fallout 4 deal drops the game to $48 but you’re required to pay a membership fee to take advantage of the deal.

If you aren’t looking to pay full price for the game and you want to take advantage of the best deals, you’ll probably have to wait until after the game’s arrival on November 10th. We’ll almost certainly see retailers offer some discounts for the holiday and we should see Fallout 4 included in Black Friday deals in late November.

And maybe, just maybe, a family member or a friend will catch wind of your situation and give you a gift card for the holidays that you can use to spend on Fallout 4 in December or 2016.

You Don’t Want to Deal with Problems

Fallout 4, like previous Bethesda titles, is a very complex game with a ton of moving parts. And because it’s ambitious, it’s likely going to feature a number of problems.

Huge games like The Witcher 3, Skyrim and Fallout 3 garnered solid reviews but they also arrived to tons of complaints about bugs and problems. In fact, The Witcher 3 is still riddled with problems weeks after its release.

If you’re a veteran gamer, you probably saw this coming. Games like Fallout 4 are marathons, not sprints, and it takes time to patch up problems big and small.


Fallout 4 will have its fair share of issues and if you’re not willing to deal with these problems, you’re better off waiting a few weeks, even a few months for Bethesda to issue patches to stabilize quests, enemies, weapons, and other glitches impacting the game’s performance.

Bethesda has probably learned from many of its past mistakes but that doesn’t mean that the game won’t be full of the usual array of laughable and frustrating problems.

You’re Forgetful

If you’re the forgetful type, you might want to avoid a Fallout 4 pre-order ahead of the game’s release date.

Each retailer is different. Some charge you up front for the game, others don’t charge you until the game ships. If you’re unsure about Fallout 4, there’s no reason to fork over $60 right now for the game. And if you’re the forgetful type, there’s no reason to put in an order that you’ll forget about.

If you’re unsure about your budget for November, you might want to hold off on a pre-order and buy the game once you have everything figured out. You don’t want Amazon charging your card if you can’t afford the game and that could happen if you put in an order this moment.

We still have several months to go before this game’s released and that leaves plenty of time to forget about an early Fallout 4 order. Some people are out of sight, out of mind, and you’ll really want to be careful, especially if $60 is a lot of money to you.

10 Important Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Details

Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Release Date

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Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Release Date

The most important thing that you need to know, as a prospective buyer or a future owner, is that the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition release date is the same date that Bethesda plans to release the regular old version of Fallout 4. 

The Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition release date is set for November 10th and from the looks of things, the company isn't anticipating any setbacks, even with the huge demand for the collectors edition. It has a production plan and it's sticking to it. 

We don't expect the company to encounter any delays with the Fallout 4 release date and if you already ordered a Pip Boy Edition, you should expect to have it show up on your doorstep or the doorstep of a loved one in time for the holidays. 

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