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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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46 Comments

  1. vaultdweller

    07/07/2015 at 2:06 pm

    YOu’re still just mad that you couldn’t get a pip-boy edition

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  2. Ace

    07/07/2015 at 4:06 pm

    Lol, so your reasons not to pre-order boil down to A) Not a gamer and B) Can’t afford it. Seems like we could have done without this advice. Better luck with your next article.

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  3. Steve

    07/07/2015 at 5:48 pm

    So… I don’t see where you noted why I shouldn’t preorder the game? Am I blind or are those just really thin reasons?

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  4. Alex

    07/07/2015 at 8:49 pm

    So basically if you don’t play video games don’t pre-order Fallout 4? A+ g8 b8 m8 I r8 8/8

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  5. Kyle

    07/07/2015 at 11:53 pm

    The only real reason I can see is a price drop.

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  6. Ben Alker

    07/08/2015 at 1:33 am

    Im glad i am not the only one that read that and thought it didn’t really have much substance. £45 for a game that will entertain me for well over a year seems reasonable considering a meal and a cinema trip costs the same!
    Developers, designers and the million other people involved in the game all need to be paid for keeping us entertained!!

    Dont fire out pointless advice!

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  7. Nathan

    07/08/2015 at 6:20 am

    Please take down this “new article and along with it fire the author

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  8. Ryan Belair

    07/08/2015 at 7:06 am

    This article is pretty much garbage. Highly opinionated, assumptive, and in most ways just downright inaccurate. Try again sometime buddy.

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  9. Rick W

    07/08/2015 at 7:14 am

    Too late! I already preordered! Fallout 4 will be epic.

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  10. Nathanaos

    07/08/2015 at 9:58 am

    You can preorder your copy at a discount on G2A:

    https://www.g2a.com/r/fallout4prerord

    The discount is a bit over 5$ for the digital key

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  11. Tom Constantineau

    07/08/2015 at 10:42 am

    Don’t want to pay top dollar? How about you support the few great developers out there. Don’t have enough time? It’s Fallout 4, you make time. You’ve never played fallout before. And? You’re forgetful…Really?

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  12. Ron Swanson

    07/08/2015 at 11:57 am

    YOUR ADVICE IS BOLD AND POINTLESS. THERE ARENT ANY REASONS YOU ADDRESS WHY WE SHOULD NOT PRE ORDER IT, JUST INFERING FUTURE BUGS, TOO EXPENSIVE, AND IF NEVER PLAYED A FALLOUT GAME, YOU ARE JUST WAY OUT OF YOUR ELEMENT PAL.

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  13. NinthArcher

    07/08/2015 at 12:20 pm

    1: You Never Played Fallout.

    A: I have played fallout 3 and New Vegas, I really like the series.

    2: You don’t have allot of free time

    A: I have plenty of time.

    3: You Don’t Want to Pay Top Dollar.

    A: I don’t mind the price, $60 is fair IMO

    4: You Don’t Want To Deal With Problems.

    A: As a Pre-Order/1st Day buyer it is my DUTY to find these bugs and drag them to the light so Bethesda can squash them. I will do so with pride.

    5: You Are Forgetful

    A: Gamestop charges up front, I always pay upfront.

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    • D

      07/08/2015 at 4:26 pm

      Thank you, that feedback just lit his day .. i have one question that i cant seem to get answered tho.. now while i will commit to the fallout 4 game itself, i will not commit to a brand ass new ps4 to play it.. which begs the question do you know if bethesda will make a ps3/360 version in time???

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  14. The Kid from Vault 101

    07/08/2015 at 1:22 pm

    These articles are terrible, the author really needs to be re-assigned to mopping floors. You give 5 “reasons” not to pre-order Fallout 4.

    1.”You’ve never played a Fallout game before.” Why start now then right?

    2.”Don’t have a lot of free time.” Guarantee anybody who had time to read this pointless article, has enough time to play Fallout 4.

    3.”Don’t want to spend Top Dollar.” Really? Since when has $60 been expensive for a video game?

    4.”Don’t want to deal with problems.” Oooh no, bugs and glitches, maybe a floating head, scary! You wan’t to play a game free of bugs and glitches? Go back to Pong on Atari.

    5.”You’re forgetful.” Not even going to respond to that one.

    You give 5 stupid reasons and basically just repeat that $60 is expensive.

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  15. Chris

    07/08/2015 at 2:07 pm

    This is easily the most vapid and ridiculous article about a game I have read in a long, long time. I understand that I’m a little bias because I love the fallout series, but even if this exact article was written about a game I hate my befuddlement would be the same. I understand that you have a desire to get as many articles about popular subjects as possible, so people will visit your site via google search, but next time try to actually have content before you post something.

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    • SWIF

      07/14/2015 at 10:30 am

      You’re not bias, you’re biased.

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  16. Lio

    07/08/2015 at 2:41 pm

    U still Mad Bro at no Pip-boy edition?

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  17. Lol

    07/08/2015 at 8:03 pm

    After reading the comments I just have to say…… wow, it’s really going to be interesting when you clowns finally leave home and have to survive with your decision making skills.

    Just make sure you put enough salt on my fries.

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  18. Mike

    07/08/2015 at 9:03 pm

    This article is filing terrible. So dumb that I read each bold point and didnt even read the explanation. I could tell it was pointless.

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  19. Joe Anderson

    07/08/2015 at 11:18 pm

    /wrists

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  20. Ryan

    07/09/2015 at 9:29 am

    Don’t normally comment on articles but this may just be the worst one i’ve read in a while. Its almost like your boss demanded you write an article on why this game is not gunna be worth playing and the night before it was due, you just came up with some reasons off the top of your head. Any next Gen game is going to set you back a fair amount of money. “You don’t have a lot of free time’. Shouldn’t have brought a games console then. ‘You’ve never played Fallout’. If someone buys the game its usually because they know something about it. And its not a game that relies ultimately on its lore – A lot of it can be picked up in game or researched online (depending on how much time you want to put in).

    If your boss is reading this and he wants shitty articles written poorly, tell him to give me a shout and i’ll do it for half the peanuts you’re doing it for.

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  21. Arysta

    07/09/2015 at 1:37 pm

    This article does nothing but explain pre-ordering, new release issues, and sequels . Such nonsense. I suppose someone who just got out of a 10 year coma would benefit from this article, but the rest of us just wasted our time.

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  22. Zeke

    07/09/2015 at 5:32 pm

    so what your really trying to say is PREORDER NOW!

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  23. clue

    07/10/2015 at 11:05 am

    That did it You Convinced me!! I will just download a pirated copy off of a torrent site when it gets released. your right $60 for a game is ridiculous. screw bethesda and their fan hating ways.

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    • Magnus

      09/16/2015 at 12:12 pm

      That is a risk and why the price should fall as 60 is a bitter pill for the disabled and the working poor

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  24. Tyler

    07/10/2015 at 12:40 pm

    Ive never commented on an article bu my time was just wasted and this just is shit

    These reasons could be applied for making any decission

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  25. kretisme

    07/24/2015 at 12:18 am

    Too late got ma pit boy Edison pre ordered cant wait don’t know why they say if you don’t have the time I work two jobs and still have time true not as much as some folk do but can still play for 2-3hours a night

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  26. Dustin

    08/06/2015 at 7:17 am

    Really….. Really, these are the reasons why not to pre-order fallout 4? Whoever wrote this please take note, an article needs substance, which this lacks to a measure unknown to humanity. Please…find another job, you’re clearly not suited for this one. I hear McDonald’s is hiring this time of year, enjoy your new job flipping burgers, or lack thereof. I pray you can handle it, but I’ve been wrong before.

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  27. Mathieu

    08/13/2015 at 1:06 pm

    Ummmmm…. Mad…..

    Your fault if the ”game” what it is now

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  28. bonejames

    08/15/2015 at 10:06 pm

    I see a bunch of negative comments about this article, but I found it helpful for someone who hasn’t played a Fallout game. The release of this game is 3 months away, so it’s a bit overanxious to expect there to be a plethora of information available to stuff this article with.
    The same author also wrote the article “3 Reasons to Pre-Order Fallout 4” (http://www.gottabemobile.com/2015/07/08/3-reasons-to-pre-order-fallout-4/) the following day, which in a way complements this one.

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  29. bonejames

    08/15/2015 at 10:23 pm

    Eddie N. makes fair points in his refutation of this article (http://videogamerstribune.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-response-to-adam-millss-article-5.html).

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  30. CaptN

    08/22/2015 at 5:33 am

    This comment sections made my night!!!!

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  31. Moi

    09/20/2015 at 5:13 am

    I didn’t expect much from a site that’s probably mobile-oriented but… wow… The amount of useful info in this article is inversely proportional to its square length.

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  32. max

    09/22/2015 at 4:41 am

    How about just not paying for things before they are done? Pre-order bonuses are gimmicks to extract money from gamers without them being able to do due diligence. It’s exploitative.

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  33. Chris (@SBM_from_LA)

    09/23/2015 at 11:39 pm

    The part about forgetting your game is quite valid. Last month I tried giving Fallout 3 New Vegas another play-through from the very beginning and I honestly couldn’t remember how to play it anymore. I was totally lost.. it had been so long since I last played and I was just too lazy to re-learn everything. It’s the same with Batman Origins… for some reason I stopped playing and hadn’t touched the game for many months. I tried to resume where I left off at and couldn’t remember the controls or anything…

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  34. Nick

    10/10/2015 at 7:56 am

    My God – what an utterly pointless article that was. Pure genius drivel. Think of all those electrons you’ve had bumped around having folks like me to read that padding.

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  35. Barry J.

    10/13/2015 at 4:35 am

    I enjoy the reasons, your funny! Is the purpose of writing an opinion is to get people to visit your site??!! Yeah, why not! It is only full of advertizing. You get paid for people accidently clicking on the ads. It worked I did it too! Well, it is unfurtunate I can not block your site BUT I can avoid your site from now on when doing a google search!! Bye forever.
    By the way, I will never get back the time I used to read the article. This comment was worth the time!

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  36. Hagal

    10/15/2015 at 2:52 pm

    Fallout 4: Pip-boy edition, Pre-ordered. Check!

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  37. lee

    10/28/2015 at 10:15 am

    Wow. Not sure if that was shit satire or just a shit article.

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  38. Harry P.

    11/08/2015 at 1:28 am

    This is literally the worst article I’ve ever read in my life the writer should be fired.

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  39. Corey

    11/09/2015 at 6:35 am

    Haha about half way through the first reason(once i got there) i started to wonder how the comments on this post would be, and i wasnt let down. The first comment nailed it, dudes crying about missing the pip boy release. I appreciate the time spent on this, but you made a disclaimer on a possible Game of the year, i hope you werent expecting good feedback.

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  40. Hans Nisthaus

    11/09/2015 at 9:38 am

    This article has literally provided no insight whatsoever as to why I shouldn’t preorder the game.

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  41. Sinsic

    11/09/2015 at 10:00 am

    I don’t know how to prevent order

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  42. Lonnie

    11/09/2015 at 8:03 pm

    I didnt get the pip boy edition but psn was nice enough to tac on a free theme hooray pre orders

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