Xbox One Review: Fallout 4 – Automatron

How is Fallout 4’s first DLC?

I’ve been playing Fallout 4 extensively over the festive period as I didn’t really have the time to give it beforehand, being in this line of work…plus having a 2 year old, doesn’t allow me a lot of time to really get into a massive game like this. I finally reached a decent level, a nice load out of weapons and armour, then set out to investigate a radio broadcast about a caravan under attack from robots…

When I arrived at the scene, it was a battlefield of robots attacking this group and none of them survived, I barely made it too…those robots are powerful, don’t go into this when you are a low level character…they will eat you alive. One survivor is a robot called Ava who wishes vengeance against her attackers and their master, known as the Mechanist. I agreed to help her get her revenge and set out with her.

As thanks for agreeing, I got the great perk of being able to build my own robots and take them out with me. You can customise them in a huge number of ways with mods, mixing limbs, armour abilities, weapons, paint jobs and even their voices. It’s a great addition to the Fallout 4 experience, even if it feels like it’s simply prepping you for the other upcoming DLC’s. The story itself is interesting, but it is on the short side…only lasting a few hours at most. You’ll spend the rest of the time simply being a modern day Dr Frankenstein for robots.

My only complaint is that the first DLC is a bit pricey for what’s on offer, unless you have the Season Pass…then it doesn’t really matter. But at £8 it does seem a lot for what is here, despite being fun to build these robots and an enjoyable story…it doesn’t last as long as I would have hoped.

The Verdict

When it comes to Fallout 4, Automatron is a mixed bag. It has great story and I love building robots with all different parts, but it’s short on content and the price tag is a bit off-putting. I’m hoping that the next add-on will be more bang for your buck, but it’s still a great addition nonetheless.

Score: 7.5