Ex-fucking-catly. Rule of Cool. Almost everything in Bethout is governmed by the Rule of Cool instead of consistent world building. Quoth Pete 'Shiteating' Hines, they're not interesting in realism. They're also not interested in verisimilitude, or consistency, or canon, or people with a mental age older than 5, which apparently is what Toddler and Petey are stuck in. Now I do like mindless fun. I have no problem turning off my brain and just enjoying stuff for what it is. But Fallout 4 is a) not a case where I should have to do that all the time, and b) just massively inconsistent in its tone and application of mindlessness that it's just crap. Farcry 3: Blood Dragon or Kung Fury or Dr McNinja are full-on ridiculous. They don't give a fuck, they just want to be silly-awesome. And it can work in Fallout, it's what easter eggs are for. But Fallout 4 pretends to be mature. It wants to be this epic tale, this almost-real world. Just remember how awe-struck the Toddler was when he talked about how they were going to do something new with the voiced protagonist, how proud they were of that. But they couldn't actually pull it off. The whole game reeks of laziness. The writing. The quests. The technical aspects. Everything is just lazy, half-assed, fucked up. There's literally no aspect of the game that couldn't be easily improved if they just committed themselves to it. Let's just take a look at one of the aspects of the game that even most people on NMA like: Power armor. The concept is ok, and the way they play is actually good. PA feels weighty and, well, powerful. But they're also kinda boring. You get your first PA within the first hour of the game, and you get so many of them that you build storage hangars just for them. Most of them you never really use because all upgrades you can do are incremental, so there's no point in using a weaker one. And PA is ubiquous. It's fucking everywhere, in leveled spawns. The whole thing is just massively underused. There's only one frame to work with, and the only thing affecting fusion core drain rate is a perk. Long story short, it's lazy bullshit. They added a power armour gang, but they're in a remote location and they're the only ones doing that thing. They made PA ubiquous, but didn't actually go through with it. Proctor Ingram uses a frame for her missing legs, but nobody else actually uses PA. Why not use them for construction and field work? Why are there not more PA gangs that trick out their suits? And let's take a look at the upgrade system. Not really much to do there. Stats increments and a few addons that sometimes even break the game (targeting computers sometimes turns people hostile). Boring. They could have easily done this properly. Add different frames. It's retarded that "X-01" parts fit the same frame as T-45 parts. Different frames that give different strength-boost stats and different fusion core drain, should have been easy enough to implement. Speaking of T-45, Bethesda again fucked up their own lore. One loading screen says that T-51 is the pinnacle of pre-war PA tech, another says that T-60 (which is plain better) was deployed shortly before the war. And why would T-60 look like T-45 again? Obviously because Bethesda wanted to show "their" design in the pre-war sequences that were heavily featured prior to release. T-60 should have been a BoS-developed improvement of their old T-45 suits. The frame should take T-45 and T-60 parts, but not (all) T-51 or X-01 parts. I could go on, but I think you see what I mean. Fallout 4 is a story of wasted opportunities and laziness. The Toddler should go fuck himself.