Fallout 4 is on the way, and with it comes a massive update to one of the most iconic things from the Fallout universe, the power armor. It’s been on the box of every single Fallout released so far, so we can only assume that the Fallout 4 power armor will soon be upon us.
In honor of this amazing item, we’re going to go over what we know so far about the original Fallout power armor, and it’s not-so-long distance cousin, the Fallout 4 Power Armor.
Fallout 4 Power Armor Analysis
The History of Fallout’s Power Armor
Power armor in the first Fallout was, at best, an unknown. When a player first saw it, all that came to mind were questions about what it was, and scheming plans to get our hands on a suit. This power armor was demonstrably bad ass, as your first run in with the Brotherhood of Steel out in the Wasteland turns out quite shocking.
Sadly, with the release of Fallout 3, power armor was something that was cool but didn’t really pique interest. It didn’t have that mech-like body suit feel to it, and I’ve always seen the power armor in Fallout as a mix of Iron Man’s suit, and the Commando Mech from MechWarrior. This is a vehicle that only a trained pilot can drive, not just some suit you keep in your inventory.
Yes, we had mods for Fallout: New Vegas that made it feel more epic. Powered Power armor comes to mind, which was a mod that added in a fuel system, upgradable parts, on-board voiced computer, and all kinds of nifty stuff. It’s looking like the Fallout 4 power armor is going to mimic the ideals from this mod, but make them even better.
The Fallout 4 Power Armor
Fallout 4 blew me away with their introduction to power armor. The first shots highlight the Fallout 4 power armor hanging in a garage, and these are an excellent show of its scale. It looks very big, sounds very heavy, and has full customization. Each piece can be swapped out, and it’s looking like we can own just about ever suit of power armor they’ve had in the series. We’ve already see that the Enclave versions, the Brotherhood of Steel versions, and many others, are going to be available.
I can’t wait to see how these parts change the behavior of the power armor, and what kind of builds are possible with this level of customization. There’s a jetpack that we have seen, and it looks like it’s going to employ a recharging system. This means you can kick it off for a short burst of flight, then land and cool your jets. We’ve also seen that some of the armored helmets have built in spotlights, so we may even see new vision modes like the mod Project Nevada adds to Fallout: New Vegas (heat, EM, low light vision, etc).
The Fallout 4 power armor adds a massive boost to your character’s strength, allowing him to take a hell of a beating. More then that, it can rip mini-guns off of larger objects, like a Vertibird. We already know weapons now have a melee attack, but will we see power armor given a massive melee damage boost as well? We can only hope to get such a magnificent tribute to the Hulk Buster.
Power Armor Portability
We also got to see the protagonist jumping into the power armor in the field, so this could point to the ability to get it dropped in by the Vertibird. However, I wonder what would happen if the power armor ran out of fuel in the middle of the Wasteland. Would a player be forced to abandon their Fallout 4 power armor, or could you call the Vertibird in to take it away?
These are the questions that I just can’t wait to get answers for, because part of me worries that power armor could be limited to certain parts of the game. Situations where the events need to be fought in a scripted manner, and that includes the power armor. This nightmare, however, would go against everything Bethesda, and to a larger extent Fallout, has built over the last decade of player freedom and choice. So I doubt it’s happening, but that radiation can change anything.
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So how do you think the new Fallout 4 power armor system will work? Let me know in the comments below, as I would love to see your theories. There’s only so much we know about the Fallout 4 power armor at this date, but as more news comes out, we’ll be ready to cover it. Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next time, gamers.