Post Hype Fallout 4 DLC Breakdown – Wasteland Workshop

Following up my previous post that was all sorts of giddy for the Fallout 4 DLC Announcement, the initial hype has calmed down enough so that I can make a more detailed breakdown for what we can actually expect from the DLC.

Wasteland Workshop

With the Wasteland Workshop, design and set cages to capture live creatures – from raiders to Deathclaws! Tame them or have them face off in battle, even against your fellow settlers. The Wasteland Workshop also includes a suite of new design options for your settlements like nixie tube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more!

Cover Art Explanation

This Expansion pack is definitely more of an “Add-on” rather than a traditional “Expansion.” In this Add-On, players will be gaining a boost to the functionality of their settlement workshops. Based on what we see in the above image, here are the elements that stand out to me:

  1. Vault-Tec Door on top of blueprint drawings. The shown Vault Girl is dressed in a Red Rocket mechanic’s jumpsuit, a massive red wrench, and is decked out with a tool belt that is bursting with hand tools. This reinforces the concept of building….pretty much anything, honestly!
  2. The sketches shown behind the Vault Girl are a variety of in game elements. Starting from the lower right, we see the front elevation of a Workbench with a drill press and vice clamp, a section view of something I really can’t identify, the tripod base of what looks like a Defense Turret, a Deathclaw exiting a holding cell (!!!!!), and finally a standard circular saw blade.
  3. Across the top is the text, “Build your own Arena of Death while Redecorating your home!” This text is expanded upon with the DLC description of capturing creatures from the wasteland and the expanded amount of elements you can craft for your settlements.

Arena of Death?!?!

This is just simply too awesome to ignore! Directly from the description, “ and set cages to capture live creatures – from raiders to Deathclaws!” As we all know, there are many horrific creatures roaming around the wasteland, with Raiders and Deathclaws being on opposite sides of the spectrum. This sounds like it could be a lot of fun, and the ultimate distraction from actually finding Shaun.

(Don’t worry, he’s in good hands.)

What I want to know is how far are we going to go with having them “Face-Off against your fellow settlers?” Are we going to start pitting Sturges against a Rad Scorpion, or am I going to be able to send a battle challenge to my brother over XBox live? How much of my own battle arena am I going to be able to design? If we can go full Battle-bots style, I may have found my new past-time!

Settlement Remodeling

While there were quite a few items you could craft for your settlement, I did find it lacking at times. Not that I am the most creative type, but there were certain elements that I would have loved to add to my roof-top lounge that were not included in the standard list. Was it a deal breaker that I could not fully realize my post-apocalyptic VIP club? No, not really. I just did what I could and moved on to headshotting raiders.

Promised in this DLC pack include “…Nixie Tubes Lighting, Lettering Kits, Taxidermy and more!” This will add a whole new level of customization to your structures, and additionally your Battle Arenas. the Taxidermy will be interesting to see. We already have the ability to craft mounted heads of various animals. Perhaps we will be able to craft the statues that we see during load screens?

Nixie Tubes, From Hopefully we will be able to program these from a connected terminal to display different messages!

Worth it?

Let us be honest for a moment. Sure, this DLC pack adds content to the game, particularly for those who are not too G.E.C.K. savvy. So here’s the thing; this pack adds nothing that will change the core of the game significantly. Everything that it does add could be added through the use of mods. What downloading this pack does ensure, however, is that the content will be added properly to your system. Glitchy game jokes aside, if it is created and vetted by the game studio the content should work with the rest of your game just fine.

The cost of this DLC pack outside of the Season Pass is $4.99 USD. Had I not already purchased the Season Pass, chances are that I would pass on this pack. Even given the amount that I gushed over the prospect of building my own Death Arena, the crafting and world building aspect of games really are not my thing. I love learning and exploring the depths of a complex world, but spending money for content that is purely aesthetic is not something I am likely to do.

What would be a deal-breaker for me would be if I were to be able to establish my own Commonwealth Ludus and challenge my friend’s Primus. That, my dear vault dwellers, would be EPIC!

For more on the other two DLC pack planned for this first round, see the links below:

The Automatron

Far Harbor

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