Fallout 4 Contraptions Mini Review

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Let me preface this by saying I’m no Rube Goldberg. I don’t have the patience or ingenuity to make the kind of crazy devices you see in Minecraft and Garry’s Mod Youtube videos. For this reason, the new Fallout 4 add-on, Contraptions, held little interest to me on the surface, since it advertised complex machines and sorting devices. Still, there were a few little extra nuggets the add-on threw in, and that’s where I managed to get some entertainment.

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I put a stockade on an island. Haven’t found a good reason to punish someone yet.

The first thing I noticed was the addition of weapon and armor cases, with specialized displays for Power Armor. I already had a Power Armor garage that I had built myself (complete with basketball court on the roof), but I decided it was an opportunity for a little remodeling.

Here's how my Power Armor Garage originally looked.
Here’s how my Power Armor Garage originally looked.
And here it is after the remodeling. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
And here it is after the remodeling. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
I even built a separate room on the roof for my X1 suits, complete with elevator and powered door.
I even built a separate room on the roof for my X1 suits, complete with elevator and powered door.

I kind of miss my basketball court. Anyway, after I finished with the garage, I went to my workshop and took out some of my favorite weapons and armors. With the new display racks, I added a touch of personality to my home.

Ah, so many wonderful, violent memories.
Ah, so many wonderful, violent memories.
Most folks keep shrines for their favorite superheroes, but the Silver Shroud has a shrine of himself!
Most folks keep shrines for their favorite superheroes, but the Silver Shroud has a shrine of himself! That’s my first 10mm pistol under the Silver sub-machine gun, if you were wondering.
Who's laughing now, Kellogg?
Who’s laughing now, Kellogg?

All of these little renovations took me about an hour to throw together, which was surprisingly entertaining. I did wonder, though, if I was perhaps missing the point of Contraptions, so I decided to flex my brain a little and build a ball track.

A hush falls over the crowd...
A hush falls over the crowd…
It's going, going...
It’s going, going…
IT'S IN THE HOLE! THE BALL IS IN THE HOLE!
IT’S IN THE HOLE! THE BALL IS IN THE HOLE!

Sadly, as I said, I’m not smart enough to make crafty use of this, so it was interesting for about five minutes. Browsing through the workbench menu, I saw lots of new power conduits, switches, even logic boards that could change how tracks run. I’m sure someone will find a way to make something mildly interesting out of this crap. I don’t really know if Contraptions is worth the five bucks they’re charging for it unless you’re planning on making a lot of Youtube videos or something, but perhaps if you can get it on sale for, say, $2.50 or less, it might be a fun little addition.

A long-time nerd with far too much time on his hands. Enjoys playing video games and watching anime, among other media-related hobbies.