Twenty minutes of gameplay from Bethesda's upcoming post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4 has been leaked online ahead of the game's release next week (11 November). The footage shows the game's intro sequence as well as some combat from later in the game.
The videos have been hosted on Vid.me and widely shared online - but are bound to be taken down before too long, so get them while they're irradiated (hot). We'll embed the third and fourth spoiler-free videos below, but you can find each of them at the following links. Here's part one, part two, part three and part four.
The footage above depicts some exploration and combat in the game's Boston setting. This likely takes place several hours into the game and shows some first and third person combat against Super Mutant enemies and your dog companion Dogmeat in action. There's also plenty of looting.
The other two videos depict the game's opening, as the player creates what their character looks like and walks around their pre-apocalypse home. The general arc of this segment is predictable if you have seen some of the game's marketing already – the announcement trailer, E3 gameplay demo etc.
On Reddit there has been a mixed response from some fans. One says: "Gameplay seems very similar to 3 and NV which is fine, I suppose, but not really the leap forward I was expecting. Graphically it is good at first glance, but the longer I stare the more I notice the terrible shadow pop-in, horrific animations and occasional stutter."
Others don't want people to give the game the benefit of the doubt, particularly given the videos do not show the game at its best visually. "I still remember how people were tearing the Witcher 3 apart for its supposed graphical ugliness before it was even released. This sub [sub-reddit] specialises in criticism and 'being worried' before games are even released."
Fallout 4 will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC on 10 November.