The immensely popular RPG Fallout 4 has released their first DLC today by the name of Automatron. This is of course just the first in a line of coming DLC that Bethesda plans to launch in this coming year. Just like much of the DLC in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, Automatron is introduced with a weird radio signal that has just appeared out of thin air. The message will pop up that a new frequency is available and instantly start the Automatron main quest as soon as you boot up your last save or start a new game.
Immediately as you start the quest line you’re attacked by a swarm of patched together robots previously unseen to the Commonwealth. These bots are powerful with a wide range of attacks, and if that’s not enough, they emit a sound that’s reminiscent of a dial up modem – just to add more suffering to each battle. It’s not all bad though since you’re introduced to a new companion, ADA, after your initial run in with the robot swarm. She promises to teach you how to build and customize your own robot parts if you help her take down the vile Mechanist.
That name should sound familiar since he’s a character that you first run into in Fallout 3 during the Superhuman Gambit quest. In that quest you can kill the Mechanist or convince him to give up his mantle. This raises the question if this is indeed the same Mechanist from Fallout 3 or not? It very well could be of course; this wouldn’t be the first time that Bethesda brought back a character that could have potentially been killed in a previous game. Personally I would like to think this new Mechanist isn’t the original, but the kid that was obsessed with the Mechanist in Fallout 3. That would be a nice refreshing twist for returning fans of the Fallout franchise and would inspire new fans to check out the past game.
Putting that whole debate aside though, Automatron introduces some fun new mechanics that fit in neatly to the Fallout 4 universe. As you destroy these ‘Junkbots’ that the Mechanist sends, you’ll find new parts and mods to build your own automatron army or even to upgrade your new companion ADA. All of this can be done without ever really diving into the main quest line, which is a large journey in its own since Automatron has been confirmed to be bigger than Skyrim’s Dawnguard expansion. Altogether, Automatron is a fun, inventive adventure with plenty of new added into the Commonwealth at every turn.