Announced at the 2016 E3 (Electronic Entertainment) Expo, Fallout 4: Contraptions Workshop was overshadowed by the numerous other announcements the developer, Bethesda, made. The company’s big announcement was a remastered The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, along with a serious overhaul for its post-apocalyptic mobile game, Fallout Shelter. If nothing else, Contraptions Workshop along with the upcoming Vault-Tec Workshop will help players kill time until the final downloadable content (DLC) and significantly more substantial Nuka World are released, hopefully by the end of the year.
After the amazing Far Harbor add-on, just about anything is going to seem like a letdown. Honestly, there’s a lot more content in the mods that were recently made available on the Xbox One, but if you’re just looking for more toys in your sandbox, Contraptions Workshop does do that. The latest add-on essentially lets players now build machines. Machines that sort, machines that build, machines that combine, and even a calculator. Again, there is absolutely no story content this time around.
Fallout 4: Contraptions Workshop adds a number of mechanical items, stuff like conveyer belts, scaffolding kits, track kits, even logic gates that will let you get pretty complex in your gadget-building endeavors. Elevators, greenhouses, warehouses, fireworks, and armor and weapons racks have also been added. If you’re looking for something more “useful,” the DLC does now let you build weapon and armor forges, as well as ammunition-making machinery, which can be handy if you have a favorite gun that’s always running out of ammo.
It’s hard for me to be excited about Fallout 4: Contraptions Workshop, considering that my biggest complaint with the main game is its sparse narrative. That being said, I’m sure some players will be happy with the additions, though as I mentioned earlier, there is probably more interesting content to be found in the community mods. Regardless, Contraptions Workshop does give players more reasons to keep playing Bethesda’s flagship game for this console generation.
Fallout 4 is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, and Use of Drugs. This game can also be found on: PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.