Man I love this game. It was well worth the wait, even if the story is a little soft. There is just so much to do, and I haven't even gotten that deep into every aspect. I just wanted to talk about the factions in the game, and give my thoughts on them
The Minutemen: These guys are fucking awesome. Preston Garvey, Badass! Ronnie Shaw, Badass! I see these guys becoming the next NCR. They defiantly have a lot of similarities with The New California Republic. Sure the NCR was founded by a bunch of vault dwellers from vault 15, but the idea is the same. People banding together, because they are sick, and tired of the bullshit. I really liked them a lot, and I liked the NCR a lot as well, so it would be interesting to see if a conflict between the coasts would ever become a thing.
The Brotherhood of Steel: Fuck these guys! Seriously, fuck these guys! I wish their order would just shrivel up, and die already! I never liked the Brotherhood, ever! They're a bunch of pricks, who think they're better than everyone else, and think that a suit of power armor, and an energy weapon is enough to bully people into submission. I am biased, considering I am an Enclave man through and through, but these guys seriously need to die off. Veronica was the only Brotherhood member I liked, because she was the only human, in a group of zealots, who treat technology like an old testament god. They are literally too stupid to exist, and their order needs to fall the fuck apart. I know, I'm repeating myself, but I just can't stand these fucks at all. I wish I could just ship them out on the ruins of the ship that's serving as Rivet City, and nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure!!! My youngest brother actually brought up a good point. The Brotherhood is the biggest villain outside of The Institute. They extort farms, they want the Minutemen and the Railroad dead, and they claim to do all this for the greater good. Apparently someone at Bethesda, hates the Brotherhood as much as I do. And to that person, I salute you. Thank you for finally making the Brotherhood the worthless assholes, they always where.
The Institute: SPOILERS!!!!!!!!! Fuck these guys too! I don't give a shit that Shaun is the leader, he's dead to me anyway. Kid is leading a shadowy group of Neo Nazis, and he has the gall to wonder why anyone would oppose him, and the Institute. I don't know Shaun, could it be because you want to bring forth an ideology of mass genocide, and "purification" that is impossible? You know I once heard that my generation, doesn't know what true evil is. We never faced Fascism, or Nazism. We never knew the evil of Communism, and how close humanity was to a Fallout esque existence. That this makes us confused as to what true evil is, and we take up a cause that is supposedly fighting a great evil, but really isn't. Shaun is a prime example of that. I already know what you're all going to say. Shaun was kidnapped, and raised by these fucks! Besides where do you get off?! You support the Enclave! Shaun demonstrated that he was more than a puppet of the Institute. Besides there is tons of fiction, that have people raised by a malevolent group, only to go against the teachings of said group, because they are morally and ethically wrong. Again Veronica would be a great example. She went against the teachings of the Brotherhood, because she thought it was all bullshit. Which it was, and even when she tried to help, she got shot down by zealots anyway. Veronica went against the grain, of what she was taught to be right, and made an effort to change it. She didn't just blindly accept the Codex as the end all, be all to her existence. Even when Veronica knew she couldn't change the Brotherhood, she still wanted to help those in need. Shaun on the other hand, still went along with the Institute, because he gained power, and comfort for going along with the ride. He could have left, he could have opposed the Institute, but he didn't. He got complacent, because he didn't want to leave his life of luxury and privilege behind. He didn't want to take the road less traveled, and actually go to his real parent, he wanted what he has with the Institute. So Shaun, fuck you! I'm glad the Minutemen and I fucked your shit, and leveled the Institute. As for my support of the Enclave. Yes, they have the same level of contempt for the inhabitants of the wasteland as the Institute, but they're an evil I can get behind. Besides the Enclave isn't as bad as they used to be. They originally wanted to leave Earth behind, and create a new life, on another planet. Then they wanted to reclaim the wastes, and kill everyone. Now they want to reclaim the wastes, while killing a select few. By the time they show up again, the Enclave should be like the pre-war U.S. Government. I think the're the best hope for reuniting the continental U.S., and all the territory we claimed before the Great War. Manifest Destiny Bitches!!! WOOT! In short, at least the Enclave is trying to help people, instead of sitting in an advanced bunker, claiming to aid mankind. At least they're active in the community.
The Railroad: I have yet to touch their missions, but they seem like a great group. Trying to make sure Synths don't get taken advantage of, and helping them. I liked them when I met them, in 4. So yeah, they seemed cool.
Atom Cats: They're cool, but the're no Tunnel Snakes. Tunnel Snakes Rule!!!!