It’s no secret to anyone that during the reveal of Fallout 4 viewers walked away a little unimpressed with the visual quality of the game. Let’s be honest, Fallout has never really pushed the envelope when it comes to graphics. What it lacks in graphical power it makes up in an immersive world with a complex story. In an interview with Gamespot, Pete Hines of Bethesda went on to explain why Fallout 4 looks the way it does.
Everything that we do is a balance. We could make the best looking game possible, but we dial some of that back in order to allow for all of these other things.
Hines also went on to address that player choice and freedom are a huge thing for them.
If you want to pick flowers and make potions all day, then that’s what you’re role-playing. If you want to go shoot everybody in the head with a laser-musket, then that’s what you’re role-playing.