Fallout 4 Automatron DLC – Review

With the release of the Fallout TV show, I have found myself replaying the Fallout games, particularly 4. Fallout 4 first released in 2015 and quickly became one of my most played games. With the TV show making me want to jump back into the wasteland, I decided to check out every Fallout 4 DLC again. So here are my thoughts on the Fallout 4 Automatron DLC…

Details of Fallout 4 Automatron DLC

Fallout 4's Automatron DLC lets you build your own droids - but R2-D2 these  chaps are not - Kevin Lynch - Mirror Online
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Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Platform: PC, Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Release Date: 22nd March 2016

Price: £7.99 (£34.99 If you buy Fallout 4 GOTY Edition)

Story of Fallout 4 Automatron DLC

Fallout 4' Automatron DLC Review: Rage Against the Mechanist
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The story of Fallout 4 Automatron DLC see the player start to encounter groups of robots across the wasteland. These robots will look like they have been put back together, which they have, by a mysterious Mechanist. Hunting them down and harvesting their parts opens up more robot customization options in the robot crafting menu, something the DLC adds to the game. Paired with your robot companion you can install a device to track down the Mechanist’s factory and put a stop to the robots for good!

Analysis of Fallout 4 Automatron DLC

Quests & Story

Review: Fallout 4's "Automatron" DLC | Stevivor
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Once you purchase the DLC groups of robots will start wandering the wasteland. If they spot you they will fire on sight, believing you to be a raider. Defeating these robots can provide players with new customization parts and mods for their robot companions. That’s honestly the best part of the DLC making your own RoboCop, or whatever else you desire. I myself made a variety of different robot companions to fight in my settlement’s coliseum. It’s fun to watch them take on waves of Yao Guis and Deathclaws.  

Don’t expect the story to be black and white. In true Fallout fashion the DLC has one of the best reveals/twists of the whole game. With the player having the power to decide the final outcome.

The questline is for characters level 15 or higher so can’t be started right away.

Robot Companion Customization

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The customization is very expansive, you definitely get value for money with the DLC. You can select from parts from all of Fallout 4’s robots. My personal favorite is the sentry parts. It’s fun to experiment with different combinations and mods. Especially if you set them to fight in your coliseum. The companions do lack a bit of character/personality, however. You can select their voice, so it at least sounds to your fancy, but the robotic companions just lack the wit, humour, and conversation that the other companions offer.

The increased carry capacity makes them perfect companions for scavenging or selling runs though. Some mods even allow them to hack terminals and pick locks, allowing them to access areas your character’s build might not otherwise let you access.


Fallout 4's Automatron DLC is meatier than expected | VG247
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With the main story coming in at around 3 ½ hours it isn’t the longest Fallout DLC. Yet what it provides in additional gameplay features, ones that suit Fallout 4 so perfectly it feels like a launch feature. Creating your own robotic companions is extremely fun and it adds a sense of attachment you might not get with other companions as you are going through every pain staking process to make them, upgrade them, and mod them. The Mechanist also has a good twist about their character that does make their story memorable. Automatron really set the bar high for Fallout 4’s story DLC. If for any reason you haven’t played the DLC yet I highly recommend it!

Overall Rating: 9.5 – Classic!

Platform Played On: Steam Deck, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Recommendation: Yes!

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