Most of my points I made in my steam review...
I bought this game out of pure hype, I will not make this mistake again with Bethesda games. Rather than following up on what made New Vegas epic, Bethesda takes a step back and pretty much does what it does. Bugs all around, poor optimization and occasional FPS drops (I'm running this on a GTX 980 TI with a core i-5 4670k), but that's to be expected. Still, it's far smoother than its predecessors.
The intro is nice, and I really enjoyed the opening vid, but it doesn't really invest you in the characters... When your spouse gets shot, I don't really care, because I don't know her that well. Bleh.
Oh, and as for making the player voice acted, it's pretty much all you can use to tell what you're saying. Bethesda decided it would be a good idea to copy Bioware's dialogue wheel, and we get the same problem as Mass Effect had: We don't know what the ♥♥♥♥ we're saying, and we get only four options on this wheel (sarcastic, yes, maybe, investigate). Seriously?
I'm not all up in arms about Bethesda using the same engine, but it's clear that it's at its use's end. The graphics are basically what New Vegas looks like with ENBs and a ♥♥♥♥♥on of tex packs. The engine still is very limiting, I'd much rather they create a new one or just use Unreal 4.
Let's discuss controls... There are very few graphic options to play with and it forces you to use features like DoF and Motion Blur... which I hate vehemently. No option for v-sync, and a lot of other issues right there. Also apparently it forces mouse smoothing, which also sucks
As for the gameplay features, gunplay is improved and I love the idea of customizeable armor and weapons, but it's clear that's the only feature of this game that's a true step up over the previous fallouts. The crafting system is a wonderful idea, but the UI is extremely clunky and it's frustrating as hell. Companions I still have yet to assess, but the interaction with the dog is only to tell it where to go, what to do, and it's a bit distracting especially when you're in the middle of combat.
Story: Right out of the gate, I love the premise of being in the era of when the nukes it, perfect set up, and being frozen in time also adds to that. Now, I have only played for a couple hours so I'm not sure, but I am already seeing traces of classic Bethesda story and characters - One dimensional and not nearly as endearing as what Obsidan cooked up.
So in all, if you want this game, wait till the price drops, and also wait for some mods. I seriously hope someone comes around and scraps that awful dialogue utility, or even just port New Vegas onto here.
Well, that's it. I'm still gonna play this game, but it's clear some mods are needed to truly make this game into the masterpiece it should have been.
I'm hoping once you all are done with TTW you guys work on a way to port New Vegas onto here.