This post contains mild location spoilers for Fallout 4.
So, I own a PS4 and a PS Vita. They’re how I play my games. I used to play on Xbox 360, but I was never into Achievements. I’d usually play a game to the end of the main story then be done with it.
Once I went all in with PlayStation, something about Trophies grabbed me and I can’t explain it. Maybe because they’re shiny? Maybe because it’s not just a “score.” I don’t know. But they got me good. I now find myself playing games for Trophies first and foremost, and I kind of enjoy it.
If a game comes out and I really like it, chances are I’m going to try and Platinum it. This year I’ve achieved the Platinum Trophy in Batman: Arkham Knight and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (which is no joke, let me tell you) among other smaller titles. It gives me a great feeling of accomplishment to know I’ve beaten a game the most it can possibly be beaten, so it’s no surprise I’m currently trying to Platinum Fallout 4.
Looking at Fallout 4‘s Trophy list, it doesn’t look too difficult. Most of them seem like they would be achieved naturally over time. There’s a couple of story based trophies that require some strategic saving, but other than that there’s not much here that would require you to use a guide or anything.
Two of Fallout 4‘s Trophies revolve around the collection of Bobbleheads. One of them is achieved at 10 Bobbleheads collected and the other at 20. Very achievable.
I’m writing this today to tell you about how Fallout 4 fucked me out of those Trophies.
I occasionally work night shifts, and one of the perks of that is getting to stay up all night the night before my shift and play video games for like 12 hours without feeling like a fucking loser. I usually save my bigger Trophy hunting campaigns for these occasions, and collecting the remaining eight Bobbleheads I needed for part two of the Trophy seemed achievable in one of these sessions.
I could not have been more wrong.
It started off unremarkable enough. For quickness, I opened up an online guide and started chipping away. “Go to this location, it’s in this room.” Easy enough. This will be a piece of cake.
I collected three Bobbleheads (bringing my count to 15) before disaster struck.
There’s a location on the map called “Malden Middle School.” Underneath the school, past the basement, is the entrance to Vault 75. Using a Bobblehead location guide I made my way there, blissfully unaware of the fucking headache that awaited me.
Upon entering Vault 75 I was greeted by two Synth enemies who started raining lasers on me. I quickly dispatched them and made my way to the elevator. The elevator TO HELL.
The guide stated that once you entered Vault 75 you would be greeted by Gunners, Fallout‘s mercenary outfit, and the faction you didn’t side with in the main story. They would be fighting among themselves and with you. I was tasked with killing everybody, and making my way to the back of Vault 75 where I should have encountered a Gunner Commander, who had a keycard that would give me access to the rest of the Vault, where the Bobblehead was located.
There was no Gunner Commander. After scouring the scene for about 30 minutes, looting every dead thing there was to loot and even reloading a save before I had entered the Vault, I took to the internet. After a quick Google search, I found out that this was a bug that people were encountering, seemingly at random.
A bug. In a Bethesda game. That locked you out of 100% completion. Surely not?
Most of the solutions I found online involved console commands, but as mentioned earlier, I was playing on PS4 where no such luxury is afforded. I was tasked with finding an alternative solution.
After discussing it with a friend, he told me to wait 30 in-game days for the enemies inside Vault 75 to respawn so I could try again. My character slept for 30 days. 30 fucking days of rest. 30 minutes of my actual life spent watching a fictional character sleep. I set off for Vault 75 again, and repeated my initial murdering spree. Still nothing.
I was left with no choice. As I was playing through the game I made alternate saves so I could earn the Trophies in all of the game’s branching story paths. I sucked it up and loaded a save from around eight hours ago. I set off on my own personal Groundhog Day yet again, and yet again there was no Gunner Commander in sight.
“Luckily” for me I had made about four of these alternate saves in my quest to see all possible story options, so I loaded up an older one.
The result was the same.
I was down to my last alternate save. The save I made 20 hours ago. The save I made before I acquired my beloved Super Sledge. The save I made when me and my Power Armour were mere acquaintances and not life partners. The save I made at level 21. The save I made when I had two out of twenty Bobbleheads.
The Gunner Commander appeared.
Initially elated that I finally had access to the rest of Vault 75, and in turn the Bobblehead that had evaded capture for what felt like days, the celebration soon ended when I realised the severity of the situation.
I now had three Bobbleheads. I went from 15 to three. I would have to collect the ones I had already collected again, and then the other five I had yet to find. Not to mention I was far weaker than I was in my main save. I had dropped 26 levels and all my weapons were terrible.
I don’t know how, but I did it. I managed it. I collected 20 Bobbleheads and the Trophy popped, but I was done. I’d had enough.
I currently have five Trophies left. Four of them are very achievable, they just take time. The fifth is the dreaded “Benevolent Leader” Trophy, which is achieved when you reach 100 happiness in a large settlement, seemingly without rhyme or reason.
I can’t face doing it. I’m seriously tired of the fear that this game will fall apart like a shoddily constructed car while it’s driving 100mph down the motorway, killing me, my progress, and everyone I love.
I need to take a break.
I might go back, eventually, but right now I need to play something else. Something lighter. Something quick to digest.
I still love you, Fallout 4, but I think we should see other people for a while. It’ll be a long time before I’m able to trust again.