Pip Boy cover

Fallout 4 launches tomorrow, and that sucks because tomorrow is still many hours away. If you’re pining for the game, consider picking up its companion app, called Fallout Pip-Boy, and tinkering with its demo mode.

The companion app was announced at Bethesda’s E3 2015 showcase. It basically gives you a fully functioning version of the game’s Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV, and will apparently function as a second screen for inventory management. I imagine it’ll be quite fun for role-playing frantic in-game situations, like desperately fumbling through the app while Raiders take potshots at you.

Because Fallout 4 isn’t out yet, the app only functions in demo mode for now, which reveals some info on what to expect from the game. The apparel section of the Pip-Boy shows how much the armour section of the inventory has changed, by adding more slots and layers to equip. Miscellaneous items are now finally useful, as Fallout 4 looks to have one hell of a crafting system, and they can now be sorted according to their component type in the Pip-Boy. The map also shows off what we’ll be exploring from tomorrow, and Fallout 4 has a surprisingly large amount of watery areas.

Last but not least, the demo version has one holotape-driven mini-game: Atomic Command. Bethesda confirmed that more games can be collected and played, and Atomic Command makes me feel that they’ll be charming time wasters. It plays like Missile Command, and the player must tap to shoot down incoming missiles.

Atomic Command

Fallout Pip-Boy can be downloaded for iOS or Android. It’s incredibly charming, it’s well-made and has cute sound effects. Fallout 4 launches tomorrow for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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