The RPG is mostly stripped out, I agree. But it hardly feels like a failed Fallout game, to me at least. Is it as good as New Vegas? No. But it still stands quite strong and I've been enjoying the hell out of it. Been playing every day for weeks. I'm at like 70 hours now and still haven't finished the main quest line. Where this game excels in my personal opinion is the gameworld. Nearly every location has something interesting about it. Random stories and treasures can be found in every nook and cranny. For example, I found a polymer laboratory just randomly looking around, and the second I walk in a robot asks if I want a job. Boom, random quest. There is backstory in nearly every location. Sometimes it's just a random person talking about what they experienced when the crap hit the fan, other times there are full on mysteries that you piece together with the information you find throughout the location. There's often no quest attached to this stuff and no incentive for the player to bother other than for the sake of learning about the world and immersion, which to me is the best part of Fallout. Even more incredible than the effort that went into the world, is the effort that went into the characters and companions. There are so many freaking companions in this game, and I'm still finding more. And every one of them has a unique problem that you can help them with as you earn their trust. They also all have unique dialogue when entering certain locations and doing quests. Piper is my all time favorite companion in any Fallout game. And that's the only one I've traveled with, in my 70 hours on one freaking character. And I'm STILL hearing her say new things. It's nuts. So yeah, the quests are mostly fetch this item and get reward type things, but I don't care about that. Exploring the game world and fighting enemies is amazing. I do agree that the RPG elements being mostly stripped out is lame, as there's no character "builds". Especially since they made the boneheaded decision of level locking the perks. So you can't even specialize at all. You just pick what's available at that particular level, and become overpowered in the order you feel like on that character. But still, gunplay is fun, weapons feel and sound great, and the mod system is great. Mods will definitely step in here and refine this part of the game, so I'm not too concerned. But yeah, I could go on for hours. But I'm genuinely enjoying the game world they made. It's just so damn good. I'll be playing this game as much as New Vegas at this rate, and I have 180 hours on that game just with vanilla play.