(For: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One)

Familiar but frontier-like, clumsy but well-crafted, "Fallout 4" moved Bethesda's post-apocalyptic money bomb franchise forward safely but significantly. In particular, its punchier shooting, colorful Bostonian ruin and even more colorful companions (I heart Nick Valentine) make The Commonwealth as rewarding a landscape to roam as any in games this year.