Fallout 4’s release date is Tuesday, November 10. Smart people booked the day off work months ago. Everyone else is preparing for one of the longest Tuesday workdays of their lives.

Should you be excited for Fallout 4? Absolutely. Here are the top 5 things you need to know about the release of Fallout 4.

5) Setting and Storyline

You’ll find no spoilers here, but we’ll tell you about the basic background of the game:

It’s set in post-apocalyptic Boston 200 years after a nuclear war (the first nukes launched in 2077). This puts it in the same timeframe (roughly) as Fallout 3.

The player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a vault (just like other Fallout games). However, prior to emerging from the vault, you’ll play a brief storyline where a security officer comes to your door and tells you that nuclear war has broken out and you need to get to the vault immediately. The next thing you know, you’re waking up in a vault 200 years after global devastation.

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-Fallout 4, like all recent Bethesda games, will have non-linear gameplay and an open, explorable world.

-You can play in first person or third-person, just like all recent Elder Scrolls and Fallout games

-You have a dog companion named Dogmeat who is incapable of dying.

-Throughout the game, you’ll explore greater Boston, including other parts of New England (called “The Commonwealth” in post-apocalyptic America).

-For the very first time, your player is fully voice acted and you can have full dynamic conversations with NPCs (similar to the Mass Effect conversation system).

The launch trailer at the bottom of this article gives a little more background for the plot. Watch it if you want to be spoiled (in a very minor way).

4) Get Ready to Build your Settlement

For the first time in Fallout history, you’ll be able to build your own settlement in a similar way to how you build settlements in games like Rust or Minecraft. Over time, new materials let you build your settlement to greater and greater heights. You can construct and deconstruct buildings.

Over time, this settlement will become inhabited by NPCs.

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Sure, we’ve had similar systems in Elder Scrolls (like the Hearthstone expansion pack and various mods), but the fact that Bethesda is making it such a key part of the core game is encouraging for anyone who likes building stuff and leaving a permanent mark on the landscape.

Settlements also come with their own dynamic power line system. You can extend power across the wasteland to build new infrastructure and increase habitability in player towns.

You can also build defensive structures like walls, turrets, and traps to defend against random attacks from the wasteland.

3) Fans Are Nervous About Early Leaks

It’s not all rainbows and lollipops in the Fallout fanbase. Early leaks have started to appear online, and fans are starting to get nervous about some of the things they’ve seen. Those problems include:

Graphics that aren’t quite up to snuff, like environmental textures looking flat and character models appearing a bit off

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Lip synching that looks quirky and out of sync

Weird AI problems, like an on-fire Dogmeat calmly walking through a doorway after a fight

Awkward animations (although animations have never been a strength in Bethesda’s engines)

Ultimately, many of these complaints can be chocked up to the unusually high expectations from the game. We’ve had to wait a long time between Fallout games. On Monday night, we’ll get to see if it lives up to the hype.

Leaked screenshots from the game were posted on Imgur here: http://imgur.com/a/34GN2

And leaked Fallout 4 videos can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/3r5zpk/spoilers_fallout_4_video_gameplay_leaked_xpost/

2) The Review Embargo is Lifted at Monday, November 9, at 8PM EST

Just in time for midnight Fallout 4 launches across the country, the game’s review embargo will be lifted on Monday, November 9 at 8PM EST.

Like the second that clock ticks over to 8PM EST, all major review companies across America will be hitting the “Post” button in WordPress or Drupal.

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So if you haven’t pre-ordered Fallout 4 and are waiting for the reviews before you make your decision, then you should set your phone’s alarm for 8PM EST on Monday.

Interestingly enough, Bethesda has actually placed an embargo on their review embargo. That means game reviewers can’t share when their review or launch coverage will run until Friday, November 6 at 10am PST. As Kotaku reports, “this is the first time we’ve seen an embargo on a review embargo.”

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: FixMyPCFree.com’s Fallout 4 review will be posted immediately at November 9, 8PM EST. Take that, embargo.

1) There’s Now an Official Launch Trailer

Bethesda released the Fallout 4 launch trailer earlier this week. That launch trailer can be seen below.

Fallout 4 will be launched on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 10, 2015.

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