Fallout 4 has been released a couple of months ago, and has totally lived up to its hype. The game takes place in Boston, Massachusetts and has real-life landmarks that can be found in the game. The story is that of you; the sole survivor of a nuclear war. Just before the bombs drop, your family is rushed to Vault 111, where you are frozen in time. Your family gets taken away from you, and after that it’s all kind of a blur. You wake up, and have to explore the wasteland in search of your lost son. You start off making a character that can be either male or female. Both characters are fully voiced! Here’s some tips to help you on your way in Fallout 4:
There are a lot of perks that you can get when you level up in Fallout 4, and of course all of them serve their own purpose and are good in their own way. However, a good perk to get early on is the “awareness” perk. This perk has been around since the early Fallout games, so it’s no wonder it also makes an appearance in Fallout 4. What this perk does is upgrade your Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting Systems (VATs). Thanks to this upgrade, your VATs will now also show what weaknesses the enemy you’re facing is prone to. Using the right kind of weapons will guarantee faster kills, and saves you ammunition.
Hey, stop covering your eyes. You’re going to want to hear this, even though you’ve probably heard it before: crouching is important. Crouching will help you hide from the enemy effectively, and means that you will be safer. If you’re spotted while crouching, crouch behind something to take cover. No, actually take cover: your character will lean out at the edges to aim, so the chances of you getting hit will be way less than when you’re not crouching.
You don’t have to be stuck with whatever weapon you pick up. No, in Fallout 4 you can change every kind of weapon to your heart’s content. The “Gun Nut” perk can help you with this. Modding your weapons can be done at a weapon bench (scattered around the map, but if you have a settlement there should be one there as well). Scrap mods from other guns that you’re not going to use before you scrap them, as well. You can use these mods if you want them for a different kind of gun. By modding weapons you can basically create your own, custom gun that will do whatever you want it to do. At a weapon bench you can also rename your guns.
You may have noticed that, unlike some games, monsters and other creatures don’t respawn immediately. This can be a lifesaver if you have to pass that particular area again after you’ve cleared it, but can be disappointing if you want to replay that epic fight again. There’s a trick to respawning enemies, though; just wait 30 days. No, not actual days: in-game days. Wait or sleep on furniture in 30 blocks of 24 hours and enemies will re-spawn like magic.
You can build a relationship with your companion, but that could either be good or bad. Make the wrong decisions time after time, and they may just decide that they hate you, resulting in their leaving. Make all the right decisions, and your companion will start to adore you to the point of a romantic relationship (regardless of gender.) Reaching the highest level of affinity with a companion will give you a perk that’s unique to the companion you’re traveling with. Every companion has different perks you can unlock. Not just that, but you can also make your companion use certain weapons, wear certain clothes, and even carry things for you. If traveling with a companion just isn’t for you, there’s a perk that will give you extra carry weight and reduced damage taken in fights if you travel alone.
In Fallout 4 there is no level cap, so you don’t have to worry about never going back to an area or placing your skill points into perks strategically. Experiment with all the perks and points! Quests scale with your level, so if you miss a quest, but want to get back to it later in the game you can. Everything in Fallout 4 is customizable, and completely up to you! Other new things in this part of the Fallout franchise are radiation storms (take cover, you don’t want that RADS damage!), and an improved aiming system. Scopes are much easier to use in this game.