There’s no denying it Fallou4 is so funny that many people fall in love with this game. Before you play it, you should understand the basic things.
1. Loot, scavenge and scrap
Look, this is a world where civilization has gone to pot, supplies and materials are never plentiful and most folk need to rig ramshackle stuff together, make do and mend. To survive you’ll need weapons, armour, mods, medical supplies and ammo, and all are expensive to buy. That’s why you need to search every cabinet, chest, shelf and locker and never leave a corpse undisturbed.
Feel free to leave bulky, low-value items that can weigh you down, but remember that, in Fallout 4, most things can be recycled into something else. Even junk can be transferred to one workbench and then accessed from a workbench elsewhere, where it can be scrapped for materials for weapon and armour mods or base resources.
You’ll also note that, while in the main workbench menu, you can wander around the vicinity converting existing items into raw materials with a tap of the ‘scrap’ button. Make the most of this and give your people the resources they need. Don’t waste anything. Grab everything you can.
2. Maintain a balanced arsenal
In the early stages you’ll find yourself short on ammo, and while you can buy more from trading posts and city stores it’s hugely expensive. For this reason we’d suggest collecting a selection of weapons using different ammo types, so that you can switch from, say, a laser musket to a shotgun or a pipe rifle when you run short of the appropriate cells or shells. This doesn’t mean holding on to every weapon – switch to stronger weapons when available. What’s more, while some weapons are good all-rounders, others are particularly good in specific situations. Hold back the mini-gun or the sniper rifle for when you need them, and don’t waste shotgun shells in long-range firefights. You’ll find it a lot more useful when you’re up against ghouls or mutant hounds.
3. Learn when and when not to use VATS
VATS can be incredibly useful in some combat situations. Squeeze the left bumper/L1 button and the game goes into a slow-motion mode where you can highlight different enemies then target specific areas of those enemies using the dual analogue sticks. You can see what chance you have of hitting your target, and even time things to optimize accuracy and damage. This is brilliant when tackling isolated foes at medium or long range, but at close range with a handgun, shotgun, minigun or SMG you can be better off aiming manually or even firing from the hip. You can fire longer bursts at targets and you won’t get stuck watching helplessly as a ghoul closes in to claw you while you’re waiting for the action meter to refill.
4. Master the Workbench
Weapons, armour, power armour and base resources all have their own workbenches where you can build or modify equipment. You’ll also find chem- and food stations where you can make medical supplies or rations. All are important. Power armour is vital in some boss fights or major battles, but use it carelessly and the parts get broken, so you need to make repairs and upgrades to keep it in active service. With weapon mods, meanwhile, relatively lowly weapons can be transformed into versatile everyday shooters, perfect for tackling bands of gangsters, ghouls or raiders.
We’ve got further looting armour than modifying our own, but even here you can convert basic items into something tougher. Don’t think of crafting as a side-activity; think of it as the homework that helps you when you’re fighting for your life.
5. Use the in-game help
Fallout 4 has a lot of complex systems, not all of which are explained within the game itself. Future walkthroughs, FAQs and strategy guides will make things easier, but don’t neglect the excellent in-game help system, accessed through the pause menu. There’s enough detail here to cover and clarify most of the more challenging aspects of the game, particularly the crafting, base-building and companion-management stuff.
6.Proceed with caution
The world of Fallout 4 is a dangerous place, and while you’re usually OK if you follow the different quest lines it’s still easy to blunder into situations where you won’t be powerful or well-equipped enough to cope. Save often, quicksave more often, and don’t be afraid to run away from a battle that you can’t seem to win. We’ve defeated some enemies that outmatch us through persistence, strategy and luck, and the game occasionally spawns more challenging, legendary foes which are hard to beat but leave more rewarding loot. All the same it’s sometimes easier – and more satisfying – to return a few hours later with a super-sized can of whup-ass, and give them the pasting they deserve. If you’re struggling, run away.
7.Don’t go it alone
Companions make your life much easier. Your first, the faithful Dogmeat, will sniff our enemies and useful items and is great for holding bezerker-style attackers off so that you can finish them before they get close. Others, like Preston and the intrepid reporter, Piper, will back you up in firefights and carry scavenged resources around. Remember that you can equip your companions by trading items with them then switching items in their inventory to equipped. And don’t forget to heal them, either. A dying companion is no help at all.
8.Invest in Intelligence
If you’re struggling to work out how to spend your skill points in the S.P.E.C.I.A.L system, we’d recommend going for Intelligence first.
The higher your Intelligence, the quicker you’ll earn experience points and the faster you’ll level up.