Today we start with our Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide, and then following this we are going to cover five more Fallout 4 guides for you to read and learn from.
If you're new to the Fallout series, then we are going to need to start from the ground up with our Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide. In fact it wouldn't surprise me to hear you spill off a hundred questions just looking at the game box. This Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide will give you a head start without spoiling the game. From how you should properly start your character, how to craft a kick-ass weapon, how to build, manage, and flourish your own settlement, where to find secret quests, improve fighting capabilities, find the right companion and so much more.
Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide
For right now, we are going to stick with some basics with our Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide, and then over the next few days, bring you up to date with the changes to the game, and how they affect Fallout 4. Whether you’re a beginner or not, you would do well to peruse this guide. This is your first step into making your character the Ultimate Vault Survivor in the post-apocalyptic world. We hope to make your transition to life on the Wastelands a much smoother one. Put on your Power Armor and let’s begin...
Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide: Starting Smart
As you create your character, you select your character’s SPECIAL statistics. The SPECIAL acronym represents Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Agility and Luck. These are the basics stats that will make up your character and shape the way you play the game. In Fallout 4, the Perks system has been redesigned to play heavily off of the SPECIAL stats you select, so be sure to take a few minutes to plan out your initial SPECIAL selection so that it allows for you to pick the perks you would like to play with. Here, we will be focusing on the Intelligence stat as it will help streamline your leveling progress.
The immediate benefit of the Intelligence stat in Fallout 4 is that it modifies the amount of experience points earned, which is a major advantage for any character’s progression, and it could speed up your leveling process exponentially. This is a SPECIAL stat that will net immediate gains for your character, so feel free to boost it liberally at character creation; after all, you will have the opportunity to add to some of the other SPECIAL stats you may have forgone in favor of Intelligence later through collectable Vault Boy Bobbleheads and other gameplay opportunities.
Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide: Leveling Up
It’s important to know your limits as you level up. There will be certain levels where you might power spike, and others where you’re a bit weak and have to watch your step against enemies. Early on in the game is your most critical point. While Fallout 4 does give you a generous boost to stats right from the start with 28 SPECIAL points, you are still susceptible to multiple enemies that may try to overtake you.
Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide: Follow the Quests
As you play through your Fallout 4 run, take the time out to focus on the quests provided. The main storyline and side quests will reward you with the lion’s share of available experience. This may seem self-explanatory, but Bethesda’s games are known for their ability to drag the player into the depths of their immersive world, and before the player knows it, they have spent the better part of eight hours exploring caves or sewer systems without the motivation of a quest-line. While there is experience to be gained in this gameplay, it pales in comparison to the leveling potential of efficient questing. You will always have time to explore every nook and cranny of post-apocalyptic Boston later on in the game, so focus on a good start for your play-through, and get a leg up on your character progression before you fall into the trap of endless exploration.
Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide: Combat Skills to Match Your Style
There are hundreds of build paths you can go with, and finding the right one is essential to developing a powerful character. It’s often best to choose a single style of weapon and then pick up skills that benefit that individual weapon, rather than branching out into general stats. Fallout 4 has plenty of perks that are designed for certain weapons, and once you pick them up you can branch into general stat buffs such as extra melee damage. You should also focus your perk build on being able to acquire the best enhancements for your weapons, as these can often provide better boosts than stats will.
Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide: Becoming a Pro at VATS
Fallout 4 has done some revamping on the VATS system, and so there’s a bunch you need to know. For starters, you can no longer use VATS as a way of saving yourself in a sticky situation. Before, VATS would completely stop the fight, but now it only briefly slows down combat. When using VATS, you will typically want to aim at the body part with the highest number. This will allow you to deliver the best attack against your enemy, but you only have a brief moment to take your shot so be quick. If you really like VATS and want to invest into it, it’s best to max out perception to increase your accuracy.
Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide: Sniping 101
Sniper rifles are meant to be powerful long range weapons in Fallout 4. With that in mind, they also have some drawbacks. Snipers are loud, which is why it’s recommended that you get a suppressor mod for your sniper as soon as possible so that you don’t give away your position to other enemies. If you take out enemies without being seen you will do increased critical hit damage, so a sneaky shot to the head is usually enough to take out an enemy.
Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide: Positioning
No matter the combat game your character positioning is essential, but it’s often one of the most sloppy mechanics for players. Something as simple as moving a couple inches to the right can prevent a massive amount of damage to your character, allowing you to escape death and eliminate your enemy. The first thing you should be looking for is objects to hide behind that will block enemy fire. This is useful for both one on one skirmishes as well as multiple enemy fights. In a single target fight you can safely reload behind barriers such as rocks and walls, and then peak around the corner to deal your damage. It’s also useful for keeping enemy ranged units out of sight while you take out melee fighters first. You can also use your positioning to your advantage by keeping out of reach of melee fighters by standing on a slope or elevated edge while you take out the ranged enemies when cover isn’t available. These little things can make a huge difference.
Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide: Experiment With Builds
Building your character is important, and luckily you get a reset if you want to experiment a little. You can reset your points at any time to allow you to pick up different perks and other stats. With this in mind, feel free to try out new things and find what you’re best with. It’s a sandbox game that’s meant to allow you to play the way you want, so don’t feel that you have to pick a single style just because it seems overpowered.
Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide: Modify Your Weapons
Weapon modifications are going to be a major component in Fallout 4 and shouldn’t be ignored. There are going to be over 700 different modifications that you can make to your weapons to either improve their damage or make them more versatile. Some of these include items such as scopes, silencers, barrels, special sights, suppressors, large magazines, and much more. You should use mods that fit your combat style.
For example, placing a long barrel on a weapon will be a good idea if you’re a long range gunman looking to take out targets from afar and want some increased accuracy, while it may not be optimal for short range gun fights. Mods can be crafted from raw materials, and with the right perks you’ll gain access to advanced mods with enhanced capabilities.
Fallout 4 Gameplay Guide Conclusion
That concludes our Fallout 4 Guide to Gameplay. Tomorrow, we are going to go over S.P.E.C.I.A.L. It stands for the 7 attributes in the character creation: Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck - hope to see you back here for more...
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