3 Small Tips That Make 'Fallout 4' More Fun
Millions of eager wanderers are, today, taking their first eager steps into the wasteland of Fallout 4. Even more are still in their first few hours, still getting torn apart by low-level raiders and cooking up mole rat meat for a few health points. There are plenty of tips articles out there to help you get through those difficult early moments and maximize your progress, but as in any RPG, it can be easy to get caught up in that min-max grind up to being the unkillable god of the Wasteland. It’s a fun way to play the game, but it’s not the only way to play. These are a few things I’ve done to make the world of the Wasteland feel a little more real, a little less rushed, and a little deeper. There is a lot to work through in a game like Fallout 4, and there’s no reason to burn through it all at once. Here are a few tips for getting the most enjoyment out of this game.
Turn Off Subtitles: Doing this has totally changed my experience of Fallout 4. I’ll admit it: I’m a conversation skipper. I’ve done so in every Bethesda game I’ve played, cruising through hours and hours of meticulously recorded dialogue as soon as I had gotten the gist of what people were saying. This time, if I want to know what’s up, I’ve got to listen. It helps that the a voiced protagonist makes the dialogue more cinematic: different camera angles are more engaging than the one character in the center of the screen talking straight ahead. But more than anything, turning off subtitles slows things down, and increases your immersion in the world. You’ll get to know the people of the wasteland a little better this way, and that’s sort of the point.
(unless you need them, of course. In which case, just make sure to take a second and read everything)
Don’t Use Fast Travel: See a theme here? If turning off subtitles helps you to get to know the people of the wasteland, avoiding fast travel helps you get to know the wasteland itself. So even once your map is fully populated with all manner landmarks and other fast travel targets, try to take the long way around. Not only will it give the game a sense of scope that’s hard to miss otherwise, you’ll find all sorts of neat things along the way. You’ll still want to use fast travel sometimes, especially when you’re going back and forth to settlements to stash junk, but try to use it sparingly. Like turning off subtitles, this is a way of turning the speed down. If you’ve go to trek all the way to some forsaken hole to retrieve some long lost artifact, it makes sense that you’ll be pressing through mirelurks and super mutants as you go. The Wasteland shouldn’t be easy .
Build Settlements: Okay, so this isn’t so much a “small thing” as it is one of the major new systems in this game. But Bethesda has designed the game so that settlements provide few tangible progression benefits and could easily be skipped in favor of playing this game more like it wereFallout 3. Don’t! Build some settlements, attract some new settlers, and watch your influence over these small parts of the Wasteland grow and change. It gives you a sense of impact and purpose that no Bethesda game has ever quite provided before. Some will just skip right over it, and that’s fine too: but if you get a chance to move through some of these slightly obtuse systems, you’ll find a whole new way of looking at Fallout. Plus, it gives you one certain attack that’s more powerful than anything else in the game…