Anyone who knows me knows I’m utterly obsessed with Bethesda’s Fallout series. It’s come to a point where someone sees the word ‘radioactive’ and immediately thinks about me – hows that for life goals? VaultBoy2_zpsjkk98xix

It’s been almost a month since Fallout 4 was delivered to my geeky door. Between the 6 hour gaming binges and an unbelievably strong narrative, any self-respecting vault dweller is bound to learn a few key lessons. Here are just 3 of the many things I’ve learnt during my nuclear winter so far:

New companion? No thank you. 

You’ve left the relative safety of Sanctuary Hills and have dared to explore the Commonwealth. What’s this? An adorable and unmated German Shepherd wants to join the adventure? YES.

Fallout 4 Dogmeat

And now I can never abandon this dog. Ever. Sure, there are stronger and more effective companions available – but what happens to Dogmeat if I let him go? What if he gets hurt, or doesn’t get enough food? We’re in it for the long-haul, my four-legged friend. Besides, when I need to steal something or kill someone, he doesn’t judge me.

Et tu, Settler? 

Your settlers will betray you – don’t take it personally. The other day I was checking up on Sanctuary only to find that we were under attack by a group of Synths; we cleared them out pretty quickly, but in the middle of the shootout I noticed something strange. Much to my dismay, one of my settlers was ‘red’ and fighting alongside the enemy. The cheek! The ingratitude! The…Synth Component in the dead settler’s inventory? What?

Fallout synths I'm watching you
This is now a dictatorship my friends. Full body searches included.

Telephones, Typewriters, and Dignity 

Fallout fanatics the world over rejoiced upon hearing that the junk scattered across post-nuclear Boston could now be put to good use. Enter, a new problem – obsessive hoarding and hunting down of said junk. I physically cannot leave telephones, typewriters, cameras, or lamps behind, so I end up desperately trawling through a very full inventory to dispose of what I can (along with whatever dignity my character had) and promptly sign up for the next episode of Hoarders. I wish I could say sorry but I can’t hear myself over the glorious sound of turrets and generators filling my settlements.

Fallout 4 Junk
If I ‘drop’ my dignity, can I fit this in my inventory?

 

I’d list more things, but I really must go and check on my settlements. Fallout 4 is stunning and was definitely worth the long, agonising wait. Go forth and kick ass my fellow wanderers.

– Kelly

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