Fallout 3 Reloaded

I have the edition of Fallout 3 with the Lunchbox, the Bobblehead, the PipBoy.  You know how these things go. It has been in the back of my mind for awhile, and next thing you know, I’ve installed it and I’m in the Vault.

On my first session, I was tired and didn’t pay enough attention to what I was doing get out of Vault 101 smoothly.  I pretty much punched my way out of the place, and though I survived all the fights, I was loaded with pistols and ammo but using my fists and then a Police Baton.  I don’t know why I’m prone to melee fighting in these games. I suspect it goes back to The Wrench in Half-Life.  Also, I notice if you run up on things and just whale on them, they can’t seem to fight back very effectively. And I win.

If I was going to play smarter, I’d need to start again and take the time to be more strategic.  I read some tips and guides and had a set of beginner stats that should be good, and yet I veered from them because I couldn’t bear to drop my Strength or Endurance much.

My opening stats:

Strength 5
Perception 3
Endurance 5
Charisma 3
Intelligence 9
Agility 8
Luck 7

I had more points in Charisma the first time around, which helped me with a certain bully character. This time he was all sneers, the banana.

Lockpicking has never been a skill I’ve done well with, my torque is always a bit too much.  In the Wasteland, you need the skill though.  I’m just going to have to save before trying and master it.

The game world is such a rough world, and all of the characters are gritty.  Nobody looks to have had a bath in years, let alone a drink of water.  There are a variety of random creatures and mobs who pop out of nowhere.

On release, I did not like the VATS system of combat, but I’m going to work with it this time and try to master that as well.  I think my wrench and I are just a bit twitchy.  Though I’m specializing in Pistols this time.

My first assignment is to go to a place called SuperDuper Mart.  I recall it with a bit of dread from the long ago play through.  Nothing good in aisles 4-8…filled with nasties.  I must have survived it somehow.

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