Fallout New Vegas Game Guide


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GAME GUIDE: Playing Fallout New Vegas on very hard difficulty in Hardcore mode

GAMES such as Fallout New Vegas are a lot more fun and intense when they’re extra challenging. Playing in hardcore mode really adds to the survival aspect of Fallout, and, in my opinion, makes the game a lot more fun to play.

Fallout New Vegas Game Guide: S.P.E.C.I.A.L: General stats and perks

If you decide to test your Fallout skills in hardcore mode you’ll want to pay special attention to your starting stats. It’s a good idea to create a character with high strength and endurance. Strength will allow you to carry more items for selling and creating explosives and endurance will provide you with more hit points and the ability to get enhancements later on.

Fallout New Vegas SPECIALAlso remember that in hardcore mode ammo weighs you down and it becomes frustrating if you have to constantly drop items when encumbered.

You’ll also want a fairly high intelligence so that you can add more skill points when leveling up. These are the three stats I’d give preference too. Remember that you can always add extra S.P.E.C.I.A.L. points with the Intense Training perk, by collecting bobbleheads (download Fallout New Vegas bobblehead mod here) and by visiting the New Vegas medical center.

Fallout New Vegas Game Guide: Skill points

It may make sense to play as staunch, melee character in hardcore mode. Fallout New Vegas has improved melee combat considerably, so this can be a lot of fun.

Fallout New Vegas combatHowever, I find it wiser to keep enemies at bay by playing as a gun nut. Killing or injuring enemies before they can get close enough to cripple you may just save your ass.

In the beginning, I generally feed my skill points into Guns, Repair, Explosives, Lockpicking and Survival, and maybe a few in to Medicine and Barter. You need to be able to inflict as much damage as possible early on as well as heal yourself with stimpaks or by cooking gecko steaks at a campfire.

Note that some foodstuffs work just as well as chems by giving you boosts to strength and other skills such as agility. It is also a good idea to keep well fed and hydrated in hardcore mode before leveling up.

Fallout New Vegas Game Guide: Finding a home

NovacIt is useful to find a place to rest and stash your excess goods early on in the game. Unfortunately you don’t get offered as nice a place as the little shack in Megaton back in Fallout 3, but there are other options.

I chose to settle in Novac – in a rented motel room. You pay peanuts once off and the place is yours! I store extra guns and ammo in the safe, special Nuka Colas and other drinkables in the fridge, extra armour in the cabinet and all miscellaneous goods in the footlocker (for creating items later).

Fallout New Vegas Game Guide: Leveling up

When playing on very hard difficulty in hardcore mode you’ll want to level up as quickly as possible. The best way to achieve this is by completing quests early on. Accept all side quests and odd jobs that come your way and get out and explore.

Fallout New VegasA good idea is to take the Hunter perk early on which gives a 75% critical hit score against mutated animals and creatures. Once you have that, get out and pot a few geckos and mole rats, but watch out for those killer Cazadors!

I won’t get into perks as there are various strategies involved with picking these, but allocating skill points wisely is vital to surviving the Mojave Wasteland. Don’t spread your skills points too thinly. Rather fuel them into a single stat until it reaches 50. Again I would first focus on Guns, Repair, Lockpicking, Explosives and perhaps Barter and Medicine before anything else.

It sucks coming across a safe or ammunition box that you can’t open because your lock pick skill is too low. You also want to keep your weapons in mint condition so as to inflict as much damage as possible.

Related post: Fallout New Vegas Bobblehead Locations

Please feel free to add any game tips or suggestions you may have!

One response to “Fallout New Vegas Game Guide

  1. First off let me state that I loved Fallout 3. I am not one of the diehards that was upset when Bethesda Softworks took over the title. For those of you that don’t know Fallout: NV is intended to pickup from Fallout 2, not a sequel or continuation of FO3. It starts off well enough but the depth in character creation – and the start of the story is just a little disappointing. No big deal if you’re looking for a sandbox, disappointing if you’re looking for something with a little heart to it.

    The Steam issue has lots of folks up in arms. You cannot install New Vegas without installing and registering Steam and then consequently getting permission to play New Vegas from/through Steam. You’ll hear people state that there is an “offline mode” there is. When you go to offline mode Steam states “cannot connect to Steam”. Really? Well I don’t want to connect to Steam I want to play the frickin’ game I purchased.

    The engine is the same as Fallout 3, so if you liked that – which I did – you’ll fit right in with New Vegas. The best comparison would be New Vegas is to FO3 as KOTOR is to KOTOR 2. Obsidian really likes crafting – so there is a whole array of weapons, ammo, and item crafting much more extensive than anything in FO3. Not bad for the crafters out there, I find it a little overwhelming.

    The true change is to game economics and environment. I actually feel like I’m in a post-apocalyptic world where shortages and scarcity exists. FO3 was violent, gory, and savage – New Vegas is more so. You’ll hear lots about the bugs, and the game has a bit of a rough feel in some of the textures, landscapes, AI but generally it works. Not perfect, but it works.

    Overall the game is fun – if you liked freeform in FO3 New Vegas will be suited to you. If you don’t have any issues with online DRM and you liked FO3 you’ll appreciate New Vegas.

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