Now that Fallout 4 is finally out, millions of player are emerging from their own underground vaults to see what awaits them in the expansive wastelands of Boston. While hardened veterans will likely feel right at home with the game’s open world setting and play mechanics — since they’re very similar to Fallout 3 — for those who are just getting into the series, there are probably a few things you should know if you want to avoid perpetually scrambling for ammo and chronic death.
10. Put Some Thought Into Your Starting Stats
There are ways to make every stat in Fallout 4 useful so don’t worry if you’ve already set up your starting attributes. But, if you want to make your early game experience a little easier, there are a few guidelines you should follow:
- Don’t put all of your points into a single skill. Try to distribute your points to make a somewhat balanced character and worry about putting points in as you level up (or even just collect bobbleheads throughout the game) to improve specific stats later.
- Since you can no longer spend points to increase you powers of persuasion and bartering, charisma is more important than it was in previous Fallout games. Increasing your charisma will also open up new dialogue options when you converse with NPCs.
- For some added navigational help, make sure you pick up the “V.A.N.S.” level 1 intelligence perk. When you have it, a guided path to your nearest objective will be displayed whenever you enter V.A.T.S. mode.