I Am Cursed

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Editorial, Featured


Yeikes! This weekend I didn’t actually play much of anything which, coming off of my posts last week regarding Fallout 4, is concerning. I firmly believe that the more I talk something up, the less inclined I am to pay attention to it immediately afterwards. This is not the first time this has happened, but it usually happens when I get excited about A Thing, then want to talk about That Thing, and subsequently cool way down on That Thing. I need to stop talking about That Thing is what I’m learning.

I did play F4 on Friday, though, and left my settlement to fend for themselves. I upped the defense to equal the resources, which was the tool-tip, so hopefully the citizens will still be there when I get back. I heard tell that your NPCs can use your power-armor if you leave it for them, or that raiders can actually steal the armor if you leave it lying around. I moved mine to the Red Rocket which I haven’t developed yet, so hopefully it’ll be safe. I don’t use the armor much due to the abysmal gas mileage.

I struck out towards my next, most immediate goal: clearing a factory of raiders. I don’t feel confident about this task because I hate the combat in this game. I can barely hit the broadside of a barn let alone a target that’s rushing at me, and once it gets close enough for me to melee it, I can never find the target. If I didn’t have the dog, I’d die in every single encounter.

I headed east and south and found a quarry, a cemetery, a caravan, and a lone settler living in a trailer. I followed the collapsed highway and noticed a frightening radio-tower populated by at least one common raider and one in a suit of power-armor. I gave that a pass. I used the scope of my rifle to scan the landscape from the top deck of the highway and found some lights out there, including at least one person who had to deal with those feral dogs in his yard, and a lone robot wandering around. I’m not sure if he’s friendly or not. I guess I’d be well suited to the Wasteland, since I automatically assume everyone is hostile.

I managed to get to the factory, but skirted it along the highway to do some recon. I used my sniper rifle to take out some power-armor and maybe six to eight raiders, but didn’t get much further than that. My concern is that there’s dozens more in there, and since ammo is what you can find, I don’t know how soon I’ll be resorting to hand-to-hand combat, and I wonder if once NPCs are dead, do they stay dead? I would hate to return to the factory to find all of these targets have respawned, but my ammo situation looking just as dire as it did after I killed them all the first time.