Tips and Tricks for Newly Announced Backwards Compatible Title Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas is a post apocalyptic role-playing video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks. While New Vegas is not a direct sequel, it uses the same engine and style as Fallout 3. It was developed by a few of the employees who worked on previous Fallout games at Black Isle Studios, along with a larger number of new employees. It is set primarily in a post-apocalyptic Nevada, although some areas of California and Arizona are also visited.

Here’s some beginner tips and tricks if this will be your first time playing Fallout New Vegas:

  • Be sure to save your game often, and keep multiple save games.  Fallout New Vegas is a large game, and you might want to reload a previous save game in which you hadn’t messed up a particular quest, event, or where you missed an important item.  This is one of the most important things for a healthy and enjoyable experience.
  • Holster your weapon when there’s no direct danger in proximity.  This not only allows you to travel faster (two-handed weapons slow your down, although one-handed weapons don’t), and it also scares neutral or friendly NPC’s less   quickly.
  • Keep your gun reloaded at all times.  You never know what might surprise you around the next corner.
  • Never waste ammunition, and never waste Stimpaks, especially on hardcore mode. If you’re in need of healing, do it properly and rest.  Use V.A.T.S to greatly conserve precious ammo.  [If you sleep in a rented bed or own bed, you’ll get the Well Rested status that grants 10% extra EXP until it wears off after a couple of hours.]
  • When you crouch nearby water you can drink from it.  Hold down the button to continuously drink from it, which is a good way to heal yourself at the cost of a few RadAways instead of Stimpaks!
  • Learn to use Fast Travel!  After having explored a location, simply bring up the World Map on your Pip-Boy and select the location you want to travel to. This saves enormous amounts of time.
  • Collect items just for resell purposes.  You can check on the value (VAL) of an item in your inventory, and it’s wise to sell these whenever the next possibility comes up; Don’t let them clutter up your inventory, especially not when you’re on a lengthy quest.
  • Pressing the Right Stick (on consoles) lifts items/bodies from the ground. It can sometimes be worthwhile to lift up buckets or small wooden crates to find they actualy contain a hidden treasure!
  • Always search vending machines for Nuka Cola and Sarsaparilla Bottles.

Get your Science and Lockpick up to 50 as soon as possible, which allows you to pick locks on all average level locks and terminals.  Alternatively boost them to 40 at least, so you can pick locks with the aid of a skill magazine that gives you a temporary 10 boost.

It’s the game’s intention to make you explore the world.  Don’t rush through the areas, look in every corner and behind every brick, and you’ll be richly rewarded.  You propbably don’t want to end up missing the neatest secrets.

Fast Travel with your Worldmap! If you are on the worldmap and you find yourself stuck, don’t hesitate to use the fast travel option!

Items with no weight (–) should always be picked up.  Even if the item seems useless, you can always sell it in larger amounts later on.  If an item does weigh something, look at its value.  Is the weight 1 and the value 1?  Then it might be better to leave the item.  Is the value 50 and the weight 2?  You can then sell the item later on and make a profit without putting too much weight on your shoulders!


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