11 tips for surviving Fallout 3

Ready to get down to the nitty-gritty of life after nuclear war? Learn more about what awaits you in the Capital Wasteland.

Ready to get down to the nitty-gritty of life after nuclear war? Learn more about what awaits you in the Capital Wasteland.

Combat: The VATS System

207651-6

Any time there's any enemy nearby that you'd have a chance to hit, you can hit a button to bring up the Vault-tec Assisted Targeting System. Here you'll spend Action Points (see the AP meter on the lower right of the screen) to queue up attacks on different parts of the enemy's body. The percentages show the chances of hitting and doing damage, while the meter above that number indicates how close you are to crippling that body part.

Most of the time you'll get to choose between left and right arm, left and right leg, torso, and head. Some enemies, like ants and eyebots, have other parts. You'll want to experiment with crippling parts of enemies to discover unexpected effects. Take out an ant's antennae, for instance, and it'll turn on any of its friends that happen to be nearby.

Keep in mind that the crippling system cuts both ways: if an enemy missile cripples both your legs, you'll have a hell of a time making a run for it. Keep plenty of stimpaks and other healing goodies handy so you can clean up your wounds in a hurry.

Also, though VATS is the cornerstone of effective combat, remember that you can continue to fire in real-time while you wait for your Action Points to recharge. If you're stuck facing a particularly nasty opponent, and are near a door that triggers a load screen, you can always take the cheesy way out and hop on through while you recharge, since enemies won't follow you through those doors. When you're ready, charge back in and finish the wet-work.

Day and Night

207651-4

Though your Sneak skill affects the general level of stealth of which you are capable, ambient light levels also drastically affect how likely you are to be detected by any nearby hostiles. It's tempting to leave your Pip-Boy 3000 light on at all times when it gets dark, but nothing screams "shoot me" like the glow from an aging wristwatch gadget.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Cameron Lewis

GamePro (online)
Topics: Bethesda Softworks
Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Compare & Save

Deals powered by WhistleOut
WhistleOut

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?