For a game that is just a little over one year old, Fallout 4 remains one of the highest acclaimed, most played games of today. Out of nearly fifty thousand ratings on steam, Fallout 4 sits near the top at a whopping seven out of ten. It is a massive, sandbox style game set in a world that has seen the detonation of hundreds of nuclear bombs. You play as a man who has lost friends, family and is on a quest to salvage what he can… 200 years later.
Bethesda did a great job making this a playable game, giving everyone an option and something to do and the replayability of this game is insane. From becoming an unstoppable killing machine to the king of a vast swathe of settlements, there is something in this game for everyone.
With all of the great content offered in Fallout 4, it is surprising to note that there are a lot of things that you can do in the game that even hardcore gamers might not be aware of. So if you love Fallout and you are on your first or seventh run-through of the game, I invite you to check out my list of things you may not have known you can do in Fallout 4.
15. Deck Out Your Companions
Companions are a great addition to any Fallout 4 team. They come in handy whether it’s to check out and scout new or far-away areas, detonate bombs or even just to talk to. Some folks even try to make certain companions more amorous toward them and there exist entire guides for doing that, too.
Did you know that you can equip your companions with the same weapons and armor that your main character uses? Have you ever wanted Nick Valentine to be able to send a mini-nuke at punk-ass raiders in the wastelands? Now you can! Have you ever wanted to see what Preston Garvey would look like handling his own business in power armor instead of asking you to help every time? Well, he’ll still whine at you but at least he’ll look cool doing it!
14. Assign Settlers To Sleep Protect Your Bed
Building a settlement can be an awesome and rewarding experience. Creating just the right environment can make your character a lot of money and help defend against raiders. Unfortunately, after a long hard trek through the wastes trying to find Shaun, have you ever come back to your settlement to find that some chump has made himself at home in your house and is sleeping in your bed? Well, no more! You can assign settlers to sleep in specific beds, making sure that you never again have any rude, unwanted houseguests crashing at your place when you just want to come home after a long trek through the wastes to have a refreshing Gwenette Stout and take a nap in your own bed. Even if it’s gross and radiated.
13. Build A Water Purifier
There are a lot of ways to make money in the wastes, and just as many ways to heal yourself during a fight. Have you ever thought about how hilarious it would seem to an outsider watching a fight between the Sole Survivor of Vault 111 and a band of super-mutants while chowing down on the noodles from the robot in Diamond City? Anyway, it turns out you can build a water purifier that will not only make you cash, but will provide your Sole Survivor with awesome health items that he or she can use during those long hours trying to find ceramic and steel for the shelter that you just need to get right. So build a purifier and you’ll get cool stuff.
12. Combine Chems
Ah, chems. There is nothing more fun than having run out of every single healing item that you have and downing the jet in an effort to not have to reload your last saved point for the fiftieth time. Not to mention those times where you are sick of going through your inventory trying to find stuff to drop only to down some Buffout just to be able to carry it all home. What if you could do both? With a chemistry station, you can!
At the chem station, you can take two chems, mix them up trailor park meth-lab style and have two chems for the addiction price of just one? Actually, no. You’ll still get addicted to both… but it’s still pretty cool!
11. Get An Extra S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Point Early on
Even though there are no limits to the number of levels you can gain in Fallout 4, meaning there is literally no ceiling to the number of S.P.E.C.I.A.L. points you can get, sometimes it feels like there is just never enough. This is especially true during the lower levels of the game. There is a small amount of relief that can be found in a small secret early on in the game. When you first return home to Sanctuary, check out Shaun’s room. In it, you will find a magazine called “You Are S.P.E.C.I.A.L.” Picking it up will give you a free S.P.E.C.I.A.L. point to help you get an edge in your early game. If you don’t find it after a brief search, you can dismantle the room and scrap everything. Eventually, you’ll find it.
10. Shoot Grenades Out Of The Air
Grenades suck. When one gets thrown at you, your only chance to survive if you’re not wearing power armor is to try to run and, generally, you can’t. So you’ll get hit and probably die. This is especially true early on in the game when your health is low and your ability to withstand damage is dismal at best. Fortunately for those with quick reflexes and no good armor to speak of, you can blast those pesky grenades and molotovs right out of the air using the VATs system. It’s simple. When you see that red grenade hit your screen, all you have to do is go into VATs mode and slide your sight toward the grenade. When it is struck, it will detonate at a distance.
9. Detect Landmines
Grenades may suck, but often enough, a landmine is going to be much worse. The reason for this is the frighteningly close distance that you will be to it and the shockingly small amount of time you have to get away from it once that wretched noise starts. Even more unfortunate is the fact that the developers of the game made sure that the Raiders knew to put these little suckers in places that are hard to maneuver around, or back out of.
With a little preparation and caution, early players can deal with landmines in a much more civilized way. Did you know that your VATs screen will show you if there are landmines in your field of vision? Even better, you can shoot them which will cause them to harmlessly detonate from afar.
8. Rename Weapons
One of the coolest things you can do in Fallout 4 is craft weapons to make them bigger, badder, faster and stronger. You spend points when you level up and get the special stats that let you craft awesome weapons, then you spend some time dismantling the crap weapons and gathering some other items and suddenly you’ve got a hair triggered rifle ready to do some serious damage to an unsuspecting raider.
The problem is that when you get to level ten or higher, you get so many of these modified-style weapons that it becomes difficult to tell which one is which. Don’t make the same mistakes I did. You can rename your weapons to tell which is which, and it comes in handy in a bind.
7. Tell How Hidden You Are
The ability to sneak up on enemies in Fallout 4 is a highly underrated ability. Not only can you get the drop on enemies instead of them getting the drop on you, but you also do an additional twenty percent damage on foes that you hit that don’t know you’re there! The problem most new players come across is that they get noticed before they even know there is an enemy around to notice them.
This problem is easily dealt with using a little known secret. The two bars on either side of the HIDDEN icon tell you exactly how close you are to being noticed. The closer they are together, the more noticeable you are getting. When they get together, you upgrade a noticed level until eventually you’re getting attacked.
6. Level Up Your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Stats
When I first heard that some folks that played the game didn’t know about this, I was astounded. So here is a fact about leveling up that you really should know if you play Fallout 4. Leveling up in any game is awesome. You get stronger. Your abilities increase in power. In Fallout 4 you have the chance to spend points on perks to get new abilities and the chance to raise your abilities up quite a bit. One rather obvious thing that apparently gets overlooked when leveling up is that you can actually raise your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats, themselves. Not only can you spend points on perks, but you can also buy points in your stats in order to acquire the opportunity to buy perks that were previously off limits.
5. Use Transistors Instead of Wires
Settlement building can be one of the most demanding, time wasting and rewarding things you can do in Fallout 4. There exist some very detailed and elaborate settlements out there designed to look like national landmarks, cities and dreamlands of their creators. The programming that went into the building designer in this game is truly sophisticated and a very underrated part of the game. One of the things that plagues players the most is having to run lines of wire from generators to every single thing that requires power. This becomes an especially big problem inside buildings and can really clutter things up. Did you know that you can put transistors onto the buildings that will act like wires and power anything connected to the building?
4. Create Supply Lines Between Settlements
One of the difficulties that most players come across at some point in the game, especially when trying to design more than one settlement, or in having to move from one settlement to another, is the fact that you have to carry all your items, supplies and junk from one settlement to another. Thankfully, there is a trick programmed into the Fallout 4 settlement building system that will save you the time and frustration of having to build up your stores or having to move your stuff from one place to the other. You can assign a settler in one place to create a supply line between the two that will allow you to use junk in one settlement that is stored in the other.
3. There’s A Method To Hacking
Some of the most fun you can have when you’re playing Fallout 4 is when you’re hacking. Maybe it’s the feeling that you’re legitimately hacking a terminal in real life, or maybe it’s the reward you get when you get past a particularly difficult terminal and find that badass mini-nuke or big boy in the room you just opened. What some people don’t realize is that hacking is not a guessing game. There is actually a method to it. The likeness numbers match the letter as well as the placing of that letter. If zero letters match, then you need to pick a word that has none of the same letters in the same spot. If there are likenesses, then those are the number of similar letters in similar spots. Use them!
2. Steal Power Cores From Enemies’ Power Armor
Enemies in power armor are a pain. If you’re trying to take down the Brotherhood of Steel for whatever reason, it becomes especially difficult due to this armor. With the sneaking trick I taught you earlier in this list, you can more easily and efficiently take them down. As a matter of fact you can easily take down anyone in a power suit as long as you can sneak!
Did you know that you can pickpocket the power core from a power suit? This will effectively shut that power suit down, leaving your enemy open for attack and much, much weaker. So if you’re a sneak and you like making your enemies helpless, try stealing the power core from the next power armored enemy you see!
1. Change The Color Of Your Pip Boy
One of the coolest tricks in Fallout 4 is something that almost no one knows about, but it can change the entire feel of the game. Within your Pip Boy, you have that noxious green color that is supposed to represent the computer terminals and is something reminiscent of the Commodore 64 screen, if you’re old enough to know what that is. To me, that was a set color, but little did I know that the color of your Pip Boy as well as your menu can be changed. If you go into your settings, you have a full range of colors that can be chosen and created. It’s all up to you. Personally, I use a light blue. My girlfriend prefers pink. What color will you choose?