How you invest your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. points in Fallout 4 will change the way you play. Spend Wisely!
As one might expect from a series of iteration, Fallout 4 is changing and improving the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system to have greater impact on gameplay. In earlier games, however you invested your initial S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes would really only effect gameplay for a short period of time. Once you ranked up enough, perks could round out your character better. This time around, though, developer Bethesda wants S.P.E.C.I.A.L. to have longer lasting and more permeating effects on gameplay from start to finish, so how you invest when the game first starts matters more than ever.
Before it launches next month, be sure to catch up on each of the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. videos below, so you can make the best wasteland survivor possible right away.
Strength is essential to hoarders and weapon enthusiasts alike in Fallout 4. Will it will help with hit points and hand-to-hand combat, players who want a high carrying capacity and better weapon handling capabilities will want to spend a couple points here.
Although it has lost a bit of its vitality in Fallout 3 and New Vegas, Perception still has its place in Fallout 4. This will primarily effect when you will detect people and places on the map. Additionally, this may open up some dialogue options, though much of dialogue will be charism based (see below).
Endurance is key to an adventurous player’s survival. This attribute plays into combat hit points as well as poison and radiation resistance. If you’re new to the post-apocolyptic world that Bethesda has crafted, be sure to note that radiation is a serious, cumulative threat to players. If you plan on going off the beaten path in search of something new, be sure to consider adding a couple points to Endurance.
Having high charisma attributes is crucial for people who plan on talking (and not shooting) there way out of sticky situations. In past games, charisma opened up new dialogue options and even made bartering a serious perk. In Fallout 4, Bethesda have made Charisma even more effective for getting out of bad situations using your words. You probably won’t be able to go through the whole game without killing anyone, but high charisma points will make sure the body count is low and the conscience is clear.
In Fallout 4, the Intelligence attribute will effect your science and mechanical skills in the game. As announced with the game at E3, Fallout 4 will feature new weapon and gear crafting abilities. High intelligence will allow players to forge better and ultimately more deadly survival equipment. Additionally, the computer terminals from previous titles will be making a return in Fallout 4, so be sure to invest in your intelligence if you plan to hack your way through the apocalypse.
Players who don’t mind piling on the body count should consider investing in the Agility attribute. The fan-favorite V.A.T.S. system is back in Fallout 4 meaning you can slow down combat to carefully plan your next attack. By increasing your agility, you’ll be able to increase the probability of your hit attack contact. Additionally, previous Fallout games have used agility to structure player stealth, so if you plan on going in quietly might consider dropping a few points in Agility as well.
Much like Charisma, Bethesda has tweaked Luck to play a more significant role in Fallout 4. Depending on player luck, the chance of critical attacks increases. Additionally, finding special and rare loot around the wasteland is also increased when luck is high. In general, luck can effect many other realms of gameplay such as being detected. As you might imagine, a player with a great deal of agility and luck will be particularly effective with stealth tactics.
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Fallout 4 launches on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on Nov. 10, 2015.