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Mini Post: Thoughts on Far Harbor DLC (no spoilers)

May 31, 2016

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Alright, I haven’t gotten too far in the DLC, but hoo boy, let me say.

I like this shit.

Finally, a huge, full story-driven DLC with a giant island to explore, and intriguing story, new enemies and new people (and synths) to meet.

What more could I ask for?

And of course, since I’m a huge Nick Valentine fan, I’d ecstatic that Nick’s story interweaves into all this, using our detective skills to find a missing woman.

Except…there’s one problem.

Far Harbor’s fucking fog.

The amount of frame drops while traversing through the island is a bit alarming. Say goodbye to any sense of aiming, you’ll be lucky to set your sights on a wolf before getting bit in the ass because the PS4 is struggling so hard. Of course, the fog sets the mood, the island, after all, IS fighting the encroaching fog, but goddamn is it a bit overkill. I’m usually very VATS reliant but at this point I have no choice but to use it every fucking battle.

The good though? The story so far. It’s a morally grey area which, as of writing, has had me thinking in all sorts of ways, unsure who to believe or who is really the good guy here. Currently I’m doing a “murder investigation” quest given to me by a Miss Nanny and it’s hella fun, I think this might possibly be the most intriguing quest in the DLC, maybe even the entire game, next to the Secret of the Cabot house (and the town full of Mr.Handys, even though that’s not an actual quest). I think overall, I just enjoy dialogue driven quests more than combat. 😛

Anyway! I’m booting up my PS4 to play some more. I wonder what nasty creatures I’ll run into?

 

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Fallout 4 – An Unlikely Valentine (Main Quest, Part 4)

March 31, 2016

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So getting to Park Street Station/Vault 114 wasn’t too bad–I mean, it’s been awhile since I’ve done it but I don’t remember any significant asskicking. However, entering the subway station was another story. I had Piper along with me, because why not. It’s important for someone to be my meat shield have my back due to my terrible aim. And of course, I’m met by goons with fucking machine guns.

Piper: “Blue, we’re surrounded here!”

Me: “Noooo shit!” (fires shitty weapon back at the thugs while hiding)

Goddamn I went through a lot of molotovs with these assholes. I finally got a chance to pick up a submachine gun from a ghoul thug’s dead body, boy did I make use of that. Time to eat some lead, bitches! Open up!

The subway leads to an entrance of Vault 114, and from there…more Triggermen.

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The entrance to my second vault!

Damn Piper though…runs ahead and gets mowed down pretty quick. Whoops. Guess I should’ve gave her some armor.

Piper: “Ow!”

Me: “Goddamn it, Piper. You need to stop going in kamikaze style. If you’re gonna do that at least throw some rolled-up newspapers.”

Of course since I suck I don’t exactly have a lot of stimpacks to spare for her so…I had a tendency to flee back and set down a shit ton of mines (last resort). I was also low on bullets. At this point I was furiously looting bodies looking for any type of ammunition while I fled backwards…shit was getting dangerous. I spammed the hell of VATS for what ammo I did have…and that’s when I experienced the teleportation glitch where if you aim near a wall you teleport in VATS until you’re in front of a wall. WTF?

Eventually I clear out most of the thugs, minus the main room. I sneak around the corner with a sniper rifle and limited ammo in hand. First try, I snuck in but got destroyed by some Triggermen guards and some asshole named Dino, who before entering the main room is busy talking to whom I assume is a Nick Valentine, locked up in the Overseer’s office bove. Second time, I tried luring out two of the guards without alerting Dino…I tossed a lot of mines that time, but I still died. Third time, guards weren’t around. Got back to the main hall and proceeded to shoot Dino in the face. He ducked behind a container, and every few seconds he’d peak his head out and I’d proceed to shoot him. He died pretty quick because he couldn’t see me. That wasn’t…too bad. I will still worried that the guards would suddenly appear to I proceeded with caution to the Overseer’s door and hacked it open.

Damn. I knew I was going to like this guy…err, synth. Also, fuck yeah Bobblehead!

I mean my god, you probably don’t know this but I have a boner for 1940’s noir detectives. I mean sure, this one’s falling apart and he’s got wiring exposed–but he’s still seductive in his own charm and whitty phrases. This Valentine’s got my heart. He explains that he got held up here for weeks on end–good thing he doesn’t exactly need to eat–turns out the runaway daughter case he was chasing was actually in love with Skinny Malone–the big baddy of the Triggermen. Geez, to get caught up in this shit!

Me: “Okay. Help me find my son!” (why the fuck would I say that?)

Nick: “Sure, I’ll be glad to help you out but right now we have more important things to concern ourselves with. Let’s blow this popsicle stand!”

So while we run through the Vault to escape, Piper kinda goes MIA, but whatever, I’m crouched behind this old time robot, hiding our asses as we try to escape. His commentary certainly spices things up–“I hear fat footsteps through the door”–so yeah, I’m pretty infatuated with this guy. New companion once things smooth over. Uh, who’s Piper again?

Unfortunately, our escape is botched by Malone and the runaway daughter–his girl now. She taunts us with a baseball bat and her voice is grating on the ears…ahhh fuck that shit.

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Damn it, I knew they weren’t going to make this easy.

Dumb bitch: “Awwww…poor little Valentine. Ashamed you got beat up by a girrrrl? I’ll just run home back to daddy, shall I?” (and yes, it sounds as annoying as it reads)

Malone: (shoots threats but sounds scared shitless) “Blah blah blah detective dick on my turf blah blah…don’t hurt me.” o:

Me: (facepalm)

Dumb bitch: “Oh no! Valentine must’ve sent her here to kill us!”

Me: “Wait, what? I didn’t know jack shit before I got here. I just want Valentine. You got a home you can go back to, why the fuck are you hanging around these idiots?”

(passes speech check) 😀

Dumb bitch: “Oh my God, you’re right! I’ve gotten all mixed up! I’m going home!”

Malone: “Darla? Where are ya going? Darla?!”

Maybe not so dumb bitch: “Back home, where I belong! This is goodbye for us!” (runs away)

Malone: “Oh come on, Nicky! It’s bad enough you cost me my men, now you cost me my girl too?!”

Me: “Uh…that was me that convinced her…”

Nick: “My friend did you a favour, Skinny. You always did have bad taste in women.”

oh-snap

Malone: (flustered) “You know what, Nick! I’ll let you go this time, but you have 10 seconds to get the fuck out of my Vault! 10…9…”

Nick: “Let’s skedaddle!”

Oh fuck, do we even have enough time?

Malone: “3…2…”

FUCK WE’RE RUNNING

Malone: “1…”

(LOAD SCREEN)

Me: “Yess! We made it!! :D”

Nick: “Thanks for your help.” (backstory on how he’s a synth and he woke up in a trash can. Shit. He’s like a Chobit. Maybe secretly all synths are failed sex dolls I mean what) “Meet me back in Diamond City, and we can set up a case to find your missing son.”

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“Beep…beep.” :>

MISSION COMPLETE, FUCK YEAH GIVE ME THAT EXP

So guess what I did after that?

Back to Diamond City!

Image Credits: Screenshots taken by me. Please do not repost without my permission.

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Fallout 4 – Main Quest (Part 2)

December 31, 2015

This post is a continuation from the previous.

So upon returning to the surface from Vault 111 I’m immediately blinded by light (huh, isn’t that a familiar feeling).

…Annnnd predictablity everything looks like shit. Well, shittier than before the bombs dropped, but it actually looks…pretty good. Nice, clear sky. Perfect post-apocalypse weather.

Time for a nice stroll through a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland. Not bad after 210 years.

Time for a nice stroll through a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland. Not bad after 210 years.

I descend the path back to my neighbourhood and lo and behold…it looks like shit. No surprise there. I find my house…and Codsworth!

Me: “Yes!! CODSWORTH HELLO!”

Codsworth: “Mum, is that you? It’s been so long, and I’ve been so lonely. Where’s sir, and Shaun?”

Me: “Nate is…Nate is dead.”

Codsworth: “These terrible things you’re saying…I think it’s because you’re hungry! Being late to dinner 210 years will do that!”

Me: “210 years?!”

Codsworth: “Where’s Shaun? I do believe he loves a game of charades.”

Me: “Someone kidnapped him!”

Codsworth: “Nonsense! You’re just hungry. Should I fix something up for you! I’m sure Nate and Shaun will turn up yet.”

Me: “I don’t think so…”

So he goes off to find me food and because I’m an impatient fuck I just wander off until I’m out of Sanctuary (oops, bye Codsworth?). And then I find…Dogmeat!

And you can give him items to wear! Too cute!

And you can give him items to wear! Too cute!

Of course I’m gonna take dog with me, he’s too precious and I need cuteness in this wasteland, goddamn it. Plus he can destroy those pesky molerats no problem. AND HE EVEN DOES TRICKS (even though it’s like…one trick).

So after dicking around for a bit, I wandered off in a random direction and wandered into a shipment yard, and got attacked by feral ghouls. Now let me tell you something. In Fallout 3, feral ghouls in the transit tunnels sometimes scared the shit out of me. It would be dark as fuck, and suddenly you hear their snarl and they’re fucking on your ass. They aren’t exactly hard to kill, and a bit of a joke, but they’re annoying enough and they had the tendency to startle me. Well, in this game I don’t even have to be in a tunnel and they still manage to scare me. This time around Bethesda was clever, they made the ghouls smarter. Now they hide under things, or above things, play dead etc. And before you know it they are literally throwing themselves at you and trying to eat your face. I mean, it’s a bit comical when they miss and go flying and fall on their face, but it still had me scared enough that I’m frantically firing my shitty pistol and regretting straying from the main path, goddamn.

Anyway, back on point, and after dicking around in Sanctuary for a bit (no idea where Codsworth went, oh well), I wander off into a town which is, predictably, full of raiders. Well, guess it’s time for my first gunfight. It went pretty smoothly, I guess because it’s the beginning of the game and they were pretty preoccupied by shooting at this one building I was able to pick them off fairly easily. Some guy in a cowboy hat or something yells at me to pick up a laser musket on the ground and help them inside the building…err, okay. I guess since you gave me a free gun.

…That gun is shit.

Anyway, I beat some more raider heads in, get scared shitless by some American patriotic tour. I don’t know what it is, I’m too busy killing raiders to pay attention, I’m not American, so. 😛 I finally manage to pick them off (I guess Dogmeat helped a little), and I meet a bunch of people in the backroom who explain how they’ve been hiding from the raiders. Meanwhile, a guy named Sturges messes with a computer, and I swear he just reminds me of a Final Fantasy character or something.

…He also never shuts up.

So the man in the hat introduces himself as Preston Gravy or something I dunno, and he’s part of the Minutemen, whatever the fuck that is. Apparently it’s a group that helps people at a minutes notice…guess I’m the new Minutemen because I just rescued their asses in a minute’s notice. With him he’s got Mama Murphy (best character 2015), some depressed man, and a woman with a mutfruit stuck up her ass) Anyway, Preston suggests I get some power armor and kick the rest of the raider’s asses…I’m thinking, why can’t they? But then I realize that’s what Sturges is whining about…he can’t crack the computer to open the gate to get the fusion core, which is needed for the power armor.

So of course, because I’m a smart lady I hack that novice level terminal no problem. I get the fusion core, head up to the roof, stick it in dat power armor, pick up that minigun and it’s fucking time to kick ass. I jump off the ledge like a bad ass and land on the ground like a heavy boss ass bitch, and it’s go time.

I revv up the minigun and basically mow down these fuckers, damn I’m only like 2 hours into the game and already it’s making me feel like a bad ass. This is great.

…Until a deathclaw comes out of the ground.

JFC SAVE ME NOW.

So I’m frantically trying to move backwards in this slow-ass power armor, this deathclaw is straight up coming to claim my ass. For some dumb reason these raiders are determined to kill me, but that’s okay because apparently they like claws up the butt so. I try to minigun a car to blow it up but the goddamn thing is way too fast, I run out of bullets and I’m…c95f729b67bb87bf0d1bedfee5a51cf3

…and I…get killed.

Well fuck me.

I reload from the autosave, but this time I save my fucking bullets. I fucking kill the raiders with some smaller ass gun and get ready for the the deathclaw. As soon as that thing comes out of the ground I am sprinting backwards and I just unload on this guy. I have never held down the trigger button so hard in my life. Woah. We dance around this car for a bit before I finally, FINALLY take this motherfucker down.

Goddamn. I’m like barely alive, who the fuck knows where Dogmeat went…probably to find a new owner, and I don’t blame him. JFC that is a lot of shit to throw at a freshly made character. Damn.

So I make my way back to Preston and he thanks me and decides he’s gonna take his group to Sanctuary. I get some weird ass prediction from Mama Murphy (still the best), I don’t even pay attention to whatever her drug-fueled prediction was as I’m too busy staring at her dislocated jaw. Fun times.

So I find Dogmeat finally, make him do some tricks, trip over him as I stomp out the door and follow the group back to Sanctuary.

Guess I found my new nuclear family.

Guess I found my new nuclear family.

…I never want to see another deathclaw again.

Image Credits: All screenshots taken by me, except the deathclaw meme graphic thing.

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Fallout 4 – First Impressions (Part 1)

November 30, 2015

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Alright, so I caved this Black Friday and bought myself a PS4. And of course, Fallout 4.

Now of course the first thing I’m gonna do when I get home is set up that system and pop that disc in, and I eagerly awaited for it to install, despite having no idea how to use the PS4’s system. Oh well.

Of course I had to sit through the entire S.P.E.C.I.A.L video series, but hey I didn’t mind.

“War…war never changes.”

Here we go.

“When my great-grandfather fought in World War II…”

Wait, wait, what? I sat really confused for a few seconds then remembered the game starts in 2077, not in the 1950’s. Derp. I’m a terrible Fallout fan, shame me.

So I sat through that but got distracted by cat so I didn’t catch most of it. Anyway, turns out we’re reminiscing in a foggy bathroom mirror while rubbing our sexy chiseled man-chin (which I took a few minutes to make look aesthetically pleasing, gotta have sexy husbando).

Anyway, I selected to play female, shoving my husband out of the way so I can get to the mirror, and after messing around a bit I ended up making a redhead with freckles, because…why not. I’m sure my husband enjoyed my magically morphing face…it’s amazing what make-up can do nowadays!

Let me say I made my man pretty handsome too. Unfortunately, since I just got the PS4 I only learned about the share button a little while later, so no selfie pics, sorry.

What's better than a robot babysitter?

What’s better than a robot babysitter?

I do like Codsworth. I used to hold the previous notion that Mr.Handys were kinda creepy, but that’s just my mistrust of robots (don’t ask, they just look hella deadly to me). “Hello, Mum. Coffee?” Oh yessss. This is the life.

So let’s talk about this other-enthusiastic Vault sales guy. Good lord he is annoying as hell. “Vault-Tec calling!” (extreme gestures for some reason)

Me: “What do you want?”

Sales guy: “Congratulations! You’ve been selected to enter into our Vault…” –(extreme hand gestures again like there’s a giant sparkling light in the sky and we’re in fucking Hollywood or something)– “VAULT ONE-OH-ONE!”

Me: “That’s nice. Now fuck off.”

Sales guy: “Now I know you’re a busy woman–BUT VAAAAAAAAULTS.”

Me: “Alright, alright. Fine. Sign me up.”

I name myself Ginger…because I’m fucking witty…and tada, got my S.P.E.C.I.A.L. High perception, charisma, and agility. Woo. Finally the annoying man leaves and I turn back to my husband, Nate.

Nate: “It’s a piece of mind.”

Me: “Oh yeah? I was about to give him a piece of my mind.”

So I go play with my baby and he’s cute I guess (why the hell is his name Shaun? Now I’ll never stop thinking about that glitchy ending to Heavy Rain… “SHAAAAAAAAAAUNNNN!”), spin the spinny thing and Codsworth is freaking the fuck out oh great now what.

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My TV says bombs fell and of course the bomb alarm goes off–gee wizz, glad we signed up for being Vault dwellers not even five minutes ago! Perfect timing! So Nate grabs the baby and we all start running to the Vault, which also is…convienently set just down the street. Damn we are lucky sons of bitches, aren’t we?

Shut the fuck up. I still think this game is pretty. I played medium-rez vanilla Skyrim for 4 years. This shit is an improvement.

Shut the fuck up. I still think this game is pretty. I played medium-rez vanilla Skyrim for 4 years. This shit is an improvement.

Of course since I wanted to be funny and show my friend what happens when you run the wrong way, you blow up. Yeah, it’s funny the first time but I did it twice, because I have a weird sense of misdirection, so whoops. I do like how the game set the atmosphere for this part, though–it created a sense of urgency as you’re running for your life. The Vault has a gate check of course–found it kinda funny how the Vault salesman got denied–clearly they don’t pay the man enough– “You’ll be hearing from my agent!!” Ehhh considering how me and my fam barely make it in I’m pretty sure he’s a dead guy or a ghoul now, hehehe. IT’S THAT PERFECT TIMING AGAIN.

I swear in real life if an atom bomb went off that close we'd fucked already.

I swear in real life if an atom bomb went off that close we’d fucked already.

So we go down into the Vault and already my skin’s crawling (maybe I’m slightly claustrophobic, or maybe because in every single game Vaults have never been good thing?), and we’re directed into “cleaning pods” to “decontaminate” us from the nuclear detonation. Makes sense, but I’m not a fucking idiot, I don’t think decontamination pods are supposed to be all frozen and drippy. Nevertheless, not having much of a choice I’m strapped in and the thing closes, and I’m left looking at my husband holding my son (why does he have the baby?!), and we all freeze.

…These Vault-tec fuckers. Cryogenic sleep, huh. Fuck you guys.

So I wake up…sorta…and see some people open my husband’s pod. Apparently they want my kid, and the fucking SHOOT MY HUSBAND, I MEAN WAS THAT FUCKING NECESSARY? ASSHOLES.

What’s even worse is that you can’t do shit. Some baldy asshole that shot my son just leaves my dead husband there, takes my baby and gives me the “haha” stare and fucks right off like, “yay, mission accomplished!” Yeah, well, fuck you, you family wrecker. Asshole.

So a little while later (?) I end up unfrozen due to a malfunction in the Vault, but course by the time I get out IO can’t do anything for Nate, he’s fucking dead. I take his wedding ring and swear my revenge on the fuckers that killed him and to find Shaun.

R.I.P. in pieces.

Dead husband popsicle.

I rush through the Vault punching radroaches (fuck those things), find some weak-ass 10mm pistol, and run through till I find the Vault computer and learn that this whole Vault was an experiment to see how long they can leave us in cryo stasis. Gee guys, thanks. I mean you got my consent because YOU FUCKING TRICKED ME. Fuck you, Vault-Tec.

Anyway, I finally find the exit. Now what I like when you leave it plays the Fallout theme, so it feels really epic and you rise to the surface again. That was a nice touch.

…I guess it’s time to see what’s changed.

Next: Returning Home (First Impressions – Part 2)

Image Credits: All screenshots taken by me. Please do not repost with my permission.