SO HEY REMEMBER THIS
I FINALLY BEAT IT 8D
I was actually closer to the end than I thought! For a number of reasons it took me a while to get through, but now all your pressing Fallout questions will be answered! Like how does this inventory system work, and why is the pathing so frigging stupid, and why can't I rearrange my items in a way that makes sense, and
No wait those don't really have answers. BUT THE PLOT GETS ANSWERED! Sort of. A lot faster than I thought, actually! I sort of just fell into the end of the game by accident. At least that's the impression I get.
BUT HEY, NOW WE CAN FINALLY SEE THIS THING TO COMPLETION! It's only been like, YEARS jesus.
Always an adventure to load up this game and try and remember what I was doing! What was it... oh right, I was stuck in this terrible military base. I hate this military base you guys, I swear to god.
SO on some suggestions, I tried to use my Science or Repair skills on the console here near the forcefield! As you can see, the message there on the lower left clearly says I temporarily deactivated the forcefield, but it stayed stubbornly in place. It also did this when I used a tool on the forcefield emitter as well. SO, GREAT, THAT DOESN'T WORK EVEN THOUGH IT SAYS IT SHOULD, NOW WHAT
Frustrated, I decided to go do something else.
HI MYSTERIOUS STRANGER
COULDN'T HAVE SHOWED UP EARLIER IN THE GAME WHEN I NEEDED YOU MORE HUH?
Anyway it occurred to me that I never actually did anything with the Raiders way back when and maybe I should have, so I decided to pay them a visit.
MAYBE GARL REALLY IS PROUD OF HIM OKAY
is that what they call it
hahahahaha in your dreams buddy
Most of the raiders aren't very chatty. I DON'T SEE WHY NOT
Wait what? I'm looking for who? Since when? Who's Tandi? What? When did this happen?
In spite of how it appears here I actually didn't ask this question for some reason and asked the other thing instead.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU WON'T DO LABOR INTENSIVE FREE WORK FOR A STRANGER
YOU'RE SO MEAN
alright let's see what's in this building JESUS CHRIST PEOPLE MOVE STOP BLOCKING THE DOOR
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL OF YOU
These ladies don't seem to be having a fun time for some reason!
I HAVE A TV SHOW AND EVERYTHING
hahahahahahaha yeah okay buddy, me with my power armor and plasma rifle, give it your best shot
it'll be fun
I didn't cap too much of it here but I could basically one shot almost everyone in the place. HAHAHAHAHA
Oh hey, I got experience for letting the ladies go! Well that's nice I guess. Anyway I killed all the raiders but began to wonder if there were other paths I could take, so I loaded a game.
RADIC DON'T NEED YOUR "POLITENESS"
Oh if she's from Shady Sands that'd explain it, everytime I go there the game crashes on me so I've never been back after the first time. WELL GLAD TO SEE THE PLOT'S CARRYING ON LIKE I WENT THERE ANYWAY
You'd be surprised how effective waving your hands and going "shoo! shoo!" can be.
YEAH LET'S GO WITH THAT
I REALLY HAVE NO OTHER REASON, I'M JUST CURIOUS
Oh no! A moral quandary!
And I forget what happened here, maybe I missed or something. OH WELL EVERYONE DIES ANYWAY
That's just indecent is what it is!
So here I decided to kill the women and see what happened.
But why would I want to befriend the Khans??? Is this some Shady Sands related plot I missed or something? aaaaa
ALSO CAN YOU FIX MY ARMOR
call the poliiiice
WE CAN SIT AND EAT POPCORN AND TALK, AND PLAY GAMES, AND, I DUNNO
Garl are you just afraid to love. Your name is Garl right I've already forgotten
NEXT TIME YOU'LL THINK TWICE ABOUT SASSING THE WOMAN IN THE GIANT SUIT OF DEATH ARMOR
yeah i'm sure that happens to you all the time, petrox
Eh I decided to go with the everyone dies path, they kept sassin me.
ALL IN A DAY'S WORK LADIES
So there were two locked rooms in here that I picked open, and there's nothing even inside them! What a ripoff! Why are they even there?
And an empty ice chest! Why!
yeah this is what you'd normally keep in your fridge
Anyway, wandering around and I came across this random encounter. :O
GODZILLA STOMPED ON THE INVISIBLE MAN
So I didn't know what else to do, so I thought I'd go back to the Necropolis and see if anything was happening there. Lo and behold, a bunch of super mutants! Were these guys here before? I can't even remember.
Who are you talking to over there
Larry, why does that name seem familiar.
Anyway there was a dude in the room that I think I may have talked to before! It seemed vaguely familiar. But hey, I can ask to see his superiors! Maybe this'll take me to the final boss or something.
Oh dang I didn't think that'd actually work
This guy has a voice actor and he sounds like Frollo from the Hunchback of Notre Dame, which made it a little distracting, haha. LIKE FIRE, HELLFIRE
Works every time.
So the FEV thing is responsible! That can't come as a surprise, even I remembered that much of what was going on.
The sloppiness of grammar lately, it's shameful
Weirdly, the text here said chem, and the voice actor said drug. Okay?
ARE YOU GOING TO BUILD A FREEWAY AFTERWARDS?
IS IT ALL MY JUICY, MARBLED FLESH?
aww yeah, layin on the smoothtalk
Dang, I thought the Master would be here, which appears to be the military base. HE MUST BE BACK AT THE CATHEDRAL I GUESS
IT HAPPENS TO EVERY MUTANT, SHUT UP!
That'd explain what happened to that one other vault, right? No wait, wasn't that one like further to the right than mine? How'd the mutants miss mine?
Anyway it cut out to this and had the mutant come over and punch me, upon which I fell over. What really amused me about this is that my teammates just stood there, weapons drawn, and watched me get punched with no reaction. YOU SURE ARE GETTIN THUMPED AROUND THERE well anyway
I LAUGH AT YOUR PITIFUL ATTEMPTS TO HURT ME
This line confused me because from what I remembered of the military base, my vault would be to the east. I don't know if there's anything to the west. So I thought maybe this answer was a clever ruse, and I'd lie to him so I could escape or something.
THEN I HESITATED, MAYBE THE COMPASS WAS FLIPPED AND I DIDN'T KNOW
tchuh, 5 damage
Aww I thought I could ask him somethin new. Oh well.
IAN, TYCHO, YOU WANNA DO SOMETHIN ABOUT THIS? NO?
Sure I'll trick you, hahaha!
Of course it turned out that it wasn't a lie (BUT I COULD SWEAR MY VAULT'S TO THE EAST???), and I think it gives you a bad ending. Let's see if it's on Youtube...
Aha, here we go! You get mummy wrapped and thrown in the VAAATS and then there's a fairly long and violent sequence of everyone in your vault gettin murdered. Well, that's no good. I better try this again.
On my way to the Necropolis this time I hit another random encounter! Who is this fellow.
I ASKED YOU A QUESTION BUDDY
how do i know that song
Woohoo? Did Ian and Tycho just stand there awkwardly?
WAY AHEAD OF YOU BUDDY
I'LL HAVE TO TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT BECAUSE THE GAME CRASHES EVERYTIME I GO THERE!
Alright let's give this another shot.
I've never seen you before, how would you know I'd have a way with words
Time to fight! And wow this battle took a few tries.
Notably one of the guards has a rocket launcher, which pretty much killed everyone no matter what I did, so I just tried to focus on surviving the encounter so I could at least see what happened afterwards. Most of the time, the Lieutenant Supermutant couldn't actually do a lot of damage to me cause of my sweet armor. But every now and then he'd get a crit hit and he'd do like 300 damage or something and instakill me which SUUUUCKED
So at one point I saved during the battle so I could try and quicksave cheap my way through it, and then when I tried to load, the game locked up! It'd let me do my turn and then when it came to the lieutenant it'd just freeze and play the same clip over and over. GDIT. It was really frustrating since in Steam Fallout locks your mouse to the window, and I had a heck of a time shutting Fallout down from the task manager without a mouse. BAH. WHY ARE YOU SO GLITCHY FALLOUT
Reloading to try again and you're not fooling anyone, Radscorpion.
Poor Dogmeat D: It was nearly impossible to keep anyone alive during this battle, I just wanted to get through it.
FINALLY! The Lieutenant had a really elaborate death sequence which I couldn't cap for some reason, I wonder if there's an animation or something for it somewhere...
You can see it in this video here! Blood just flying EVERYWHERE
Aha! He had a disk! I actually had to do some stupid juggling to get this disk because the inventory system in this game sucks.
Then I tried to read it on my Pipboy and it didn't work! What a ripoff! Then I thought maybe I could put it in a computer and get rid of all the stupid forcefields.
Or maybe it gave me this information? I DUNNO I CAN'T REMEMBER ANYMORE
Anyway more info on the virus for those curious I suppose.
Searchin the bodies and hey, a key! I wonder where this goes.
Well that doesn't help.
(SPOILER: I never actually found what this key went to. What is it for???)
Northern area just has a bunch of robots and nothin else. ARGH
ARGH THESE STUPID FORCEFIELDS
WHY DO YOU MOCK ME the key didn't unlock the forcefields sadly, although that would've been cool
Huh, probably want to avoid that.
Which turned out to be surprisingly easy actually, I just walked right by them.
Four? Am I on the fourth floor? I guess I must be.
ARGH STUPID YELLOW FORCEFIELDS
THERE'S STUFF ON THE OTHER SIDE OF YOU I WANT TO SEE
So finally, frustrated, I went and looked up how to get rid of the force fields. It turns out that plastic explosives and such will get rid of them, which I wish I had known earlier because I would have hung on to a lot more of them. Anyway because Fallout has a terrible item system, what you have to do is go into your inventory, click on the explosives and select the use hand, which will turn the explosive on. Then you can set a time or whatever. THEN you have to select it again and choose the drop hand, and then you need to run, since it'll drop at your feet.
You can't directly use the explosives on the force field emitter, that'd be ridiculous!
It was extremely satisfying to get rid of one of these though.
What really? Huh, I wasn't expecting that.
Aww sorry guys, I know how hard it is. Put er there.
OH GOD WHY DID YOU EXPLODE
YOU, PLEASE, TELL ME WHY HE EXPLODED, WHAT HAPPENED
OH GOD WHAT WHY IS THIS HAPPENING OH MY GOD
NOO NOOO I JUST WANT TO ASK FOR YOUR HELP
WHY DOES IT KEEP HAPPENING
Well nothin for it now I guess, might as well check the computer. FINE EXPLODE FOR NO REASON FOR ALL I CARE YOU CRAZY CULTISTS
aww yeah, science skill
uh yeah sure, whoever that is
Yeah, let's just download em all! Why not!
Pfff fine, whatever.
time to hack the FIIIREWAAAAALL
Awww yeaaah. I assume I don't want to put anyone on alert, so a silent countdown seems obvious.
One thing I forgot about this is that this game here came from an earlier one from before I cleared the base, so there were actually a ton of enemies waiting for me on the higher levels that I'd have to burn through, all while making it out on time. I FEEL LIKE I COULD HAVE HANDLED THIS BETTER
Also I missed the caps for this and I sort of regret it now cause it's kind of funny in retrospect, but remember what I said about how you use explosives? Well, I went and grabbed two tnts from a locker down here to get rid of the yellow forcefield on the upper floor. I stand next to the door, turn a tnt on, drop it, and then run off a distance away to wait for it to go off.
And of course, I then exploded because it turned out I had dropped the UNlit tnt instead of the lit tnt because the items stack. HOW COULD I TELL? I DUNNO, I GUESS I JUST HAD TO GUESS! THANKS A LOT, FALLOUT!!
Anyway I did get through the door eventually and there was a mutant out there I shot up to rescue the lady in the room. Only she doesn't seem quite happy about my murder!
Aww and the mutant was even carrying a flower. WAS THIS A TRAGIC MUTANT HUMAN LOVE STORY?
SORRY LADY I'M JUST, I'M IN A HURRY IS ALL
BY THE WAY YOU MIGHT WANT TO GET OUT OF HERE
Here's another stupid thing. When you select icons for things you can interact with, it'll show your options for that thing. most things only have Look and cancel. The force field emitters, for example, have look and cancel. Other ones can have Look, Use an Item, or Use a Skill icons.
Another way you can get past these stupid forcefields is by manually going down to the bottom of the screen, selecting Repair from your skill screen, and THEN clicking the force field emitter. You'll have to do that manually every time you try to "repair" the emitter, which will temporarily disable it. In short EFF YOU FALLOUT WHY ISN'T THAT ICON ON THE EMITTER TO BEGIN WITH
AND WHY REPAIR INSTEAD OF SCIENCE
YOU CAN'T EVEN THROW GRENADES OR SHOOT AT THE EMITTERS CAUSE THEY'RE NOT CONSIDERED ENEMIES
anyway not only that, I ran through the facility as fast as possible and forgot about those three mutants I'd killed in other games, who promptly got a critical hit and thus one-shotted me feet away from escape. Which was awesome, thanks for that.
Armed with knowledge on how to disable the force fields, I felt a bit more confident going back to my previous games that were further in the base (thus only affirming the value of having a million save games JUST IN CASE), and so began a slow process. My repair was a fairly low level, which meant a lot of the time I had to try like ten times to open a forcefield. Even more annoyingly, sometimes my teammates would get trapped on the other side of them because it'd close and they're stupid and wouldn't follow me. Which meant they'd then try to find ANOTHER way to reach me, which usually meant going through a red force field and taking a health hit that almost killed them. GDIT FALLOUT
Anyway I found this computer on the first floor.
This could be useful.
Darn it. I guess it'd be too much to hope for if they made it that easy.
This should make things a little easier for me at least.
SHOOT THE MOON BABY, WOOOOO
am i humping the computer here, is that what's happening
Sudden Droids R' Us flashback.
That sure is a lot of dates! I guess this might be shocking information if I wasn't hurtling randomly from one plot point to another all willy nilly.
IT WAS LIKE THIS WHEN I GOT HERE
Okay here's the other stupid thing about this stupid military base that is stupid. Look in the bottom corner for the flavor text. It turns out that computer I fiddled with in the other installment? Yeah, it said it was connected to the force fields but wouldn't drop them. No, what you need to do is take a RADIO and then use THAT on the computer, and then THAT will link them together and THEN you can use the radio to lower the force fields. WHO WOULD THINK TO DO THIS? WHAT KIND OF STUPID LOGIC IS THIS??! AHSGAGFASHG
They did drop a radio outside though which was nice at least so I didn't have to backtrack back to the first Deathclaw nest which was the only place I could think of where I'd seen a radio but still wtf. Anyway the radio lowering the fields made things much easier.
I keep hearing this in a sarcastic monotone, I dunno why. This is what happens when sprites don't have facial expressions.
I love that second response. I WILL KILL ALL OF THEM :|
RADIC CARES NOT ABOUT YOUR POOR MUTATED BOYFRIEND
DID I have to kill him? Now I wonder, maybe I could have talked to him? WELL I GUESS I'LL NEVER FIND OUT
Anyway without a time limit I took my time and picked open all the rooms, and found this dead guy!
Aww yeah, stimpacks. Come to mama. Those things are gold here what with my stupid teammates running in and out of death fields for like 20 damage a pop for no apparent reason.
Kay, this should be a bit easier going down from the entrance instead of fighting my way out.
And I could still just sneak on by that one crowded room. Uh okay I'm not complaining. UNFORTUNATELY AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THE RADIO STOPS WORKING. WHY? WHO KNOWS! TO IRRITATE YOU PRESUMABLY
Last time I picked up the plastic explosives from a locker near where the lieutenant died, so this time I just Repaired my way through.
Freaking took long enough, too.
PLEASE DON'T EXPLODE THIS TIME
LAST TIME WAS AN ACCIDENT
I dunno why I have a soft spot for henchmen in these kind of things who are always I JUST WORK HERE PLEASE DON'T KILL ME ;_;
my heart is too soft for random
scientistnpcs i guess
alright you all may live by the way i'm just gonna set this place to self destruct
I then ran like the wind outside. It was fairly uneventful since I killed most everything on the way down. SHOOM!
There was a fancy cinematic here of the whole place blowin up, but I weirdly can't find any clips of it on youtube. Huh.
Of course, while I was trying to get out, I had to run into a random super mutant patrol encounter. KATHSAFAGJAGH
And I didn't want to save or anything since I wasn't sure if I'd have to undo it, so I had to go for it.
Fortunately, everyone survived!
Then I got attacked by the Ian clones again later. It's a shocking thing to see your twin.
Anyway, I assumed the next stop would be the cathedral, since I didn't finish what was goin on down there. SO LET'S HOP ON DOWN
Are you new? I can't tell all you crazy cult dingbats apart.
Yeah yeah, outta the way.
Oh yeah I forgot I killed everyone in here last time. Teehee.
Back downstairs and oh hey. WELL I GUESS THIS INFORMATION DOESN'T DO ME MUCH GOOD NOW, I ALREADY TOOK CARE OF THAT
but hey I'll take the exp
I went to see if it made a new Pip entry, which it didn't, but hey! I forgot I downloaded these. Let's see what they say.
Oh yeah, that was it, Harold's friend who vanished, that's right. I don't remember a Francine though. WELL ANYWAY
QUICKLY, TO THE VATS OF NARRATIVE CONVENIENCE! THEY CAN DO WHATEVER WE WANT!
Everything seems to be in order here, go on.
No more chocolate cause I swear you guys, I just can't
Let's look at the other one!
Who's this guy? The name sounds familiar but I can't remember it now. WELL ANYWAY he shot a dude so there's that I guess.
Poor scientists, they're always the first to go.
Haha I do love the I'LL SHOW THEM, I'LL SECEDE >:(
WHY AREN'T YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO ME??
Is this the Glow? I bet it's the Glow.
THE SCIENTISTS JUST WANTED TO SUBMIT A GOOD PAPER AND GET A GRANT, WAS THAT SO WRONG
Anyway let's get back to what I was doing, which was... I dunno, seeing how deep I can go here I guess.
Oooh yeah, the room with a thousand robots. I should have brought more pulse grenades aaaa
I just skipped floor 2 since I think I saw most of what was on it last time anyway.
A fierce battle ensued, which got real close for Dogmeat and Tycho, but unfortunately Ian couldn't quite make it through. It's a shame because I feel like if I tried, I COULD have saved him, but at this point I felt like I was so close to the end, I just let him go. GOODNIGHT IAN, MAYBE YOU'LL DREAM ABOUT TRAPPING ME IN CORNERS AND STARING AT ME UNCOMFORTABLY IN THE AFTERLIFE
The real important thing is that Dogmeat is still alive though.
This guy walked into a room and stood there with his back to the door. In retrospect, this was the game saying TAKE A FREE SHOT AT THIS GUY, but instead I decided to walk in and talk to him. FOR SOME REASON HE ATTACKED ME, WHO SAW THAT COMING
There's a whole room of mutants to the left, but I got lucky enough in that only one came out to hassle me, and my teammates didn't go charging in there like utter morons. For once.
Why do I try so hard to keep them alive again? Except you Dogmeat, you're my little puppy, yes yes.
Tycho actually coming in handy and critting this mutant for me, yess.
Dogmeat went and knocked this guy unconscious, which ended the fight I guess?
Except then he stood up aaand... seemed fine.
He actually attacked me again and I had to kill him, but with this cap I prefer to think this is him crying about getting knocked down, and then he ran off on his own to hide somewhere. The Cathedral was looking for tough people.
HEY BUDDY, HEY BUDDY
THIS PLASMA LOOK DEADLY TO YOU
All the computers in there seemed like a bust, and weirdly there weren't any other enemies, so time to go down the weird fleshy corridor I guess!! What could go wrong
What... IS that?
Oh, well that's straightforward enough I guess.
No wait I take it back
Anyway this thing also has a voice actor that randomly switches voices while speaking. He's however also mostly Pete's voice actor from Goof Troop/Goofy Movie what have you, which was also kind of distracting. But there's that voice, and an angry version of that voice, and a lady voice, and a vaguely robot voice. It's sort of interesting to listen to I guess. :O
I GOT A PLAN GUYS, I GOT A PLAN
Logically I knew this would probably get me attacked, but I honestly could not resist an answer like this. I COULDN'T.
CAUSE I DUNNO HOW I FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESOLUTION HA HA TIP YOUR WAITER
So did Richard Grey drop a computer screen in a vat at some point or something
Hey, some of my best friends are ghouls! I also murdered a lot of them! That's not necessarily related.
I dunno what it is, but surely the game will tell me!
Oooooh yeaaaaaah I forgot about that.
You didn't kill all my mutants on your way here did you
some master race
wow this guy sure gives up on his ideals pretty quick
also what kind of answer is that second answer you are seriously askin to get vat-tossed with that
Huh, I really didn't think that would work. IT'S NOT OFTEN YOU CAN TALK A FINAL BOSS OUT OF FIGHTING WITH YOU
UH THANKS WELL GOTTA GO BYE
I tried to warn the cultists to get out of the cathedral but they just kept babbling. RUN YOU GUYS
OR GOOD LUCK WITH THE EXPLOSION I GUESS
LET'S GET OUTTA HERE
This clip actually has the cathedral exploding! And some other stuff as well, I'll get into it in a sec.
So I was not as careful about my caps here as I should have been because I didn't think I could actually take any, so I missed a few lines of dialogue. :B But this is where it starts.
Basically I missed that with no more vats, no more mutant problem, yada yada, so all the mutants ran to the east past no man's land.
The ghouls meanwhile learned how to use their technology and fixed water pump to make a nice city.
Who were the Followers again? I REALLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAYING MORE ATTENTION I THINK
Maybe I did this wrong.
I DON'T KNOW HOW I WAS INVOLVED IN THIS SINCE I NEVER SAW THOSE TWO AGAIN AFTER THE FIRST TIME BUT I'LL TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT!
HANG EM HIGH
I wonder how different this is if you kill him instead?
OOOOH THE BROTHERHOOOOD THINKS THEY'RE SOOOOO MAGNAAAAMIOOUUUSS
uh okay not sure what that had to do with me but sure
Another thing - I went and slaughtered all the Raiders in a different game, then I reloaded back to another one and redid the Military base, so this time around I technically didn't do the Raider missions, otherwise this might be different. I think. :O
HI MISTER SHEEPDOG
Oh phew I thought he was going to kill me or something. WELL FINE MAYBE I DON'T LIKE YOUR CRUMMY VAULT ANYWAY
Okay I couldn't get any caps of this either, which is a shame. BUT there's a video of it!
Here in fact
But basically the
SheepdogOverseer turns around to go back in the vault, and then my character pulled out her gun and shot him in the back?! What?? I don't remember agreeing to that!! I was just going to go hang out in the Boneyard or something! I guess she wanted to set the other Vault Dwellers free or something, idk. She doesn't say anything, she just does it. Then she goes and wanders off into the desert by herself.
WAIT THAT WAS IT?
Man that felt really fast.
So uh I guess that was Fallout! Huh.
I dunno, I'm not really sure what to think about it, to be honest. :O I found the inventory system clunky and irritating and the general interface with objects and the environments also sort of awkward, movement sort of tedious, your teammates AI was terrible AND THEY KEPT TRAPPING ME IN CORNERS WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT ARRGRHARGASHFH, there wasn't really much of a soundtrack, really, it was mostly sort of ambient.
So I can't say I was really in love with the gameplay exactly, haha. And I dunno if it was just because I was plagued with technical glitches all through it, but sometimes it was hard to play just because there were so many problems. Shady Sands for example completely refused to work after the first time I went there, and then later on at one point, you can't see it here, but the button for my skillset also went black and I couldn't use it near the end of the game. Why? WHO KNOWS just because. But I kept running into weird errors here and there, and related to that, I kept feeling a lot like I was falling into plotlines that I hadn't actually started or even knew about to begin with. I'd just sort of stumble across something that advanced the plot and just sort of roll with it, it was sort of a weird feeling.
I dunno, maybe the technical glitches and the general game system itself were sort of hard to get into for me. At times I did get sort of involved in it, and the thing is that i KNOW I missed like, a TON of stuff in this, and I KNOW there are like a million ways I could have beaten it too, probably. I bet this has a ton of replay value, and I feel like I missed a LOT just because I wasn't in the right place at the right time or knew where I was supposed to go.
But I dunno, it just didn't really grab me, you know? Maybe I'd have to play through it again with a better idea of what I was doing or something, but I dunno. THAT'S JUST HOW I FEEL ABOUT IT I GUESS. I should probably talk to Alex and see how much stuff I missed or did wrong, haha. I get the feeling I did a lot of stuff wrong this time around because I had no idea what I was doing.
so has anyone written lasher/morpheus
because that'd be hilarious