My Favorite 10 Fallout PC Mods (So Far)

Posted in Action Adventure, DLC, Fallout 4, Fan Service, Game Advertising, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming on January 4th, 2016 by thelonegamer

Hey people! For Christmas, I got myself a pretty nifty gift- a new gaming computer! It’s a nice rig equipped with an i7 Intel Quad Core Processor, Nvidia GTX750Ti Graphics Card, SSD, 15GB or RAM and a Terabyte of HDD Space. The thing boots up in seconds, so you’d understand that I’d expect games to run on it like clockwork. The first big game I installed? FALLOUT 4, of course!

Now, I’ve heard and read a lot of stuff online- how the game isn’t all that, how a lot of gamers are supposedly tired of it- well, I’m not. I still love this game so much. Aside from the amazingly fun combat, the detailed world (which rivals Skyrim) with TONS to explore… After two playthroughs on PS4, I think I’ve surely not seen all there is to see in this vast game. Well, since getting my PC, the PS4 version has been all but forgotten- and I’ve fully committed to the new platform- it’s definitely much better, both in looks and gameplay thanks to the more hi-res and detailed graphics and well…. THE MODS. Oh, the MODS. It’s still early- the Creation Kit isn’t even out yet- but there are already a TON of great mods that make the game even better than it was at launch. So far, here are my favorites.

Companion Infinite Ammo. This is a simple mod that basically makes companions more helpful and formidable. In the vanilla game, companions come with their own personal (and crappy) weapon with its own unique ammo. If you try to ‘upgrade’ them, you will have to supply their new gun with ammunition- which I tell you they will waste straightaway. Just like Settlers, with this mod you can give a companion a weapon and ONE bullet/ammo for it, and they’ll never run out. It’s not particularly realistic, but it makes your companions far more helpful and lets you take advantage of your powerful weapon mods. Does it make the companions overpowered? Not really- I had Strong packing a minigun, and he still went down when faced with several enemy Supermutants. It makes them better but not unstoppable- or even that much smarter. Oh well…

More Armor Slots. This lets you wear armor pieces over pretty much any other piece of clothing- making for some pretty cool looks. Now you don’t have to look for Road Leathers or Fatigues to armor your settlers. Or you can wear that cool trenchoat with some snazzy leather pauldrons. Awesome.

Full Dialogue Interface. This changes the Dialogue Interface to a numbered format, plus shows off the exact words your character will say- no more vagueness!

Improved Maps with Visible Roads. Now it’s easier to navigate the damn wasteland with this nice little visual upgrade.

WET (Water Enhancement Textures). As you’d expect, this makes the water in the game gorgeous… almost good enough to drink or swim in… but DON’T.

True Storms. This makes the weather in the Commonwealth a tad more intense… and in the case of the deadly Radstorms, TERRIFYINGLY GORGEOUS.

Wearable Postal Bag or Backpack. Adds a nice accessory you can wear which also adds to your carry weight. Now you can go POSTAL on your enemies! Still doesn’t make the game any more realistic but it still looks pretty cool.

Quieter Settlements. This simple mod lessens the noise from stuff like generators, turrets and settler work SFX in your busy neighborhoods. Because you already have a big enough headache as it is with enemy raids, supply acquisition and bed shortages.

Realistic Ragdoll Force. Similar to the same mod in Skyrim, this reduces the force applied by attacks on enemies- so shooting someone with a pistol won’t send them flying off into space. Not for everyone, but I like relative realism.

CBBE (Caliente’s Beautiful Bodies Enhancer). Just because.

I’ll be using these, and hopefully a lot more mods when I do my Fallout 4 Let’s Roleplay. We’ll see how soon that happens. For now, check out Fallout 4 Nexus for the latest and best Fallout 4 mods.

Fallout 4 War Stories: Feeling Like a Badass in Boston

Posted in Action Adventure, Fallout 4, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on November 25th, 2015 by thelonegamer


War never changes, but fortunately gameplay does. For the better.

In the course of Fallout 4‘s game, you see an NPC fight his way through three would-be assassins in a cool cutscene. You’ve probably seen the kind of scene in movies- a badass gunfighter shoots two enemies after he subdues the third and uses him as a shield, before executing the hapless opponent with a final headshot. Badass but incredibly enough, my character in the game does that as well regularly in some pretty awesome battles, with a combination of actual aiming and shooting (like an FPS) and the use of V.A.T.S. (Vault Assisted Targeting System). I have to say, with literally days worth of play through the game so far (and I am still not anywhere near plumbing through most of this game’s content), I am quite convinced that in terms of action gameplay and combat, Fallout 4 is the best Bethesda has come up with so far.

It’s a combination of many factors- the world and setting, the tools you have for combat and the enemies you face. Fallout 4 takes place in Post-Apocalyptic Boston, AKA The Commonwealth- an irradiated wasteland dotted with everything from ghoul-infested ruins to fortified settlements to cult hideouts and monster lairs. As you wander the vast expanse, you’ll inevitably find yourself fighting for your life- whether it be against a band of human (or super mutant) opposition or some sort of bestial menace. The battles with humans/mutants are the most fun (I treat the beast encounters more as horror/survival encounters), as you engage in life-or-death gunfights or frantic melee to survive.
The gunplay in Fallout 4 is markedly different from previous games. Previously, shooting guns in Fallout felt detached and unwieldy- as if stats were were more important than your actual aiming your weapon. It’s now all different in F4- this is about as competent an FPS as Bethesda has ever made, and it can be played as such- though using VATS is still recommended so as to conserve ammo. It’s fairly easy to empty your arsenal uselessly unless you take the time to aim properly, but then of course that places you at risk- the enemy shoots back as well.

But once you get past the initial skirmishes, invest points into pertinent Perks (I recommend Gunslinger or Rifleman as well as Gun Nut), you begin to turn into a badass and you’ll soon look forward to seeing combat because it is SO DAMN FUN. It helps that enemies- such as Raiders- feel like capable and dangerous foes, plus they usually attack in groups. Also, dispatching enemies is supremely satisfying thanks to the ragdoll physics and animations that make every death seem unique.

One time I stumbled into a raider hidout, opening a door to surprise three of the bandits. I shoot one with VATS, and savour the slow-motion scene of the man’s head popping off from a round from my rifle. I switch back into real time and pump a couple of rounds into the second raider, then charge at the third who is shooting at me with a revolver. I close in, stab at the miscreant with my bayonetted rifle, then finish it with a round into his chest. That. Was. Bliss.

This is just one of countless such battles, and every one feels different and nuanced. Enemies can surprise you, ambush you, or you can ambush them. Sometimes I find myself camping out in the dark, sniping at Feral Ghouls who are lurking in the shadows. Sometimes you’re fighting your way through a raider or supermutant-filled apartment, clearing room after room with your tried-and-tested arsenal. It helps to mod your guns to the best of their capabilities, to deal out the most damage. And to know which gun to use in the right situation. I keep a sniper rifle ready for long range kills, a combat rifle with bayonet for in-close fighting, and a combat shotgun when things get really hairy. Sometimes though, I make like Revolver Ocelot and pack a six-shooter pipe pistol which packs a punch, even if it’s relatively slow to fire and has pretty heavy recoil. Six shots is usually all I need to kill anything that lives. Most of the time.

I have to say that the experience I’ve had so far is with the game at Normal Difficulty- perhaps it gets too easy once you level up high, so perhaps at that point bumping up the difficulty to Hard may be merited. I don’t really like the idea of Survivor since I really don’t like the idea that you’d need to pump a dozen bullets into someone’s face before they die- bullet sponges aren’t fun, realistic or immersive. I’ll take enjoyment and relative realism over ‘expert’ difficulty.

Still working my way through the game’s main quest (I am probably more than midway) but I am certain I’ll be roaming the wasteland for many, many days even after the story is done and done. It’s just that fun.

Fallout 4: Day One After the Apocalypse

Posted in Action Adventure, Fallout 4, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on November 12th, 2015 by thelonegamer


Fallout 4′s Main Theme sets the tone for this Apocalyptic Epic.

Even as I popped the Fallout 4 disc into my PS4, I knew I was going to have to agonize a bit longer. The game installed, which took less than an hour and in the meantime played the entertaining ‘S.P.E.C.I.A.L’ series of videos released by Bethesda leading up to the game’s release. So if you haven’t already watched these funny (and pretty macabre, actually) animated bits, you should. They give a nice briefing on your character’s attributes which are vital to surviving, if not conquering, the wastelands of Boston.

Once the game actually started, with now-familiar opening theme and then the pretty epic, surreal live-action short relating the alternate history of the world leading to the game’s setting, I was really pumped to get into the game. And how do I go about it? By taking my wonderful time exploring every inch of my character Sam’s lovely home in pre-Fallout America (yes, I chose a female for my first playtime). The controls seemed easy enough, and responsive.

To make a long story slightly shorter, I got through the mostly-seen bit of running to the Vault once the bombs start falling. Once we actually get IN the Vault is where the surprises start piling up and I go into uncharted territory. Let’s just say that the experience my lovely Sam goes through in Vault 111 is nowhere near as benign or sunny sweet as they let us on in with Fallout Shelter. Sam soon finds herself waking up in a dangerous, frightening new world where she is left to her own devices to survive and carry out the mission she’s abruptly faced with.


Fallout 4′s live-action intro cinematic.

As I have been playing Skyrim for the past several years, many of the game’s systems are familiar- going into stealth mode, doing melee attacks, sprinting… it’s in there. One thing that I am really annoyed at ignoring was ironically a crucial one- V.A.T.S. (Vault Assisted Targeting System for you Out of the Loop). I treated the game for the most part like a shooter, firing away with reckless abandon with my guns. This is something you really shouldn’t do since, well, ammo is relatively scarce. Probably not Resident Evil or Survival Horror-scarce, but still- it’s not like you can go to a gun store down the block to refill your cache of munitions. As much as possible, once should use VATS when firing guns, if you have the AP and the chance to do so.

That said, Fallout 4 has proven to be a very competent FPS regardless. Once I got Sam suited up in a properly badass long coat and a gas mask (looted from some dead Raiders) and found myself a gun workstation, I was modifying my newfound firearms like a kid with new legos. Guns feel GOOD. The kick they have and the effect on enemies is satisfying, even if not always realistic (can’t see why handgun bullets can sever limbs).
Movement and sneaking around is a joy- at least the stealth in the game seems more viable than it was in other Bethesda games. I think that it would be quite awesome to specialize as a sniper, striking from the shadows. I spent an inordinate amount of time searching the alleys of the ruined town of Concord, sneaking in the shadows as would do Venom Snake proud.

When action finally erupted it was fierce and satisfying. Raiders aren’t supposed to be too hard but carelessness can get you killed quick. In a short while though, I found myself finding an AWESOME piece of kit- a full suit of Power Armor, which in this game is more like a vehicle than just a simple piece of clothing. With a minigun in hand and the ability to fall from heights unharmed, one can feel invincible wearing the Hulkbuster-like suit of armor. That, of course, could not be farther from the truth. A massive Deathclaw- which I feel is to Fallout 4 as Dragons are to Skyrim- appeared to be the first ‘Boss Battle’ in this game. Looking at my gameplay again (which I recorded) I now wince at the DOZENS and DOZENS of rounds I fired off in panic, when I should have used VATS. But ultimately, I cleared the streets of Concord and made my first friends in the new world.

The next few hours was filled with relatively more passive but still engrossing gameplay consisting of crafting, base-building and customizing, all of which can probably leech away hours and hours and HOURS of your life away… I know it did for me. It was only after I pretty much built a small town did I finally manage to decide to pack my gear, gird my loins and head off for new adventures elsewhere.

Then I realized it was 4 in the freakin’ morning.

You know what? This is the real deal. It is, easily Bethesda’s biggest and best game yet. It delivers on what was promised- the detail, the texture, the mood, the action and fun we’ve been waiting for has arrived. I wasn’t a Fallout fan going into this game, but now I am. I’ve been converted. The only way you’ll get me to let go of my controller is to pry it from my cold, Pipboy-encased hand.

Played Fallout 4 on PS4, with a female character on Normal Difficulty, exiting Vault 111 and exploring the areas of Sanctuary and Concord. Still so much to be done. So goddamn FUN.

Got Fallout 4. You?

Posted in Action Adventure, Fallout 4, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on November 11th, 2015 by thelonegamer


Starting Fallout 4 tonight. HELL, it’s about time.

Fallout 4 is in my hands. It was actually available in the stores yesterday, but since I didn’t preorder, I had to wait till today to get mine. Technically it’s still Nov. 10 anyway so I’m not that late. During the lunch hour, I stepped out of the office, made a run to the mall and plunked down the cash on the counter. Which was the right thing to do, I guess, since as soon as I turned my back a queue of at least five other wannabee-wasteland warriors had already formed. I wouldn’t be surprised if the store sold out of copies before closing time at that rate.

But hey, whatever- I have it. Tonight, I guess I’ll set aside Dragon Age: Inquisition for a while, and set back The Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain again… probably indefinitely. Sigh.

Why this is so, I can’t really put my finger on. I’m not the biggest Fallout fan- in fact, I’m not really a Fallout fan. In terms of Bethesda games, I’m more into the Elder Scrolls games, primarily Skyrim. But then, I’ve still kept track of Fallout lore regardless- I guess somewhere inside me is a closet Post Apocalypse World fan. But still, to date, the only Fallout game I’ve played to a significant length is Fallout Shelter. Really. Please, stop laughing. It was FUN.

It can’t be the graphics- certainly Fallout 4 looks good thanks to the new, more colorful and dare we say it, vibrant-looking world to explore. But to put it bluntly, compared to games like The Witcher 3, or even Dragon Age: Inquisition or even Skyrim, the character models don’t quite stand up.

That said, the detail and texture of this world are probably what hooked me. The content, the tons of stuff, the interactivity (which should be just as much, if not more so, than Skyrim, modded), the gunplay, the intriguing customizations and crafting, the ability to create your own house or base… it’s like Bethesda took the best stuff from the mods we enjoyed in Skyrim and put them into Fallout 4.

From what I’ve seen so far of the gameplay- and I’ve tried to minimize spoilers and haven’t seen any of the opening hour- this game is pleasing all my buttons.

In terms of playing this game, I will both be playing this personally AND with a character/playthrough meant for posting on the ol’ Youtube Channel for Roleplaying. Still deciding if I go into the LP/RP blind, or if I save it for my second playthrough. I may decide that depending on how tonight’s first session goes.

So, got your Fallout 4? I say, go. Get. Now. Just don’t kill someone for it, okay?

Fallout 4 Launch Trailer

Posted in Action Adventure, Fallout 4, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on November 5th, 2015 by thelonegamer

Chills, man. CHILLS.

The final trailer for Fallout 4 just hit, and man… Bethesda just knows how to do these spots that just leave your jaw dropped, your eyes misty and your heart just pumping. I WANT THIS GAME. NOW. The game is looking AMAZING. Not just the simple graphics, but the scope- the breadth, the depth, the story, the music, the gameplay… the possibilities. OH, the POSSIBILITIES. Pursue the story, which seems filled with factions, mysteries, horrors, secrets and causes to get drowned in, survive, thrive and master the new world your character has found him or herself in.

November 10 (I hope), I begin another New Life. WOW.

Fallout 4: Excited for the Apocalypse

Posted in Action Adventure, Fallout 4, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, Xbox One on November 4th, 2015 by thelonegamer


The next BIG Bethesda RPG is imminent!

I have to say it right out- never really been a Fallout fan. I like the idea of Post-Apocalyptic Future Sci-fi, but it’s always been eclipsed by Swords and Sorcery fantasy. Still, while I’ve never actually played the Fallout games to a significant degree (I got to play through the Vault of Fallout 3, but stopped playing soon after reaching Megaton), I’ve always kept tabs on this series, even watching many episodes of Fallout New Vegas LPs on Youtube.

So, here’s Fallout 4. It’s my chance, I guess, to finally get onto this Irradiated Future World that many others have already lost themselves in. As Bethesda’s latest big game, it’s what we’ll all be getting into before… well, before the next ELDER SCROLLS. Now, that said, I am really liking the aspects of crafting and customization. That you can build your own settlements is something I am looking forward to, and all the massive detail of the world and objects tickle me to no end. The combat looks very accessible (apparently you can play it as a straight shooter) and the inclusion of vehicles is tantalizing. It’s just a few days away- I’m still neck deep into other games but somehow I think I will be making a space for F4 on my schedule in the next few months/years… heheh…

V Has Come To… My Playstation 4!

Posted in Action Adventure, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Metal Gear Solid V Phantom Pain, Open World Games, PS4, Stealth-Action on September 4th, 2015 by thelonegamer


Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain is in the House!

It’s been a long, excruciating wait, and I actually delayed getting this mammoth title a couple of days… but it’s here. I got my copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for PS4, and I can’t wait to get into it. Well, I just may have to… I want to play Ground Zeroes before I get into Pain, though that may just take a session or two to do. I also have to contend with the fact that I am currently also playing Dragon Age: Inquisition (Again).

It’s not the first time I got a HUGE long-awaited game in my clutches and haven’t yet touched it- I bought The Witcher 3 when it launched, yet I’ve barely played it… though given that it’s gotten lots of patches and DLC, that may be a good thing- once I do get into The Witcher 3, it will be with a version much-improved over the launch version.

I don’t see that happening with The Phantom Pain though- I definitely want to start on this over the weekend, and at least get the quite lengthy opening segment over and done with. From there, we’ll see. Managing Skyhold and Mother Base at the same time shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain Launch Trailer!

Posted in Action Adventure, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Metal Gear Solid V Phantom Pain, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS3, PS4, Stealth-Action, Xbox One, Xbox360 on August 26th, 2015 by thelonegamer

Glorious melancholy marks what may be the Final Metal Gear Solid.

Preceded by a tweet from Hideo Kojima himself, here’s the Launch Trailer for the stealth action sequel, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It’s a remarkably shorter spot than you’d expect, but strangely fitting- with about 2/3 of it consisting of a montage of footage from past MGS games- a somewhat bittersweet look back at the series’ many chapters- from the original Metal Gear Solid to Snake Eater to Guns of the Patriots and Peace Walker. With Kojima and Konami parting ways, perhaps irreversibly, this may indeed be the last MGS as we have known it, and that truly is something to mull upon sadly.

The trailer continues though with a rather ominous segment from Phantom Pain, featuring the newest Metal Gear, plus a rather telling final segment that raises a TON of questions for this impending stealth-action epic.

It’s only about a week away. September 1. My Gosh, it’s been a wait but it looks to be worth it.

Fallout 4 Trailer is LIVE!

Posted in Action Adventure, DLC, Fallout 4, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on June 3rd, 2015 by thelonegamer


War never changes, but trailers sure do.

It’s been a LOOOOONG wait, but it’s finally here. Well, the first trailer is. And judging from how Bethesda Softworks takes their sweet time with their games, this may not be in our hands for a while. But at least, we know it’s a thing. It’s real. It’s coming. Fallout 4. The post-apocalyptic RPG is back, after a very long while. Judging from this initial trailer, you’re probably once again going to take the role of a Vault Dweller, newly-arrived into the harsh outside world to carry out some mission or quest, or to just screw things up royally. I have to admit, I’m more of an Elder Scrolls guy than a Fallout person, but hey- an open world RPG of Bethesda quality is always great, and I will surely be getting into this one. It will certainly be something to get into while I wait for… well, the Elder Scrolls VI.

For now though, check out the trailer and pick apart every precious second. Expect to see more this coming E3!

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is HERE!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Xbox One on May 19th, 2015 by thelonegamer


A new age of RPGs has arrived.

After years of waiting and eager anticipation, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt has arrived. From its first appearance, this game has been on many RPG fan’s wish list, with the devs, CD Projekt Red, promising a game that truly appears to leave all the rest in the dust. Well, that truly remains to be seen but so far, reviews are raving and the game is looking amazing. With Skyrim and Dragon Age: Inquisition behind me (and Dark Souls currently, weirdly enough), this game is my new pastime and responsibility.

I do fully intend to do this as a Let’s Play on my Youtube channel, though clearly I won’t be able to do it in the same manner as my Skyrim series. I think this deserves and demands a different take and mood all its own. We’ll see. I can’t wait to throw myself into this game and just settle into Gerelt’s boots. This is going to be fun.