There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of beating a video game. While this sense of completion is enough for most gamers, some take it a step further by instituting self-imposed challenges that can make even the simplest video game excruciatingly difficult.
When Fallout 3 players discovered that it was possible to exit the tutorial at the start of the game and play through while still an infant, most probably thought it was just an amusing glitch. However, one gamer saw it as an opportunity, and has recorded his playthrough of his journey through the wasteland of Fallout 3 as a baby.
The playthrough was no easy task, taking gamer Bryan Pierre many hours to complete. Unfortunately, since this can only be accomplished through a glitch, some alterations were necessary in order to play the game. For example, the player ordinarily doesn’t receive their Pip-Boy until their tenth birthday, but playing through the wasteland without one would be a nearly impossible task. Pierre accordingly employed a mod to make it possible for his infant character to use a Pip-Boy. Once that task was complete, he maxed out skills in small guns, science, and lockpicking, and the baby was ready to go.
Playing as a baby through the game is a challenge in more ways than one. While some enemies have difficulty even hitting the player, given the baby’s tiny hitbox, any blows that do land incur devastating damage. The baby also moves much more slowly than a normal adult character, making traversing the wasteland a much slower process. Additionally, since the game is designed for adult-sized player characters, some objects aren’t easily accessed by a child. Thankfully, Bethesda games are well-known in part for allowing players to interact and manipulate their surrounding environment, and Pierre was able to bypass these problems by stacking objects and climbing them to access whatever he needed.
Video games present massive worlds and many options for players to play through them, but some gamers think even further outside the box. Gamers have previously challenged themselves with Fallout 3, performing speedruns to finish the entire game in less than twenty minutes, but playing through the challenge of the wasteland as a child is just as jaw-dropping. While Bethesda never intended for infants to escape the tutorial level in Fallout 3, the fact that an entire playthrough of the game can be accomplished as a baby is hilarious and impressive. With Fallout 4 rapidly approaching, gamers like Bryan Pierre will undoubtedly try and find weird and wonderful ways to play through it, too, which should be fun to watch.
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Fallout 3 is available for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.