With less than two months to go before Fallout 4 officially releases, it’s more than likely that Bethesda is polishing the game to the best of their abilities in order to ensure a smooth launch day. Based on what’s been shown thus far, the game development studio has obviously put in a lot of work into the title, and they’ve even gotten help from other sources when necessary, like getting Doom developer id Software’s assistance on gunplay mechanics.
Today, Bethesda has released the second in their seven part series of Fallout 4 instructional Vault-Tec videos that focus on what makes players S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Each of these fun little parody clips of 1950’s era education reels highlight an individual component of the release’s stat tree, and so far “S” for strength has been covered. Now, the developers have turned their attention toward “P” for perception.
In the video below, Fallout 4 fans will notice that perception is a crucial part of surviving the Boston Wastelands. The particular stat determines the ease at which players can detect nearby enemies, the various intricacies involved in stealth-related behavior, and it also influences the accuracy and efficacy of VATS combat, which has been significantly tweaked to stand out from previous titles in the post-apocalyptic franchise.
Regarding the newly improved targeting system, should players opt to blast enemies away in VATS rather than engage in typical FPS-styled shooting, time will slow down instead of hitting a complete stand-still like in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. With bad guys now being able to continue attacking while being singled-out with VATS in Fallout 4, raising perception in the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats is more pivotal than ever, as it will assure a higher percentage and probability of hitting the intended mark.
The first two videos in Fallout 4‘s S.P.E.C.I.A.L. promotional campaign are keeping the long-running game’s trademark dark sense of humor intact, as it blends mature and violent themes with Looney Toons-styled sight gags – such as the classic bit involving a spray of bullets seemingly missing someone, only for them to have leaking holes in their chest after drinking water. Fallout 4 fans have at least five more animated clips to look forward to, with the next one covering Endurance, which governs a character’s stamina and physical toughness.
As Fallout 4 gets closer to climbing out of the Vault, fans can expect to see more quirky, and potentially interactive promotional materials released from Bethesda. After all, the company created a Tinder account for Vault Boy in order to advertise both Fallout Shelter and Fallout 4, so it’s highly possible for even odder marketing ploys to come about. In this generation’s commercially-saturated media landscape, one of the best ways for developers to guarantee their game gets seen is to subvert expectations with clever publicity, so there’s no telling what Bethesda might cook up next.
What do you think of Fallout 4‘s cheeky video series so far? Which of the stats do you normally make a priority when you delve into Bethesda’s retro-futuristic franchise?
Fallout 4 is set to release on November 10, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.