Fallout 4 Instructional Video Highlights What Makes Players S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

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With exactly two months left until the release of Fallout 4, developer Bethesda is likely putting the finishing touches on its upcoming marketing plan. As previously mentioned, the company feels like it has said all it wants to say about the Fallout 4 story, but that doesn’t mean Bethesda can’t tease a little gameplay or detail some of the larger systems at play in the game.

Today, Bethesda has revealed the first in an ongoing series of videos that will highlight what makes players special. Or rather, these seven videos will focus on the seven innate traits that make up the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat tree.

First up is “S,” which stands for strength. In the below video, Fallout 4 fans will see that strength is instrumental in the tactile arts of Bethesda’s new game. The stat will influence how much melee damage a player can do as well as how much gear they can carry, and it will also assist in crafting and customization, which have been expanded significantly for Fallout 4.

Say, for example, a player chooses to run around post-apocalyptic Boston brandishing a nail bat or a ripper chainsaw knife. They will want to ensure their Strength stat has enough points, so as to do adequate damage to enemies. But, as the video points out, not all enemies will be pushovers, so players will need to flesh out their six other stats as well.

It appears that Bethesda is keeping the tongue-in-cheek spirit of the Fallout series alive with these videos, which combine cutesy cartoon graphics with a post apocalyptic setting. For as much as Fallout the franchise has been about a mature setting and tone, there’s always been an underlying playfulness to the gameplay. Just look at some of our favorite Fallout perks, for example.

Moving forward, Fallout 4 fans have at least six more videos to look forward to, each focusing on one of the other S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats. Next up should be Perception, which, unlike Strength, can assist in dealing with enemies from a distance, among other things.

That being said, players shouldn’t expect these cartoon videos to be the only promotional materials Bethesda puts out in the run up to Fallout 4. There is obviously a lot to cover, and a lot not currently known about the game, so it behooves the developer to offer as many details as they can. Obviously, it’s still important to preserve the mystery, but with a game this highly anticipated there are likely players chomping at the bit to know more.

What do you think of Fallout 4’s new video series? Will you focus on the Strength stat when you play Bethesda’s upcoming game?

Fallout 4 releases November 10, 2015 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.