I Have Questions About Fallout Gameplay (1 and 2)

Discussion in 'Fallout RPG Gameplay & Tech' started by DwayneGAnd, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. DwayneGAnd

    DwayneGAnd Still Mildly Glowing

    Oct 12, 2016
    I had a total of eight builds planned for both games, each specializing in a specific weapon skill with different weapons.

    Small Guns - Pistol
    Small Guns - Rifle
    Small Guns - Burst Fire
    Energy Weapons - Pistol
    Energy Weapons - Rifle
    Energy Weapons - Burst Fire
    Big Guns - Pyromaniac
    Big Guns - Minigunner

    The Burst Fire Builds use weapons using Burst Fire mode and taking both ranks of bonus ranged damage to increase damage.

    Recently, I went through both games using the small guns pistol character. I found that small guns can help take out enemies throughout much of the game, but by end game, I had to use a lot of aimed shots to the eyes to take out the super mutants at the military base and the cathedral. I repeatedly killed the deathclaws at the warehouse in Adytum until I got to level 21, however I did have to use the Alien Blaster (which at very low skill levels in energy weapons can still have excellent chance to hit at close range). In Fallout 2, the Gauss Pistol was used for longer range and against weaker foes, against stronger armored foes, I used the Needler Pistol loaded with AP cartridges. And even though I found that the Needler Pistol deals more damage to the eyes against Frank Horrigan than any other small gun, it still wasn't very impressive.

    Maybe I'll need to switch to energy weapons later in the game end game. Small guns can still be used against weaker foes or to conserve ammo. So my new builds will be:

    Small Guns/Energy Weapons Pistol
    Small Guns/Energy Weapons Rifle
    Small Guns/Energy Weapons Burst Fire
    Small Guns/Big Guns Minigunner
    Small Guns/Big Guns Pyromaniac

    I've also been using unarmed and melee weapons against very weak foes to conserve ammo or if weaker enemies get too close. In Fallout 1, the low level count makes it difficult to choose perks to specialize in both ranged and melee if you want to get the best perks, such as action boy, bonus rate of fire, better criticals, and sniper. Also, making a melee only character would be too difficult due to the enemies having ranged weapons and inflicting too much damage on you before you can get close enough to attack.

    Now if I intend to play on the Tough combat difficulty, I'm wondering if the above builds are viable and can take me through the game without too much difficulty on the hardest level. Who here plays on Tough mode? What tips can you give for making viable builds for that difficulty level?
  2. DwayneGAnd

    DwayneGAnd Still Mildly Glowing

    Oct 12, 2016
    Apparently, I've decided that for me there are only two viable kinds of builds: burst fire sharpshooter and sniper. Pyromaniacs have poor range with their flamer, pistols don't do enough damage, and the gatling laser's damage isn't as high when used against heavily armored foes even with critical hits, such as when going up against Frank Horrigan as I've seen in the past.

    Therefore the Small Guns/Energy Weapon Sniper and the Small Guns/Big Guns Minigunner are the only viable builds that could easily take me through both games easily.

    Fallout 1 Sniper
    -Sniper Rifle (long range sniping)
    -Turbo Plasma Rifle (high damage)
    -.223 Pistol (for use against weaker enemies or weakened enemies to conserve ammo)

    Fallout 2 Sniper
    -Gauss Rifle (long range sniping)
    -Pulse Rifle (high damage against armored foes)
    -.223 Pistol (same as above)

    Fallout 1 Burst Fire Sharpshooter
    -.223 Pistol (same as above)
    -Minigun (weapon of choice for taking down stronger enemies)

    Fallout 2 Burst Fire Sharpshooter
    -Gauss Pistol (low AP cost. Same reason as for using .223 Pistol)
    -Bozar or Vindicator Minigun (weapon of choice for dealing with stronger foes)
  3. DwayneGAnd

    DwayneGAnd Still Mildly Glowing

    Oct 12, 2016
    I just beat Fallout 1 with a burst fire character. I raised his big guns skill, then later I put points into energy weapons, not just to help effectively kill Deathclaws at the warehouse from a distance with the alien blaster (which is probably the best weapon to use against them). While fighting my way through the military base and the cathedral, I picked up a Gatling Laser to test it against the Minigun on certain enemies. Sure enough, the minigun dealt superior damage against robots and armored mutants. In fact, most of the time, the damage with the Gatling Laser against robots didn't even pass 100! Whereas with the minigun, the damage was more than several hundred!
  4. QuantumApprentice

    QuantumApprentice First time out of the vault

    Feb 9, 2018
    I think this may be because robots have a generally high resistance to laser fire, which means that percentage of damage is lost after the calculations are done.
    This wiki lists the Eye-Bot at 4/50% and Mister Handy at 6/50% resistances for F1:
    • Laser - 4/50%
    • Normal - 8/30%
    • Electrical - 0/0%
    • Laser - 6/50%
    • Normal - 12/30%
    • Electrical - 0/0%
    You'll note, however, that they have no electrical resistance, so the Alien Blaster (which is all electrical damage) should do even more damage than anything else.

    Edit: Frank Horrigan has really high resistances to laser and fire for that matter, but still low for electrical:
    • Normal: 20/70%
    • Laser: 20/80%
    • Fire: 20/70%
    • Plasma: 20/70%
    • Explosion: 20/70%
    • Electricity: 15/20%
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2018
  5. DwayneGAnd

    DwayneGAnd Still Mildly Glowing

    Oct 12, 2016
    yes I knew all that already. I was just comparing the two weapons to see which was more superior and dealt better damage. What I've learned however is that criticals apparently do not ignore resistances.
  6. QuantumApprentice

    QuantumApprentice First time out of the vault

    Feb 9, 2018
    Oh criticals!, good point.

    Sorry, I didn't understand what you were going for, and yeah that certainly appears to be the case.

    Anybody know where we can get the game formula's for critical damage calculations?
  7. DwayneGAnd

    DwayneGAnd Still Mildly Glowing

    Oct 12, 2016
    i made sure not to spend too many points in energy weapons with my burst fire build. The fact that I made my character to be able to reliably use both the minigun and the gatling laser saves me a lot of time so I won't have to make a separate build for specializing in energy weapons and taking the fast shot perk.
  8. QuantumApprentice

    QuantumApprentice First time out of the vault

    Feb 9, 2018
    Do you have the Better Criticals perk? I'm curious if that produces different results.
  9. DwayneGAnd

    DwayneGAnd Still Mildly Glowing

    Oct 12, 2016
    yes I took it. It's a mandatory perk for any combat build.
  10. QuantumApprentice

    QuantumApprentice First time out of the vault

    Feb 9, 2018
    Hmm...Quick question, when you say "armored mutants" do you mean Horrigan or random super mutants wearing armor?

    It occurs to me that the robot's resistance may not be attached to their armor (which makes sense if their armor is their skin), and it's possible Horrigan is kind of a unique character, meaning his armor class may be calculated as a single number instead of 2 numbers added together (like deathclaws I think):

    ie (AC and resistances from Agility) + (AC and resistances from Armor)
    where one can be bypassed but the other can't.
  11. QuantumApprentice

    QuantumApprentice First time out of the vault

    Feb 9, 2018
    Oh wait, nevermind, this is Fallout 1 we're talking about. Ok better question:

    What's the damage difference like when attacking armored Brotherhood of Steel characters? They should have 2 different AC numbers (in theory).
  12. DwayneGAnd

    DwayneGAnd Still Mildly Glowing

    Oct 12, 2016
    armored mutants are those wearing black.

    I've never attacked anyone in the Brotherhood of Steel.
  13. DwayneGAnd

    DwayneGAnd Still Mildly Glowing

    Oct 12, 2016
    I just beat Fallout 2 with my burst fire character. He specialized in Big guns endgame, taking both ranks of action boy and bonus ranged damage together with other important perks. Using the Gauss Pistol, the Bozar, and the Vindicator Minigun, I took out the entire oil rig, sometimes dealing more than 1500 points of damage to enemies in advanced power armor. To make the battle with Frank Horrigan easier, I took out the turrets first, then emptied one clip of the vindicator and the bozar into him to take him down. I had a lot of fun wasting the enclave with this guy.

    Next I'm going to go through Fallout 1 and 2 with the sniper build using small guns at the beginning and energy weapons endgame.
  14. QuantumApprentice

    QuantumApprentice First time out of the vault

    Feb 9, 2018
    That's pretty cool. I'm currently doing an evil playthrough of Fallout 2 with the Restoration Project. I was planning on a similar build, considering using the Tag! perk to boost my energy weapons over 200%

    I might pull out my old savegame in Fallout 1 and take a look at the burst fire differences myself here shortly :)
  15. DwayneGAnd

    DwayneGAnd Still Mildly Glowing

    Oct 12, 2016
    I just beat Fallout 2 with my sniper build. In Fallout 1, I started out with small guns, then moved on to energy weapons later on. My endgame weapons were the Sniper Rifle for extreme long range, Turbo Plasma Rifle for general all purpose, Alien Blaster for when tougher foes got closer, and the .223 Pistol for use against weaker or weakened enemies to conserve ammo.

    My end game weapons in Fallout 2 were the Gauss Rifle, Pulse Rifle, and Alien Blaster. As I did with my Burst Fire build, I made a couple of backup saves before I took out the entire oil rig. It wasn't as easy as with my burst fire build, but it was still a lot of fun shooting my enemies in the eyes. Even the battle with Horrigan was a cinch. I disabled his plasma gun by crippling his arm, then shot him repeatedly in the eyes with my pulse rife. He never saw that coming! (rimshot)

    Now that I've mastered the first two games in the series, I think I'll tackle Fallout 3 or New Vegas next. (Tactics needs far more practice first because I'm still a newbie at it).
  16. QuantumApprentice

    QuantumApprentice First time out of the vault

    Feb 9, 2018
    Cool. I used to like sniper builds for F1 and 2, but I've found large guns to be really fun in F1, and the Bozar to be particularly fun in F2 late game.