Complete Fallout Noob

#1 Posted by Axdemon (66 posts) -

So after owning the GotY Edition since January, all this talk about New Vegas has convinced me to finally check out what all the hubbub is about. I've just made it to Megaton for the first time and I've already realized that this game is going to be one hell of an experience. Basically I'm creating this thread because I have no idea what I'm doing right now, and I'm hoping some veterans can give me some tips on how to get the most out my adventure. I'm sure as I continue my travels I'll come back to ask many more questions, but for now my query is pretty simple and I'm sure you've all heard it a thousand times.
 
What are the best weapons, armor, and general items to have in the game? Keep in mind I have all the DLC, so what should I head out to acquire first?

#2 Posted by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -

Discover it for yourself and you will have a way more wholesome experience.  Just go with what seems right and then the game will reward you suitably.

#3 Posted by BunkerBuster (1042 posts) -
@Axdemon: The game is so easy, don't worry about finding mad loot, just play the game however you like.
#4 Posted by zegolf (224 posts) -
@Axdemon: With the knowledge that you're just now beginning the game, you won't be able to use the Best _______ so it really is best just to explore.  That's half of the fun of the Fallout games, is the exploration.  Getting to know the environment, finding weapons and armor and items, and just searching every nook and cranny!
#5 Posted by W0lfbl1tzers (1787 posts) -

Play New Vegas. It's better. That's my veteran advice

#6 Posted by Gizmo (5389 posts) -
#7 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

Just look all over the place. If you see a building, go in and search carefully.  Getting your lockpick skill up is very important as well. Just wander around and you will start to find good stuff. Since you say you got to the GOTY edition, go and play the Operation Anchorage DLC. There is a lot of good stuff there, including one of the best armors in the game, the Chinese Stealth Armor. This armor will make it so that every time you crouch it's like using a stealth boy and it can be repaired with regular recon armor.
#8 Posted by HistoryInRust (6289 posts) -

Fallout 3 is going to seem overwhelming at first. But take your time, get into a mindset where you're always constantly aware of your own survival (because for the first few hours you're going to be doing little else but scrounging), and build your skills and stats. 
 
A good way to see a good chunk of the Wasteland is to visit Moira in Megaton and start doing bits and pieces of her Wasteland Survival Guide quest. It's like an extended tutorial.

#9 Posted by HistoryInRust (6289 posts) -

Also, try not to use guides or walkthroughs as best as you can. Part of the magic of the game is its sense of immersion through exploration. You'll find worthy weaponry and armor in no time. 

#10 Posted by Josiah_X (41 posts) -

Keep an eye out for Magazines and Bobble-heads to increase your skills and stats they are scattered all over the wasteland.

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