So here's some of the fun and the tips I've been picking up:
- Using Iron Sights is a great way to pick off targets at long distance that you would have no hope of hitting with VATS.
- Trick: click on VATS to get the location of the target, turn VATS off, you're very closely sighted on your target. If you're hidden you get an auto critical hit.
- The next character is going to put some extra points into explosives. I forgot how much I like blowing stuff up.
- When you are starting to explore and at a lower level - stay near the main roads. Listen to people when they tell you, "Yeah, you might not want to go over there, the nutcases and monsters over there will make you have a no-good bad terrible day."
- Example: I was warned by some NPCs not to venture into an area. Pfft stupid NPCs, what do they know? I have guns, grenades, dynamite, and a motherfucking shovel. Bring it! Unfortunately it was broughten by three giant radscorpions and as I was fleeing a pack of feral reaver ghouls joined the chase. I died within sight of the town. Lesson learned. Bring bigger guns and a shovel covered in chainsaws that drip acid.
- Obey the maxim "Stay alert, stay alive." It might be the difficulty level I am playing on or it might be the fact that, unlike the DC wastelands, the Mojave desert didn't suffer the worst of the nuclear holocaust but whatever the case is - there are always things that want to cancel your living status.
- I love the bizarre humor of New Vegas. It's kind of a subtle, "wait, what?" kind of humor - the bizarre absurdity hits you after the moment has passed.
- Don't forget! You can use VATS to detonate explosives in your foe's hand or mid-air if you are quick. Nothing like the satisfaction of turning a ganger into scrapple with his own grenade. Mmm...scrapple.
- Get yourself a scope or a pair of binoculars ASAP.