Fallout 4 - My experience playing without V.A.T.S.

At this range the odds shouldn't be under 50% for a seasoned fighter.

At this range the odds shouldn't be under 50% for a seasoned fighter.

My copy of Fallout 4 finally arrived and I have pretty quickly gotten about 20 hours into the game despite having an 11 week old baby in the house.  When a great game comes out you just find time where it wasn't before.  However, my sleep has suffered.  I was talking with Chris and we both play this game differently as he uses VATS (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) feature and I play more like a traditional 1st/3rd person shooter.  The VATS system turns the combat into a time sensitive turn based battle where you can target specific parts on your target and get rewarded with slow motion carnage to celebrate your victories.  I find that while it is unique to the game and can help conserve ammo, it is too time consuming and takes some of the panic out of the game for me and so I play without it.  There are downsides like critical hits might happen more often in VATS, and some items and perks are made to manipulate your performance in VATS.  However, there are upsides as well.  Not only do my battles take less time, but I can just aim like a big boy and deliver the bullets where I want them to go without the weird odds-making the VATS system gives me.  I also can sell off valuable items that really only benefit the VATS users like some of the STIMS, and I can avoid wasting any of my perks on VATS centric skills.  I get the appeal as someone who grew up on Action Point games like X-Com and Jagged Alliance, but I bet if you tried a few conflicts without it you might not miss it.  And if you aren't playing Fallout 4 at all...you really should be.

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