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Top 10 Items you'll want in the Capitol Wasteland

How to Survive in Fallout 3

By Josh Gordon     December 05, 2008


Top 10 Items you’ll want in the Capitol Wasteland
© Mania.com/Josh Gordon

 

An easy contender for game of the year is Bethesda Softworks Fallout 3. A truly epic adventure that takes place in and around Washington D.C. two hundred years after nuclear war wipes out most of the planet. Only small settlements, wasteland raiders, traders, creatures, giant insects and radiated mutants of all varieties exist and fight for survival. Luckily you won’t have to traverse this wasteland with only your fists, good fortune and Pip-Boy 3000 to help you along. I’ve gone through the trouble of compiling the things I’m sure you’ll be most happy to have in your bag of tricks as you accomplish your quests.
 
1. Combat Shotgun
 The go-to gun for close combat brain splattering, the combat shotgun packs a high intensity close-up wallop that beats the pants off everything else.
 
2.  Chinese Assault Rifle
This is my medium range weapon of choice. Dealing out a little bit more damage than its American counterpart this is really the weapon you don’t want to leave home without.
 
3.  Sniper Rifle – A must-have for any stylish wastelander, the sniper rifle allows you to take out those nasty Yao Guais and Rad Scorpions from afar. Believe me; you don’t want to get too close to a Yao Gwai.
 
4.  Stimpacks – What are you going to do without these? Die. That’s what. These are the wasteland’s version of Health-packs and you’re going to need plenty
 
5. Rad Away – Does it feel like your going to vomit out your brain while your skin just can’t seem to stick to your body? You probably have radiation sickness. If so, Rad Away is just what you’ve been looking for! Rid yourself of nasty radiation sickness in seconds!
 
6. Radiation Suit – There will be times when you’ll have to bite the bullet and swim through radiated bodies of water. I’ve used this suit more than I thought I would; much better then skinny dipping in atomically accentuated water.
 
7. Frag Grenades – You can never have too Frag Grenades. If you’re like me and you like to do your damage from a distance then these are your best friends.
 
8. Missile Launcher – There will be times when, frankly, nothing else except a missile launcher will accomplish the task in front of you. Or, at least, as easily accomplish the task. For that reason, this cranial disintegrator is on this list.
 
9. Buffout – There will be a few occasions (read hundreds) when you wish you could carry more. Buffout will make you stronger; about 20 pounds worth. It’ll also boost your endurance and hit points (significantly)
 
10. Fat Boy – Own your very own mini atom bomb launcher! When you absolutely, positively have to kill every muther *@#?%# in the vicinity
 
 
 
Honorable Mention
 
Stealth-Boy – I’ve only needed these self-invisiblifiers once or twice but boy are they handy when you need ‘em. Need to creep through a room full of Super-Mutants but don’t have the arsenal to pull it off? A handy Stealth-Boy will do the trick!
 
Purified Water – Serves two purposes: 1. if you have too much give it to the needy and get good karma. 2. If you’re stuck in a sewer and low on stimpacks but high on radiation, this will help you out in a pinch.

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hanso 12/5/2008 4:20:42 AM

DUde, Fallout 3 is such a sweet game.  At first I thought Elders Scroll: Oblivion was better but after running through Fallout 3 completely I gotta say Falllout is much better.  It's a little slow when the game starts, but once you get a couple of hours into the game it's worth it.

I've honestly never used the Radiation Suit, since it doesn't have good armor stats and the few seconds I  might get of radiation I can just bring down with the Rad Aways.  I think the Enclave or Brotherhood of Steel armors are something you shouldn't be without.

As far as weapons, good picks, I can see you probably played the game with the small weapon stats, since there are no laser weapons on your list.  I did the same thing, Laser weapons were good to have so you could sell them.  Which brings me to my 2 honorable mention items:

Caps & the Magnum.

If you get high repair skills you can pretty much repair anything and resell it for some good Caps, then use that money to pimp your house, buy ammo or health stuff.

hanso 12/5/2008 4:23:09 AM

Oh, forgot to mention, on January, February and March, Betheseda will release downloadable content for FAllout 3 but it's only for Xbox 360.  Glad I got my copy for 360 instead of PS3. 

Hopefully the new content, which is supposed to take a few hours to playthrough, is awesome like the rest of the game.

JoshGordon 12/5/2008 10:50:39 AM

Good call on the faction Armor Hanso, You're probably right about that. I just liked changing into my very own Devo-esque radiation suit!  I finished the game but there is so much else I didnt cover that I'm looking forward to going back and checking out all the other cool stuff.

omicron 12/5/2008 2:04:21 PM

I am seriously loving this game.    I don't use the chems that much, but I might, because I am always getting overloaded as I bring back parts for personal weapons.  I like the Rock-It Launcher because there's nothing like blowing off a supermutants head with a coffee cup or metal pan.  However, since I've stocked on thousands of rounds of ammo, I don't find myself using it as much.

The laser weapons and the plasma rifle are fun just for the fact that critical hits reduce your targets to piles of ashes or puddles of goo.

hanso 12/5/2008 2:22:10 PM

Omicron there is a Perk that lets you carry 50 more items, forgot the name of the Perk.  I got it and it helped me out although I still ended up being overloaded sometimes.  I had a 100 repair skills so I was always saving Armor that I found or weapons, so I could fix them and resell them, but carrying around different armors take up a lot of the space.

If you guys are planning on going back to the game, there is a quest called The Nuka Cola Challenge.  That's the last side quest I'm missing.  My advice to you guys, DO NOT DRINK ANY QUANTUM COLA!!!  You need to collect 30 Quantum Colas and give it to some chick in order to beat the quest.  The quantum colas are semi rare, so they are kinda tough to find.  If I hadn't drank like 8-10 of them when I was doing the main quest I would've beaten this damn quest already.

 

troopershades 12/5/2008 2:26:26 PM

hanso, if your pc could handle the game you shoulda got it for that as Bethesda is releasing G.E.C.K. for the pc to allow you to edit/add missions and content.  thats one thing Im really lookin forward to.  Right now, I gotta go find the dish in the Museum!  Off I go!

tmswyrb 12/5/2008 6:22:49 PM

I've played every fallout game since it's inception. And I've LOVED them all.  The perk you are talking about Hanso is called Pack Mule. It's been in everyone of these games. I only had a rented copy, but I kept it for about three weeks. damn those late fees, but it was well worth it.  You need the gun off of the alien corpse. It's the sweetest gun in the game. kinda like the cricket gun in MIB. The only thing that really disapointed me about the game was the ending. In fallout 2 after you finished the main quest, you could keep exploring the wasteland. Not so here. But other than that fact, the game was sweet.  I could only play it at night because I didn't want my kids hearing the language used, but it is a very fitting sequel to the other games.  Just ignore the Fallout:Brotherhood of Steel game for the orginal xbox cause it was lousy but the others had great story lines.  I also love the fact that all of them have had Ron Perlman doing the intro.  I also really enjoyed the music in the game. It was the same song from the orginal fallout. "I don't want to set the world on fire". I just wish the Louie Armstrong song from part two had been included.  It's a great song also. 


 


If you can't tell, I ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY LOVED THIS GAME AND THE ORGINALS TOO!!!!!

CHAMP 12/5/2008 6:36:37 PM

I'm with tmswyrb. I still own the original, and I bought the special edition of Fallout 3 for PC....I still haven't loaded it up yet...I'm not sure if my pc's up to the task...and I don't want to be disappointed if it isn't... =(

jonstryder 12/6/2008 7:50:46 PM

Actually there are 3 must have weapons in the game aside from the fatboy and rocket launcher.

The First is Lincoln's rifle.  It uses .44 ammunition and is a great sniping weapon, doing more damage than a sniper rifle.

Second up is the Terrible Shotgun.  If your normal combat shotgun is good, this is way better.  It does more damage and is the perfect close combat gun.

Lastly there is the Alien Blaster.  This will kill virtually anything in 1 hit...if its a head shot.  But there is only a few rounds for it so you have to use them sparingly.  Save them for when you need them...and save some for the final boss of the game.

Check out IGN's video strategy for details on where these must have weapons are in the wasteland.

 

troopershades 12/7/2008 4:46:44 PM

Champ, theres a website called yougamers that can run a lil app in the site that will let you know how your system stacks up.

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