My first hour (and a bit) with Fallout 76

I was sitting on a leather couch in an Airbnb in Malta when Todd Howard took to the E3 stage to try to convince us that the direction that Fallout would be going for the moment would be a good one. I was curious, mostly because the Fallout has been one of the few universes to have truly captured my imagination. Even though I did not not enjoy the narrative of Fallout 4 as much as 3 and New Vegas, I still craved some more Geiger counter ticking, Mirelurk shell cracking goodness.

Despite not being an online gamer and against my better judgement, I ended up pre-ordering. I thought I’d have time to access the B.E.T.A. when it was available. At least least I could get a little used to it before the whole onslaught of team players would be roaming around on the servers. I was very wrong about that because I missed all of it because I have other (less fun) priorities.

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You’d think I could figure out how to put my fists away

 

I found a spare bit of time and finally booted it up on Xbox One, with the intention of doing one hour to get a taster of things. How very optimistic of me. I spent nearly an hour in character creation. Making the same character three times. When I first came out of character creation happy with what I had…there was no sound. I quit the game and I had to start all over again. Then I myself screwed up by not naming my character and couldn’t figure out how to remedy it so I restarted again.

The character creation itself took a little getting used to, but after the third time I was much quicker. At the start it took me a second to realise what changes were being made by certain sliders. In the end I don’t think I changed the default face I picked too much. If you can’t manage to change the actual face structure too drastically or you don’t really care to, there are great options for makeup, scarring, blemishes and ageing to take your character to the next level looks-wise. The female hair selection is decent and the range of colours for both hair and makeup are great. The lipstick is a bit odd if you don’t go for a dark colour but this might not apply if you use a darker skin-tone than I did.

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Me after the third time doing this

I played around with photo mode for a second which I can’t see myself using very often. Still, as I progress and discover more of the wasteland I might end up wanting to take Instagram worthy shots, carefully applying all the filters and other effects available.

With that, my planned hour was up so I quickly toddled out of Vault 76 thanking each handyman who had goodies essential to my survival on hand for me as I left. It was a bit annoying how I couldn’t pick up anything other than what was presented to me in the vault. Mostly because I kept trying to do it and not learning my lesson.

Finally I was outside. The little time I spent out there I did have fun. After finding a machete on a corpse, I made my first few kills and looted the bodies. I even found some shacks and crafted a weapon and also made some food. However, I did not dare venture any further because guess what? You got it. Another big nasty Bethesda bug. Which is a bit of a slap in the face after downloading the 55GB update. I could not scroll and select items in the Pip-Boy, which is a pretty essential part of the game.

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Bethesda’s bugs have always been a notorious source of frustration and entertainment. Judging by the commentary surrounding Fallout 76 now that it has been launched, adding online to that has probably not done anyone any favours. For now I am stuck with the game and hopefully will get my money’s worth out of it. I don’t really have the time to play it often which may work out well as it goes through this teething stage (if I don’t have to update it every time I do have a chance to play). I am definitely still willing to give it a chance. I would probably be less so inclined had I continued with a broken Pip-Boy, luckily for Bethesda they have my money and my patience.

Bat Fit Fam Week 5

This is the last week I had planned to document my self prescribed fitness journey and I am keeping to that. At the end of these five weeks I definitely feel a change for the better. I am excited to continue on and am already eyeing up Darebee‘s “post apocalyptic fitness quest” as it only seems fitting to pair with Zombies, Run!

Day 1 – Ass Effect

It being a lazy kind of Sunday, the first day this week comprised of a workout from Darebee. I did a little search for a full body program and came across Andromeda. It seemed only fitting to do it as the demise of the game had been announced the day before. Some parts were more challenging than others, especially the squat hold side bends. Mass Effect Andromeda itself definitely wasn’t as painful as doing 20 of them in a row, trust me. I was quite confused with the toe taps as I found them a bit too easy. I watched the Darbee supplement video and was still unsure as to where I might have been going wrong. Maybe I am just slowly turning into a woman of steel (hilarious).

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Love Song To Squat Hold Side Bends – The Ting Tings – Shut Up and Let Me Go

Day 2 – Foiled Again

I came home starved from work and devoured a mint chocolate Fulfil bar and half a turkey sandwich before I went out. Bad idea. I was going fine, doing my usual thing and then I got hit with the double zombie chase again. The only difference this time being that I didn’t completely give up. I still got caught by the zombies for not being quick enough.  After this I could feel the sandwich sitting in my stomach which made me feel quite ill. It was not fun. I soldiered on and thankfully the chases all occurred in the first half of my outing so I had time to recover myself. I can feel myself getting less motivated to go outside for runs as my work day is so long. I have entered the Halloween virtual race though so hopefully it’s a momentary lapse. Saying that, I did admire my own persistence in the face of nausea.

Much Needed Motivation – RuPaul – Cover Girl

Day 3 – Croft-fit

I love Tomb Raider so when I found a Croft inspired work out I was 100% ready. After all, if I wouldn’t have the ability to survive what Lara has survived and still climb like a mountain goat then what is point of life? I felt very brave on this day (clearly) so I added a 6kg dumbbell in each hand for the lunges and lost count a few times on things so I definitely did more that I had to. It got rough but like Lara, I got through it. The hardest part were the plank jump-ins, it was work in itself trying to keep my leggings on. I was glad to go to bed after seven sets.

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For Gals Who Need Gains – Grimes – Venus Fly

Day 4 – Clarke Kent-ing It

I didn’t have as much freedom with my days this week as one will be spent packing and another will begin on a plane. I also used a day to attend Odeon’s Screen Unseen for the first time (worth it). So Wednesday was my last opportunity to shove some exercise in. As I had to stay later in work this day I was going to be in no position to go home, eat dinner, go out for a run and still be able to get to bed at my usual hour. I had a light-bulb moment and searched up Darebee to see if there was some sneaky office workout I could complete as I would be alone for the evening. Luckily there were a few to choose from. I opted for the Chair Abs workout and completed 5 sets. It was a lot harder than it looked (especially on a very mobile office chair) and I did not want to obtain B.O. for the commute home. I dabbed some Soap and Glory anti-bacterial gel under my pits just in case. I know I’m gross.

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Sounds To Crunch To – The Soft Hum of Office PCs

T-Shirt of the Week

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I bought this gem in GAME on a trip to London but I’ve seen it in loads of other merch retailers. Charisma was the best perk until Fallout 4 ruined it on me.  Side-note: who needs to iron when you’re suave?