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It’s been a while since I last booted up Fallout 4. I wasn’t able to buy the season pass before the price was hiked up by $20, and so I haven’t played any of the DLC that came out since then. Fortunately, patch 1.5, which added the long awaited survival mode overhaul, was free for all players. After hearing a little bit about how fun, but incredibly difficult, the new mode is, I decided to try it for myself. I was not prepared for the ordeal that would come next.

I loaded a recent save from a fairly new character, and found myself with a warning that survival mode was changed, and my difficulty was set to very hard. My first mistake was setting the difficulty back to survival before getting a sense of what I was carrying, and/or where I was. After turning survival mode on and instinctively trying to fast travel to Diamond City to load up on supplies before I starved to death, I noticed that I was still almost at the northern border of the map, near no marked areas that would be able to provide me with any sustenance. In addition, I quickly noticed that I, in fact, could not fast travel, and would have to hike to Fallout 4’s central hub. As I exited the map to do just that, I noticed that I was also overencumbered. Survival mode reduces your carrying capacity, as well as adding weight to several items that did not previously have weight.

My total weight carried was something like 3,000 pounds out of my carriable 90. 2950 of those pounds were ammunition, one of the things that has weight added to it in the new version of survival mode. After dropping an army’s worth of bullets in the dirt, I was finally able to start my journey to Diamond City.

It was only about 20 minutes of walking before I got a notification telling me that my character was fatigued from lack of sleep.

Shortly after, heavily irradiated rain began to fall from the sky.

Sprinting the rest of the way into the city, I was half-dead from radiation and starving to death before I saw the entrance to Diamond City. Then a ghoul jumped out of a window and killed me instantly, sending me all the way back to the beginning of my hike, with 3,000 pounds-worth of ammunition in my pockets.

It was probably one of the most intense and exciting sessions of gaming I’ve had in a while.

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