ByMatt Walz, writer at
Avid comics and video game enthusiast and aspiring creator of wonderful things.
Matt Walz

What makes you special? According to Vault-Tec, there are seven different characteristics: strength, perception, endurance, charisma, intelligence, agility, and luck. In the lead-up to Fallout 4, Bethesda has released seven videos describing each of them.

If you've ever played the Fallout series, you're already familiar with the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system, but these 50s style cartoons describe them with the series' trademark grim, violent humor. The short guides contain gratuitous gore, a cheery, informative narrator, and suggestions for things like thievery, murder, and even cannibalism.

The films also hint at various perks and game mechanics, such as Nerd Rage!, an Intelligence perk that boosts the user's strength to 10 and damage resistance by 50% when their health drops below 20%. The agility video depicts the ability to place live explosives in the pockets of unsuspecting victims, blasting them into a bloody mess.

At this point, it's pretty generally accepted that Bethesda makes great games, but they rarely get credit for their genius in marketing. The first trailer for the game dropped this past June in conjunction with the iOS (and now Android) game Fallout Shelter, which allowed players to oversee the construction, outfitting, population, and preservation of one of the series' infamous vaults.

Though Fallout Shelter isn't overly replayable, it served its purpose: hype up the main game. By announcing the title a mere three months before release, fans have been treated to views of a more complete game. On top of that, the short waiting period prevents expectations and rumors from running wild, meaning gamers will be more open to whatever the finished product has to offer. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that Bethesda kept the game well under wraps until E3. The only real rumor was that they were indeed making the game, which, when compared to entire endings or segments of games making it to the internet before release, is pretty impressive.

Bethesda's pre-release handling of games is impeccable, from advertisement to product control. Their intelligence and charisma stats are clearly perfect 10s. Now, Moviepilot, I have one final question for you.


What makes YOU S.P.E.C.I.A.L?


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