OK, so I’m a geezer gammer. I’ve played Fallout 3 (w/o DLC), Fallout New Vegas (w/ DLC) and I’m now playing Fallout 4.
In FO4 I haven’t played through to a faction completion, but I played to about level 73 as a glass cannon/sniper/infiltrator. (I did a lot of radiant quests for the minutemen and railroad and had done quite a few for BOS but was at the point where I could enter the institute when I chose.)
I decided to dump that game file and start a new one in Survival Mode. Holy ■■■■, this is hard. I mean I did some reading on it before hand so I know what to expect, but still.
My plan was to run a “zone” offense with a settlement acting as a base of operations. Explore a zone and be able to centralize loot into the workbench and through Provisioner’s at least be able to build/mod/upgrade whatever I wanted where-ever I was through the Local Leader perk.
Right now I’m level 3 and have stripped Sanctuary Hills of materials/supplies and have done some roaming to the North/Northwest. IIRC there was a small time farmer in this area (I haven’t found him yet) that did some trading (if not I’ll try the trading daughter at Abernathy Farms) to see if I can get some crystal, then I can make a recruitment beacon and start to get some settlers.
But crap on my first real roaming trip I was back up by Vault 111 and tripped the mole rates, and I prevailed but got infected and had to use my only antibiotic so then ran down to meet Dogmeat and get some materials to make a second dose. If I hadn’t known where to get some glowing fungus I could have been up the creek.
This ■■■■ is hard.