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Check out V.A.T.S in Fallout 4’s Perception Tutorial

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Fallout 4 V.A.T.S tied to Perception

Bethesda is continuing their frankly incredible series of videos explaining all the parts that make you S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Last week we got a look at Strength – the attribute that governs how much you can carry, how hard you can hit and how beefy your vault dweller will look when walking around the wasteland in his favourite deep v-neck. This week is a little less about brawn and a little more about brains – especially if you’re in the market for splattering them across the walls behind your enemies.

P is for Perception, and in Fallout 4 it’s a rather notable attribute. Perception lets you take in more information from the world around you, as well as analyse certain situations so that you can suck out the most benefit from them. That means you’ll have more options in conversations should you be caught stealing, or find more adventurous ways to pick pocket the living daylights out of anyone you come across with relative ease (you can even leave a live grenade in their pants too).

More importantly though, Perception determines how effective you are with V.A.T.S (or Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System). Just like Fallout 3 and New Vegas before it, Fallout 4 will let you pause time and take aim at specific parts of an enemy’s body, allowing you to stack attacks and execute them with brutal efficiency. Efficiency which is almost entirely determined by your Perception, which could mean the difference between a full on decapitating headshot and a slight flesh wound.

So that leaves us with another five informative videos to go, with Bethesda tackling Endurance next week. That’s going to govern things like your Health and Ability points, but we’ll just wait for Bethesda to churn out another delightfully quirky cartoon. It’s a far better way of learning these things before launch in November.

Last Updated: September 17, 2015


  1. Really like these S.P.E.C.I.A.L videos. They can help a person to a great extend that never played Fallout before and want to pick up Fallout 4.


  2. RinceThis

    September 17, 2015 at 14:32



    • Captain JJ Fantasticus

      September 17, 2015 at 14:55



      • RinceThis

        September 17, 2015 at 14:59

        YETH! MAYBE!


        • Captain JJ Fantasticus

          September 17, 2015 at 15:01

          Nein nein nein nein nein!
          I will not get hyped up for this!


          • Brady miaau

            September 17, 2015 at 15:24

            I think that ship has sailed and landed somewhere near Washington DC.

          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            September 17, 2015 at 15:31

            Nah. I’m very good with not getting hyped up for games. I don’t easily watch pre-release marketing videos and such. And Fallout 4 I kind of just blindly pre-ordered. Not the best idea, but it’s Fallout.
            As long as it’s not as crappy as the CE Pip-Boy I’m happy 🙂

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 17, 2015 at 15:09

          Get in the vault!


          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            September 17, 2015 at 15:13

            They don’t want him!

          • RinceThis

            September 17, 2015 at 15:14

            I told you once! Trying too hard! Now, get in the Pink Fluffy Unicorn! 0_O

  3. Grand Admiral Chief

    September 17, 2015 at 14:34

    Hehehe, nice one!


  4. Grand Admiral Chief

    September 17, 2015 at 14:37

    • HairyEwok

      September 17, 2015 at 15:34

      Nice to see what can be done and what weapons are available so far. I Especially like decapitating heads with fluffy teddy bears.


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