Should I Start Playing on Hardcore Mode?

Discussion in 'Fallout: New Vegas Gameplay & Tech' started by DwayneGAnd, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. DwayneGAnd

    DwayneGAnd Still Mildly Glowing

    Oct 12, 2016
    I am now more confident in my abilities at creating characters. Recently, I have beaten the game again making a character specializing in heavy guns, wearing power armor and using the unique minigun as his endgame weapon of choice. I have other builds planned including cowboys, grunts, guns, energy weapons, melee warriors, pyromaniacs, and demolitionists. For cowboys, grunts, energy weapons, and guns, I have varieties planned such as those specializing in Light Armor using Light Tough, stealth builds, stealth builds using the professional perk, V.A.T.S builds, and high damage builds that do not depend on criticals.

    However, I am wondering now if I am ready to tackle hardcore mode or if I should continue to play casual until I feel ready. I know of the gameplay changes that Hardcore brings.

    What about the rest of you? How many of you actually play on hardcore mode? Should I do the same? Am I ready or not? Do you reccomend hardcore mode after your previous experiences playing it?
  2. Kohno

    Kohno Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Jul 30, 2009
    I couldn't play without HC mode on. I tried once and it just didn't work. The added systems weren't really much in the big picture, they weren't punitive and in some cases uneffective altogether, but the effect was enough that without them the game was just a sad pretense that would've been left unplayed.
  3. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Alpharius oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    In my opinion, install JESawyer mod and play with Hardcore mode. Vanilla hardcore is just...meh. Better than casual, but still weak.
    This mod tweaks the game to make it more demanding. With it, Hardcore mechanics actually matter.
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  4. President_Peaches

    President_Peaches First time out of the vault

    Mar 4, 2018
    Hardcore mode, JE Sawyer mod and, preferably, very hard difficulty. I think the game paces better when the courier isn't overpowered and has to periodically rest and tend to their needs.
  5. Cobra Commander

    Cobra Commander Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Dec 6, 2016
    I play only hardcore/very hard.

    I can beat this fucking game with a .45 pistol and no armor.
  6. Risewild

    Risewild Venerable Relic of the Wastes
    Modder Orderite

    Jun 14, 2014
    Just a note, install JSawyer Mod, not JSawyer Ultimate Edition. The Ultimate Edition was not made by JSawyer, and it added a lot of junk, it also removed many things that JSawyer Mod added.
    In sum, JSawyer Ultimate Edition is only JSawyer in the name, not in the content.
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  7. Daniel The NCR Veteran

    Daniel The NCR Veteran I'm NCR and Proud.

    Apr 9, 2018
    My mafiaman can be proof. 90% of the time I kept using the 9mm pistol until I got to HH and kept using A Light In Shining Darkness once I got it. And all the time, I'd wear a suit. (well sometimes at the start I needed armor because I needed to get my Endurance perks on track). I mean I played on Normal but let me tell you that the lack of armor really makes a difference.
  8. Cobra Commander

    Cobra Commander Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Dec 6, 2016
    I have no armor, but I have a good DT at the end of the road (I also start with 9mm/Maria until change for the Graham´s pistol).

    If I remember well, I have 2 from Vera´s Outift, 4 from sub-dermal implant, 2 from the original spine, 1 from the brain perk and 2 from Ed-E.

    Also, that char always pops a whiskey and a wasteland tequila before a hard fight, and he have Cass as companion, witch give plus 15 in dt.

    2 + 4 + 2 + 1 + 2 + 15 = DT 26, with no armor (actually, Vera´s Outfit, but you get it)
  9. Daniel The NCR Veteran

    Daniel The NCR Veteran I'm NCR and Proud.

    Apr 9, 2018
    That's really cool. I killed off Cass for roleplay reasons so I didn't really benefit from her perk. Though for some weird reason my character, without armor or Vera's outfit, had like 16 DT? I really need to check my save when I can to see. Maybe I'll upload it to mega or google drive and send it to you. My boi's all about endurance.
  10. Lieutenant

    Lieutenant Through our Unity, the world will survive.

    May 2, 2018
    I play on hardcore very hard for my realistic playthroughs with the JSawyer mod and struggled the first time, but after that was a cake walk with any type of playthrough when your character is built right.