(Note from Maribou: The following essay deals with Fallout 4. Again. While I sort of suspect that any of you who will be playing the game HAVE been playing the game, I still wanted to warn that there be (trivial, non-plot-related) spoilers ahead.)
While I’ve mentioned that I miss the old Karma system in the game, I’ve found that there’s, kind of, a next best thing. Companions can approve (or disapprove) of the various things you do. Codsworth likes it when you upgrade one of your weapons (give your handgun a comfort grip? Codsworth digs that sort of thing.) Piper likes it when you break into stuff with a hairpin (she’s a reporter? I guess?) *BUT* also likes it when you are “nice” (in the pre-war sense of the term). She doesn’t like it when you eat corpses. There are a lot more companions out there who are more than happy enough to judge you for stuff you do (and some of them approve of really weird stuff).
Anyway, while you won’t get the omniscient game to approve or disapprove of any of your actions, it’s nice to know that the game still has ways to give you a thumbs up or a thumbs down for doing the right (or wrong) thing. Well, if you’re with one of the likable companions, anyway.
But after you’ve got one of them as a companion, you should dress them up!!! You already know that you can make your companions accessorize, right? It’s a little tricky insofar as you can’t just give them the outfit you want them to wear, you also have to equip it for them. (Triangle if you’re playing on the PS4.) While you are probably already down with the whole “put halfway decent armor on your human companions” protip, I’ve learned that Dogmeat can wear welding goggles (AWESOME) and Codsworth can wear one of the triggermen bowler hats (EVEN MORE AWESOME).
As such, I’ve decked them out accordingly.
So… what are you doing in Fallout 4? (Or are you playing something else?)
(Picture is “Untitled” by our very own Will Truman. Used with permission.)