The Fallout 4 SPECIAL series of videos has been pretty good fun, a clever and amusing breakdown of the seven traits that define your character’s basic attributes: Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and today, last but certain not least, the mysterious, elusive, and occasionally vital Luck.
Luck is different from other attributes in that it doesn’t directly affect any specific skills. Instead, it’s a sort of modifier that increases your odds of success in any given task, and also occasionally opens the door to unique encounters or outcomes. Some players ignore it in favor of more practical attributes; others, myself included, prefer to max it out—just in case.
There’s an interesting bit near the end of the video, brought to my attention by Twitter pal and PC Gamer contributor Ian Birnbaum, where the narrator notes that when you die, “your misfortune can become someone else’s fortune.” The line is accompanied by a clip of an entirely different character making off with your now-lost loot. Game Director Todd Howard told Mashable back in June that Bethesda had considered a multiplayer option in Fallout 4 but decided to cut it; but is it possible that Bethesda is holding back a surprise?
“No. Zero. Zilch. Single-player game only,” Bethesda’s Pete Hines told me when I asked if this hinted at multiplayer support. “Multiplayer is not what this is referencing.”
Oh well. Fallout 4 comes out on November 10.