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Ways to make vanilla Fallout New Vegas less of a cakewalk?

#1Brutal_FelixPosted 3/8/2014 5:59:07 PM
Hardcore mode is just tedium and makes me rush. So far I'm up to:

No stealing
No VATS
No companions
No Sneak

Any other suggestions?
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#2thatauthorPosted 3/8/2014 6:05:30 PM(edited)
what difficulty do you have it on?

edit: you could intentionally cripple your body parts.
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#3Omnipotent_CowPosted 3/8/2014 6:02:56 PM
No legs
#4SaltyBotzPosted 3/8/2014 6:07:07 PM
How about try venturing into areas with deathclaws early on? You'd need all the VATS and stolen items, and implants you can get. Instead of avoiding using the mechanics the game gave you, why not instead venture into the more challenging areas earlier?
#5CatToyPosted 3/8/2014 6:07:43 PM
Mods.

Hardcore does more than just make you require food, water, and sleep too. You're basically playing easy stimpack chugging mode without it.
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#6Brutal_Felix(Topic Creator)Posted 3/8/2014 6:11:03 PM
CatToy posted...
Mods.

Hardcore does more than just make you require food, water, and sleep too. You're basically playing easy stimpack chugging mode without it.


I said Vanilla. I don't have internet I just moved.
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#7Brutal_Felix(Topic Creator)Posted 3/8/2014 6:15:00 PM
thatauthor posted...
what difficulty do you have it on?

edit: you could intentionally cripple your body parts.


Normal. The difficulty does NOTHING for the AI. Just adds artificial difficulty. That's why I'm taking away my unfair advantages (Vats, Sneak, Companions etc) if I wanted them to do more damage and me do less I'd use starting equipment all game lol. I'm thinking of Dropping Fast Travel as well. Make me fight my way to a place to rest or sell
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#8SlashmanSGPosted 3/8/2014 6:15:42 PM
Well then stop playing the game in dumb ways and wait until you have internet back so you can get Project Nevada.
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#9CatToyPosted 3/8/2014 6:17:46 PM
You sure have convoluted methods of increasing difficulty. You want the game harder, but you don't want them to hurt you more.
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#10SaltyBotzPosted 3/8/2014 6:20:08 PM
The earliest level I took down a deathclaw was level 10, and I had uber implants and gear, and I still had to use items to survive one attack before I smashed its brains out with a VATS melee attack. 2 death claws was a no-go, and there are frequently areas where as many as 3 can aggro at once. Death claws can own you like a school girl in prison. I don't even think TC even played New Vegas very far.

Melee builds are also harder, because it requires you get up close and personal, instead of being weak and sniping from a distance with an OP energy rifle.