Should I go for a Melee build................

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5 years ago#1
I just finished (rushed) through the game the first time, going all NCR, now I am going to go again, maybe help yes man, held the powder gangers................mix it up a bit.

Are melee builds/unarmed builds viable? My first play through I went with guns, and honestly screwed the character up and was weak. Boone did everything for me.

I cannot decide whether to go for explosives/energy weapons or unarmed/melee. Note that while I would take sneak, it really isn't my favorite play style. I am also going to get lockpick, electronics, and speech to at least 50, speech probably to 100.

So is an unarmed build viable? Is power armor a requirement for such a build to work well?
5 years ago#2
I can't speak for unarmed, but I'm currently running around with melee and it's working surprisingly well. I think I actually get hit less running in than standing back and shooting. It seems a lot of human enemies will take the time to equip a melee weapon when you get in their face and it's basically free hits for you.

Also, had a fun fight with 5 radscorpions while using a knife and I didn't get hit once, just running in and out and strafing them lol.
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5 years ago#3
I think my 2nd build will be Melee/Unarmed. Its very viable in all Fallout games. This one has a ton of perks/companion skills for unarmed/melee players.

Lots of STR and END, get the sneak skill up as well. Critical strike with a Super Sledge to the head!
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5 years ago#4
Energy is arguably the weakest of the bunch (if you do go energy, don't get Wild Wilderness, so you can get the named Gauss early).

Melee is viable. Unarmed is more fun. You probably need both anyway, for the pre-reqs to the good perks. Explosives is the one thing I haven't done yet...I'd like to try it, but definitely not on Hardcore....ammo would be a pain and I'd blow my companions all up.

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5 years ago#5
i don't think power armor is necessary, but you'd be better served with more DT if you up in everyones face all the time
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5 years ago#6
Melee has been always better than guns in Fallout games. Unarmed build in F3 was just overkill.
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5 years ago#7
Alright, think I am going to try melee, see how it goes. And confirmed bachelor :D

I have the tribal pack so the machete will be useful at first.

So 8 STR and END?

I want to go a bit higher on luck then average 7? and 7 on INT as well? good idea?
5 years ago#8
At level 4 I've been one punching everyone with my glove with knives on it. Forgot what it was called. And I can kill those armor scorpions in 2-3 hits with a lead pipe.

So yes, you should go melee.
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5 years ago#9
8 str is what i did for my melee character, it's workin well for me
5 years ago#10
Here's a link to a very powerful knife you can get early in the game.

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/959557-fallout-new-vegas/56832376
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