Wasteland 2

Introduction

Wasteland 2 is a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game developed by inXile Entertainment and published by Deep Silver. It is the sequel to 1988’s Wasteland, and was successfully crowdfunded through Kickstarter. After the postponement of the original release date from October 2013, it was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux in September 2014. Wikipedia

Requirements

  • Minimum:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64 bit) / macOS 10.5
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c (Windows only)
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
  • Recommended:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64 bit) / macOS 10.5
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 10 (Windows only)
    • Storage: 20 GB available space

Gameplay

You start with a small team of Desert Rangers and you explore the wasteland helping people and communities. The game is huge and the world to explore is pretty big with lots of quests and possibilities to level up your rangers.

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When you want to get into trouble, find cover

Each settlement is unique and you’re going to have a lot of fun exploring them all. I love Damonta and Canyon of the Titan. Darwin’s Village is so cool!! Expect a lot of times to just look around admiring the scenery and walking straight into traps.

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The details are incredible

Tips

  • Start a balanced team, don’t put all the skills points in one skill or split them among too many skills. Two skills + weapon skill is great for start.
  • My approach is: one sniper, one assault weapon, one SMG and one shotgun. The sniper is the highest damage class when you start the game and when you end it, you can’t miss one. The character with the assault weapon is the second damage dealer at the beginning of the game and the third at the end (after a good energy weapon). The character with a SMG is good for mopping up enemies that get close while dealing a quite a bit of damage at the start (versus really armored ennemies at the end is another story, damage sucks) and the shotgun is a balanced weapon for close/medium range while hitting multiple ennemies.
  • Talk to Angela Deth at the start of the game to recruit her in your team. She is so skilled that she could solo-kill all the other characters, wait for them to regain full health and kill them again. You will lose her when you enter Canyon of Titan so plan for that (take her weapon and inventory items before, make sure your team can do well without her).
  • Don’t start the game with a character with energy weapons skills. They are useless at the start of the game and you get Rose anyway (if you want her, ofc) in Ag Center. Energy weapons are deadly in California (second part of the game).
  • You need to know your skills and split them between all your chars. Consider taking Leadership on the character that sits in the middle of the team for the bonus (assault weapon wielder is great for that, or sniper). Don’t overlap the skills on multiple characters.

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Settlements looking abandoned
  • Attributes are important, characters with heavy weapons, sniper rifle and machine guns should have at least 6 Constitution, sniper should have at least 7 Awareness, all characters should have about 6 Strength, some of the characters should have 8 Intelligence, the others 4. Plan a bit.
  • When exploring the wastelands, you will need water, you can treat it like fuel for a car. When you run out of water, the team will start suffering from dehydration and receive damage and if you don’t replenish water right away, everyone will die of thirst.
  • A high levels of the Outdoorman skill will allow your party to skip random encounters or get better positioning when fighting them.

Maps

Conclusion

Wasteland 2 is an amazing game, a well built sequel for the original Wasteland and the Fallout universe; honestly, I can’t find a single flaw in this game, Brian Fargo is really the master of role-playing games.

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