This guide provides a quick rundown of the latest Fallout 4 Survival Mode features that were added with the 1.5 update. Players will face new dangers that have lasting consequences, including illness and fatigue.
Fallout 4 Survival Mode has brought a new Survival difficulty that offers an added challenge for players looking for a more edgy wasteland experience. Due to the realism brought forth by these changes, player choices have greater impact and can lead to some intense combat situations. Survival Mode slows the pace of the game, forcing players to make informed decisions before taking risks or diving into combat.
Enhanced Realism Features
No Fast Travel - Exploration is now mandatory with Survival Mode. If you want to reach a destination, you must hoof it there yourself. No more travelling with a simple click of the Pip-boy map. This feature not only forces players to really get acquainted with the wasteland, it also encourages players to be on the lookout for Workbenches or other points of interest.
Sleep Saves Only - Quicksaves and autosaves are disabled during Survival difficulty. The only way to save is by sleeping, meaning you must find a bed and sleep for at least an hour each time you want to save your progress. This can be a daunting task in itself, as beds are not exactly easy to come by. Finding beds become a primary objective during exploration, similar to seeking bonfires in Dark Souls. This can also impact your decision to dive into situations, as your choice to enter a fight will now be influenced by the last time you slept.
Everything is More Lethal - Players not only inflict more damage, but also receive more damage during Survival Mode. Combat is more lethal overall, encouraging players to prepare before a fight and decide whether certain conflicts are even worth the risk. There is a caveat, however. The new Adrenaline Perk offers a damage boost for consecutive kills, which adds up to a good 5% damage bonus every five kills or so. Note that sleeping can reduce this bonus.
Wellness Factors - For enhanced realism, players will now have to manage Hunger, Thirst, Exhaustion, and Fatigue during Survival Mode. Eat, sleep, and stay hydrated to keep your Wellness levels at bay. Allowing your health to slip will negatively impact the effectiveness of your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes, which can lead to low immunity and even physical harm. Keep in mind that consuming certain items can harm you now as well, increasing hunger, thirst, or fatigue, rather than abating these conditions. Fatigue effects the AP you have available, and is indicated in red on the AP bar.
Various Bed Types - Typically in Fallout 4, it doesn’t matter where you decide to plop down for a nap, as the quality of sleep remains the same. This is not the case in Survival Mode. During Survival, the type of bed you sleep on influences your quality of sleep. Some beds limit the time available to sleep, thus impacting your recovery time as well. Real beds are your best bet, but are often hard to come by. Take advantage of Workshop locations in order to build full beds and have multiple recovery spots throughout the wasteland.
Illness and Immunodeficiency - Poor Wellness management can lead to getting sick. Stimpaks heal at a slower rate, and won’t help to cure certain diseases. You will need Antibiotics to cure what ails you. While Antibiotics can be crafted, you can also scavenge for them during exploration, or visit a doctor to heal an illness. Clearing away Rads also has more realistic impact on your body, damaging your immunity and leaving you open to illness. Basically, RadAway now has negative side effects, so use it sparingly.
Carry Burden and Encumberance - Carry weight is reduced during Survival Mode. Small items, such as Stimpaks and ammo, now have a carry weight as well. You must carefully consider what you carry to avoid being overburdened, as this will impact your Wellness and increase Fatigue.
Companion Changes - Companions will no longer stand back up when injured in combat. If they aren’t healed in time, they will be sent home. Keep a supply of Stimpaks and Robot Repair Kits handy to lift downed companions when needed. Also, companion carry weight has been reduced.
Now that you’re ready to take on Survival Mode, head over to our Fallout 4 Walkthrough and Guide for more features.