Role-playing Video Games

Wasteland 2: Post-apocalyptic fun

These days my time has been spent playing Wasteland 2 (official site) by InXile Entertainment. This is a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and the first official sequel to the 1988 video game, Wasteland (the inspiration behind the Fallout series).

To put it simply, Wasteland 2 features a semi-overhead view with a rotatable camera. It uses a turn-based and party-based system with tactical combat. The party itself has room for seven characters, including the four player-designed characters and up to three non-player characters (NPCs) that can tag along as followers. These followers will each have their own personality, motivations, opinions, and agendas, and are capable of taking actions on their own during combat if the initial four player characters don’t have enough Leadership skill.

Wasteland 2

Now, not only is Wasteland 2 pretty addictive, but it’s no pushover, either! I’ve been playing with the four Rangers that I start with and have decided to not take on any followers, even though experience per character is not harmed by allowing them. Also, the higher difficulties make combat much more challenging, so I can’t afford to spend too many points in other skills. Since I’ve been playing so much Wasteland 2, though, I thought I’d take this as an opportunity to present some information here about how the game works, more specifically in regards to character statistics, derived statistics, and skills – some of my favourite things.