The crafting system overlaps with building, in a way that, acquiring the necessary materials is done in the same way. Not only will the new crafting system allow you to build settlements and defenses, but also modify weapons and armor.
Now all those items lying around in the world are not just mere scraps. They can also be a treasure trove containing essential raw materials. Your weapons can be modified according to what you want. All you have to do is change individual components, thus also changing how they will perform.
To modify weapons, a Weapons Workbench will be needed. Available for your perusing are 50 base weapons and over 700 modifications consisting of stocks, scopes, sights, and other attachments. The system is so complex that it will allow you to turn a simple baseball bat into a bladed one if you like.
If you have been paying attention to Fallout 4 trailers, there is also a garage where modifications of a Power Armor takes place. This is usually done by most so they can maximize their protection from RAD, attacks from enemies and so much more.
Also, keep in mind that the things you put together have a credible effect to them. For instance, turrets will require electricity in real life to function. Just as in Fallout 4, you need to attach them with a wire to a power generator and switch to be usable.
What to Craft
All the stuff that a player can find anywhere in the wasteland, they can be broken up and their raw materials harnessed to make components of settlements, including the furnitures and the amenities that will make them functional.
Crafting is not only mimited to crafting. Weapons can also be modified to your hearts desire. What with 50 base weapons and around 700 modifications, nothing is left to imagination only anymore.
Remember the boring Brotherhood of Steel look-alike power armor? Well, you can do a full overhaul and design one according to what you want. Jetpacked Power Armor? Get the materials and start crafting.
How to Modify Weapons
A completely new weapon can now be made out of any of the base weapons. Attach a scope, add in sights, or attach another scope on top of a stock – you do what you feel like doing. You can even turn a pistol into an Uzi. All you need to have are the right materials.
Where to Gather Materials
Before you can proceed with the actual crafting, you need to take care of the getting of the materials first. Workbenches are necessary instrument when it comes to crafting in Fallout 4. As soon as you find a material which you think will be of use, you can take it back to the workbench to be used.
Does that mean that you will have to pick up all the junk you will possibly need? No, not really. To make it more convenient, players can simply mark out the items that they want to create, so the next time a junk that can be of use comes around, you will be notified by the game.
How to Craft Power Armor
The Power Armor is fully modifiable too. You can attach wheels or a jet pack on it making it more mobile, and you can customize every part of it – helmet, limbs, torsos, and so much more.
With 400 hours worth of gameplay, you think you have already seen it all. But not really, crafting makes the wasteland an even more vast and far exciting place to be. With new stuff and creation, there will always be something new for the eyes to see.
Why Not Crafting
For those who don’t want to do crafting, you’d be glad to know that they’re optional. According to Pete Hines, “It’s a completely optional, freeform thing that you can do, if that’s what you want to do. If you don’t care about that and you just want to play quests and play side quests, and finish the main quest and that sort of thing then you can just ignore all of this [crafting]. Or do as much or as little as you want.”
Remember though, that you can unlock a few benefits when you do build settlements. But crafting doesn’t really help when it comes to advancing in the game, as there are also loots and merchants that can help.