Thanks to DE for hooking me up with a WL2 beta key. Now for my end of the bargain. Bear with me, this is my first LP; I'll try to keep it somewhat interesting. So here we go. PART 1: Preliminaries This section will cover everything up to the start of the game. So if you're not interested in character creation mechanics stuff, skip on ahead. Upon launching the game, I am greeted by a menu screen with some kind of mechascorpion robot death machine in the background, accompanied by suitably dark musical ambiance. After tweaking video options and bumping the difficulty up to "seasoned"(cause I be hard like dat), I press the New Game button. The roboscorpion activates and moves its legs around. I'm then taken to the squad recruitment screen, where I have the option of selecting premade rangers, complete with portrait and short backstory description, or creating my own custom rangers. I experimentally add one of the premades to my squad, and the "Play!" button illuminates. So apparently I can set out with a one man squad; a challenge for another time perhaps. I click the "create custom ranger" button, and am greeted by a very fallout-esque character screen. All base attributes default to 3 on a 10 point scale, with 7 points to distribute; pre-distributed points can be removed and stats taken down to level 1. There are also 12 skill points to distribute amongst a host of skills; skill point cost increases by gradual increments, with 44 points required to take a skill to level 10. You do the math. Mousing over stats or skills populates the info pane with a description, and tooltips appear showing derived statistics for the point value moused over; very informative. There is a "Toaster Repair" skill, the relevance of which is currently unclear. My first custom ranger is quite one-dimensional; strong, fast, not too smart, churlish, skilled with bladed weapons. After customizing a host of aesthetic options, JoJo looks like he's ready to carve up some hapless wastelanders. And, like, do stuff to them. Next up is our fearless leader, Dark Elf. Intelligent, charismatic, skilled in leadership and computer science, less skilled at barter and SMGs. Third ranger is JJ; Skilled heavy gunner and mechanic, less skilled at weapon smithing and toaster repair. Still no idea what that does. And rounding out the squad, we have our token female: Yuki. Skilled sniper, adequate medic, dabbling alarm disarmer. My squad recruited, I am ready to venture into the wasteland and meet a quick and grisly death. After a lengthy cutscene featuring old atomic era footage and some new live action stuff, I have learned that a U.S. Army engineer battalion survived the apocalypse, forced a bunch of convicts out of a prison and took it over. Over time, the convicts became bloodthirsty raiders and the engineers became do-gooder Rangers. The people of the Arizona waste rely on the Rangers for protection. The game starts with my squad getting talked at by General Vargas, presumably the leader of the Rangers. Don't touch that dial, there's more to follow after these messages from our sponsors!