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Can you finish Fallout 4 without killing anyone? This guy did

When I say without killing ‘anyone’, I actually mean, without killing ‘anything’ at all. That sounds like a nearly impossible thing to do, right? Given how difficult Fallout 4 is, added with the fact that even the game developers said the game is to be played with some degree of violence, it’s a safe assumption to say that Fallout 4 can’t be beaten without killing anyone or anything.

You’d be wrong to assume that. At least, the internet now has video proof of a person trying desperately to finish the game without killing any single living thing. Better yet, his unbelievable patience pays off in the end despite the game itself being confused by his tenacity to not kill.

..because he doesn’t want his character to get into a fight, he pick-pockets friendly NPCs to give them a weapon powerful enough to kill the enemy.

Sure, Fallout 4 isn’t meant to be played without any violence. And, technically speaking, this player called Kyle Hinckley did not avoid violence while his playthrough. What he did is achieve his goal (that is to finish the game) without involving his character in any murder.

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The (historic?) characters (notice the plural!) that finished the game without killing anyone or anything.

It proved to be more difficult because, in Fallout 4, all kills made by your companion counts towards your character’s kill count. That means if dogmeat — or any other companion for that matter  — killed anyone in a combat, Kyle’s mission of zero-kill playthrough would fail.


His mission did fail repeatedly. But he was patient enough to not give up and give the game yet another go. His ways of avoiding violence by his character are funny to say the least. Imagine this, because he doesn’t want his character to get into a fight, he pick-pockets friendly NPCs to give them a weapon powerful enough to kill the enemy.

It’s not an easy thing to do. In fact, the game wasn’t ready to handle a playthrough like that. Towards the end of the game, it started behaving weirdly, spawning enemies where it shouldn’t, and doing all sorts of crazy things.

All I can say about it is that it’s a fascinating thing to watch, especially so if you played the game yourself and faced as many deaths as I did. I can’t even begin to imagine surviving in the Fallout 4 world in normal difficulty, let alone ‘Survival’ difficulty, which is the hardest difficulty mode available in Fallout 4. Yes, as incredible as it sounds, Kyle did play the game in Survival mode without killing any living thing.

If you’ve got a few hours to kill, here’s the full playlist of all of his playthroughs into the brutal world of Fallout 4 without being so brutal himself.

What do you think about this epic playthrough? Does it give you high hopes to try it out for yourself?


    1. Ha, I haven’t heard of them, but I did watch a few speed runs (Bloodborne comes to mind immediately). But I honestly didn’t expect that Fallout 4 could be finished this way.

  1. This reminds me of the time I successfully cleared Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 without accumulating a single point in my kill total. It’s not quite as impressive as getting through Fallout without resorting to violence though; you’re given a good tranquilizer pistol in the Metal Gear series.

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