when I first played fallout 3 it sucked, mainly because I could not defend myself
I could not understand why game maker give you a stick to defend yourself when you first start most games. so I stopped playing it out of frustration.
then a friend told me about nexus mods, well after loading a few weapons and nudie mods it was a new game.
I could now kick ass and have eye candy, wow what a difference a few mods can make. I only play offline so having a companion meant lots more fun and max out the difficult level. there are lots of companion mods so load 2 or 3, if they suck or are boring just send them home.
some people call it cheating to have weapon modes but if you don't play online its not their call