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Why Hardcore mode is disabled and grayed out in gameplay menu settings? I am an "expert" of Fallout 3 and I would like to start my first playthrough in New Vegas with Hardcore mode ON. Is there any workaround?

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I believe that Hardcore mode is only available after you first start the game and finish a few quests in the starting town. I too looked for this option and had it greyed out, but when i tried to leave the starting area it asked me if i wanted to play HC or not, explaining what the difference is.

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The offer to switch to Hardcore mode is made as you leave Dr. Mitchell house: fallout.wikia.com/wiki/… –  Wilerson Jan 4 '11 at 12:27
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This answer is correct, you MUST leave the DR house first before you can enable it, and then it'll even give you the option to enable it. –  Viper_Sb Jan 4 '11 at 14:56
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