If you guys think you have your character for your first play through figured out by knowing just the SPECIAL or general idea of the Perks your wanting to grab you have already made your first mistake in Fallout 4. Do not think that no level cap means that you will just max everything out eventually, while this is true, you could do that, it will take a considerable amount of time to do that legitimately.
You need to sit down at your computer, and get what I consider a idea of your first character. This is copied and pasted from my wordpad on my desktop to give you guys a idea.
BoS Soldier / Mercenary
S — 7
P — 4 = 5 for Demolition Expert
E — 3
C — 3
I — 5
A — 4
L — 2
Gun Nut 4
Heavy Gunner 5
Steady Aim 2
Life Giver 3
Demolition Expert 3
Lone Wanderer 3
OPTION 1: Level up Charisima 3 times for Local Leader, invest 2 into Local Leader = 5
Level up Agility 1 time for Action Boy, invest 1 point into Action Boy = 2
CHARACTER LEVEL 2 = Level up Perception 1 time for Demolition Expert = 1
Total = 50
Don't try to make too much sense of my notes, the spaces between the Perks with the totals below are their just because it made it easier for me to add everything up. Their is no priority level up order, the only thing I know for sure I am doing is putting 1 into Perception at level 2, I play it from hear after that.
You need to come up with a level 50 initial plan like I have done. In my opinion if you haven't done this you haven't even come up with a idea of your first character. You gotta have a plan.
EDIT: Ignore the replies below, mine included, its been confirmed by a lot of people on the Bethesda forum that it works the way I thought it did. Number of Perk Ranks are not necessarily confirmed, like how many ranks Gun Nut has, I trust my source though. I will just quote one persons reply from the thread I made on the Bethesda forum.
«Well it's answered now, but I typed this, so:
You have to buy the first and subsequent ranks.
You could put all your levelling up points into SPECIAL so by level 43 you had a SPECIAL of 10,10,10,10,10,10,10, excepting bobbleheads.
But if you did that you would have no perks.
A perk has a SPECIAL requirement.
'Science!' requires that you have Intelligence 6.
But you still have to spend a level up to get that perk.»
So yes, everyone start planning your character now.