Review: Fallout 76
The highly controversial newest installment in the Fallout franchise, Fallout 76, arrived in our stores last Wednesday. The game has been out for nearly a week, which means it is time for us to give our two cents on the subject. Is it as bad as people make it out to be or is it time to fasten your Pip-Boy 3000 and explore the post-apocalyptic wasteland once again?
Fallout 76 brings us to Appalachia, the wasteland formerly known as West-Virginia. Contrarily to Fallout 3, New Vegas or even Fallout 4, 76 has a lot more to offer than barren gray or brown, lifeless areas. This is 76’s biggest appeal, its vibrant and beautiful world. Multiplayer or solo, there is no denying the feeling of awe, wonder and distinct loneliness when exploring the world. From the vibrant forest area, to the lava-filled mount Blair or toxic wastes, every part of the gigantic feels unique and well thought-out. The environmental storytelling is the best it has ever been and well, it just has to be to make up for the lack of npc’s, which there are none of.
This lack of non-player characters does make the storytelling in the game a bit too predictable. The main story and the sidequests are more often than not very well thought out, but it comes nowhere close to the quests of the previous games. Your actions just lack impact seen as though you know before you start a quest that whomever you are looking for is already dead. We also really miss the moral dilemma’s or wacky people the previous games had to offer. This makes it that the survival system, which works very well, is the only real incentive to keep you going. Players care more about the rewards at the end of the quest, than the quest itself and to be fair, that isn’t what Fallout is supposed to be about.
Now, the multiplayer aspect. Generally there is no real incentive to resort to pvp, the reason being there are more penalties to doing so than there are possible rewards. This means that the players we encountered (these encounters are rather scarce) were generally helpful and kind and added a fun effect. These player characters do however not replace places like Rivet City, Diamond City, The Strip, Nuka World, The Hub, no matter how well their camp was built.
In the end it all boils down to one question: Is the game fun to play? The answer very much depends on the type of gamer you are. If you want to experience the game with some friends, go around and explore this amazing world, slay all kinds of new enemies and are not too bothered about the general story, but more about your dps output and armor class, then please go ahead and give Fallout 76 a try. If you however are more interested in lore and going about on your own, you will be able to find quite a bit of interesting history and moments, but your story experience will be nowhere near as meaningful as it was with the older games and we suggest you might give Fallout 4 another try.
In the end, they brought us a new Fallout game and we will be enjoying it until Fallout 5 comes out.
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: Bethesda Entertainment