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Game Summary

Fallout is a series that has largely dependent on interacting with computerized NPCs in order to progress within the game. Some players feel this has taken away the community and teamwork elements to modern online video games. Fallout 76 has responded in kind. All of the NPCs have been eliminated and progression is entirely dependent on how players interact with the world and what clues they're able to get from the landscape and each other in order to move forward in the game. It's a very ambitious idea, but it's fortunately risen to the occasion and is an excellent gaming experience overall.

Players operating as individual entities will receive quests and instructions throughout the game and the results should then be relayed to other players within their vicinity in order to help everyone move towards the end goal of survival. Fortunately, the majority of the community are highly cooperative when it comes to this aspect of the game and very willingly share information with one another without any sort of resistance or hesitation. However, there will always be a small segment of the community who choose to play the game for themselves and not make use of microphones or chat software in order to communicate with others around them. This is also perfectly acceptable because the silent player makes up a very small minority of the overall community. As a whole, players can expect a high level of camaraderie and sportsmanship throughout the experience.

The game plays quite similarly to a treasure hunt where players must track down the source of the plague by only following tidbits of information gleaned from other players in the game. The quests in getting these bits of information are enjoyable, creative, and can be downright comical at times. There will also be periods when players are required to undergo large-scale battles and this will often be after they've progressed in the game for some time and have been able to receive and communicate information with their fellow players. Implementing this sort of procedure was likely to ensure an even balance of the players and to ensure they're all receptive to one another before an onslaught of enemies appears on their screens.

There is a limited element of crafting involved in Fallout 76. The majority of the player's arsenal can be found within the game, but can be modified using the various trinkets and scrap metal that can be found scattered across the landscapes. While this does remove some of the fun that the Fallout series is otherwise known for, it does expedite the experience and pushes things towards action-oriented experiences rather than sandboxing. Those who enjoy this sort of approach will undoubtedly find Fallout 76 to be a breath of fresh air.

There's quite a lot of fun to had in this community oriented game. Those who are confident enough to approach the mic and communicate with their fellow community will undoubtedly get the most out of the experience that Fallout 76 has to offer. Without it, players might find the game slightly one-dimensional and lacklustre. The true joy is enjoying the presence of your fellow community and this game provides the experience perfectly.

Game Information

Release Date
14th November 2018
Publisher
Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks
Total Rating
50%
Content Rated
M (Mature)
Game Modes
Multiplayer
Player Perspectives
First person, Third person
Genres
Shooter, Role-playing (RPG)
Themes
Action, Science fiction, Survival, Open world
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One