An Hour into Fallout 76

Need to shop that into a thumbs down

As a Single player Substitute

F76 just doesn’t do it for SP because of the way it’s “prepared” for multiplayer. You chase sort of the ghosts of your past, there are no humans other than probably that dude running around naked, killing you and tea-bagging your corpse and that guy who tried to get you in a party. But you don’t want that. You want single experience.

As a Battle Royale Substitute

It just is not this. Don’t even.

As a Persistent MMORPG Substitute

In an MMORPG, you want community. You want progress. You want end game. This is how these games works. This is why you play those games. F76 has a huge map with very few people and from what I understand, it’s sort of random people every time. There is no community. There are harder regions and stuff but no end game in the MMORPG sense.

As a Survival Substitute

I think this is the closest style to what the game is. You enter a server, you find stuff, you build stuff… But then again, it’s also not too open. It doesn’t have the same competitive spirit. It kind of has, but not really. You have nukes, you can attack others… but also blocking and passive mode exists(I believe.) and considering there are few people compared to the map size, you can isolate yourself pretty much.

On Its Own Style

As you can see, the game is not really well-defined. So what if we don’t substitute it for anything ? Unfortunately, it’s not undefined in a “make what you want of it” way. You are restricted about things you can do, places you can go, progress you can have and it’s not very consistent in itself in terms of gameplay and also, the story: If this area wasn’t hit so hard, how come there is no one left? If it’s hit hard enough that everyone’s dead or ghoulified, how come we are able to walk around after quite a short time? Plus, why are all ghouls monsters? I guess there are answers in the game to some questions for some individuals but I’m not convinced.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, I thought this would be a game where you can just enjoy on your own or with a couple friends. The latter can still be good for shits and giggles but unless you want to play F76 for the sake of playing it, there are better alternatives to all the genres and styles of play. I feel like the developers themselves don’t know what kind of game they have developed. My plan is to skip the game now, waiting for some changes, a sale and the custom servers to pick up the pace; then check how the player base feels. I suggest you the same.

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Ekrem Atamer

Ekrem Atamer

Gamer, gaming industry wanderer, development and design enthusiast. Current WIP: TBD