Review: ‘Fallout 76’ Can Be Fun but Mostly Underwhelming
A lot of big developers want to create multiplayer games because if successful, the profit never ends. We suspect this is the reason Bethesda decided it needed to develop Fallout 76 because everything points to that direction.
Now, we should point that that Fallout 76 is set in the year 2102, which is 25 years after the atomic bombs fell and sent the world into turmoil. Players will find out that they’ve awoken from their slumber too early, which means, the world is filled with creatures and machines, but no regular humans.
What you’ll learn is that Fallout 76 is the same as Fallout 4 in more ways than one. After all, Bethesda used most of the Fallout 4 assets to bring this game to life. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when the game doesn’t look as its predecessor and lacks overall polish, one has to wonder what’s the point of it all.
After stepping out into the world for the first time, it will take a while to come across decent weapons. With this in mind, then, players must prepare to grind in order to obtain the best gear.
The problem is, grinding becomes a chose after a while because there aren’t many interesting quests. Couple that with the fact that there are no human NPCs in the game, and you’ll begin to see why Fallout 76 isn’t as good as the previous titles in the franchise.
Note that we do understand why the world is lacking human NPCs to communicate with. The problem is, it doesn’t work. You see, it becomes a bore talking to robots all the time and listening to recordings. This is all you ever do, along with shooting creatures and dying repeatedly.
Fun with friends
Bethesda once said fans can play Fallout 76 in either single player or multiplayer. We’re here to say yes, that’s possible, but you’ll only enjoy the game in multiplayer, therefore, playing single player should never be on the cards, ever.
Get yourself a bunch of friends and despite the many bugs and awful shooting mechanics, you will likely have some fun playing this game after all.
The other aspect of multiplayer is Player vs Player (PvP), and we wouldn’t recommend anyone taking part. You see, the only way to get involved is to attack a random player in the world and hope for them to shoot back in order to get things going.
But we doubt many players will want to take part in PvP because the shooting mechanics are slow and clunky at best. One has to remember that Fallout wasn’t designed with fast-paced shooting and multiplayer in mind, Bethesda made no adjustments.
It simply means that trying to shoot a player who doesn’t move in a scripted way is more difficult than usual. Not to mention, your character is slow, so there are problems all around and we just hate it.
As it stands right now, Fallout 76 is a game based too much on Fallout 4 and rarely does its own thing. The bugs are a huge problem, and the shooting mechanics just doesn’t fit the type of game Bethesda wants it to be.
Now, the company says it’ll continue supporting the game for a long time, and we do hope this is the case. However, we do have to wonder what changes can be made to transform Fallout 76 into an enjoyable game.