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Fallout 76 Review: Atomic Waste (Page 5)

Derek Strickland | Dec 11, 2018 at 10:00 pm CST - 2 mins, 17 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 56%

Final Thoughts & Wrap-Up

I honestly have a hard time figuring out who this game is for.

It's obviously not for the fans who loved previous singleplayer Fallout games, but it carries the Fallout name and inherits specific expectations. Those expectations simply are not met. I honestly think Fallout 76 might be somewhat okay if I hadn't played Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, or Fallout 4, but even then Bethesda needs to patch it up tremendously.

Whether or not you'll enjoy Fallout 76 depends on why you actually play Fallout games to begin with. If you're like me and enjoy being immersed in a world with interesting characters, a branching story arc, and having freedoms to interact and affect the game world, then Fallout 76 really isn't for you.

If you want an online game where you can jump in with friends, quest, chat, gather loot and manage your inventory for the 10,000th time, then you might consider picking this one up. But even then be forewarned: it's a janky experience.

Fallout 76 does have some redeeming qualities and isn't all bad. There genuinely are interesting things thrown in here, like the camaraderie of playing with three other gamers, or exploring a brand new post-apocalyptic landscape. Sadly all of these positives are significantly marred by the things that are missing from a core Fallout experience, as well as serious performance issues. The game doesn't look very good on PC and has FPS drops and laggy patches throughout, which interrupt an already-interrupted immersion sequence.

Fallout 76's biggest sin is that it's boring. And sometimes boring is worse than bad.

What's Hot

+ Unique perk system

+ Can be enjoyable with friends or team members

+ FPS elements and weapons can be fun

What's Not

- No NPCs

- No mods or console commands

- World feels stale and lifeless

- Technical hiccups (lag, crashes, glitches)

- Visuals are washed out

- The grind feels boring and erases most of the color found in the franchise

- Quests are doled out through holotapes and computers

- VATS is just awkward

- Genuinely should've been delayed for months

- Online-only elements strip away core pieces of the franchise

- Dizzyingly confusing decisions show Bethesda doesn't understand service games

Last updated: Sep 24, 2019 at 12:27 am CDT

Overall Rating56%

The Bottom Line: Fallout 76 shouldn't exist, at least in its current state. It's boring, frustrating, and missing core features of a Fallout experience.

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Derek Strickland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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