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  • Summary: Fallout 76 is the online prequel where every surviving human is a real person. Work together – or not – to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, you’ll experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe. Reclamation Day, 2102. 25 yearsFallout 76 is the online prequel where every surviving human is a real person. Work together – or not – to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, you’ll experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe. Reclamation Day, 2102. 25 years after the bombs fall, you and your fellow Vault Dwellers – chosen from the nation’s best and brightest – emerge into post-nuclear America. Play alone or band together as you explore, quest, build and triumph against the wasteland’s greatest threats. Multiplayer finally comes to the epic open-world RPGs of Bethesda Game Studios. Create your character with the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system and forge your own path in a new and untamed wasteland with hundreds of locations. Whether you journey alone or with friends, a new and unique Fallout adventure awaits. Use the all-new Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform (C.A.M.P.) to build and craft anywhere in the world. Your C.A.M.P. will provide much-needed shelter, supplies and safety. You can even set up shop to trade goods with other survivors. But beware, not everyone will be quite so neighborly. [Bethesda]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 13 out of 32
  1. Nov 19, 2018
    80
    Fallout 76 takes a brave step forward in a risky multiplayer proposal, but due to its unclear intentions and a poor performance overall it will need time and effort to please its fans.
  2. Nov 22, 2018
    65
    Fallout 76 fails at many things, but its core gameplay still is fun and engaging. This is enough to keep you going, but it is not what you would expect from an online-based AAA, and even if all the bugs can be fixed, there are many things (combat, mission design, inventory system) that would be much harder to fix.
  3. Nov 21, 2018
    60
    Before we can even think of what might come next, Bethesda needs to make the core game more stable and fair. While I found it to be mostly enjoyable from an exploration standpoint, the frequency of server crashes, freezes, and technical issues is unacceptable. The foundation for another fun Fallout experience is in place, but you end up watching it crumble before your eyes as you play. The game just wasn’t ready for showtime.
  4. Nov 23, 2018
    50
    The main problem with Fallout 76 is that it is built by a company which has specialized at creating solid single-player titles, and the result is countless bugs and technical issues. Maybe Bethesda is laying the foundation and gaining experience for future MMO titles, or maybe they’ll improve it by releasing patches and more, but in its current state, Fallout 76 is a not a title worthy of the Fallout name.
  5. Nov 24, 2018
    45
    An interesting experiment that fails to nail either side of the experience, it uses Fallout trappings to good effect and can be fun with great environmental storytelling and West Virginia itself is gorgeous. The lack of NPCs and overall cohesion along with lacklustre PvP hinder its identity, however.
  6. Nov 22, 2018
    40
    Bethesda has betrayed Fallout's spirit to create a game full of bugs and without a soul.
  7. Nov 22, 2018
    20
    There are no redeeming features to be found in Fallout 76, and I’m not even sure if it can be saved. Technical issues just make what’s a boring and soulless experience at its core into something that’s simply more of an abomination.

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  1. Nov 14, 2018
    10
    This game isn't perfect but it is a blast to play. There are many bugs but this is a Bethesda game so sadly that is to be expected. I'veThis game isn't perfect but it is a blast to play. There are many bugs but this is a Bethesda game so sadly that is to be expected. I've played probably 15 hours including beta time and it has been one of the best game experiences I've ever had. Ignore the zero reviews, it's just entitled brats that are mad its not New Vegas 2. I will say playing with a group is way more enjoyable than playing solo. Expand
  2. Dec 7, 2018
    10
    If you're reading this, you're probably still on the fence about whether you should get this poorly reviewed game. I was there, but I got theIf you're reading this, you're probably still on the fence about whether you should get this poorly reviewed game. I was there, but I got the game and dove in and have no regrets. My original favorite game is Wasteland on the AppleII. When I first saw Fallout (1) on a shelf, I got it and played way too much on a computer barely able to run it. I have played every Fallout game at launch, and the franchise has a special place in my heart, despite studio changes.

    I can understand why most reviews are so poor-- our culture of convenience has filled most people with an undeserved sense of complacent entitlement. Look closer at this franchise entry itself : it has an amazing setting with an incredibly detailed environment. The enemy design and animations are first-rate. The sound, both environmental and incidental, are awesome. The controls are intuitive and easy to master. The game mechanics are deep and intriguing. The crafting system is character-life-saving. I love designing and maintaining my camp, with noone imploring me to go save another settlement, and then popping the head off of a super mutant with one perfectly placed shot.

    There are no human npcs currently. So what? This is an online survival grind, and it is at the top of its class. The missions and quests currently in the game are well written and a pleasure to pursue. Interaction online with other humans can be as in-depth or hermitly as you desire. Exploring the backstory of the Fallout mythos has been, and is an ongoing, blast. Bethesda Fallout games are about world design and game mechanics. Anyone playing a Bethesda game for the narrative needs to critically re-examine their expectations. The narrative exists only to drive exploration, and Fallout 76 already has the exploration niche covered.

    Most poor reviews seem to be about missed expectations. A product needs to be judged on its own merits. On its own merits, Fallout 76 has been the most fun I've had in a Fallout game since the original. I enjoy the challenge of surviving every day on my own personal merits, with no hand-holding, and relish emerging from an hours-long schlog through a pre-fall ruin with a bag full of schwag and resources.

    I have been dropped from servers a few times, and the game has frozen a few times, but that is the nature of an MMORPG, which this is. This is not like previous single-player Fallout entries, and expectations must be tailored.

    If you are still on the fence, please give the game a chance. If someday some quiet hermit passes by and drops you a bag of plans and recipes, it's probably me. If you've already abandoned the ruins, it just means more battered clipboards and desk fans for me.
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  3. Nov 20, 2018
    8
    I have been having a ton of fun with it and can't stop playing. Bought a few copies for my family to play it with me. Bethesda games areI have been having a ton of fun with it and can't stop playing. Bought a few copies for my family to play it with me. Bethesda games are always buggy, not a deal breaker for me any more now than it has ever been. Expand
  4. Nov 27, 2018
    2
    I love Bethesda and I love the Fallout IP. Unfortunately, the game should not have been released in this state. I really wanted an onlineI love Bethesda and I love the Fallout IP. Unfortunately, the game should not have been released in this state. I really wanted an online Fallout game but this completely missed the mark in what I wanted. There is a bit of promise there and you can have a little fun with friends. I just became worn down by issues with broken CAMPS, broken Quests, Broken Physics, Lost Progression, Lost Loot, etc... Outside of that I appreciate the chance Bethesda took and I also appreciate how they immediately responded to my refund request, so major props to their customer service. The game may be worth revisiting in a year or two. Expand
  5. Dec 17, 2018
    0
    Not buying anything else from Bethesda made an account here just to do this.
  6. Nov 16, 2018
    0
    This is the first Bethesda game that I will not be purchasing since Morrowind. The whole world seems so lifeless and lonely. It is astonishingThis is the first Bethesda game that I will not be purchasing since Morrowind. The whole world seems so lifeless and lonely. It is astonishing that this game is being sold for $60. It should be a 20, maybe 30 dollar at most early access game on steam. Expand
  7. Nov 14, 2018
    0
    This isnt fallout. Its like a bastardized version of some online f2p shooter. This is not what i was waiting for and i am trully hoping thatThis isnt fallout. Its like a bastardized version of some online f2p shooter. This is not what i was waiting for and i am trully hoping that bethesda will stop and think next time. Expand

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