5 Reasons to Buy Fallout 76 and 2 Reasons to Skip It.
(AfroGamers.com) Those who are playing Fallout 76 are the survivors of Vault 76. After the Great War, the wasteland needs people who can rebuild the area. Set in West Virginia, Fallout 76 puts you in a world that is large enough and gives you plenty of options to do things you like. It is, in fact, one of the largest open worlds we have seen in video games and arguably the largest Bethesda has ever designed. You can find something in almost every corner and even if you have tried your luck in more than a hundred locations, there’s still a lot you will come across.
Just like many other video games, Fallout 76 offers interesting stuff, but there are many up and downs in this game. Some reviewers have already called it a failure, while others are praising what Bethesda has achieved with this game. Let’s have a look at the things that make Fallout 76 worth buying and the things that disappoint.
5 Reasons to buy Fallout 76
Not everybody has the luxury to buy many games. If you’re in the same boat, the first thing you need to know about Fallout 76 is there are a lot of things you can do in the game.
When developers want us to pay a full AAA price for a video game, what we usually expect is a lot of content. Fallout 76 won’t disappoint you if you fall in the same bracket. For every location, there’s a quest, and on each level, there’s something scary waiting to be discovered. Fallout 76 has plenty of quests and the good thing is they are engaging and don’t feel repetitive.
2. New features
During QuakeCon 2018, Bethesda announced many changes that finally came with Fallout 76. The best thing about the game is that despite carrying the core gameplay elements, it features something different and enjoyable. Bethesda has changed respawning and death penalties as well. The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system is also a positive change in progression and upgradation. The special skills earned upon leveling up are good and since the special system is not designed in a loot-box way, players can enjoy it without having to worry about randomization.
3. Music and soundtrack
The soundtrack in Fallout 76 is a musical treat. There are only a few games that encourage players to enjoy music in a war-ridden world. The same classic taste of music can be enjoyed in Fallout 76. If you already own the game, visit the Forest and there, inside a shelter, you will find some instruments. You can skip this part but those who will spend time playing these instruments will notice the benefits this activity can bring to them.
Some people have criticized the game for not having “realistic” graphics, but if we look at the series, Fallout has always been the same. It’s a choice of style where we see the same character design and aesthetic from history. There’s a touch of modern design and art, but if you really want that “realistic” feel where you can forget the difference between virtual and real, you’ll surely be disappointed.
Bethesda has done an incredible job in designing the game and since the beginning, Fallout games have followed that trend. The world in Fallout 76 is a lot bigger than what you see in Fallout 4, but you won’t notice its impact on graphics in a negative way.
5. Story and live events
Those who say that Fallout 76 doesn’t have a story are completely wrong. The game features a story which is told via holotapes and collectibles. You will learn about the events and there’s a connection between the present and past which you will learn about as you progress.
There is so much to uncover as there is a multitude of secret content, puzzles, and tricks that can help you progress faster. One major change you will observe is live events that come often and require a group of players to complete the challenge. Sometimes, it’s not only just your group but other players will also get notified about these events.
Reasons to skip Fallout 76
Fallout 76 has potential. The problem is, Bethesda didn’t use that potential in a meaningful way and that’s how they missed a great opportunity.
1. Lack of purpose
The game is big and vast, but the problem with the game is it doesn’t give you a strong reason to keep playing. There’s no single path for the player to follow as the story varies weirdly and everything you hear about story events is only related to the people who are dead.
Lack of human NPCs is one problem, but if we look at the amount of time the game requires players to complete quests, it can’t be justified because the rewards are disappointing. Battles, quests and the map itself feels repetitive. It all feels the same when you play the game just for 2 hours.
2. Lack of single-player campaign
Bethesda decided to take Fallout 76 online without a single-player campaign. This was not only a disappointment for players, but the game also disappoints in terms of gameplay as it lacks a strong online multiplayer foundation. People have always enjoyed Fallout games in different ways, and this time, the developer has taken away most of those elements. This decision not only affects the gameplay in general, those who wanted a single-player campaign in Fallout 76 are not happy for obvious reasons.
Gameplay issues related glitches and stability have been mostly resolved on all the platforms, but the first impression has already put Fallout 76 in a bad spot.
Staff Writer; Jay Baker
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