Is Fallout 76 Good Now? Here’s Our Review
Fallout games are one of the most successful gaming franchises in history. The world-building, story, a post-apocalyptic atmosphere that dominates through the gameplay has captivated millions and millions of players. Rare games can do that, however, recent games were a bit of a downgrade from the first few titles. More specifically, Fallout 76, which came out in 2018, is an online action role-playing game. Gamers are wondering if Fallout 76 is worth playing, and for that, we decided to bring you our review of the game.
Fallout 76 has introduced a lot of fixes and features that were lacking with the release in 2018. Things like DLCs, player support, online content, and overall the atmosphere of the game were improved. However, the game is still a bit shallow and lacks the worldbuilding Fallout games did so tremendously in the past. If the game is on sale and free it is worth it, but spending money on a game that is constantly papering over the cracks, it’s just not worth it.
If you are interested in our further explanation of our conclusion, stay with us until the end of the article. We do not hate the game, and we are not trying to force anyone to change their mind about the game. We are just presenting our opinion and analyzing player experience playing this game. So, after a lengthy introduction, we can finally start.
Problems With Fallout 76
Fallout 76 is an online action role-playing game that Bethesda released in 2018. Before that, they released another online expansion of their old and successful franchise which became quite popular with the gamers, Elder Scroll Online in 2014. In the beginning, it had some hiccups but Elder Scrolls Online eventually picked up in popularity and expanded all over the world.
Fallout 76 was not that lucky and for a good reason. Fallout games were always full of bugs and glitches that were annoying but the story and world-building of the games were so good that players would get over those technical problems. Fallout 76 was hyped up as the best Fallout game in the franchise and the introduction of new never seen game content.
There just wasn’t anything that the Fallout fans would attach to. First of all, game lore. This was supposed to be a prequel to Fallout games, and it takes place only 25 years after the nuclear war that devastated the Earth. In the first Fallout games, you could see the devastation of the landscape and the catastrophic consequences that humankind encountered. In Fallout 76, the world looks … fine. If you are a new player you would not care about that detail, but huge fans of the Fallout franchise easily spotted this plothole in Fallout 76.
Secondly, the glitches and bugs. In 2018, a company like Bethesda just could not get away with the technical problems of the game. Also, the lack of online support for the players is just blatant irresponsibility. Online games are a different monster – players share their personal information on the internet and with the companies which games they are playing.
Thirdly, lack of NPCs. It blows my mind how they removed NPCs from the Fallout 76, and have not learned anything from Elder Scrolls Online. ESO kept NPCs and kept their role-playing, and progression value. Developers of Fallout 76 thought it was unnecessary. NPCs are a staple of any Fallout game, and one of the best parts of gaming content. They had a purpose and greatly enriched the stories of Fallout games. How Bethesda overlooked that, only God knows.
And lastly, just overall lack of content. If we compare the contents of Fallout 76 to Elder Scrolls Online, it is just incomparable. Players did not have anything to do on a map that was four times bigger than Fallout 4. Lack of quests and praying you find an interesting area is just not how you should play the game, and that fact, discouraged players to invest themselves in Fallout 76.
The game was shallow, a shell of its older greats, and just a huge disappointment. However, Bethesda finally woke up and started working on updates and fixes to the game.
Add-ons And Fixes That Improved Fallout 76
As we already mentioned, Bethesda finally realized that they made a huge mistake and started developing add-ons and updates for getting the Fallout 76 game playable. They released a patch to fix unbearable glitches and bugs, which improved the gaming experience massively, and quality of life updates that fixed technicalities settlers were experiencing when trying to wander through West Virginia.
They also added what Elder Scrolls did amazingly well, and upgraded the single-player gaming experience. Players did not feel obligated to play with other players and now can take on the enemies and quests by themselves. The solo-mission quests also added appropriate experience to leveling and wandering alone was not difficult anymore.
The lack of content finally started getting resolved by adding new DLCs and content to the Fallout 76 game. They finally added beloved Fallout NPCs that give quests to the players and actually make you role-play with them. The content was finally passable, and players would not wander through the map without anything to do.
Also, the lack of online support was finally fixed, and Fallout 76 developers added safety and support to their servers. Constant disconnection and lags were also mostly resolved and Fallout 76 players could finally start wandering through West Virginia without being concerned about when are going to disconnect next.
All in all, it was finally invested in Fallout 76, and you could see it by the slow raise of players of the game. There are add-ons announced in the future so expect new content soon.
Is Fallout 76 Worth Playing?
We saw Fallout 76 be released in 2018, a half-finished online game that wanted to be one of the best on the market to only get a reality check and criticized to the maximum. These were all good reasons and Bethesda only added fuel to the fire by neglecting the game and subtracting the game’s most important parts of the Fallout franchise that made it so loved by the gaming community.
However, add-ons and fixes finally came online, and the Fallout 76 game actually became playable. All things considered, the game became what was supposed to be from its release – a role-playing online game where the players can immerse themselves in Fallout’s world.
Do we think this game is worth playing? Yes, but only if you don’t care about previous Fallout games. Fans of the franchise mostly don’t like it for a good reason – inconsistent lore and the overall atmosphere of the game is just not what Fallout Wasteland offered in the past. Also, the full price of the game is not worth it in our opinion. If you want to invest the money in an RP game, there are better options out there like Elder Scrolls Online, Destiny 2, and more.
If Fallout 76 is on sale, go for it and isolate it from the rest of the Fallout games. If you truly want to experience Fallout world, go play previous games like Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and even Fallout 4 for the building settlements part. They are just better.
Overall, Fallout 76 is just an average role-playing game and if that is good enough for you, that is your decision.
Hopefully, you liked our review of Fallout 76. Again, we are not trying to persuade you to do anything, this is our honest opinion of the game, and in the end, if you liked it, good for you. Until the next time!