Article By: XGN Jessi 7
It’s been 3 years since the release of Fallout 4, a title in the series that was close to my heart because it takes place in my home state of Massachusetts (#MassholeBornAndRaised). This past week the wait was over for the next title in the Fallout series, Fallout 76 released on November 14th, 2018.
Fallout 76 marks the first title in the Fallout series where each survivor in the game is another player in real time. All servers for Fallout 76 are dedicated servers, and at this current time are all public servers. At some point in the future revealed by Director Todd Howard, there will be plans for private servers as well. What does this mean for the player though? When private servers become operational, players will be allowed to invite their own friends and be able to avoid some not so nice gamers.
76 also brings the largest open world created in the entire series. The world in game is almost 4 times the size of that in Fallout 4. The year is 2012, you are a resident of Vault 76, and considered to be part of the brightest minds in America. Reclamation Day approaches, a plan to re-colonize the wasteland that has been left from the nuclear war 25 years ago.
“Appalachia”, meant to represent West Virginia, cue “Country Roads”. Like Fallout 4 with its setting in Boston which used the ruins of Fenway Park as a settlement, 76 features recreations of areas such as the West Virginia State Capitol and the New River Gorge Bridge. To boot, 76 even takes from West Virginian folklore, and has created a new mutated monster, the Flatwoods Monster.
Unlike other titles in the Fallout series, since Fallout 76 does not feature non-player characters, engaging in dialog and assigning quests now comes in the form of robots, holotapes, and terminals found throughout the world. Players will be able to explore the world to find these pieces of the puzzle and be able to create their own narrative.
Key features to Fallout 76 include the ability for players to build a base in any location of the map. Utilizing the new C.A.M.P (Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform), you have the means to build and craft anywhere. What is special about this, your builds are assigned to your profile and will be removed from the game world when you are offline, preventing any loss. Since 76 is PvP, the game “saves” your creations to prevent from having to completely start over if progress is destroyed.
Some more new features include; access to nuclear weapons that will allow the player to alter the game world, a photo mode, new revisions to the S.P.E.C.I.A.L system, and now a week after release day patches and fixes.
So what say you Vault Hunter? How is Fallout 76 treating you so far? Sound off in the comments and tell us what your favorite or least favorite part of the game is. What could Bethesda have done better on this game?