By: James Pisano
Sitting down for Bethesda’s reveal of Fallout 76, I expected to see something very different from Fallout 4. Maybe something between Fallout Shelter and Fallout 4… maybe something totally different. But I HOPED it would just be another open world Fallout game. That’s where my gaming soul lives!
Turns out that it’s a prequel to ever other t game… a “softcore” survival game, set in a VERY different wasteland and with one MAJOR departure from the franchise. It would be completely online… massively multiplayer. My heart sank. HARD.
Thankfully, the good people at Bethesda understand that people like me exist, and they put a lot of time and attention into crafting this always online foray into the Fallout universe. My heart rose little by little:
- You can play completely solo. You can quest, gather, survive and BUILD your settlement (literally anywhere on the map that is 4x the size of Fallout 4’s map.)
- If you want to play with friends, you can, and it’ll make survival “easier” but it’s not necessary. Each server (Which apparently, you don’t need to sign into, you’ll “never see a login screen”. Sounds intriguing…
- There is a VERY expanded home building system called “C.A.M.P” (Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform) that will let you build alone or with friends literally *anywhere* in the world, and if you want to move your settlement, you can totally do that. Oh, and did I mention flying Deathclaws can totally destroy what you built? Well, I just did. There’s a lot to unpack there. Considering how badly I wanted to like Fallout 4’s construction features, it was hard because of how clunky it was. But this excites the heck out of me. A LOT.
- They peppered the landscape with nuclear silos that you can use however you see fit, if you gather the requisite launch codes. And if you don’t, or only gather a few, you can trade with other players and shoot off nuclear fire together, arm in arm.
Why would you want to do that, you ask? Maybe to get back at a rival faction, maybe because you just feel like it, but either way, you will irradiate the target area creating rare spawns, rare loot, and of course, an all new landscape.
Regardless, I trust Bethesda to get this right and create an online realization of one of my favorite worlds, that 38 year old “My job and family make it so I can’t play online games a lot” I can play on November 14th, 2018, and still have a literal BLAST.
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