Title: Fallout 76
Genre(s): Action, Role Playing
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: 11/14/2018
About The Game:
Fallout 76 is a prequel to other games in the Fallout series, developed by Bethesda Softworks. It will be the first online multiplayer title in Bethesda Game Studios’ offer. Even though the game is the ninth one in the franchise, its storyline takes place well before the events of even the first Fallout game, just after the first vaults started opening.
The plot starts on Reclamation Day in 2102, 25 years after the nuclear apocalypse. You and other Vault Dwellers are chosen by the nation as the most suitable to reshape the country. In this role-playing video game the player’s task is not only to survive, but also to explore the area, create a base camp and ultimately reshape the world with nuclear missiles.
Watch out for monsters, robbers, and other enemies that want to destroy your creations. Reach higher levels to gain new perks and improve your character’s abilities.
Gameplay of Fallout 76
Fallout 76 will have some of the elements of previous Fallout titles when it comes to graphics and gameplay features, however they will be modified to work in real-time in online mode. For instance the V.A.T.S. system that was present in Fallout games since the third instalment was modified to accommodate that idea. The system used to allow players to pause game in order to target a chosen point on enemy’s body. In online mode pausing can’t be an option, but specifying a target on foes’ bodies will still be possible.
The game is set in a massive open world—four times as big as the Fallout 4 map —inspired by West Virginia. Some real locations, like Camden Park, NE River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia State Capital, Woodburn Circle, made it to the game. Also West Virginia folklore is the inspiration for some of monsters and mysterious places, such as Mothman and the Flatwoods . There are of course other numerous, mutated creatures in the game.
As all the previous Fallout games the prequel also have the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. progression system, but it was improved and revised.
In Fallout 76 the protagonist has the following attributes: Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, Luck. With each level, the players can boost their abilities going from one to fifteen on a scale, by spending skills points.
By levelling up, the player receives trading cards with unique value that can changed for perks in a given category. Merging the cards is also possible, if they are similar, and thus getting more valuable perks from them.
All of the humans that have survived apocalypse and are exploring the West Virginia open world are represented by other players from around the globe. The lack of non-player characters (NPCs) forced Bethesda game studio to revise a bit the storyline presentation compared to Fallout series’ other titles. Previously, NPCs were assigning quests or talking with a player.
Online multiplayer game
Survival game with RPG elements
Open world four times bigger than Fallout 4
A prequel to other titles in the Fallout series
Storyline focused on rebuilding a world after the apocalypse
Location based on West Virginia
Some real locations included in the game
No human characters other than real-life players
Quest assigned by robots
Environmental storytelling through holotapes, terminals
Ability to set up camp whenever the player desires
Camps are removed from the map when the player is offline
Classic S.P.E.C.I.A.L. progression system based on seven abilities
Trading cards and gaining perks
Surviving, building creations, fighting monsters and enemy players
Playing alone or in groups of up to three players
Dynamic weather system, new rendering module
New lighting modules, more lit up details than before (16 times)