Fallout 76 beta: You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave

    
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Did you think it was possible for the bugs plaguing the no-wipe beta of Fallout 76 to get any worse? O ye, of little faith. Don’t you know it can always be worse?

Apparently today’s “worse” is that PC players are struggling to actually uninstall the game now that their beta has come to an end. When some players attempt to uninstall the game, they’re informed they don’t have access to the game, and therefore they can’t delete it. Uninstalling the Bethsoft launcher and all of its data also doesn’t appear to work. There’s also no basement in the Alamo.

Presumably, once the game is actually live for PC players (really, truly live) on Wednesday, it’ll be possible to delete it. Lest you wonder why people who already paid for a game are so enthusiastic to wipe it from their computers, it does look like the people affected are there on friend codes or already canceled their preorders.

(Currently angrily remembering the time installing Bethsoft’s Elder Scrolls Online literally deleted everything else on my hard drive. Known bug, they said.)

Source: Reddit via VG247
Update
Shortly after this post went live, Bethsoft put out a fresh letter to beta players, though it’s primarily a thank-you to testers.

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Alex Js.
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Alex Js.

That’s a pretty annoying bug. I’ll still be playing the game – I had much more fun in BETA than in any other Fallout game. Seeing live players or playing with friends was much, much more fun than interacting with forgettable, poorly written NPCs and companions. It was even fun to build stuff (which felt pretty pointless and boring in FO4) since I was doing it together with friends. Really wish more companies would integrate co-op into their games or at least release it separately.

And while the game did have some players who wanted to annoy other players – it was EXTREMELY easy to deal with them. You just click on “block” in social menu (which makes you invisible on map to that player) and if that won’t help – you switch servers, which is easy to do.
It doesn’t even matter if someone will try to attack your camp house – game saves layout of all your buildings and your camp instantly disappears the moment you logged off or switch server. Meaning that even if someone will launch a nuke at your camp – you have plenty of time to switch a server and instantly rebuild your camp on different server, or just move it slightly outside of blast area. And there’s even a forced “safe space” around newbie area which cannot be attacked by nuke.

So yea, there were plenty of bugs (and still are), but game was still fun to play with the friends, the annoying players are very easy to deal with and I’ll be playing it more (simply because I have friends to play this with). Whether or not YOU should play it (for example, you might not like the crappy character animations or the fact that this game does not have human NPCs to click on, or for any other reason) is up to you to decide.

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StonerMk2

From what i gathered from other parts of the net is that people are having problem uninstalling the game who got a code from part of some invite your friends to the beta thing Beth ran. Pretty sure people who actually preordered the game can uninstall it fine, its the people who got a code invite from their friend who preordered thats having the issue.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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rafael12104

Hey, that’s me on Wednesday! Can’t wait!

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xpsync

Join the club.

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Godnaz

Wait, you actually liked the experience you had in the beta and bought it? o.O

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latorn

Despite the massive hate train there are quite a few of us who enjoyed the beta. xD

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rafael12104

To be in the Beta, you had to pre-order. At least that is the way it was when I bought in back in October.

And yeah, I’m in. I want to play Co-op with a good clan of friends. Many of the quests are setup with that in mind. And, with a group, you can specialize skills to the benefit of all. Crafting, in particular, comes to mind.

My problem is that my friends won’t be ready to jump in day 1. So, I’ll go first and get a good spot for my camp etc.

Yup, I’m looking forward to it. :)

Oh, I should mention though, if many of the same game-breaking bugs plague the game that I experienced in beta, I will stop, hold off and wait for patch 1 or 2.

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Schmidt.Capela

Wasn’t the bug that deleted the whole 50GB download of the game instead of installing it also in Fallout 76? That one sure raised the hackles of fans with metered connections.

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rafael12104

It was indeed. Yup. Par for the course for Bugthesda.

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Rottenrotny

Weird. I mean you could just delete the files and clean your registry, but I do hate work arounds. I wonder if they’re rushing this game and why?

Over all I enjoyed the beta, but I think the lack of NPCs and toxic players spewing shit via local voice chat really degrades the experience.

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A Dad Supreme

It does feel rushed, based on the state of the game and how the betas went. I can’t imagine any player looking at all the available evidence and thinking “This game is ready for launch”.

It kind of reminds me of the state an independent game would be if someone made it through Kickstarter from what they’ve presented and how they’ve explained all the bugs and snafus.

I think Bethesda realized, given the archaic engine, that they can only do so much to fix it by launch so what you have is what you got with your $60 purchase.

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Darthbawl

I remember uninstalling Legends of Norrath and it uninstalled EQ II. I was pretty furious.

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rafael12104

Oh, there have been worse, no question about it.

Bree herself experienced one that wiped a hard drive. GW2, was the game I think.

I’m mirroring my gaming drive for just such an occasion.

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xanadox

Do you want your 50 gb back? Just buy the game….
Haven’t you read the EULA?? it’s late!

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Amorey

I know you have probably heard this one before but it is worth remembering we are just talking about a game, some of the discourse around gaming lately reminds me of what is happening in real life politic . There will be people that will enjoy playing and will have a good time, there will be others that will not. I want to play this game and see what it is all about but you don’t have to. As in every other game, no one is forcing anyone to buy or play, it is a personal choice every gamer will make. I refuse to pass any judgment on any game just based on a few hours of beta testing or rage videos by others. I’ll play and make my own mind if I like it or not.

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Vaeris

How dare you come in here acting like a rational human being that doesn’t need the validation of others to confirm their own preferences/intelligence OR to demonize and dehumanize those that don’t do it exactly the same as you! Get on with this mess!

(Seriously, though, good on you. If only everyone, if only…)

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, I think Fallout 76 was always going to be stupidly divisive. It’s been consistently getting a ton of hate from YouTube content creators because they were expecting a singleplayer game and/or their channels feed off of the current outrage culture. Meanwhile a lot of Twitch streamers have been thoroughly enjoying it because it’s a type of game that works better for livestreaming and not so much cutting up into 10-30 minute chunks of Lets Play videos.

You’ve got diehard singleplayer RPG fans who foam at the mouth over it, meanwhile there are those who weren’t huge fans of Fallout 4 thoroughly enjoying their experience in the BETA.

It’s like some people just straight up wanted this game to fail the moment it was announced that it wouldn’t be a singleplayer RPG with optional online co-op or something.

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A Dad Supreme

Agree but at $60 a pop, I can’t see ‘making up my own mind’ based on all things presented thus far.

If it was a loud minority, sure… that would carry weight but I haven’t seen any of the people I usually respect opinion-wise with my similar taste in the series that has said “For $60, it’s definitely worth it at launch. Go right out and get it!”

At some point I do hope to try it out many months from now, but at a price I think reflects the true workmanship, quality and content I expect from a AAA title.

So far, it doesn’t appear to be (for me) worth a shot to be proven right or wrong.

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oldandgrumpy

I was going to give it a miss for now and let it mature a bit more.

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rafael12104

Yup. I’ll be there despite my nervous energy. Heh.

Look, they are taking a risk and trying something new in the MMO space. We will see how it shakes out but I will have fun in any event.

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Korithian

Its pretty bad. I was hoping for something akin to The Elder Scrolls Online instead we got a mess.

After I left the fault I saw a level 5 attacking a level 2 who was trying to follow the tutorial on crafting stations. Now I’m sure the bounty/revenge system is not going to deter the level 5 while the level 2 gets a really crappy experience of being chased around by someone with a machete.

Next up I follow holotapes that take me supposedly to meet people, only we know there are no people. So that got dull fast, loot loot loot avoid others as the only thing they can find to do is attack people with melee weapons which isn’t much fun and listen to really long monologues.

Ultimately in its current state I see the game being dropped with the only future updates outfits in the cash shop. If you want the next fallout game this isn’t it, if you want a survival MMO there are other options where you can interact with human npcs.

This very much feels like a cash grab missing the very thing that made fallout 1, 2, 3, New Vagas and 4 so good.

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Sorenthaz

Now I’m sure the bounty/revenge system is not going to deter the level 5 while the level 2 gets a really crappy experience of being chased around by someone with a machete.

Uh, you know players get full immunity to other players until level 5, right? That level 2 would only be in danger if they attacked back.

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Castagere Shaikura

So the level 5 just stands there trolling the level 2 player because the game lets them. Really stupid system.

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A Dad Supreme

“Uh, you know players get full immunity to other players until level 5, right? That level 2 would only be in danger if they attacked back.”

Or… if the Level 2 was shooting at a mob, and the Level 5 player jumps in front and gets hit by one bullet.

I don’t know about you Sorenthaz but if I’m fighting a mob and the mob is whittling down my health and I’m 1/3 to 1/2 dead already, having a guy shooting me as well is not fun.

From what I’ve seen on some videos, a player CAN damage you but not kill you. I saw people go to as much as half-health before the damage stopped. Imagine fighting a mob already half-dead. Not good.

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Alex Js.

… if the Level 2 was shooting at a mob, and the Level 5 player jumps in front and gets hit by one bullet.

There’s a “pacifist” setting. It prevents you from doing any damage to any players until you disable it.

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Sorenthaz

And iirc it stays on by default until level 5, so a level 2 player should be completely safe.

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A Dad Supreme

“Next up I follow holotapes that take me supposedly to meet people, only we know there are no people. So that got dull fast,…”

This was the biggest thing for me. When I heard/read this from everyone, it instantly killed the immersion for me.

It’s like knowing the end of the story before you even open the book, which none of the other Fallouts ever had.

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Duane_Does_not_check_email

Could be worse… could lose your hard drive data. The gaming pc is always begging for a reload anyway.