Fallout 76’s launch marks the start of a post-nuclear multiplayer adventure

    
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The latest chapter in the popular Fallout series is finally here, as Fallout 76 has launched globally. This prequel game brings a different take on the franchise with multiplayer and a persistent world.

Fallout 76 is the online prequel to the Fallout franchise where every surviving human is a real person,” Bethesda sent in a press release. “Discover a new and wild wasteland in the heart of West Virginia in what is the largest, most detailed open world in series history.”

And while this is all great fun — at least until you get ganked, nuked, or nuked and ganked — various launch issues have arisen to keep all players from romping around the wasteland. This included a “server meltdown,” which has since been resolved. The community has noted that some serious bugs that cropped up in beta still haven’t been addressed, so just know that this isn’t as stable of a release candidate as you might have hoped.

If you’ve been in and playing, let us know what you think about Fallout 76 in the comments!

Source: Press release, Reddit, #2

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Thomas

“— at least until you get ganked, nuked, or nuked and ganked —”

Wow, you sure know how to make a game sound … welcoming and fun, Justin. :)

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Mewmew

My initial playtime with the game:

I took a great long time to create my original character. We can tweak a great many things about our face looks (although in a *very* inconvenient and unintuitive way) and I took a really great long time to create looks I was happy with. I had to endure listening to somebody’s keyboard clacking over voice chat and their snack eating, slurping and burping the entire time, and then some lady speaking in French non-stop for a few minutes, probably a French streamer explaining stuff she was doing to her viewers and it came over voice chat.

After a long time of creating my character, I lost connection to the server before I was finished. I turned off voice chat when I was re-starting the game so I wouldn’t have to hear the intricate sounds of some dude’s stomach snack gasses escaping and gurgles and keyboard clacking came over the microphone. Like I could hear every wet noise his mouth and throat made as he snacked away and really didn’t want to hear that again. When I got back in the game, all that hugely long time of creating my character was all erased. All of that crazy long time creating intricate details on my character for nothing.

So this time I went and made a character a bit quicker, I got most of what I wanted still but left some things more generic, scared it would crash again. Once I finished, I was in the vault messing around with various things. I didn’t really like how things were going on the default settings, so I changed the settings and logged out to update and change them (as you need to). When I got back in game, again my character wasn’t saved. This one I finished and was in the vault, I took the picture of her and all like the game wanted me to, was messing around a while, but I guess if you don’t go further into the game it doesn’t save you. So I had to start character creation over for the 3rd time.

This 3rd time I zipped through character creation, I really wanted to get far enough into the game where it would save me and didn’t want to chance having to do it again. I was nervous the entire time through the vault and all, worrying about if I lost connection how I’d have to re-do creation again from scratch, which isn’t a fun or relaxed way to explore and play.

I made it outside, saw there was very little direction which I personally can deal with but it’s like, super very low direction. If people aren’t familiar with Fallout games or survival games it’s going to be weird for them starting out.

I went into a hut and saw a stash which said if we put stuff in it that it would be available from any stash in the game. So I put some valuable stuff I had found and wanted to save in it. Evidently, this was someones little hut they built, but it said that it was our personal stash available from anywhere so that didn’t seem to matter.

So I found another stash in town later, and my stuff that I had put in the stash in that person’s hut wasn’t in there at all. It just wasn’t there. So I went back to where that building was to see if I accessed the stash inside it again if I could get my stuff back, and the entire building was no longer there. So I guess the initial valuable bobbleheads and stuff I found are gone.

I logged out and haven’t been back yet. I’m guessing and hoping my character will still be there today.

I’m still having fun and all, but it’s pretty buggy at the moment. They definitely could have used some more time before rushing it out the door.

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thirtymil

You sound a lot calmer than I would be if all that stuff had happened to me!

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I love how you can change your character at anytime, even sex. All mmo’s need / should do this.

Saves so much time f’ing around, you know spend an eternity getting it just right, and for some reason doesn’t look anything remotely close to that in the world, Delete redo… Delete redo…

F76, ok i got a few minutes lets makes some tweaks. At first i thought it was a beta only thing but nope, make a character and tweak it a month from now if you want, love it!

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Rottenrotny

I’m level 9 or so and having a good time. Love how open the world is, albeit much smaller and less detailed than RDR2.

Did run into a bug where my friend and I could not friend add nor team up with each other. Hope they get that worked out soon.

I haven’t been attacked by a single player, so my fears of it being a gankbox are allayed. The world feels big and rarely do I even run into other players, let alone have to worry about them attacking me.

But otherwise a pretty sweet multiplayer Fallout experience so far!

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Gene Elder

I havent played the game, or the demo personally, but the opinion on youtube doesnt seem to be very good. I will eventually buy the game, maybe when it is on sale and has tackled many of the bugs I keep hearing about. I also hope, that at some point, I will be able to play on a private server without other players (if thats not already implimented). I dont get pleasure in ganking people, or being ganked. And im to old to “L2P nub.”
I need a nice, quiet carebear server for my sloth-like reflexes.

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If you like Fallout you will most likely like 76. It’s not all mayhem as i believe people thought it was going to be.

Since launch my cabin still stands since beta, not one pvp indecent, heck i even come across players afk and no one is messing with them. No one is communicating all that much, just peeps either out there on their own or couples / friends playing together.

I think things were a little crazier during the beta, first you could hear everyone and most didn’t know you could. I was attacked all the time for pvp, and even had my cabin destroyed twice, now i know who they were, “fallout fans” upset they didn’t make another solo Fallout, probably canceling their preorder anyway so why not going out with a bang right, make allot of noise and show that they were right by behaving they way they didn’t want other peeps to behave or were afraid they would, lol.

Now that only the sensible Fallout fans remain, it’s unbelievably calm, just peeps making their way in the wasteland. (watch; i’ll probably get totally pummeled tonight, lol, but that’s what gives 76 its edge, you never know, plus you can’t save, that’s huge i love it, got so tired of F5, F5, F5 as you could not stand to replay sections, everything is live you don’t replay, you live/ get saved or respawn)

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Baron von Munchausen

I haven’t played and am no big fan of open PVP, but I don’t think judging anything by opinions on youtube is a good idea.

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Fenna

Wasn’t going to get this, but did because was bored. my biggest complaint so far is there is not other way to communicate then thru voices.

some of us can’t always communicate via voice or just can’t and for me right now this is a big turn off.

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It is strange, noticed last night dead quiet, seems everyone is aware of or have disabled voice chat, so it turned into a “seemed like a good idea at the time” thing. During beta was the best hearing all these people who had no idea everyone could hear them lol.

They are going to have to add chat or not, as i totally feel like i’m playing fallout in that on occasion i’ll run past someone, no pvp happening, no communicating.

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i actually turned it on last night. i occasionally *see* people talking but rarely hear them beyond ambient mic noises.

i think teh random dude i talked to about CAMPing actully had to turn his on or something or at least was surprised i had mine on as he started off by emoting at me.

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rafael12104

I leave mine on, and on occasion chat with somebody over something in the game. Most of the time it is friendly and there are definitely some new players to Fallout out there.

Also, I learned that I tend to express myself more than I thought. I’ll curse, yell for joy and generally act like an idiot as I’m playing. I’ve heard a few chuckles as I’ve said “take that you, bastard!” as I’m killing a Scorched who snuck up on me.

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that’s teh streamer effect. i just got done with an hour long stream with no viewers talking to myself not even in voice chat lol. it’s kind of weird but it’s fun sometimes.

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Rottenrotny

I was one of those who turned voice chat off. I don’t really want to hear people’s random conversations as I find it immersion breaking. If they RPed in character that would be pretty cool, but it’s mostly random chat and the occasional troll.

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Rottenrotny

I wish there was a general zone text chat. That would be instrumental to getting players together.

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Mewmew

Well there are also emotes to communicate, and they put a lot of common things you’d communicate to others into them, but those are for people right around you only. It’s very weird that we can’t type to others and can only chat.

When I first went into the game, I was creating my character and sat there listening to some dude making his character as well, I could hear all his keyboard clacks and him eating and slurping snacks the whole time. I had to hear every burp and lip smack of him chomping down the entire time I tried to design my original character. Then I heard some woman speaking French non stop. Then my game crashed, and I took the time to turn off voice chat.

Voice chat is not a good or fun way to communicate for a lot of us and spoils the game and immersion for me. I really really hope they add keyboard chat in, even if the console users can’t do it (maybe even add a speech to text thing for the console users?).

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BalsBigBrother

Glad people seem to be enjoying it and some folks who I trust seem to be having a blast on twitch with it. Hopefully Bethesda will step up their game on the bug fixes (hehe, yeah sorry I can’t even type that without a chuckle).

Fallout 76 for me it went to hells yes buying to not interested no buy but now I am kind of hovering around may get when it gets discounted at some point in the future. Its strange apart from the slight chance of pvp its seems tailor made for me and my exploring ways but I am just a bit hesitent at the moment.

Oh well no harm in waiting I guess :-)

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Not going to soapbox but some of yall need to figure out how to start giving a game a chance before its released because eight weeks ago it was, “F*** that gankfest, poorly performing, it’s not a REAL Fallout game!” attitudes and now, here I see same names are playing it. That being said, just like Sea of Thieves or NoMansSky, I’m going to give a chance for this game to mature. It’s a drop in, drop out game where waiting to see refining patches take place will make the game immensely better and worth the wait. I’m glad to see many who gave it a chance are liking it. Many are still unsure or disappointed in New World. It’s iterations are changing rapidly. I hope that more becomes of its PvE side because it’s stunning.

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i’m mum on new world but i agree with the general sentiment.

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Roger Melly

I doubt it will be something I would enjoy ,I only like pvp if there are factions .

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Sorenthaz

Faction-based PvP is apparently planned for the future.

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Rottenrotny

I have seen almost no PVP so far. I did see one guy marked as wanted on the map, but it was far away and didn’t affect me at all.

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Sorenthaz

I plugged several hours into it yesterday and was sad that the time had flown so fast.

CAMP building can be… janky, for certain. Especially since moving your camp will break down your base into different chunks that might not be very cooperative. Also sometimes trying to get pieces to lock in is a chore.

But the exploration aspects are top notch and what you’d expect out of a Fallout game. There’s so much stuff hidden around between landmarks/key locations or whatnot. I’ve been having fun just wandering around and seeing what all there is in the game. Ended up going through what was sort of like a mini-dungeon, i.e. an “abandoned” mine, and liked seeing how there was some puzzle aspects with the notes/etc. + what was essentially a shortcut to the ‘boss’ but you had to have high rad resistance in order to go through that shortcut.

As usual though with any Bethesda game, they encourage you to loot everything while simultaneously smacking you upside the head for doing so. Aid items in particular can add up quickly and become too heavy, so inventory management can feel like a chore at times. Luckily they have workbenches in many areas to break things down into scrap to lighten the load, and it’s kind of neat that you get rewarded for scrapping weapons/etc. by learning modifications for them.

Overall I’ve been enjoying myself and I see myself continuing to enjoy it for some time, especially as they fix issues and add push to talk/text chat and other features.

As an aside: Good lord though the immaturity around this game is ridiculous. Metacritic is getting review bombed like crazy by people just spamming it with 0’s. Some people are mad that it’s not a PvP gankbox like Rust, others are mad that it’s not another singleplayer RPG. Bugs are an issue, but nothing’s been game breaking. Folks are just ripping into it for the sake of ripping into it at this point.

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CAMP building can be… janky, for certain. Especially since moving your camp will break down your base into different chunks that might not be very cooperative.

I watched a stream with someone who ran into this problem, though they found the entire build available to plop down from the Blueprints tab. It’s a bit strange not to have the entire build in the first tab when going into build mode. Instead you’re faced with a tab where you must scroll past the various saved chunks to get to other items, though I could see how it helps to replicate or reorder sections if you wanted.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, and apparently my camp when I logged in today was having some visual glitches where a chunk of it would go invisible at the wrong camera angle.

Oh well. I expected it to be buggy.

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rafael12104

Agree on all counts.

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i notice people building bases instead of camp sites. i put down only two construction pieces for tactical cover in my CAMP. most of my build budget is consumed by turrets . takes me about a minute to deploy my camp regardless of terrain and suited for the specific terrain.

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I picked a great dead area i guess as my place is still standing from beta. Problem is that i made a huge fortress lol. It’s near impossible to relocate.

Think i’m going to break it down into a small quick drop in drop out type camp. A wish i knew before i started playing Fallout 76 tip.

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i gave a random dude a quick rundown of how and why i makemy camp this way and i think he was impressed. but his camp didn’t have all the basic stations built up either so he was glad to use mine. lol.

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NecroFox4

On the “Stored” tab, while highlighting those “chunks”, you can press a button to break down that chunk into it’s individual pieces. I pretty much always do this when moving my base. Then I just build a whole new design.

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Teh Beardling

I am having a lot more fun than I anticipated. The pvp is nothing like ark/rust/conan where it feels like people play the game only to crap on other peoples parades. It’s not easy to kill another player and as the one being ganked its easy to get away. If on the off chance they do kill you you only drop your crafting mats/junk. You keep all your gear/food/meds/bottle caps. Same goes for if you get raided. They can destroy your home but they can’t loot your stash. even if they destroy it you can just go to another hub or train station and access what was in it. (or just build a new one somewhere else). The crafting system and building system is relatively deep but not over complicated. Game difficulty has a decently steady ramp unless you end up in the wrong area. (be careful exploring early). The only complaint I really have is that Depth of Field issue where things are blurry at distance. That and that I have so far had a hard time finding a place that was flat to build on in the wilderness. Only the roads and towns/cities seem flat. (I hear it gets better once you spread out from the northwest area.)