This is the cheeky player program that trivializes Fallout 76’s nuke code decryption

    
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This is the cheeky player program that trivializes Fallout 76’s nuke code decryption

Hey, did you think all of Fallout 76’s problems would magically disappear once it launched? Welp, you were wrong. As Bethsoft plays whack-a-mole with exploits during the transition from soft launch to hard launch, players are only getting more creative and taking their efforts outside the game.

Case in point: NukaCrypt. As Kotaku chronicled, the program basically allows players to compile their collection of nuclear codes – we’re talking about in-game here still – and crack the cipher to generate the decrypted one. Naturally, folks are now using tools like this one to make nukes a more trivial thing to take out bosses, something very much against the game’s original design. It’s not totally trivial, as you still have to collect the code frags, but still.

Fancy a different kind of bomb? How about review bombs? Because that’s exactly what disgruntled fans – anti-fans? – are up to over on Metacritic. Just another day in video games.

Source: NukaCrypt, Kotaku. Thanks, Pepperzine!

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Rottenrotny

Meh, whatever. I’m enjoying the hell out of the game.
I wish they’d make it a but more MMOy though. I barely see any players and the lack of NPCs makes the world feel a bit empty.

Those metacritic reviews are p a t h e t i c.

These same people giving it a 0 score probably play PUBG and gave that a score of 9999. Gamers so often tend to represent such stupidity, sadly.

I don’t think FO76 is perfect, I’ve actually encountered some annoying bugs, like not being able to add friends. but it’s a great game world. I love exploring, the perk system, collecting outfits and gear, building my camp, it’s really a lot of fun and pretty much what I would expect and want out of a multiplayer Fallout game.

Do I think it deserves a 10? No. I give it a 7.
If I hadn’t run into the few bugs that I have, I’d give it an 8.

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Crowe

From what I’ve read combined with the timing of the beta in relation to launch, review bombing is exactly what this game deserves.

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K38FishTacos

This will become a feature, like animation cancelling did in ESO.

And there is no “transition” from soft to hard launch. The game is launched.

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McGuffn

This is so embarrassing. yet another outside site used to circumvent the game or make up for the stupid decisions of the devs.

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rafael12104

A word about review bombing and this weird and hysterical need to tear down a game regardless of the real issues and merits.

I’ve been done with Metacritic for a long time. I no longer frequent it even out curiosity. You see, I’m an old SWTOR fan. And while I no longer play the game and have some issues with the direction and changes over the past year, I haven’t forgotten how unfairly it was treated via Metacritic way back when.

SWTOR wasn’t perfect, but it made a great deal of progress and improvements over the first two years. It became a solid MMORPG and for a time was certainly one of the best MMO experiences especially for those with no experience. But it was “metabombed” (see what I did there?) mercilessly and routinely by the same group individuals who wanted to see the game burn.

It was irrational. Some of these same hysterical people would even sub to SWTOR just to post their Tortanic drivel and predict its demise. “The Final Nail In The Coffin posts became a meme. Heh. Right next to “A Slap In The Face” meme.

And what I learned from the experience is that some irrational folks just love to hate. Playtime or experience with the game isn’t even a factor. Some just hate a game without ever experience it.

And so, I said goodbye to Metacritic. I would rather get my reviews via MOP and the comments therein. Or better yet, log into to Twitch and watch a live stream of actual gameplay without any real explanation or filter.

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McGuffn

The only thing Metacritic is good for is browsing the list of media reviews to see which ones are worth reading. And their media sources are getting shittier.

Looking at Metacritic user reviews is worse than relying on the opinions of idiot streamers and youtube personalities.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah at least with Steam reviews people have to shell out the initial money for it and then have to play I think 30 minutes before they can dump their (lack of) opinion and get a refund.

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Crowe

While I respect your opinions, I agreed with the metacritic score for SWTOR at launch. I think it’s more of an issue with developers launching MMOs too early and getting reviewed at launch. MMO launch is a buggy f-d up time as the veteran players all know. If the game is solid underneath, it will usually come out fine if properly supported. SWTOR had so many issues at launch (this is *my* opinion) that it deserved quite a bit of the bashing it got. I was a beta tester and provided my two cents (actually, I provided quite a bit more than two cents) but there were no changes that I discerned based on my feedback other than an occasional bug fix.

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rafael12104

You aren’t part of that bunch of haters I was referring too. Criticism and even dislike is not hate.

When players sub up to a game just to troll the forums, or when they partake with others in an organized attempt to tear down a game in any forum, that is irrational hate. And that is what I saw.

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kittiesnstars

I wish people were just allowed to like what they like.

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Rottenrotny

Metacritic should just never be taken seriously. When you go there and a game like Fo76 is getting endless scores of 0… I’ve already checked out. No game seserves a 0 and no game deserves a 10.

I mean, it’s 0 – 10 right? Ok, You don’t like the game. Fine. but even if there was no combat, no character progression, no nothing but the big open world that exists I would think that alone would be worth at least a 4 or 5.

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rafael12104

Agreed.

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Paragon Lost

Read an Ars Technica article this morning and I noted some posters including one who is a writer for Ars who mentioned some issues with Fallout 76. Listed were the two that were promoted. As for the nuke stuff, waiting for Shlag to do a meme with Slim Pickens. lol

thelee Ars Scholae Palatinae

Loaded up the game and during character creation the first thing that happened was hearing some random person casually dropping homophobic slurs about the women in the game.

Yep, real good immersion there.

Private servers can’t come fast enough.

(Also thanks for auto-opting us into public voice chat, Bethesda. /s)
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Sam Machkovech Tech Culture Editor

Just a heads up that I’ve been playing on Ars’ behalf on PC, where I can report the following:

* Changing any visual settings, even resolution, requires a full game restart to take effect (even when you’re in the initial opening screen, before you’ve logged into a live game server).

* Testing on an RTX 2080Ti in 4K resolution at near-max settings resulted in some pretty stuttery performance when trying to reach 60 fps. Not to say that we demand perfect performance at 4K/high settings, but so far, this isn’t the game to expect a $2,000 PC to just magically brute force through.

(I would’ve tested other configurations, but my best testing PC has been waylaid by an insane Windows 10 October Update bug. I have to wipe my entire WIndows drive to get this thing working again. More on that to come.)

* Even at such high settings, pop-in on PC is pretty stark. Plants routinely appeared in abrupt fashion while only a few feet away. Additionally, shadow quality is blotchy and odd.

* There’s definitely an upgrade to the lighting system going on, in terms of crepuscular rays and physically based lighting bounces, and when you’re overlooking a sweeping, autumnal field, covered in bright leaves and giant hills, it’s certainly better looking than what you’d find in similar scenes in Fallout 4.

I’ll do my best to add PC-specific thoughts to our later, fuller review on the game.
1132 posts | registered 8/27/2012

Edit: Link for the article that I forgot… https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/11/fallout-76-launch-impressions-a-crowded-lonely-wasteland/

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Ittybumpkin

How do we differentiate between a review bomb or generally it being negatively received? Sometimes it seems as if any game that gets negatively reviewed is just chalked up to being review bombed. Fallout 76 has very real problems and a negative review of the game is not something to just be tossed away because someone may disagree with it. Also, review bombing works both ways. People will go blindly give positive reviews as well, especially if they think other people are review bombing in a negative way.

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styopa

Find a reviewer you generally agree with.
Read THEIR review.
Disregard aggregated review scores as astroturfable or idiots.

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Schmidt.Capela

Sincerely, if I were to play and do a serious review of the game, I would likely give it a very low score; I don’t think this game even deserves to be called “Fallout”.

I don’t do that because, despite being a Fallout fan, I’m keenly aware that Bethesda explicitly made this game in such a way that I’m not, and likely will never be, in the target audience. And also because I’m not willing to waste money on this game

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styopa

Maybe if you’re lucky Bethesda will come out with Fallout Infinity Mobile Game?

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Crowe

Fallout Immortals: coming to a mobile near you

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NecroFox4

So then you freely admit that your review of the game would be negative, regardless of how good the game is, simply because you don’t like this kind of game?

You’re literally confirming the idea behind the “review bomb” – people reviewing a product based on their emotions, and not the quality of the game.

Thanks for proving that point for us. Much appreciated.

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Reviews of a game are nuanced affairs that cannot be limited to what some consider ‘objective’ as games are subject to things like the overall play experience, taste, and personal preference. There is no game that is objectively good or bad. As such the emotional reaction to a game is an important aspect of the review.

Quality of the game is an *aspect* of a review. The graphics, the gameplay, the emotions elicited are all parts of a review.

Not to mention that ANY review is a purely subjective. You read reviews to understand a given individuals perspective on the game. If I generally like the reviews and agree with Schmidt’s conclusions, reading his ‘negative’ review helps me make an informed decision.

Contrast this with a review bomb – someone who hasn’t played the game, or has played the game so little as to not be able to provide any sort of opinion and negatively scores it in hopes 1) manipulating others into not purchasing it, and/or 2) ‘get back’ at the publisher for daring to do something you don’t like.

if you want a truly objective review – look at the recommended and required system specs – because that’s the only possible objective review of a game.

Either way, your response is off-base and unnecessarily combative.

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Schmidt.Capela

regardless of how good the game is

This is the issue; from all I’ve seen, the game appears to simply not be good at all, at least from my point of view. Bethesda took everything that makes Fallout games fantastic experiences for me and ripped it all off, discarding all those features I love, while keeping everything that holds those games back (and that I typically remove or remodel through mods in order to make the game as enjoyable for me as possible).

Do keep in mind that taste is subjective. How good or bad a game might be depends on the player. I can sit down with a rogue-like game that doesn’t even use graphics and thoroughly enjoy the experience, making it a good game for me, while someone who puts more importance on the graphics might be effectively incapable of ever enjoying a text-only game that makes SNES-era graphics look next-gen, making it a bad game for them.

BTW, while there are plenty of suspect reviews that look like they are part of a review bomb, there seems to be a large number of earnest reviews from people who love the Fallout franchise, gave this game a try, and found that it doesn’t deliver the experiences that made previous Fallout games enjoyable for the reviewer. That is the kind of review I would likely pen if Bethesda had somehow convinced me to purchase the game with promises of an experience close enough to traditional Fallout to be enjoyable for me.

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Crowe

I think you’re missing the point. Schmidt was saying that he/she didn’t review the game because it wasn’t their type of game. That’s sorta the reverse of a review bomb.

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McGuffn

As long as you state that in the review that is a legitimate review.

There’s nothing wrong with telling people that if they’re long time fans of something they may not like the latest installment. (you also should tell them why).

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thirtymil

You’re right – it’s hard to tell the difference between a review bomb and someone who doesn’t know how to write a constructive review. But both are usually worth ignoring. The same goes for positive reviews with no supporting evidence as to why the game is good.

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Crowe

Your last sentence is excellent. /salute
I’ve read several dozen articles and posts over the last few months raving about something but even after a couple of read-throughs, I can’t seem to figure out why exactly. Luckily, there’s usually a cool headed poster at some point if I can sift through the threads/comments far enough!

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Well, that is simple: if it is a Shitty game from a big publisher & has a big publisher marketing budget, then it is a review bomb … Otherwise, it is just a Shitty game with appropriate reviews.

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because the bulk of these reviews ignore the problems the game actually has to meme about problems imagined the game would have before it was even beta demoed let alone launched.

and they strongly correlate with a mass of youtuber would be reviewers memeing the same things on videos that the commentary generally doesn’t corellate with the actual gameplay footage on screen or w/e, like low effort shit, and no effort to find out.

basically people decided that not having dialogue trees from npc quest givers means no story or rpg when the game actually has one of the better story telling apparatuses and story in itself than the average bioware esque bethesda game.

if the deluge of negative reviews were talking about the problems the game actually has (there’s quite a few, in various areas), then it’d be less of a review bomb and more of a “wow this game stinks”.

seems alot of the people playing the game really quite enjoy it from what i’ve seen. the shitposting venues i’ve checked out for the game specifically seem to really be enjoying it in the ways that echo my own experiences so far without denying the issues that are there (and in some cases getting a bit ahead and developing mods to solve some of the complaints – i’m not risking it even if some of them would be really helpful).

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draugris

Well, that is pretty easy. If the reviews are predominantly good, then, of course, the game is good. If the reviews are predominantly bad, then they come from a toxic gamer community who are entitled cry babies. God forbid that there are bad games out there…..

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Sorenthaz

How do we differentiate between a review bomb or generally it being negatively received?

When people are giving it 0’s on MetaCritic saying that they didn’t even play the game or are just dropping mindless one-line reasons.

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Tobasco da Gama

Are “user” reviews involved in any way shape or form? Assume review-bombing is happening, in either the positive or negative direction.

In other words, what styopa said.

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McGuffn

A review bomb is where you use an outside program to generate the missing cyphers of the review to generate a bad score.

A generally bad review is one where the game company uses a stupid launch system that allows you to use an outside program to generate the missing cyphers to generate a bad game.

I mean, if they wanted you to gamble with your launch codes they should have just made it rng based within the game.

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got some random pvp in yday. noting that this is the singular pvp suggestion i’ve had personally and rarely seen random tagging go punished. but this repeatedly shot me so i figured it was time to go down in the blaze of glory while i had his face in shot gun range lol

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rafael12104

Something very similar happened to me. But I can’t fault the other player as I mistakenly shot him or her. It was a case of friendly fire, but how do you explain that when they were simply looking for cover when I turned and fired at them point blank.

Panic fire. It is a real thing in the FO universe. Heh.

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BalsBigBrother

Isn’t there a pacifist mode or something that prevents friendly fire and such?

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xpsync

Pretty sure the option exists, just no real need for it so far, beta hell yeah, now that’s live not yet anyway.

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rafael12104

If your above level 5, it doesn’t work that way.

In short, if you get shot, that initial shot does very little damage. But if you return fire, PvP is on. Lol. Now, if you choose not to fight back, the aggressor has very little incentive to continue. They don’t get to plunder your caps, they lose the ability to see other players on the map, and you are marked as a murder with a bounty on your head that everyone can see on the the map.

In addition, there is level scaling when you fight other players. So, if a level 30 attacks a level 10, that level 30 may be the one crying no fair. Heh.

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BalsBigBrother

Yes I know all that. I was just asking about (and I know its a thing now I investigated) the pacifist mode.

When selected it means you cannot friendly fire regardless of level. You canot initiate pvp nor will you recieve pvp messages when the option is selected. While other players can still shoot you the damge they do is tuned way down apparrently when you have this on.

So I guess I answered my own question in the end :)

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, after level 5 you can go into Game Settings and toggle Pacifist on, by default it’s turned off after level 5. Anytime you attack another player it’ll remind you that you have Pacifist on and doesn’t deal damage to them or trigger PvP.

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rafael12104

Heh. Didn’t know you could turn that back on after level 5. So, ok!

I’m still going to leave it off for a bit unless my panic attacks become a huge issue. Lol.
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Last night swarmed in the med center, lucky had a high level player enter same time, it was pretty cool as you could tell we both were trying to take out the zombie swarm and NOT shoot each other in the process. It was good, it worked, we did what we came for and left.

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yeah had a few events go like that especially ones in tight quarters like the cream factory event.

just hope that no one outside your team is throwing down melee as you throw lead down stream lol

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that’s part of why i included the pve event in the video, as those were the guys that i pvped against just minutes prior.

i don’t think i dropped any adhesive to them but who knows maybe they’re the root of my alluminum shortage! XD

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xpsync

lol, you’re not the guy running around asking everyone for aluminum are you? I found that funny the other night i stopped in town and i could hear him going around to peeps and saying/asking, “Hey man, you got some aluminum?” “I needzz aluminum brah, can you help a guy out?” “aluminum? anyone? /sniff” “Will work for aluminum” he was funny if i had some probably would have given it to him, he was pretty entertaining.

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no i’m the guy who talks to who guildies in discord while having his mic open in game (let’s go ptt!)

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xpsync

lmao!

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Sorenthaz

You can turn Pacifist mode on just so friendly fire with randoms isn’t possible.

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rafael12104

Ok! Good to know. I just got learned. Heh.