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Fallout 76 Hands-On Preview: This Is A Very Different Type Of Post Apocalyptic RPG



Ever since Bethesda has announced its newest game in the Fallout series, Fallout 76 is all about. While the concept of an online fallout experience is enticing, it also comes into conflict with the series' typical brand of role-playing. Though Fallout 76 does not lend itself to traditional, single-player details, it offers up alluring opportunity to explore uncharted, irradiated territory with other players online.

and survival in West Virginia's Appalachia, with all its regional oddities and newfound horror coming in large doses. Recently, Bethesda's Game Studios about the particular challenges of making a different kind of fallout.

Set only 25 years after the bombs dropped̵

1; making it the earliest game in the series' timeline – Fallout 76 gives you plenty of distance from previous games to show off the freshly devastated wilderness. In traditional fashion, you leave the safe confines of the vault to venture out into the wasteland – bringing with you a sense of determination, and thus the naïveté that can come from living in somewhat comfortable isolation. After a quick introduction, you create your character, get accustomed to the new controls and systems, and venture out to the surface. However, what sets this apart from the others is that you are one of many survivors. And once you're outside, it's every Vault Dweller for themselves.

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During the first hour, I got my bearings by taking a tour around the immediate area sights. Fallout 76 has the familiar RPG mechanics and sense of exploration that the series is known for, but it has more of an amusement park vibe – with the Greenbrier Resort and the Top of the World ski slope. While exploring Fallout's take on West Virginia, which fallout more times than the Commonwealth of Fallout 4, I've got the feeling that I've come to Fallout. Still, the new location in West Virginia feels totally different from Fallout 4's Capital.

Still, the new location in West Virginia feels totally different from Fallout 4's Capital Wasteland and the Mojave from New Vegas, which quickly introduces its own brand of locals and strange monsters that reside there. Along with weird monsters like enlarged ticks, three-headed possums, and even Mole Men, there are other monsters that reference West Virginian urban legends.

For the most part, combat and general movement.

Grafton Monster and the enigmatic Mothman, the latter of which is revered by the hostile cabal of Scorched, heavily irradiated humans act as Fallout 4. However, the new mechanics and survival systems at play somewhat overwhelming to come under pressure during our introduction. In 76, much of the tutorial happens in a trial by fire scenario in the open world, where you'll have to follow the early moments of the quests closely in order to learn the new mechanics, all while fighting off enemies and scavenging resources. While I've been enjoying the quick pace at which players are whistling out of the vault, I've come to the conclusion that I have not been able to do that on the way scrambling to find any weapon

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With the new online focus, some mechanics have seen some changes. For instance, Fallout's iconic V.A.T.S .– allowing you to target and fire precisely-targeted shots – now operates in real-time. It acts more like a real-time lock-on – with your weapon's hit-rate setting depending on the enemy's movement or their surroundings. This style of V.A.T.S. definitely took some getting used to. Mostly to the fact that they are moving around, and combined with the awkward focus of the V.A.T.S. camera, it was jarring to actually use it during a fight. Because of this, I mostly stuck with standard aiming and shooting, which felt more reliable during engagements. While you can upgrade V.A.T.S.

Fallout 76's survival mechanics take many cues from Fallout 4's more challenging Survival mode. In addition to keeping your character well fed on a regular basis, you'll also have ailments and diseases – as well as the oddly named but still troubling wheel worms. Some enemies and locations even carry specific diseases. These illnesses range from diseases that sap your maximum health, action points, and the general damage resistances for your character, to their susceptibility to radiation

With a large emphasis on survival, nearly every item and resource you can get your hands on feel much more valuable. Nothing really lasts too long in Fallout 76 – even the buffs from Bobbleheads and skill magazines only last a short time – so every tool you have will inevitably be discarded for something new. As you're scavenging through the open world, you'll find junk items, scraps, and crafting plans that can be translated into new gear and building materials for your constructions. Bizarre weapons like the Heated Pitchfork or Ski Sword – a single ski sharpened to form a blade. But over time, weapons and armor will eventually need to be repaired or broken down into materials for other items.

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Character growth is still the core part of Fallout 76, and it offers an impressive amount of variety and flexibility. After leveling up, you can place into the familiar categories of the SPECIAL system. Eventually, you'll acquire a pack of Perk Cards that can offer special buffs in their assigned categories. For example, the Gladiator perk card is a Strength card which increases damage with melee weapons, while Lead Belly can reduce the radiation from drinking contaminated water. The more points you have in a category, the more Perk Cards you can potentially slot in, giving you a whole suite of added buffs. At any time, you can swap out your set of Perk Cards to readjust your character.

So in return with the game's focus on pioneering the mechanics of Fallout 4 return. Now known as the C.A.M.P. it does not overlap with existing structures. You have what it takes to create whatever you want, whether you are looking for stash supplies, or even larger mega-structures that house turrets and a dedicated place to relax. If you ever want to pack up and move elsewhere, you can save your house as a blueprint and dismantle it.

The biggest point of contention with Fallout 76's online nature is its paint of NPCs and slimmed down story, now serve to highlight the focus on moment-to- moment engagements with enemies and other players. This lacquer of traditional interactions and storytelling is more noticeable. While you're doing it, it's time to get out and about, and you'll feel like you're out and about

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Having said that, I could not help but feel intrigued by the re-focus here. Lore and smaller doses of stories are quietly in ample supply, but have been passed through the environment and journals scattered about. NPC characters to find – with exception to roaming robots that can offer trades and intel – you'll eventually stumble across the bodies of long-dead survivors who have had a notable presence in the world. In their possession are special holotapes known Survivor Stories, detailing the last moments of their lives in the irradiated wilderness.

These stories told some interesting tales for the characters in Appalachia, which had some poignant and heartfelt moments to them – which was Reassuring given the fragmented nature of the storytelling in 76. Speaking with design director Emil Paglliarulo, elaborated on their refocus to make Fallout more about engaging with others players

"We started off with the premise where the only other people you see are the ones that came from the vault, "he said. "We've never had the opportunity to do a game that's twenty-five years after the bombs fell, it's been two-hundred years after that." We've never been able to do that with the NPCs or No Dialog Trees – which were a huge adjustment for our quest designers, they were used to doing it a certain way – and now the lore-heavy stuff comes from holo-tapes, which now has its own tab in the punk-boy that's been really interesting for us and ended up happening that in a lot more lonely story than in fallout 4. All of these We do not expect that. "

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Are you ready to play solo? within a group, player interaction is a big part of the game. Encountering another person after rounding the corner or reaching out to the end of a dungeon creates some genuinely tense feelings. To communicate with others, Fallout 76 features a variety of in-game emotes to use and proximity based voice chat. During our session, however, we use Xbox Live's chat client to stay in constant communication with our group.

When playing in groups, communication is important, and the emotes and proximity are a great way to get your point across. Bizarre obstacles, such as finding the keys to an armory in a makeshift town, or looking out of a destroyed aircraft, or finding out a mob of unruly golfer feral ghouls "at a ritzy resort that's still maintained by protectotrons.

Once you reach level 5, Fallout 76's PvP systems open up. When you encounter another player that's over level 5 , you can fire your weapon at them to let you know your intentions. Haul of junk items – no caps or gear is lost after a defeat. When shooting at a player that has not been engaged in response, all damage will be cut in half, which gives you enough time to react.

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Our group of level 5 explorers tried to take down a level-58 player in power armor, but it did not go well at the same time high-powered Tesla Rifle. PvP engagements. PvP engagements. However, if you wish to avoid PvP, or if it is a bugging you too much, you can block them or almost-to safety.

To cap off our hands-on time, the developers in a nuke, which obliterates specific areas of the map. We've had it, and then proceeded to jump into the sinking fallout – with its heavy radiation promptly killing us off one-by-one. As one of the larger end-game goals in Fallout 76, activating a nuke can lead to new events in the irradiated areas, revealing rare materials and dangerous enemies to fight. It also highlights the more dynamic nature of Fallout 76, with many of its narrative touches

The scale of Fallout. The location of West Virginia – and all its oddities – is exciting to dive into, which is called Fallout 4's Commonwealth. However, much like previous Fallout games, there were a number of odd bugs and large frame-rate dips that occurred throughout. This was most noticeable during larger fire fights against large groups of enemies. November 14 launch.

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76 certainly is not like other Fallout games. After our three hours, I got the impression that Bethesda is taking a risky approach with the series in regards to its lore and its core gameplay. With its heavy focus on survival gameplay and the online experience, I suspect this largely experimental take on Fallout will become a rather polarizing entry. Though the mechanics were somewhat overwhelming to get a handle of, I can not deny that I enjoyed exploring the large map and engaging in the mysterious, post-apocalyptic take on West Virginia. Fallout 76 looks like it can flourish in the long-term, and I'm interested in what can come about after many hours in its off-kilter and ever-changing setting.


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