By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee on November 19, 2018
This week is pretty much all about two games I guess; Battlefield V and Fallout 76. After a long discussion with my colleague, Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams, we decided that he would write about Battlefield V and yours truly would dive into the world of Fallout 76. This, if I say so myself, was the right decision, because I've been playing the Fallout games since the first installment in the series and I enjoyed everyone of them. So it's no surprise that I was really looking forward to the launch of Fallout 76. (no offense to Battlefield V, of course)
So, let's get on with the reclamation, shall we? We start our adventure at the well known Vault and Reclamation Day has just been celebrated. Being the party animal that I am, I needed some additional sleep after the party. Lucky for me, there is no footage of the party, so I can deny everything! Ahem, anyway. You slept longer than all the other Vault inhabitants, who have already started to explore the world, including the Overseer himself. He just couldn't wait for you any longer, but he leaves you a message saying that he hopes you can join him later on. (He has some quests for you, so yeah, he would be in trouble if you don't show...)
Fallout 76 has many similarities with Fallout 4, which is totally fine by me because I absolutely love that particular game to pieces. So the gameplay and functionalities are basically the same, but there are new features as well. You'll need to eat and drink on a regular basis, or else you will suffer from hunger or dehydration and that will have negative effects on your overall health and prestige. But no worries, Bethesda got you covered with all kinds of products and items to eat and drink. They even added made sure there are enough cooking stations around, where you can prepare some really good meals. And let's be honest here, you always wanted to try a Glowing Fungus Soup or some Awesome Opossum Bacon, am I right?
I love building my own camp in the Fallout games. In Fallout 76 it doesn't matter where you want to build your camp or how big you want to make it; everything is totally up to you. I chose a stone hillside as the spot for my camp and decide to keep things a bit more basic. I have more space around me, so if I find more blue prints of stations I like, I always can extend my camp. I like the options you have to build you domicile, because the options are endless and by scrolling through the menu's it's clear you can basically do anything you want and go absolutely wild! Plus, if you ever grow tired of the spot you're currently in, you can always decide to move it. So again, the sky is the limit. But for now I've put my stash there, and placed a crafting station and, last but not least, a turret to defend my camp. And, while we're on the subject of defending camps, let's place some traps while we're at it! There are quite a few of these contraptions in the game, so you can always choose the one that works best for you.
The only thing I always thought would maybe improve a Fallout game, was the possibility to play this game together with your friends. A friend of mine and myself always talked about roaming the Fallout worlds together and how awesome that would be. And now we can! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Fallout 76 offers you a great, no huge, post-apocalypse adventure, in which you can join forces with other players in online coop multiplayer. You can even form a team, if you like.
Fallout 76 doesn't have the option to play the game in single player mode; while playing you will inevitably come across other players. My biggest fear with this concept was that players would immediately jump into PvP mode which, if I'm totally honest, would kind of ruin the entire experience for me. This is why I was a bit apprehensive when Fallout 76 was properly announced; I was afraid it would revolve mainly around PVP battles and people stealing shit from each other. Or that other players would destroy your camp and you have to start over from scratch. The good news is that you basically can't lose anything, because my base camp will be offline for other players. PvP only starts when you decide to shoot back if another player attacks you. I always find that attacking other players is also a bit pointless, because you'll never get your hands on their really good items; You only get the items that are in their junk section. Plus, if you decide to shoot another player, you become "wanted", so other players might hunt you down. So yeah, PVP is not really encouraged. It's better to work together in this brand new world of Fallout 76 that we will have to re-populate.
Another great thing the developers thought of, is the fact that every player can complete the same mission. Items will not be snatched away. If you're on a quest to find a certain item, that item will be there as long as you didn't complete the quest, without other players swooping in and claiming your prize. If you like to challenge yourself just that little bit more, please check the daily and weekly challenges and events via the game's main menu. If you complete those, you can buy all kinds of items in the Atomic Shop. And boy, oh boy, do they have some cool stuff in store! Hats, glasses, outfits, stashes, a paint job for your armor suit or PipBoy. Again, Bethesda has got our backs when it comes to taking care of the collector inside of most of us.
Needless to say, I truly, really, madly, deeply love Fallout 76. Bethesda has listened to the people who asked for online and PvP possibilities, but without losing their signature game style, or any of the cool things the series has gained over the years. The PipBoy looks awesome, you can unlock a plethora of perks and can basically do whatever the hell you want. Fallout 76 offers you a wide world to explore and, this time, you can do this together with your friends!
November 14, 2018