Fans of Fallout were…hesitant, to say the least when footage from the new entry into the post-apocalyptic franchise put even more emphasis on (unnecessary) world building and Todd ‘I-think-I’m-the-new-Steve-Jobs’ Howard told concerned gamers that it was headed down the road of MMO.
Well, the reviews are now in. And Fallout 76 is every bit the disappointment we all feared it would be.
IGN says that: ‘Fallout 76 isn’t a good-looking game except when viewed from the exact right angles,” with quests and tasks that feel like “chasing ghosts.”‘
‘Every Bethesda game is known for being buggy, but Fallout 76 is simply stuffed with bugs. Bugs, everywhere.’ says ExtremeTech.
Gamespot says: ‘Bethesda has stated it intends to continue supporting the game for a long time, but at launch, Fallout 76 is a poor experience. There are echoes of the series’ admirable qualities, but look past that facade, past the cute Vault Boy animations, past the familiar radio tracks, and you’ll find no heart–just an inconsequential wasteland doomed to be nuked over and over again.
It seems no one has learnt from the epic Tom Clancy’s The Division – where there was both a full-on orgy of PvP within the Dark Zone located in Central Park, but you didn’t have to go in there and risk everything if you didn’t want to. You could play solo/quest if wanted to all around the rest of the almost-deserted Manhattan.
is was the last place quest/campaign gamers who love to play solo, or possibly with NPCs alongside, could go. But that last refuge seems to be disappearing.
Fallout 76 has already been severely discounted from its original $59.99 price point only two weeks after it hit shelves. And it gets worse for Bethesda. In addition to the in-game bugs, not long after it was released some of the game servers crashed because everyone was nuking each other.
Added to which, fans are up in arms for what they are claiming is false advertisement over a nylon bag that came with the collectible Power Armor Edition of the game and the video game publisher’s response to the issue.
The Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition is advertised on Bethesda’s official site as including a “Full-Scale Wearable T-51 Power Armor Helmet” from the game as well as a West Tek canvas carrying bag and other various collectibles. However, when many fans received their special edition of the game they found that the canvas bag in question was actually nylon.
Angry customers quickly took to Twitter to complain about the issue. Bethesda issued an initial response on Wednesday night, tweeting, “Unfortunately, due to unavailability of materials, we had to switch to a nylon carrying case in the Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition. We hope this doesn’t prevent anyone from enjoying what we feel is one of our best collector’s editions.”
The response garnered further pushback from fans who demanded a refund for their purchase. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bethesda offered to give purchasers of the Power Armor Edition 500 Atoms, an in-game currency only usable in Fallout 76.
“We understand and respect that there is disappointment with the bag in the Power Armor Edition,” Fallout’s official account tweeted on Thursday morning. “We are sorry. Please contact Bethesda Support to provide proof of your CE purchase. They will assist in granting your account 500 Atoms.”
Quite understandably, fans responded with fully justified criticism over the company’s response, claiming it wasn’t really a refund as it is not real-world currency that is being reimbursed. Duh.
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