It may not seem too long ago that Fallout 76, the Fallout prequel we had been waiting for, was announced to swathes of adoring crowds. But it is now finally time to hit those country roads and indulge in the biggest Fallout experience to date. Oh, and it’s all online!
That’s right, in a majorly solo franchise we now have the ability to enjoy the nuclear wasteland with online friends, picking up and tackling a plethora of quests and missions, venturing out to a variety of areas to complete said quests.
The main aim of Fallout 76, as you continue through the quests and uncover the plot secrets, is to continually better your character both in terms of weapons and stats. One way you will go about doing this is by acquiring and upgrading Perk Cards, which can be obtained throughout the course of the game and buff your base skills. But you can’t just assign every card you happen across, as they are each worth a number of points depending on strength, and you only have a select amount of points to invest in. This makes it so that your character will eventually develop into the person you want them to be, playing to the strengths of your own playstyle. Your weapon choice will have a similar impact – and of course as with any Fallout title there will be a ton of weapons!
But the uniqueness of Fallout 76 comes in the form of the online capabilities. Not only will you be out questing with friends, but there is always the opportunity to stumble across a randomer just going about their own business. Then what? Do you buddy up to make missions easier, or do you let your ruthlessness take hold and tear them apart? In combination with Perk Cards, online-play will ensure no two games are alike in both what you do and who you meet.
Crafting and base-building will also act as a key aspect of Fallout 76 – so expect to be out in the field scavenging for resources to craft items and the like, all in the name of furthering your progression and becoming the most powerful you can be. Having a portable home in the form of a C.A.M.P. will come in handy on those longer trips across the game-world.
If you fancy getting stuck into the biggest Fallout map in history, and like the idea of exploring it with friends (and foes), then you can now pick up Fallout 76 on Xbox One today (as an Xbox One X Enhanced title, no less) for £59.99, or pick up the Tricentennial Edition for £79.99 with some added customisation bonuses thrown in. You can also get access to Fallout 76 on PS4 and PC too.
Should you wish to go even deeper with Fallout 76, then there are a number of Atom packs available for purchase too. These range from £3.99 for 500 Atoms, all the way up to £31.99 for 4000 (+ a bonus 1000). Obviously the choice of pack will be decided by exactly what you wish to get out of the entire Fallout 76 experience.
See you out on the Commonwealth, traveller!
Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, welcome you to Fallout 76, the online prequel where every surviving human is a real person. Work together, or not, to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, you’ll experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe. Reclamation Day, 2102. Twenty-five years after the bombs fall, you and your fellow Vault Dwellers—chosen from the nation’s best and brightest – emerge into post-nuclear America. Play solo or join together as you explore, quest, build, scavenge and triumph against the wasteland’s greatest threats.