Fallout 76 has me in a hard place. Am I looking forward to it?

So I have until November to finish Fallout 4

Bethesda was talking about another old favourite of mine today.  And over the last couple of days.  They have been so excited to talk about it, they decided to troll the world with a 24-hour Twitch stream of ‘Please Stand By’.  They even jumped into the XBox presentation a few hours before their own.

Of course, I am talking about Fallout 76.

I first played Fallout in 97-98 I think?  It was after Doom, that’s for sure.  And I spent a lot of time playing it when I should have been studying.  It was a new type of RPG for me, with isometric views and an insane deadline to get the water chip and save your vault.  Not to mention Ron Pearlman as the Narrator – I can still listen to the into to every Fallout game except Brotherhood of Steel just for him.

And there were so many ways to play the game and complete the quests..  So much of the world to explore.  Many games were simply me running around doing quests just to see what else was in the game, completely ignoring the main quest and letting the time run out.

Believe it or not, there was a time this was considered the same as 4K HDR quality graphics

This was before the patch that removed the time limit, and for a long time, I didn’t get the patch even when I knew it would remove the time limit.  It was just too much fun.

I have heard a lot of people already coming down on Fallout 76.  Internet game?  Multiplayer?  That’s not MY Fallout!

To those people, I have only this to say.  Fallout 3, New Vegas and 4?  They weren’t my Fallout either.  But I gave Fallout 3 a try, and it is to date right up there as my favourite Fallout ever – bugs and all.

So let’s have a look at the trailer shown at E3 yesterday:

So it sounds like Ron Pearlman is back as the narrator, and the Fallout ‘feel’ is definitely a high priority.

Comparisons have been made over the last few days to Rust, an online survival game with heavy player vs player leanings.  I can’t say too much about Rust as I haven’t played it, but Fallout seems to be similar if friendlier.

I say friendlier, mainly because Bethesda was quick to point out that dying in Fallout 76 isn’t the end of your play experience.  This will be great for new players, but hardcore survival players may find this too casual.  I will say it’s probably a good move by Bethesda overall though because I am tempted to give it a go.

But that is where I am with Fallout 76 – I will give it a go.  I am not overly excited by it, but I am definitely going to keep an eye on it as well.  If Bethesda.net comes back online properly and lets me join up, I will be applying for the beta and giving it a hammering.

What about you?  Where do you stand on the Fallout 76 hype train?  Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,


**Quick Update

So I misunderstood the B.E.T.A. access.  I do love the name – Break-It Early Test Application.  I thought it would be a great chance to see if I could get into the game or not.  I thought I could help test out a game from a studio that has famously launched buggy the last few releases.

So to get access to the beta, you need to preorder.  OK, not a ‘free’ look that’s fair enough though.  You don’t want hordes of people playing for long enough for free.

But you have to order the Power Armour collectors set to get access.

UPDATE:  You just have to preorder, so I can order the game for the normal AUD$99 and get beta access.  Yay for looking again a day later!

Wait, to get early access I need to buy what?

So here in Australia, that means EB Games.  OK I am good with that.  Let’s have a look at what the deal is.

Click on the image to go to the EB games site

I don’t think I will be paying for beta access somehow.

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