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Fallout 76 receives mixed reviews

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Fallout 76 receives mixed reviews

Fallout 76 was released Nov. 4 and was given mixed reviews from fans and critics alike. In this photo, which was taken via photo mode while playing the game, a player walks by a moth man.

Fallout 76 was released Nov. 4 and was given mixed reviews from fans and critics alike. In this photo, which was taken via photo mode while playing the game, a player walks by a moth man.

IMAGE / Colton Joseph

Fallout 76 was released Nov. 4 and was given mixed reviews from fans and critics alike. In this photo, which was taken via photo mode while playing the game, a player walks by a moth man.

IMAGE / Colton Joseph

IMAGE / Colton Joseph

Fallout 76 was released Nov. 4 and was given mixed reviews from fans and critics alike. In this photo, which was taken via photo mode while playing the game, a player walks by a moth man.

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Fallout, a game series about post-nuclear war society, created a shocking change in its new installment — the option of multiplayer.

After I spent almost 72 hours exploring the Fallout 76 wasteland, only one question remains: Is this take on Fallout acceptable or atrocious?

Bethesda’s Fallout 76 is the first game in the long-running Fallout franchise to be multiplayer.

All the previous games were single-player, open-world, role-playing games where you made decisions that would decide the outcome of the story.

Fallout 76 made a big change to the typical system of Fallout games and many players are not happy about it.

The game no longer relies on decision making or role play, making it more of an open sandbox world with no real story.

The game is also full of bugs and glitches.

During its release on Nov. 14, players experienced all kinds of errors, minor and major. At times it just felt like a beta.

Glitches included getting disconnected from the server, having enemies turn invisible, getting stuck in your power armor, and much more.

It is easy to tell the game was rushed.

Luckily, on Dec. 11, Bethesda released an update fixing many bugs.

Senior Ronnie Valkema said he appreciates Bethesda’s attempts to fix issues in the game but said it could be better.

“It was really buggy at release and Bethesda did not do a good job at patching things from the beta,” Valkema said. “But the update fixed a lot of issues, and it’s really fun now.”

While bugs and glitches affect the game play, there are many other things that enhance it as well.

The scenery is beautiful.

Set in Appalachia, W.Va., nuclear fallout barely reached the area, leaving the geography extremely colorful and vivid.

The graphics are unlike most Fallout games, which showcase dull, gray worlds that lack color and diversity.

Fallout 76 has the unique ability for multiplayer. Exploring the wasteland with friends creates an enticing experience.

Playing with friends makes the wasteland feel a little less lonely. You can do quests together, make bases together, and even fight other online players together.

The building concept in the game is also more extensive than it was in Fallout 4, adding an array of new items and more lenient building restrictions. This allows players to make more unique and specific bases.

The game has received mixed reviews. Some people love the game, and others hate it.

Senior Max Stimac, an avid player of Fallout games, said the game is OK overall.

“The game has its flaws, that’s easy to see,” Stimac said. “But I think it’s a fun game to get together and play with your friends. So, overall, it’s a solid game.”

To sum up Fallout 76, it’s a fun game that has many issues and bugs.

It strays away from the usual format of the franchise, but there are many unique aspects and much potential in the game as well.

If you strive to explore the post-apocalyptic world of West Virginia and fight off radiation and super mutants, then this game is a definite purchase.

The featured image used in this story is from flickr.com

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Birthday: May 14, 2001
Hobbies/Interests: Snowboarding.
Favorite Quote: "Winter is coming." - John Snow
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