Wobbling around more in Fallout 76. I’m pretty impressed with myself for putting up with how badly it runs, and surprised I don’t get motion sickness from it. Not to mention being able to actually hit things; that’s really not easy when the enemies move in a sort of staggered teleporting fashion (and I do too)
It’s also using this weird rendering method that Fallout 4 uses; it looks good, but everything is kind of blurry, even the text on the Pipboy. It’s odd. I assume there must be some gains from it, but I’m not sure I’m all that fond of it when I have to look at it for ten hours in a row at a time. It also makes it really hard to spot enemies.
Other than that, it’s pretty much Fallout 4, which is kind of what I wanted. Or rather, it has some improvements I wish had been backported into FO4. The C.A.M.P. is sort of nice; you can set up a base relatively anywhere, instead of only in homesteads like in FO4, and you don’t have to deal with settlers.
You can also scrap all your junk at crafting stations (which can be added to your C.A.M.P. camp), and scrap weapons too.
I don’t know why they made an MMO, but then, playing solo is of course a different experience. Though, like Destiny 2 there’s no text chat (yes, I know they added it later on in D2, but no one uses it, so it might as well not be there), so it hampers itself severely.
I was exploring a town and some level 100+ (I’m level 11) in power armor waved and followed me around, but there was no way to figure out what she wanted. Which is pretty stupid for an MMO.
The perk system is … puzzling, at best. Some weird random cards give you certain advantages, but I frankly don’t understand how it works. And it’s RNG, of course, so that doesn’t help.
There’s apparently 8 or 10 currencies, aside from Caps and Atoms (the obligatory microtransaction currency). I don’t know what any of them are good for yet, or how to get them.
You do get some Atoms from doing ingame stuff, although I don’t know if that dries up eventually. But I’ve earned enough to buy a couple of prefab buildings for the C.A.M.P. So that’s okay.
There’s a season thing you seem to get for free. Subscribers get some extra rewards, but not really anything much (especially compared to Destiny 2’s season rewards).
So far it seems decent. I have no idea when it started or how long I have to get the stuff, but for now the rewards just pop up once in a while when I randomly manage to do something that earned me season points. And the rewards are nice for new players too.
Generally pretty impressed with the voice acting. I gather there were no NPCs at all at first, but there are some now, though you still hear most of the voice acting on tapes you find, but it’s pretty convincing.
Speaking of NPCs, I saw a player with an ‘ally’ NPC. No idea how that works, but maybe you can get a follower. That would be interesting.
Leveling feels insanely slow. I’ve played for 20 hours and I’m level 11. Possibly there are some tricks I’m missing, but I don’t really think so and it’s kind of frustrating (I somehow got a couple of rifles I can’t use until level 45 too). I’ve seen people at level 900+ so that must be quite some time investment.
And carry weight is a severe problem. It always is, but it feels more pronounced than usual, also because being encumbered rapidly eats all your stamina/AP so you are just forced to stop and wait for it to replenish (and, of course, you can’t fast travel while encumbered). It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s some microtransaction thing that enables you to carry more or something.
Granted, one problem might be that I have fairly crap weapons, so I have to carry quite a few at a time and those weigh a fair bit. Maybe it’ll help once I get better stuff and don’t need to carry so many.
So, it’s perhaps a bit mixed (not as much as I expected, though), but generally fairly okay, I think. So far, at least.