Former Obsidian Developer Gives Personal Opinion on Fallout 76; ‘It Has Many, Many Flaws’ but You Can ‘Feel the Potential’
Fallout 76 is basically an MMORPG based in the Fallout universe, offering players the experience to play with their friends online, build bases, complete quests, and all the basic Fallout features. However, the game still lacks many fundamental features to fully take advantage of the multiplayer concept Bethesda wants to implement. For example, when you group up in a four-player squad, there are certain missions that require each one to do the same objectives individually, beating the entire purpose of playing together.
Former Obsidian developer, David Lockwood, went over to Fallout 76’s subreddit to vent out on what he likes and doesn’t like about the game so far. As of the time of his writing, he was level 76, but even after spending all these hours on the game, he couldn’t deny the “many, many flaws” the game has. However, he sees there is great potential in turning this game, and praised several aspects of its multiplayer, mainly the friendly player base and helping out newbies get used to the vast world.
I like the game. I really like the game! Seriously though I am not an MMO player. I just can’t seem to get into them. I enjoy RPG’s but MMOs are so immersion breaking on every level they just fall flat with me. I’m obviously a huge Fallout fan and when I heard about 76 I was…. cautious in my enthusiasm.
Fast forward 76 levels later (yeah I am currently level 76) and I am completely in love with this game, despite its flaws. It has many, many flaws but I can see and already feel the potential. I really hope the dragging sales don’t affect the long term development process. I know first hand how gutted a development team can feel about that, 3 to 4 years of your life dragged through shit and then when the money isn’t there, all the cool things you have planned post development start getting axed. It is very difficult for the team.
In any case, I’d say probably 3/4 of my time has been solo and 1/4 co-op with people I know or really good randoms I met online. I may not get into MMOs but I have tried to, and this has the most friendly and fantastic player base for an online game I have ever encountered. There is a real sense of personal fulfillment to drop off supplies for new players or offer them hints. Dropping some of the Million duplicate plans I have, giving out power armor frames, handing out purified water, Aluminum and .38 ammo. It is a real treat, the dopamine hits are real.
The game does suffer from a huge number of bugs and I can’t really seem to play for more than 3 or 4 hours solid without a crash. However, I have enjoyed the story thus far and Bethesda are the masters of environmental storytelling and in 76 they have to be. Also, these areas are some of the most fun to explore in any of their games. Except for the cranberry bogs. Fuck those trenches when you are trying to run away.
Despite all of that I have played for 76 levels worth of time and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon! I really hope they get the sales they need to continue development, but knowing how the sausage is made, I’ll understand if they can’t grow this thing to where it needs to be. I’ll be sad, but my heart will go out to the individuals who make up the development team.
What do you think of Lockwood’s statement? Are you enjoying the game as much as him?