Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 43
  2. Negative: 12 out of 43
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  1. Nov 24, 2018
    83
    Despite some very annoying bugs that absolutely need to be addressed, the game is both a wonderful online experience and an underrated solo adventure if you enjoy the exploration aspect of games such as No Man’s Sky.
  2. Nov 30, 2018
    76
    Fallout 76 feels like a single-player experience that was forced into an online game. Still, if you stick with it, trying to survive in Appalachia indeed delivers a different kind of appeal from previous iterations.
  3. Nov 20, 2018
    74
    Bethesda claims that the Fallout 76 servers will last “forever” and, while it may not take that long to patch bugs and improve the experience, my foray with the launch version has left me with an abundance of bullet points that need attention. My biggest hope is that Bethesda will take our suggestions and criticisms as a call to action to tweak the faulty mechanics and build more features into a game that has a ton of potential.
  4. Dec 19, 2018
    70
    Fallout 76 is the series’ Freshman introduction into the world of online, multiplayer games. As a result, we are experiencing all of the awkwardness and clumsiness associated with that season of life. It is imperfect and a bit uncomfortable, but I see opportunity for Fallout 76 to be more than it presently it - to be a truly great, rich Fallout experience.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 12, 2018
    70
    It seems war does change things after all. If you’re expecting this release to be Fallout 5, then yes, you’ll be disappointed. Approach with an open mind, and you may be nicely surprised. [Issue#157, p.94]
  6. 70
    Though it suffers from graphical issues and bugs, as well as unsatisfying combat, Fallout 76 is fun nonetheless, and the experience is only enhanced by cooperating with other players.
  7. 70
    Fallout 76 is a blast to play. It's easily my favorite Fallout title to date. Fallout 76 has it's fair share of problems but they don't make the game unplayable. Fallout 76 isn't for everyone but for those who stick with it will definitely find what it has to offer.
  8. Nov 29, 2018
    69
    Multiplayer, camping/building, and sustenance management to me are all neat concepts, but feel incomplete or forced. There are plenty of survival games where sustenance is an option. I am seeking immersion in the sense of storytelling and character building, not the monotony of sifting through a menu system, interacting with robots, diaries, or building camps. In the end, fans of the series will still find Appalachia worth exploring, but not the game of choice for newcomers.
  9. Nov 22, 2018
    65
    Fallout 76 is in no way an indispensable title or suitable for all palates, but can still prove to be a surprisingly rich and enjoyable experience, especially in the company of a friend.
  10. Nov 19, 2018
    65
    Behind a mess of technical problems and bad decisions, hides a Fallout: a post-apocalyptic survival game, with mechanics from another era, but which is undoubtedly fun. If you can see beyond all the mistakes and consider yourself a fan of the universe, you may enjoy Fallout 76 (especially playing with others), but there's still plenty to do to improve.
  11. 60
    Underneath the extremely rough and laggy exterior, Fallout 76 has the makings of a great and entertaining game. To some, the damage may have already been done and the appeal may have already worn off, but with Bethesda’s level of support, the game has potential to grow into something much more than it currently is.
  12. Nov 26, 2018
    60
    Fallout 76 is basically Fallout 4. That’s the reality. It shares many of the same strengths and many of the same flaws, but the addition of online play and a new map offers a fresh spin on the franchise. Players who regularly roll with a group of friends, or adore the Fallout franchise, are likely to find a place in this wasteland. We’re not sure everyone else will see the appeal, however — or if Fallout 76 will keep players coming back once the launch luster fades.
  13. Nov 25, 2018
    60
    If you can re-frame Fallout 76 as a survival crafting game in the Fallout universe rather than viewing it as the next instalment in the series then you will have a better time. It is not without its faults, but there is a base there that has the potential to be improved upon as time goes by.
  14. 60
    I want to love Fallout 76, namely for its addition of co-op play and the representation of a region dear to my heart. I simply can’t. I wouldn’t say the latest Fallout title is abysmal or even bad, just very middling. It removes many of the series’ strong suits and attempts to make up for it by adding in new mechanics or strengthening lesser ones.
  15. Nov 21, 2018
    60
    Many of the issues Fallout 76 currently faces could eventually be fixed, which is why this mess is such a pity. The potential is clear, but a reluctance to commit to one direction or another leaves the game in an awkward and broken void.
  16. Nov 20, 2018
    60
    Fallout 76 is a good co-op Fallout in a new charming land, but it's a poor solo Fallout, and a poor survival game, with poor graphics.
  17. Nov 26, 2018
    55
    Fallout 76 is an evolving game, and we've no doubt it'll become better with time, but for now this is not what we were expecting. The multiplayer idea behind the game is somehow interesting, but technically the game is terrible and gameplay talking is clumsy.
  18. Nov 21, 2018
    55
    Although there's fun to be had in Fallout 76, the game itself feels like it has an identity crisis. Besides that, it definitely feels like an unfinished game. Even for former Fallout standards it has an abundance of bugs.
  19. Nov 20, 2018
    55
    It is a pity to say that the great foundations of the series are there, but in the end, they have been completely overshadowed by the problems that I mention and of course, by experiments that in theory sounded like great ideas but in practice, are lacking. We can already dub Fallout 76 as the big disappointment of 2018.
  20. Nov 20, 2018
    55
    As of today, Fallout 76 feels more like a rushed game that turned out to be a failure than a true member of the Fallout family. If the whole feels broken, there is potential, and after months (or years) of patches, it could become a good option for Fallout fans.
  21. Dec 25, 2018
    50
    Fallout 76 isn't your typical fallout experience. You don't have NPCs or dialogue, but instead get real players that should fill this void - that ultimately fails to do so. It does some things right, but as of now I cannot recommend getting this game as long as it stays a broken and boring mess that it is right now.
  22. Dec 3, 2018
    50
    Fun to play with friends, not so much on your own. There's potential here, though a huge load of bugs manages to annoy and frustrate the player, leaving him or her with the impression that this full-priced game is far from a finished product. Shame.
  23. Nov 27, 2018
    50
    Fallout 76 tried to take the series in a new direction, and while Bethesda has done great things with the franchise in the past, this ultimately feels like a misstep. Fallout has always excelled as a single player experience, so hopefully we can see a proper Fallout 5 in the near future.
  24. Nov 27, 2018
    50
    The multiplayer integration of Fallout 76 opposes the core tenets of the Fallout games at every turn – utterly undermining the core formula. What’s worse, it then fails to justify the multiplayer in any way. Buried beneath the bugs, network issues and multiplayer allowances, it is possible to see what could have been a wonderful single player experience in a fascinating time and location – but one that we will never experience.
  25. Nov 26, 2018
    50
    Fallout 76 can be super fun with friends or strangers, but you will mainly find bugs and half made up game mechanisms.
  26. Nov 26, 2018
    50
    Fallout 76 has many bugs, but that is not its main problem. That is the wrong focus. The fun aspects of Fallout are gone now that you always have to be online.
  27. Nov 21, 2018
    50
    Forcibly pushing players together in order to tackle the later main quests isn’t the experience fans wanted, nor is a PvP system that requires consent before it really kicks off, regardless of where you are.
  28. Nov 21, 2018
    50
    The rich wasteland map of Fallout 76 is wasted on a mess of bugs, conflicting ideas, and monotony.
  29. Nov 21, 2018
    50
    Despite Appalachia's appeal, Fallout 76 is broken mess of a game that, in its current state, feels nothing more than a shamefully unfinished cash-grab that isn't fit to use the Fallout name.
  30. Nov 20, 2018
    50
    Fallout 76 feels like an early access title and should have been labeled as such. The game was not ready for launch, and even hardcore Fallout fans will have a hard time ignoring its problems.
  31. Nov 19, 2018
    50
    Fallout 76 has glimmers of the trademark series’ sci-fi splendour, but they’re few and far between.
  32. Nov 22, 2018
    45
    Fallout 76 could have been appealing. With its massive open-world, rewarding exploration and some interesting quests, it fails to be a good game because of too many game-design mistakes and technical issues.
  33. Jan 22, 2019
    40
    So utterly disappointing and flawed in every possible way… The first few hours, most of it can be ignored, and occasionally the flaws can be forgotten, but only briefly before they come storming back to the forefront. An awful, boring, empty, pointless experience. There is, however, a glimmer of hope. It's worth mentioning that there has already been a Bethesda title that was equally as unimpressive: The Elder Scrolls Online - but looking at it now, it has transformed into one of the best MMOs out there. There's always the hope the Fallout 76 develops the same way and becomes something special, but for now, that seems impossible. It's a world away from that.
  34. Dec 4, 2018
    40
    Maybe they can turn this game around. Maybe they can fix the bugs, add some actual life into the world, and make it to where playing with friends is more than just a co-op buddy. They did a lot for Elder Scrolls Online, maybe they can do it here, but I’ll be the first to tell you to wait until that happens before taking these country roads home.
  35. Nov 27, 2018
    40
    The issue is these positives are dwarfed remarkably by the huge and underlying pitfalls of this title. Even if the countless glitches get fixed, and updates whip the technical side of the game into shape, there are intrinsic issues in the mechanics of Fallout 76. This hurts for me to say as a fan of the Fallout series, but 76 is a slog to play, a chore to deal with and certainly not worth your time.
  36. 40
    Despite what many would say, Fallout 76 could have worked on paper. What could have been a brilliant coop adventure in the Fallout world however, has turned into a wasteland of poorly executed ideas and flat, dated mechanics. Ironically, despite the a multiplayer focus, the wastelands of Fallout has never felt as barren or lonely as this.
  37. Nov 21, 2018
    40
    At launch, Fallout 76 is a poor experience. There are echoes of the series' admirable qualities, but look past that facade, past the cute Vault Boy animations, past the familiar radio tracks, and you'll find no heart--just an inconsequential wasteland doomed to be nuked over and over again.
  38. Nov 19, 2018
    40
    Fallout 76 is an ambitious game that’s burned by it. The online features hamper what could have been a great Fallout game.
  39. Nov 19, 2018
    40
    Previous Fallout games always had something to say about the post-apocalypse and the human factors that led to it; here, it’s reduced to shooting mutants and picking up rubbish. Even if, in the future, it mutates into something more stable, it will still feel eerily soulless.
  40. Nov 20, 2018
    30
    Fallout 76 has potential. It’s there, past the bugs and glitches that pervade the experience. Past the frequently disappointing quests and the unfulfilling locales. Past the dreary combat and the multiplayer that is as much a focus of the entire game as it is an afterthought in design. Past the sense that war has changed, and that Bethesda will continue to push Fallout further away from the elements that made the franchise so popular in the first place...Past all of that, Fallout 76 can be enjoyable. But to get that enjoyment, you have to put up with far too much.
  41. Nov 19, 2018
    30
    Fallout 76 is a seriously shoddy attempt at trying to cash in on the multiplayer survival market. Fallout with friends is an intriguing concept on paper, but we can't think of many more ways that Bethesda could have screwed it up. Every online aspect of the release is half-baked and poorly implemented, but even as a single player experience, Fallout 76 would fall flat thanks to its archaic design and astoundingly poor world building. If you really, really enjoyed the gameplay loop of Fallout 4 and want to share it with friends, you might just find nuggets of fun scattered throughout, but even then, you're better off waiting to see whether Bethesda can fix the game's unforgivable technical performance. Fallout 76 is a stain on the developer's record, and one that won't be easily scrubbed clean.
  42. Nov 16, 2018
    30
    Fallout 76 had a lot to say when it was revealed. It was multiplayer, it had the largest world of any Fallout, it was going to be fun. The trouble is that it just doesn’t work, the world is too big and empty, and the quest design as uninspired as it gets. If the only way for a game to be entertaining is by having your friends make jokes about it as you journey together, then it has failed at one of the things that most games should be. It has failed at being fun, it has failed at being entertaining in its own right.
  43. Nov 23, 2018
    25
    The most positive thing I can say about Fallout 76 is that a train wreck of this magnitude might finally yank Bethesda – a company that gets away with too much – back to reality. Maybe it’s finally time to update that engine. Maybe it’s not a good idea to slap the Fallout name onto a game that isn’t fit for release and expect it to go over well.
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  1. Nov 20, 2018
    Bethesda's attempt at Fallout multiplayer is, like so many of the series' vaults, a failed experiment. [Eurogamer Avoid]
  2. Nov 18, 2018
    The unimaginative, chorelike events it foists, unwanted on its players, and a storyline in which it is literally impossible to empathize with any other character because they’re all either dead or brainless, means its makers stopped — only for now, one hopes — well short of what could have been done. [Impressions]
User Score
2.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 3970 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 14, 2018
    10
    Whether you're playing this with friends or alone it defiently is a hit. The world is rich and huge, challenging enemies, smart AI, and aWhether you're playing this with friends or alone it defiently is a hit. The world is rich and huge, challenging enemies, smart AI, and a sense of realistic survivability. The perk card system is a great twist on the previous perk system. The gun modification system has been greatly improved and is more rewarding. The CAMP feature is fun, creative, and relaxing. The story and quests are actually clever thought out and more indepth than what one would think at first look. And the community is friendly, helpfull, and overall what a good community should be like. Theres room for imporvements of course, but all games have that. If it isn't it right now, the game surely will be a huge success after a few updates. Defeiently a hit. Full Review »
  2. Nov 14, 2018
    0
    Its not fallout i remember and aside from that its literally unplayble bugged and glitchy
  3. Nov 14, 2018
    0
    Absolutely perfect example of modern Bethesda Game Studios. A hollow, empty shell of a game designed to appeal to the lowest commonAbsolutely perfect example of modern Bethesda Game Studios. A hollow, empty shell of a game designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator and idiot casuals, while sacrificing core fans to the altar of their one fervent god, MONEY.

    The performance is laughable for a multi-billion dollar company who has funds to spare. The graphics are years behind, and they continue to insist on the use of their now ancient engine. The game is riddled with bugs and Bethesda should no longer get a free pass for this. It reaches a point where it ceases to be funny, and starts to become grating.

    If you're a fan of games with depth, substance, good writing and characterizations, then do yourself a favor and steer way clear of this, it's not the Fallout you love. but instead an abomination made by devs and publishers who don't give a **** about anything more than bogging their pockets down with as much of your money as they can at the expense of everything else.
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