The embargo is up for our Fallout 76 gameplay sessions from sunny West Virginia, and we – along with a number of other fine outlets – got our hands on plenty of wild new footage.
This new, MMO style Fallout has certainly raised a few eyebrows among gamers, but we can confirm that Fallout 76 definitely feels and plays just like a classic Fallout title – but it does, at the same time, have a very fresh feel to it.
For example, there are crazy new monsters lurking in the nuclear ravaged wilds of West Virginia, just itching for a scrap with you and your buddies, Monsters such as the handsome brute below, for example.
This fearsome beast is called a Grafton Monster, and by the looks of it isn’t something you’ll have a very easy time taking down on your own. Fallout 76 can be enjoyed solo, but it’s clear Bethesda wants you to experience this with friends wherever possible.
If the Grafton Monster isn’t your cup of tea though, we also hunted and killed the majestic Mothman. To be clear, we went and did this before all the annoying moth memes started appearing, so it wasn’t quite as cathartic an experience as it would be today.
Of course, for all the monsters and menaces hiding out in Fallout 76 ready to peel of your skin and sell it on eBay, the real threat will often come from other players. Isn’t that always the way?
Much has been said about the PvP systems in Fallout 76. You can attack other players, but you can’t harass them if they don’t want to fight back – not without putting a bounty on your own head that attracts others to hunt you down and kill you.
Brilliantly, there’s also a feature where you can just straight up drop a nuclear bomb on an area, obliterating your enemies and creating temporary high-level zones full of irradiated enemies and rare loot.
If you want to know what dropping a dirty bomb looks like in Fallout 76, cast your eyes below.
All in all, we found Fallout 76 to be a genuinely enjoyable experience.
It remains to be seen if Bethesda can keep the game’s momentum going in the long-term, but if you can accept that this isn’t a traditional Fallout game, you’ll probably have a great time.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.