Fallout 76 came out this week, and because of its multiplayer focus, most gaming sites have yet to put up full reviews. But that hasn’t stopped people from already making their final decision on Bethesda Game Studio’s latest blockbuster game.
They hate it.
Players in many corners of the Internet have railed against one of the biggest releases of 2018. On Reddit, posts are saying Fallout 76 is “boring” and “beyond unacceptable.” On Twitter, tweets are calling it “miserable” and saying things like “I feel embarrassed paying money for it.” And Metacritic? Well, people there have destroyed its user score, which stands at a 2.9 with more than 1,000 negative reviews to date.
Fallout is one of the most popular franchises in gaming, and 2015’s Fallout 4 even managed to outsell Bethesda’s ubiquitous Skyrim. So what has gone wrong this time?
There are two possible reasons for the Fallout 76 backlash:
- Bethesda did not properly prepare players for what exactly Fallout 76 is.
- This is yet another example of a few angry gamers throwing a very loud tantrum.