Post-apocalyptic multiplayer RPG Fallout 76 is free to play this week and might actually be worth a spin.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Fallout franchise, Bethesda has made Fallout 76 free until October 11th. You can test it on all platforms including PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.
It will be accompanied by a few other goodies throughout the month. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can claim a month of Fallout 1st – a premium membership scheme for Fallout 76 – while mobile spin-off Fallout Shelter will receive its first update in over four years, adding a new questline, enemies and weapons.
Worth a trip to the waste
Fallout 76 had a risky release when it hit shelves in 2018. Players and critics alike were unimpressed with its shallow open world and repetitive gameplay loop, as well as a host of performance issues. In our review, we said, “Fallout 76 is an empty shell of a Fallout game, lacking the personality and story that drives the series.”
It improved dramatically in the following years. Substantial updates and patches added more questlines and characters. Bethesda also expanded the game’s world building as well as fixed its bugs. Fallout 76 is one of the easiest multiplayer FPS games to dive into given its gradual learning curve, and it’s backed by a remarkably friendly community.
Don’t expect the classic Fallout RPG experience, though. Fallout 76 is more like a survival MMO that is heavy on exploration and base building. Think of it as an excellent post-apocalyptic multiplayer open-world RPG, but not a standout entry in the Fallout series. It’s worth a try if you’re a fan of the survival genre, or are a huge Fallout fan who wants to soak up even more of the Nuka-Cola-flavored world-building.
Amazon Prime members can enjoy birthday celebrations even more. If you’re a subscriber to the service, you can get Fallout 76 for free this month to keep it forever.