Falling For Fallout 76

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Never in a thousand years would I say – YEAH FALLOUT. The Fallout games have been sort of floating around on my radar, but it didn’t seem like something I would want to play. It’s a shooter game and I don’t actually do those. Sword and Board is my place – the land of magical creatures and such. YES THAT’S WHAT I LOVE, which is why I’m still logging into MMORPG’s like Elder Scrolls Online and Guild Wars 2 (sometimes). They are my bread and butter, my peanut butter, my jelly and my jam……..

Things change I suppose, recently Fallout 76 had a free weekend, lots of people were talking about it so I figured I would watch some game play. It looked nice enough, but I still couldn’t really see myself putting any time into it. SO 4 days before the free trial was over I decided to give it a try – I even streamed those first moments. The character creation took a bit longer than I thought and was sort of counter intuitive for me, but I muddled through. Appearing in the Vault seemed so different to me and I have to say it was pleasing to the eye. I walked around a bit and finally went outside. Let me tell you it was very eye opening. I wandered around, killed somethings, got lost, got found, got lost again. Was in a weird loop of a friend of mine playing a game of “Lets scare the crap out of Sunny” which he seemed to VERY much enjoy. I played those days and decided to buy the game (nice that it was 50% off because I couldn’t have justified paying the full price for it).

There is SO much to do in Fallout 76 – I’m only level 16 (as of last night) but it is a lot of fun. Or rather so much fun for me because of how I like to play. There is a limited amount of players on the map at any time – which is good. I mean I like seeing other people; but I hate that I have a lower chance of getting cool stuff because it has been looted by somebody else. I have to say I have VERY quickly discovered the type of player I like to be. My main weapon of choice is a rifle (named the Hammy) – the ability to shoot things far off before they are in my face pleases me. My melee of choice is a machete (named the MurderCat) when things do  come too close for comfort. I also have a love of Molotov cock tales (named the Victor Special) – BURN ALL THE THINGS.

The game gives me a rush, yeah I get startled from time to time. I also get lost, not that anyone is surprised by that. I find quests by accident. One thing I can say is the game makes me braver – once upon a time Elder Scrolls Online had areas that were a specific level. Things didn’t scale to you, you fought or died. I really liked that about the game. Trying my skills at getting around higher level enemies without being detected, sneaking about in houses to steal stuff. Collecting mats WAY above my level – but something I was able to sell to make a bit of gold. That was a thing I LOVED about ESO – but as happens that changed. I didn’t play the game less I was just disappointed.

In Fallout 76 things DON’T scale to you – it’s fight or die. How has this made me braver? Well I find  myself defending myself from higher level enemies. That instead of running from a lone “boss” who may be 4 or 5 levels higher then me, I try to see if I can take them out. Case in point – last night I was doing the Nuke shine quest. I won’t go into detail, but I drank some hooch and ended up on the OTHER side of the map in a VERY high level zone. I panicked for a second, but figured hell let me explore. There were some low level mobs I took care of – but than this level 50 something robot thing came after me. I shot once, than BOOKED IT. The thing chased me and I freaked out, PRAYING I wouldn’t run right into something even higher in level. Or get caught in a dead end. It chased me for a while lol. But finally I gave it the slip. It was a great experience – I was so excited and happy that I had a way point unlocked so I could explore the area more when I was a bit higher level or rather when I didn’t have a lot of precious loot on me.

Fallout 76 also has housing – another weakness of mine; but they call them camps and I can move it around to where ever I am for a small fee.  My first one was – well it was something. Now I have my own little shack – which I plan on making even better. Once again sort of counter intuitive in the creating of a “house”. Maybe if you played Fallout 4 you would be able to know how things work – but since this is my FIRST Fallout game I had no clue. Which leads me to another point – I would like to buy the other Fall out games. To play through them and really get into the lore and history of it all.  Am I enjoying the game HELL YEAH. It is also inspiring me, after playing for a few days I started writing ( about 30 pages into a story at the moment, not just fan fiction but a real story that has been knocking around in my head).

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So I might actually be blogging more, mainly due to the things I discover and there are a lot of them. Or maybe just as a way to share things that i personally DIDN’T know and thought would be helpful to others. Yeah there are a lot of YouTube channels and blogs dedicated to that stuff, so whats one more out of thousands lol. Maybe I can even point readers in the direction that could help ^_^.

Well that’s it for now and I hope you enjoyed this – have an AMAZING Day…..

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