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This came out today, there's barely any coverage of it, and what there is looks **** dreadful.

I hope Bethesda chalk this up as a failed experiment and never speak of it again as soon as possible.

I don't like the Fallout series, and never have, so I was never going to touch this, but making it into an MMO seems to have unsurprisingly made it even worse. I'm watching the Giantbomb QL live and it's... It's so bad. The world feels dead, despite there being enemies about, and the missions appear to be the worst of both Bethesda's 'radiant' quests and MMO hackneyed nonsense - kill 10 X, take 12 Y here. And it's got some lovely GAAS crap and microtransactions, because of course it does. And it's pug ugly.

Ugh.

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First Fallout/ES game I've not even looked into. Knew from the start it would be shit.

I'll be honest, Fallout 4 didn't grab me as much as previous incarnations either.

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It's about time Bethesda got called out for their bullshit. 

The same days engine that should have been put out to pasture after Skyrim, some of the same bugs Bethesda games have had for 15+ years. 

I've come to realise that they can build an impressive world, but they don't make good games. Typically their mediocre mechanics and story are compensated for by the immersion of the world they make. Yet somehow they thought they could strip most of the good bits out and sell this PoS for full retail price, they should be ashamed. 

Doesn't bode well for tes6, but I think I'd be avoiding it anyway after fo4. 

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I played about 8 hours of the beta (essentially final code) and it was an absolute shit show. 

Where do I start? There were very few positives at all..

I suppose the main positive that this game has going for it is that its a bigger world, and a more varied world. If you like exploration in Bethesda games then this one might just be one of the best for that, but that's probably the only positive thing I can say about it. 

Now onto the negatives.

Performance is a pretty big one. I don't know what it's like on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 although I hear very bad things, but on PC even on my monolithic system (6700K, 1080Ti) I was seeing drops to as low as 20FPS which is absurd. This is a spec that makes the Xbox One X look archaic and outdated and it was struggling at times. This game didn't just ignore optimisation, it killed it, dismembered it and scattered its sorry remains all throughout the wasteland, its terrible. The areas this game performs best in are the areas at the start of the game, so some optimisation happened, but only insofar as to make the opening 3-4 hours tolerable before careening off a cliff performance wise in the hours after that. 

Balance was another big one. This game is made to be played in 4-player co-op at all times, and if you don't play in co-op then you're in for a rough time. I was Level 1 when I met my first pack of Level 5 Super Mutants. That's right they have high level enemies in the starting area because they assume you will be with friends to minimise the threat, but if you're not with friends then you get your shit pushed in by enemies you can't easily beat, not without wasting all your ammo, stims and whatever else the game gifted you at the start. This is a complete oversight and one only an inexperienced developer in online gaming would make. I understand having foes that require a team and that's not my issue here, my issue is putting such foes at the start of the game. It's very demoralising to get absolutely annihilated by something that shouldn't be roaming the starting area. 

Glitches and bugs are super prevalent here as well. I had an issue where the water shader decided to **** off which left the river a nice shade of white. I had countless issues of god rays clipping through the ground as the sun set, so even though the sun was no longer there you could see its rays through the ground which was lovely. This game doesn't just have texture pop in, it has literal town pop in at times. There were occasions where I would be walking down a hill and buildings would decide to spawn in 30 yards ahead of me which was incredibly jarring and immersion breaking. This game is an absolute mess.

I don't know how this game got released, but it did and I'm amazed that a AAA developer/publisher in 2018 would be okay with this. 

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This thing just crashes from one disaster to the next.

If three nukes are launched, the game crashes.

The stupid expensive collectors edition was sold as having a canvas bag with it, but when delivered was actually a really shitty nylon one. Complaints lead to the best PR response ever...

Realising that telling your customers that your false advertising was something you weren't going to do anything about is a bad idea, they offered 500 Atoms, the games currency (worth £3.99). Hilariously this isn't enough to buy the in game version of the canvas bag.

Then it turned out they actually did send a higher quality bag to 'influencers'. In all likelihood those versions were sent by a different company, but it's still not a good look.

They have now decided to sort out the bag issue.

But then today it turns out they've leaked a bunch of personal info of players, and somehow their ticket system has been left with the ability for users to cancel other users support tickets.

This thing is nailed on the outright biggest mess of the year. Bethesda might need to do some soul searching. 

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