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    Fallout 76 - Prepare Your GaaS Masks

    Yeah, the cosmetics prices are farcical, but they’re aimed solely at those despicable whales. Not to say Bethesda aren’t moving the goalposts all the time, of course. With the atoms you got for challenges (which drop off sharply at lvl 50, but can still be slowly piled up), there was arguably no reason for any normal player to buy atoms, but then came timed offers and people are of course complaining that they would buy atoms to top up their earned ones, here and there, if the prices weren’t so ridiculous. I would usually assume that the marketing team has some solid data to back up their reasoning, but every other aspect of the launch has been such a disaster that I can’t even do that. Even if they are pulling in cash from whales, they’re haemorrhaging yet more community good will with these timed offers, deceptive descriptions, and illegal ‘sales’ where the item was never offered for full price to begin with. It’s astonishing.
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    The Good Place

    Brilliantly dark moments in that episode:
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    Resident Evil 2 Remake

    Mr X’s fedora looks comical. Was Umbrella hoping this dead eyed, scarred, eight foot tall brick shithouse might be able to blend in on a busy street if push came to shove?
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    The Good Place

    Ugh, fucking American tv schedules!
  5. Exactly this. I know nothing of the character, so this was like ‘so she’s an alien, no, wait, she’s human, no, she used to be human but became an alien I guess. Something something invasion of the bodysnatchers, old woman face punch, computerised Samuel L Jackson. Now there’s a war in space for...reasons?’ Yeah, not really feeling the intrigue.
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    The ending shot of that last episode where it pans out made me laugh. Did Diggle jump into the bushes or something?
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    Just Cause 4 - After Rain Comes Explosions

    I would’ve thought, by how big a debacle Just Cause 3 was on the consoles, that for JC4 they’d have shown the PS4 and XBox versions first to try and calm any fears. Not doing so just makes it look like they’re covering up, rightly or wrongly.
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    Fallout 76 - Prepare Your GaaS Masks

    The world and its locations are actually pretty great, yeah. FO76’s best aspect is just exploring and uncovering them all. Problem is there’s such a paucity of content spread between them. It really feels like the world was done, the devs were starting to fill it out, but ran out of time. It’s largely best played as a single player, I think. Which is more than somewhat ironic. No NPCs is obviously a huge minus point, but there’s still enjoyment to be had if you’re a fan of the universe. If you wanted to do some of the events, and later missions, you’d probably need a group. For me it was safer to avoid whatever stupid shit the other players might be wearing to try and maintain my immersion (which will only get worse with future atom store content, I fear.)
  9. Enjoyed the multiplayer a lot, but lost interest when I found out how easy it is to dominate on foot with the grenade launcher.
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    Fallout 76 - Prepare Your GaaS Masks

    At least tell her to stick it in the night before to get downloading the 56GB patch, you monster.
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    Fallout 76 - Prepare Your GaaS Masks

    What they need to do is get some fresh blood. Bethesda always talks about how they’re such a cosy crew, and work so well together because there’s so much history, but it’s resulted in people ill suited to their roles. Pete Hines is about the surliest PR guy you can imagine; Emil Paliarugo continues to be their lead writer, despite never growing beyond mediocre and being utterly overshadowed by the underlings who wrote Far Harbor; then you get to their coders, who ignore many of the superb fixes the mod community is constantly dropping into their laps and don’t have legacy code, they have legacy bugs. Seriously, the ‘speed at which a character moves/tied to framerate’ quirk has existed since Morrowind. Pair that with the ruthlessness of Zenimax, and the willingness of long standing fans to forgive bugs, and it’s a three-way made in hell; resulting in a perpetual cycle of ‘good enough?’ that’s climaxed with the insult of Fallout 76. What Bethesda need is to stop grafting new shit onto the side of their “Creation” engine, and get into the guts of it to fix some long standing issues. If they’re unable to do this, then use their vast war chest to hire some people who are. They recently advertised for low level coders, which feels to me like advertising for more boys to stick their fingers in the leaking dike (stop sniggering at the back there!)
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    Fallout 76 - Prepare Your GaaS Masks

    It’s frustrating to see because players are obviously trying their best, and Todd blathered ‘make your own story!’, but the game gives them no tools with which to do so. Most of it right now consists of helping lower level players, which ends up being rather superfluous as the game is so easy anyway.
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    Fallout 76 - Prepare Your GaaS Masks

    Giant Bomb have refused to review it, with Geoff saying something along the lines of ‘nobody on staff wants to, and I’m not going to force anyone to put another 20 hours into this broken game.’ While this looks like a principled stand, it also means they don’t have to give the game a number just yet, and perhaps can gain favour with Bethesda in the future as one of the few sites that didn’t ‘pile on.’ Though, they’re not obligated to review all new AAA(lol) titles like sites such as IGN, so maybe they genuinely don’t want to touch it and would rather focus on more deserving games?
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    Fallout 76 - Prepare Your GaaS Masks

    It’ll take a little while longer before you do. At least it did for me. I think it was around 20 hours when I really started to think ‘there’s not much to this.’
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    Fallout 76 - Prepare Your GaaS Masks

    I do like the food and drink meters, personally. I can see if you were in one area for a long time doing a quest they might get frustrating, but roam around and there’s loads of food to be had and pools to drink from with a slight rad hit. I’d like it if the requirements were a bit harsher, as it would mean planning expeditions more carefully, but as it stands you can set up a water purifier and crops in five minutes that supply most of your nutritional needs. It’s another aspect of the game where Bethesda tried to please two sides and ended up satisfying neither. The need to eat and drink will irritate those not interested in more of a survival game, but it’s not a harsh enough mechanic to appeal to fans of hardcore sims. Just another aspect that feels designed by committee.

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