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Parents' Guide to

Fallout 76

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Buggy post-apocalyptic tale has loads of blood, gore.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 11+

mature kids and adults

this is a very educational game and there is scary stuff, so babies don't play. atoms are for in game to buy, they are more useful than Fortnite V-bucks because you can get kits to fix weapons, but Fortnite has pay - to - win skins.
age 10+

Not Cross-compatible!!

Says online but turns out to only support playing with others that share the same type of console which sucks. I've never written a review but this is bs. Please update the game so I can play with my ps friends, I AM POOR!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (35 ):

Players looking to get the most out of this sandbox adventure will need to be both patient and forgiving. Fallout 76 is extraordinarily buggy, frequently booting players from servers and even freezing up altogether. There are critical glitches that keep players from completing specific missions, times when quest markers and fast-travel locations won't appear on maps, and instances when your character simply falls through the floor and into empty space. If these technical issues don't frustrate you, then Fallout 76's dated presentation and design likely will. It looks and plays like a game at least half a decade older than it is. And if none of that proves irksome, there's Fallout 76's online element -- a first for the franchise -- which requires players to maintain an internet connection at all times and share their world with others, who can kill you or ransack your carefully crafted camps (thankfully, you can hide your location from individual players bent on mischief). The move to online play has also resulted in a much larger sandbox world that feels oddly empty and has less personality than the worlds of other Fallout games -- likely because there are no human non-player characters.

But it's not a complete write-off. Despite its many faults, Fallout 76 does maintain the series' attractive retro-future vibe, which shows us a glimpse at a universe that might have been ours if our culture collectively made just a few different decisions in the 20th century. Plus, the lore waiting to be discovered on hackable computers and in notes scattered all over West Virginia provides plenty of interest for players who can't get enough of the franchise's tantalizing alternate history/future. And the business of survival -- collecting and crafting gear and camps -- is strangely rewarding, with plenty of self-directed mini-objectives that push players to keep playing just a few minutes more in order to level up, get a better gun, or put the right roof or turret on their camp. There's fun to be had in Fallout 76, especially for those who want to soak up every detail of the Fallout universe, but by and large this is an installment only for die-hard series fans who don't mind sharing a world with other players. More casual players will be better served waiting for what will hopefully be a prettier and more polished sequel.

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