Bethesda has turned Fallout 76 around. Yes, that sounds unlikely, but it's true. With the Wastelanders update, which just released, the world of Fallout 76 has been transformed--and the community loves it, so much that even though the game was review bombed immediately following the update, the positive reviews have persisted to the point that the game has swung from "Mostly Negative" on Steam to "Mostly Positive". Most of the negative reviews, nauseatingly, came from players that had played the game for an hour or so. What this means is that the community has come out in full force, and has declared that Bethesda has saved the game.
Anyhoo. While Fallout may not be your cup of tea regardless, just know that FO76, since the Wastelanders update, is now much more a traditional Fallout game, complete with NPCs, dialogue options and checks, wackiness galore, a whole new main quest, and tons more. And in case you didn't know, the world on display is amazing. It's huge, highly detailed, highly varied in terms of geography and atmosphere, etc., and is just a joy to explore. So, I guess I've said enough. Again, the game has been turned around, and hopefully it only gets better from here.
From the article:
"The Wastelanders update, which is essentially a huge expansion, has brought the West Virginian wasteland back to life, filling it with NPCs, competing factions and more quests, and that's in addition to all the quality of life improvements.
Fallout 76's detractors were ready and waiting when it first launched on Steam, bombarding it with negative reviews. These came from players who'd only put in an hour into the Steam version, and sometimes less [...]
Elsewhere, however, the community was more positive. The Fallout 76 subreddit was particularly complimentary when it came to the update, and it didn't take very long for those fans to start adding their reviews to the pile. The rating started off as 'Mostly Negative,' but it was quickly bumped up to 'Mixed.' And now, only a few days later, it's sitting at more than 70 percent positive."
The media is largely liking it, too, which is great to see. Other positive articles, acknowledging the hard work the devs have put in:
"Wastelanders is a big reward to the core fans who stuck around through thick and thin. Many of those fans have felt attacked, but it looks like the launch of the new expansion has inspired them to kill ‘em with kindness."
"I stuck with Fallout 76 for a month or so after it came out, then dropped off pretty hard. So I dusted off my existing character and entered the post-apocalypse expecting the most significant of refreshes - a relaunch of Fallout 76, really. And to Bethesda's credit, Wastelanders is it.
Fallout 76 is actually a game I want to play now, which is something I never thought I'd say after reviewing the thing back in November 2018. Even on the tech side of things the game is much better than it was."
"I was someone who rage-quit Fallout 76 after sticking with it for months. I was ready for the game to burn me again this time, too. But Wastelanders won me over. [...] — this is a confident, strongly executed new path that allows Fallout 76 to be a well-supported online game rather than a series of floundering experiments."