These impressions are based entirely on the Fallout 76 beta experience, which included the full game.
I still don’t know if Fallout 76 is my jam. But I’m sure I won’t be diving back in unless I have some friends at my side.
I jumped into the beta intending to answer the question of whether or not Fallout 76 can actually “work” as the kind of solo experience fans of Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4 have come to expect from the series. After around 15 hours, I’m feeling sure of two things: it definitely does work, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good time.
It’s still a Fallout game from Bethesda, of course. Even though I’m not a fan of going it alone, there’s still that same familiar pull to leap back in and explore the vast landscape of Appalachia.