Survive the apocalypse in 'Fallout 76'

By Reuben Gonzales - Video Game Warriors

The Appalachian Mountains are crawling with huge beasts and crazed humans ready to take your life.

This isn't anything you will see on your next visit to West Virginia, this is Bethesda's latest installment of its Fallout franchise. This game is the ninth in the series and the narrative prequel to the franchise as a whole.

The game will feature a franchise-first online multiplayer functionality, and allows players to either play by themselves or in a team with their friends.

Fallout 76 takes place in 2102, 25 years after the nuclear war that has destroyed most of the world. The game has no human non-playable characters that players can interact with, as they have all perished.

Instead, players can get quests from robots that are littered across Appalachia, on top of your main quest of looking for the vault overseer. The overseer is the "mayor" of the vault, and is in charge of keeping things running smoothly.

Players will come across mutated enemies and other players who may or may not be hostile.

The game will have dedicated servers for hosting. Game director Todd Howard has said that private servers will be added later after they can make sure their servers are stable.

Fallout will see some changes to the "SPECIAL" progression system, which allows to players to increase their characters' stats. On top of the increasing character stat scores, players will also be able to pick perks, such as carrying capacity in- crease or more melee damage.

The perks can be merged to make players more powerful. This will cost a few more points but will allow players to get the upper hand in certain situations.

With no NPCs in the game, players will get quests in a few new ways, from terminals around the world, robots and recorded holotapes.

On top of this the player will also uncover story elements by exploring parts of the map and uncovering parts of the story piece by piece.

Another change in gameplay will come in the form of base building. In previous games players were either not able to or limited to where they could build. In Fallout 76, players can build their bases anywhere they would like, and also pick up and move if they want.

The biggest new addition is the ability to find launch codes for remaining nuclear missiles. This will destroy the area it hits and make available materials and weapons that can't be found otherwise.

But players will need to be careful, not only for the radiation they just created, but also for the large monsters they will attract, who will be happy to kill you.

Speaking of monsters, some of the monsters in Fallout come directly from local lore. Players will see the Flatwoods monster, Grafton monster, Mothman, Snallygaster, and the Wendigo.

Add to this the traditional monsters from the series and you have potential for some deadly encounters.

Fallout 76 will come out in multiple editions in order for players to get the most out of their post-apocalyptic experience.
• Standard Edition, $60,

comes with just the game and no extra add-ons.

• Tricentennial Edition, $80, Tricentennial Power Armor Customization for the T-51, T-45, T-60, and X-01 Power Armors, Tricentennial Weapon Customization for the 10MM Pistol, Hatchet, and Laser Rifle Spectacularly, a costume for your character, Vault Boy Saluting Emote First-Class, Tricentennial Workshop Posters, and a Tricentennial Commemorative Photo Frame to put game photos in.

• Power Armor Edition, $200, comes with the Tricentennial Edition add-ons plus a glow-in-the-dark game world map, 24 collectible figures from the franchise, and a full- scale wearable T-51 Power Armor Helmet with carrying bag that lights up and changes your voice.

So, gather your friends and get your apocalypse plan together. Fallout 76 drops out of the sky Nov. 14.

You can build a base anywhere – and move it – in the new version of Fallout 76.

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