Does Fallout 76 have a story?

Discussion in 'Fallout 76' started by FreedomStalker, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. FreedomStalker

    FreedomStalker Still Mildly Glowing

    Apr 22, 2016
    OR is it just like, wandering around with other people, fighting and scavenging?
  2. NMLevesque

    NMLevesque Commie Ghost

    Jul 2, 2016
    We would be the last ones to know and, sincerely I mean no offense, to care.
  3. BigGuyCIA

    BigGuyCIA Yer fond of me Lobster!

    Oct 26, 2016
    From what I have watched: no.
  4. Rheios

    Rheios Mr. House's Employee of the Apocalypse

    Oct 22, 2018
    As far as I understand there is a plot thread in it. I'd strain to call it a full story, or at least any sort of personal story. TMU, having not played but pieced together vids, comments, and just obvious conclusions, its a series of holotapes and 'go here, kill this, hit button' style quests searching for your Overseer's holotapes full of long-winded, slowly dawning realization that the scorchbeasts (dragons) are a danger, that the can infect people to make them 'scorched' (Marked men but with virus crystals), and eventually that their deep caves or caverns, or where they come from, need to be nuked to try and stop them from coming to the surface. Thereby giving you the mission to collect the bomb codes, drop the bomb, seal the rift, (thereby defeating Alduin-lite with the Big Thuum) and return you immediately to the otherwise aimless repetition of the gameplay loop. At least until the next rift opens and then you know what to do - drop another nuke.

    Everything else is isolated to its own private little unimpactful stories of other dead people and groups, how they died, and maybe how the Overseer found some aspect of each to come to her conclusions. That way you make sure to run into one of each of the holotapes to trigger the 'collect all the ___ group's holotapes to know their story' quest chain. I would not be surprised if there were map markers for them and the challenge was not in finding but in finding a way to stay awake as you walk across their massive map to get the next one.

    But take what I say with a grain of salt. Please, I have so much to spare. =P
  5. Cliffy McEdgeface

    Cliffy McEdgeface bitch I will cut you

    Jun 28, 2018
    After the job Beth did on FO3 and FO4's stories, do you actually WANT them to try and put a story into this hot mess?
  6. BigGuyCIA

    BigGuyCIA Yer fond of me Lobster!

    Oct 26, 2016
    I find it really bizarre that a post-apoc universe stressing the horrors of nuclear warfare unironically allows people to just drop nukes as a gameplay loop.

    It's like Pacific Rim but schlockier.
  7. naossano

    naossano So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Oct 19, 2006
    It is about how DeadGlow778 built his C.A.M.P.
  8. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    So basically another "Infection" plot device storyline. "Something is changing people into monsters, you must find the source and stop it."

    Imagine what kind of storylines could have been done about the first Vault(s) opening and coming into contact with survivors and communities on the surface.
    Will the Vault Dwellers distrust the survivors who may resent them for leaving people outside during the firestorm while at the same time being envious of their supplies and technology. Do the Vault Dwellers see it as their task of "re unifying" human society, with force if necessary. (it is for your own good)

    Have new power factions formed who see the opening of the vaults as an opportunity? Think Mad Max style warlords who want the riches of the vaults but don't care about its potential to help post war society to recover.

    And then all the strange and dangerous creatures the vault dwellers run into for which they were never prepared but which survivors have adapted to.

    And is there somewhere out there still some pre war artifact or weapon? Still active and ticking down, capable of finishing what the nuclear bombs failed to do; expunge humanity completely or at least in the region.
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  9. Gaddes

    Gaddes Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    May 18, 2010
    Story is virtual nonexistent. Seems to be a small story based around the scorched and the hive mind fungus that controls them. Instead we have stories like two lovers running from the Brotherhood for some reason.
  10. SquidWard

    SquidWard Pirate and Bankrobber oTO Orderite

    Jun 1, 2018
    It's got a very shallow questline looking for the overseer and the rest is "environmental storytelling" with skeletons and holotapes of every weird detail you normally don't write down.
    So there's some exposition I guess as far as I can tell. I can't imagine caring about what was in this game story/lore wise, even if I was a fan of Bethesda's Fallouts.
  11. Octavian

    Octavian It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jun 16, 2018
    As it turns out, you need NPCs to tell a decent story. And bethesda were too lazy to put them in the game.
  12. naossano

    naossano So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Oct 19, 2006
    Well, the most passable writting in Fo3 was in computer logs, not through npc mouths.
  13. Big No

    Big No Watch as I open and close this door

    Oct 28, 2014
    Are the Scorched just the poor man's Marked Men?
  14. Rheios

    Rheios Mr. House's Employee of the Apocalypse

    Oct 22, 2018
    Poor people can still afford better than the Scorched. They're effectively the Marke Men with any fascinating history stripped away and replaced with Resident Evil 4's Las Plagas but dumber.
  15. hindenburg

    hindenburg First time out of the vault

    Dec 17, 2008
    I've been playing it with a friend, and no, it doesn't have a real story per se. You get inklings of lore, but they didn't want to actual hammer down a story at all. Basically, there were a few factions around, they eventually all contracted a cordyceps-like fungal infection and became a hivemind. Some of them end up permanently rooted to the ground and explode into spores (which literally just give you a lil dose of radiation), a lot of them are aimlessly wandering around.

    That's basically the gist of it. You are someone going out into the wastes to rebuild civilization, only to find that this has been done before and everyone has a disease. It also feels really futile because there's nothing really spelling out that you or any of the new humans are immune to the fungal infection, so the same shit will probably happen to you.

    but there might have been a holotape "I missed" aka purposely didn't listen to because I don't have time for that nonsense anyways
    maybe it has something to do with the FEV floating around that probably infected everyone at some point
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2018
  16. The Doctor

    The Doctor Veteran of The Divide

    Jun 6, 2015
    Pretty much every faction has their own quest story you piece together from holotapes, terminals, and environmental storytelling

    There's no actual storyline railroading you to anything however, so you can partake in the Fallout tradition of wandering off into the unknown and find things for yourself
  17. JDogindy

    JDogindy Tribal with a Baked Brain

    Feb 20, 2015
    Considering how the first Pacific Rim gave us the tantalizing aspects of an expanded universe that included Ron Perlman; Kaiju Trafficker, and we wound up seeing a terrible sequel and a potential Netflix cartoon that just screams "Neon Genesis Evangelion, but Worse", hard pass.

    And, the idea of mass infection/zombification isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's been done so many times that it feels so hokey. Also; why do the Scorched all have to look like Darth Maul?
  18. SquidWard

    SquidWard Pirate and Bankrobber oTO Orderite

    Jun 1, 2018
    Hey now, I know the prequels aren't well received but Darth Maul had a cool look! Lmao. I don't know, the Scorched grow crystals or some shit out of their skin? I think that's what someone said it was. Or the crystals help infect them?
  19. Electricband0123

    Electricband0123 First time out of the vault

    Nov 21, 2018
    it's about the VaUlT_bOrN_777 epic journey across appalachia, defeating skyrim dragons and collecting tin cans
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  20. RangerBoo

    RangerBoo Resident Schizo Poster

    Jun 15, 2015
    Its about how much more Bethesda can beat their dead horse of a engine and Bethesda fanboy's epic journey of self discovery and realizing that Bethesda just does not give a shit about them or the product they put out.