Even for the post-apocalyptic wilds of West Virginia,. Missing from the familiar vaults and run-down towns were the colorful characters that made previous Fallout games come to life, with their colorful backstories and dialog trees. Sure, we never forgot they were AI automatons, but more thought clearly went into their lines, delivery and motivations than into any Fast and Furious movie dialogue.
Instead the ambitious online multiplayer game gave us some computer terminals to hand out missions, and occasional chatty robots or humanoid ghouls, who mostly just grunted and snarled. You could always talk to the other players, a couple of dozen per instanced server, but that’s not exactly the narrative thrust Fallout games are known for.
Like pretty much everyone else I knew, I didn’t get much past the game’s fall 2018 launch.
In April 2020, I returned to the, just as the to the game went live. I rolled a new character and began my journey again, from Vault 76 out into the unknown. While most of the new Wastelanders content is reserved for higher-level characters, the changes in the game were immediate. I’m playing the PC version, now available on Steam, via a .