The Fallout 76 beta begins today – and the post-apocalyptic West Virginian wasteland awaits you. But where to begin? Allow us to guide you through seven things you should know and do as you emerge into post-nuclear Appalachia.
1. The beta is the WHOLE game
Yes, you read that right. The Fallout 76 beta gives you full access to the whole game ahead of launch. With a map four times the size of Fallout 4, that means there is a lot to find before the full game comes out. Better yet, your progress will carry over once the game officially launches on 14th November. So, get leveling up while you can!
2. Use the C.A.M.P
Scavenging and finding useful items is essential to those that emerge from Vault 76. It is worth picking up everything you find, whether it be small pieces of scrap metal, old bottles, pans, weapons, or old pre-apocalypse money – everything has a use!
That said, obviously there is only so much a person can carry, so each character is armed with a Vault-Tec Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform (C.A.M.P) unit, which can be used to build your own settlement and store anything you find – including bulkier items – and can be accessed throughout the game.
3. Crafting for beginners
A good survivalist is a resourceful one. As such, all those scraps of metal, packets of gunpowder, bottles and bits you have found will indeed come in useful when you discover a crafting bench. Upgrade your weapons, enhance body armor, or craft consumables to keep you in tip-top shape during your adventures.
4. Get musical
Everyone needs some downtime – and what better way to relax than by jamming on some musical instruments? Banjos, tubas, and mouth harps and more await you in the wasteland.
When played alone you’ll kickback and freestyle away but playing alongside like-minded peers will see you all working together as a post-apocalyptic orchestra playing the same song. Seriously. Try it for yourself!
5. Perks of the job
Your future, your choice. Levelling up as the game progresses rewards you with Perk Cards. These cards allow you to determine which elements of your character you wish to enhance, whether it be strength, resilience to the toxic muck you may be forced to consume, or better recovery powers, you can directly influence the strengths and weaknesses of your character in any way you like. You can swap Perk Cards in and out at any time, so feel free to experiment with different character builds!
6. Kill or be killed. Or don’t!
When you emerge from Vault 76 as a wide-eyed innocent, you will be ranked as just a ‘level one’ character. Progression through the game will see you add more skills and increase in levels. Attaining level 5 status, however, is the game changer.
After becoming a level 5 player, you can participate in player-versus-player (PvP), at which point you can engage in combat with other players. If you attack someone and they fight back, full-on combat ensues and to the winner go the spoils. However, if you activate the ‘pacifist’ mode and do not retaliate (and are killed by an attacker) they are in big trouble. A bounty is put on their head, and they can no longer see anyone else on the map. More often than not, other players will hunt them down for a reward – and the bounty will be paid out of the murderer’s own funds!
7. Find Mothman
Fallout 76 uses the rich mythology of the West Virginia region. Central to its folklore is Mothman, a huge moth creature known to attack locals. Should you be lucky enough to stumble across this mystical creature, be at the ready. It can teleport, is incredibly vicious, and far too intelligent. Fallout 76 is full of unusual creatures to locate and engage with, Hunt them down at your own peril.