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Video GameFallout 76 (Series) Review
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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: Andrea Walney, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Fallout 76 is an open world adventure. You are a survivor of a nuclear war from Vault 76, which was designed to contain the best and brightest people, trained to restart society once the radiation levels were safe to do so. Unlike other Fallout games, you encounter and collaborate with other human players.

Adventure mode, is similar to previous Fallout games. You are free to wander and find quests, encounter other players and complete missions to share loot (or get attacked if they turn on you). Play favours collaboration rather than competition. If you kill another player character then you are marked as wanted and show up on the map so that other players can track you down.

There are other play modes that come and go. These offer special abilities or unusual restrictions to mix up the fun. For example, jumping really high with no fall damage in a storm ravaged world, or a kill or be killed world where players drop loot upon death. Finally, there is the Fallout Worlds subscription mode where you can set up a custom map for you and your friends only. There was also a short-lived, but now discontinued Battle Royale mode.

The Fallout Series started in 1997 as a PC turn-based adventure game and has developed into a vast multi-console open world experience. Other games in the series include:
  • Fallout 1997 (Mac, PC)
  • Fallout 2 1998 (Mac, PC)
  • Fallout 3 2008 (Windows, Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Fallout: New Vegas 2010 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Fallout 4 2015 (Windows, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Fallout Shelter 2015 (Android, iOS, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) (a spin off Time Management game set in the same universe)
  • Fallout 76 2018 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Fallout 76's multiplayer options makes this a unique experience. It combines the dystopian world of the other games, but adds the unpredictable interactions with real people that bring it to life in new ways. Purists may prefer their Fallout world unsullied by other players, but being able to play Fallout with a friend add another dimension to an already fascinating universe.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/11/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (24 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Bethesda (@Bethesda)




Play Time: This game will take between 35 hours and 40 hours to complete. For the main story only, does not include side missions or additional content.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 24-player online game. You can have up to 3 players within your team, with up to 24 other players in the world during each session. The private games can include up to 8 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Frequent Strong Violence and Strong Language. Players can decapitate and dismember enemies with various firearms, explosives or melee weapons, all with associated blood and gore. As in previous Fallout games, players can use a targeting system which will depict this violence in slow motion. Bodies remain on the ground and can be mutilated further post-mortem.
Strong language includes the word ‘*!@?*’.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Interactions with real people requires a certain level of maturity. You need to be able to cope with other players tricking you and perhaps even turning on you.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Fallout 76 usually costs £34.99.

Fallout 76

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.


Our Fallout 76 Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:
Display, gameplay, controls, audio settings can be changed at any point during the game by activating the settings menu. When playing competitively with other players you can't adjust the difficulty settings.

You can change look sensitivity to move faster or slower. You can also toggle aim assist.

Text displays can be very small, especially on the game map.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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