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TheLovecraftian Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Feb 21st 2019 at 4:12:36 PM

I'm not as surprised about how many hours he has as much as I'm surprised that he accrued that many in such a short time.

Yumil Mad Archivist
Mad Archivist
Feb 22nd 2019 at 6:07:03 AM

I got about 200 hours of xenoblade X in a month or so of when it came out despite having studies at the same time. It destroyed my sleep schedule and it's the definite tipping point that caused me to fail that semester of studies, but that's besides the point. I could see how he got that many hours that fast.

Edited by Yumil on Feb 22nd 2019 at 6:13:12 AM

"when you stare too long into the abyss, Xehanort takes advantage of the distraction to break into your house and steal all your shit."
M84 Freedom is the right of all sentient beings from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Feb 22nd 2019 at 6:09:05 AM

If you had nothing else going for you in your life, it'd be possible to log in 900 hours that quickly. No regular school, no full-time job, no social life, nothing. You'd probably also have to give up a lot of sleep.

Edited by M84 on Feb 22nd 2019 at 10:09:40 PM

Disgusted, but not surprised
TheLovecraftian Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Feb 22nd 2019 at 6:11:02 AM

You'd basically have to do nothing but eat, sleep, and play the game for three months straight, which yes, is possible, but absolutely baffles me as an actual achievement.

Edited by TheLovecraftian on Feb 22nd 2019 at 11:11:31 AM

Journeyman Overlording the Underworld from On a throne in a vault overlooking the Wasteland
Overlording the Underworld
Feb 22nd 2019 at 6:13:01 AM

Or, you know, just log in, turn on a cheat engine in the background, and go do other stuff. Or not even do the cheat engine. Just log in and keep it on for a while until you're back to it. People do that, you know.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 6:20:57 AM

They already did the math. Ten hours a day, every day, from launch until now.

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Overlording the Underworld
Feb 22nd 2019 at 6:24:52 AM

Yes. And school is eight hours. Depending on if the game counter only counts time in-server, or if it's like Steam's counter and starts soon as you hit play, they might have turned it on before work/school, left it running, and then played when they got back. Granted, the ammo count doesn't support leaving it on unplayed that much, but it could be a mix.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 6:45:23 AM

The playtime may be inflated, but this is still definitely some who's been putting unreasonable amounts of time and energy into this game. Bethesda still banned what's likely the game's biggest fan for stupids reasons, and it's still arguably in said fan's best interests

TheLovecraftian Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Feb 22nd 2019 at 7:10:08 AM

And that applies even if this person used exploits or hacks. This is still someone who put in enough effort to be good at this game and invested a bunch of hours into it, at a time where the game is being almost unilaterally slammed, and Bethesda's response to that concept is to ban said person.

Sure, if they used cheats then the ban is completely understandable, but still.

Dirtyblue929 Armchair Developer from A Very Deep Hole Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
Armchair Developer
Feb 23rd 2019 at 10:23:44 AM

The guy in question is pretty active on reddit, and his explanation for the ridiculous playtime is that he was crippled in a work-related accident shortly before the game's release. If true it's pretty clear that the guy was using the game as a psychological and emotional crutch to the point that it turned into an addiction.

In brighter news, Bethesda finally dropped a roadmap for future content.

EDIT: [down] Link below is an article by a notoriously clickbaity site summarizing what I linked, for the record.

Edited by Dirtyblue929 on Feb 24th 2019 at 2:18:21 AM

"Oh no, I'm not brave enough for politics."
Feb 24th 2019 at 11:27:49 AM

Check out F76 DLC plans. You guys seriously still playing it though?

https://www.vgr.com/bethesda-fallout-76-dlc-roadmap-2019/

Tacitus Watching Troy Burn from year 2016-IV
Feb 24th 2019 at 12:57:32 PM

On the one hand, I'm sure it's welcome news for those who are enjoying the game and don't want Bethesda to abandon it after the unrelenting shitstorm that has been its release. On the other hand, I'm seeing things like player vending and in-game cameras that I'm shocked weren't present from the start, I'm dumbfounded why a game with so many existing survival elements is also getting a dedicated Survival mode, and the fact that the main quest is due to be overhauled makes me feel like Bethesda charged full price for an early access game (which they then stuffed with overpriced paid mods).

But it looks like the "Shear Terror" event looks to be revolving around a cryptid called the the "Sheepsquatch," so I'm pretty tickled that 76 players will be pitting their strength against <Sheeptar the Sheep King>

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Dirtyblue929 Armchair Developer from A Very Deep Hole Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
Armchair Developer
Feb 24th 2019 at 1:49:11 PM

[up] "Survival Mode" in this case means a mode where PVP restrictions are disabled.

"Oh no, I'm not brave enough for politics."
Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Feb 24th 2019 at 4:10:13 PM

So... basically, regular online play?

Feb 25th 2019 at 4:58:03 AM

Which is all utterly pointless because there’s no reason to bother with PVP.

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TheLovecraftian Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Feb 25th 2019 at 5:11:15 AM

In case any of you have about a full-length feature film's worth of time to spare and are willing to throw it at Fallout 76, here's a video by Many A True Nerd (The guy who beat Fallout 3 and New Vegas without dying once a few years back and also made a more recent video essay about the strong points of Fallout 3) regarding, well, what went wrong with Fallout 76 and what he thinks could be done to fix it.

I haven't seen it yet, but it might be worth a watch.

Feb 25th 2019 at 5:15:52 AM

'm dumbfounded why a game with so many existing survival elements is also getting a dedicated Survival mode

The Survival mode to my understanding is dedicated for PVP. You can't player-kill easily in the main mode and it's always consensual. The Survival servers specifically let you royally mess with some bloke's day anytime you want. It's more "survival-y" I guess.

Edited by Soble on Feb 25th 2019 at 5:29:22 AM

-deep breath- FIGH-TIIIIIIIING GOOOOOOOOLLLD!!!!
Tacitus Watching Troy Burn from year 2016-IV
Feb 26th 2019 at 1:13:49 PM

[up] I'd call it "Ganking" mode, then.

[up][up] An interesting watch/listen, since most of what else I've seen regarding the game has focused on its technical problems, creative failings, and working out how accurate it is to call 76 a half-assed cash grab. The "gears working against each other" metaphor is a useful one, and its refreshing how much effort he put into thinking of fixes for problems, rather than just identifying them. If I hadn't sworn to never give Bethesda another dime, I'd be interested in his version of 76, he's got some ambitious and exciting ideas for it (even if some of them, like letting player CAMPs become proper villages, are no-brainers). Splitting the title into a single-player campaign set during the exciting parts of 76's story and having multiplayer be set in the aftermath, and possibly finding your single-player character's Scorched form, is pretty compelling.

But he didn't put as much thought into how much of 76's problems are the result of poor designs and how much are technical limitations, which unfortunately is going to limit what Bethesda can do to salvage the thing, I'm afraid. Are they really interested in investing in the infrastructure for permanent servers? Can the engine handle drastically changing the world environment as players use too many nukes? And is Bethesda going to put that much effort in overhauling a clunker title when there's another Elder Scrolls to make, which could distract their target audience from 76's failures?

"Mission Accomplished (ADVENT Burger Remix)"
DrunkenNordmann from Exile
Feb 26th 2019 at 9:05:07 PM

And is Bethesda going to put that much effort in overhauling a clunker title when there's another Elder Scrolls to make, which could distract their target audience from 76's failures?

The current pattern with AAA publishers seems to be "let's dig ourselves deeper with whatever we do" - distraction only works so far before you start turning toxic (see EA).

"Satire is meant to ridicule power. If you are laughing at people who are hurting, it's not satire, it's bullying."
Mar 10th 2019 at 3:36:13 PM

According to VGR, Patch 7 is going to include a “ ton of bug fixes ” along with balance changes. Energy weapons are going to last a lot longer before we need to make repairs. Distilling and Brewing are coming too, along with of course Wild Appalachia.

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Overlording the Underworld
Mar 10th 2019 at 5:37:16 PM

Agreed about the vid. It was a fun and thought provoking watch. If the game were what Jon (Ma TN) suggested, I'd have gotten it by now.

casioonaplasticbeach GIVE ME YOUR MONEY from Wojicki's twisted mind Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
GIVE ME YOUR MONEY
Mar 12th 2019 at 6:03:02 AM

I think it's kind of funny that brewing backroad alcohol wasn't here from the start in a game set in an apocalyptic Appalachia, but, you know, Moral Guardians...

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Ghilz Fight It Out! from The Moon, Or Canada Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Fight It Out!
Mar 12th 2019 at 6:29:33 AM

I don't think it's moral guardian issues. If it was, they'd not be including it now.

rmctagg09 The Wanderer (he/him) from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer (he/him)
Mar 13th 2019 at 11:00:26 AM

New free update.

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blkwhtrbbt The Dragon of the Eastern Sea from Doesn't take orders from Vladimir Putin Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
The Dragon of the Eastern Sea
Mar 13th 2019 at 5:53:01 PM

Great! Now we can brew new drinks! That's why I play Fallout! for the drinks!

Still can't sell ammo to npc vendors.

Still no compelling reason to play this game instead of continuing to play modded Fallout 4.

Say to the others who did not follow through You're still our brothers, and we will fight for you

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