Looking for some escapism during these end times? Then you could play *checks notes* Fallout 76 (including Fallout 1st) for free?
The good thing is, you no longer need to hinge on every coffee-fueled word of a journalist you don’t know because the full game of Fallout 76 is free to try on PC (Steam and Bethesda client), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. (Again.)
The big difference this time around is there’s also a “limited” trial for the Fallout 76 subscription service/premium membership, Fallout 1st. The controversial subscription service for what was a full-price game grants access to unlimited storage, a survival tent, unique content, and private worlds to play with friends. At least you can now try before you buy – to some extent.
If indeed you decide it’s actually up to scratch, there are Fallout discounts aplenty, with 60% off Fallout 76 across all platforms, 50% off the Fallout 76: Wastelanders Deluxe Edition (which includes two content bundles), 40% off the individual bundles, discounted Atoms (its in-game currency), and heavy discounts on Fallout 3, Fallout 4, and Fallout 4 VR. Despite the game itself, I do have to recommend the last as a purely VR experience.
There’s an in-game lore reason for the timing of the event. According to the alternative history of Fallout’s “Great War”, China launches a nuclear first strike on America on October 23, 2077. It all sounds quite optimistic to me, especially given the current state of the world.
Are you going to give it a go? I think I’m personally most excited at the potential prospect (however remote) of Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian regaining some access to the franchise after the Bethesda/Zenimax buyout.