The wasteland isn't just filled with characters cooked up to enrich your Fallout experience any more - behind every human scrabbling in the dirt to stay alive (or tramping around in intimidating power armour) is a real flesh and blood player. Will you cooperate, or shoot them in the head and raid their corpse? This is the question that Fallout 76 poses as you stumble blinking from your vault into a post-apocalyptic West Virginia and look at the other survivors around you. It's a big change for what's always been a single-player series, but one that makes sense in the era of Fortnite and H1Z1. It's Reclamation Day, 2102, 25 years after the bombs fell. You and your fellow players are the nation's best and brightest, chosen to emerge from your Vault and forge a new America in the post-nuclear ashes of what came before. Explore, quest, build and kill mutants until you've created a world your forefathers would be proud of. There's a stronger emphasis on survival now. You'll need to collect supplies and craft them into useful items and tools if you want to survive out there. You can build your own weapons and even your own armour. Best hope that no-one kills you for it, though. The fact that you can build a base helps. The days of basically building a box with a bed in it have been left behind in Fallout 4 and there's a much larger number of recipes to draw on. The world you step into might be irradiated, but Bethesda has put a lot of work into making it beautiful, too. From the forests of Appalachia to the poisonous crimson expanses of the Cranberry Bog, there's a lot of terrain to explore and master. Or maybe you'll just blow it up. The ultimate power move in Fallout 76 is getting control of a nuclear missiles and the code fragments to set it off. Blasting an area with a nuke creates a temporary mecca of rare resources and death. There's nothing to keep things interesting like a nuke, eh? Like everything in Fallout 76, the choice of how to deploy these tools of mass destruction is yours to make.