I doubt this game is going to pick up enough steam to need its own thread, so I’ll leave this here for now.
I’ll add one caveat: watching someone stream the game is not going to give you the full experience. All the story is in notes/computer logs/holotapes, and every streamer I’ve seen so far either tabs right through that stuff or talks over it. It’s not really fair to complain that a game doesn’t have a story when you’re intentionally skipping it.
And so far, there is a lot of that stuff and it’s really good. In the opening area, you discover that someone had gone through asking survivors to record their stories, for when the Vault opens. They’re about people coming to terms with (or failing to come to terms with) survivor’s guilt. Some of them are genuinely moving.
But, in the couple hours I’ve put in, this game is the definition of mixed bag. The first time I came out of the vault, I’d been walking around, exploring, picking flowers - then suddenly a couple gun shots crackle in the distance and I’ll admit, the “holy shit” feeling of knowing that was another person was one of the best I’d had in a game in a long time (side note: despite the technical issues - more on that later - the sound design is superb).
Unfortunately, the video game part of this video game is an unmitigated disaster. I got booted before I even finished the character creation, and at least three times in the few hours I played. And that’s not counting all the times I thought I was going to get booted because the game froze for 15 seconds only to realize, no, it just dropped to .08fps for a bit there. The texture pop-in is atrocious. Every transition from first to third person felt like it was going to crash the game and involved the camera clipping through my character multiple times. And it weirdly doesn’t really look like West Virginia.
The shooting is… Fallout, which leads to more melee combat and, well, have you played Skyrim? I think real-time VATS is fine and I don’t get why people are acting like it’s some incomprehensible system - it’s just auto-aim - but it’s not enough to compensate.
So, basically, my recommendation is wait for a few patches and a discount (or rent it first, like I did). I think it has potential but right now it’s broken.