Although the Fallout series is one of the most beloved video game franchises out there, some installments left a lot to be desired. Fallout 76 was almost universally considered a failure by both fans and critics, losing much of what made the Fallout series so great in its transition to a multiplayer online game. It was so radically different from what most fans expected that it was doomed from the very beginning. With that in mind, many people might be wondering what the best games for Fallout fans are now that they have gotten over the initial disappointment of Fallout 76.
With the release of Metro Exodus, one of the most highly anticipated 2019 video games, now seems like the perfect time to examine why Fallout fans should give the Metro series a try. After all, both franchises feature a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by nuclear war that forces the player to survive in an environment that's light on resources. There are plenty of reasons why Metro is better than Fallout 76.
As soon as Fallout 76 was announced, fans were worried that something from the franchise would be lost becuase the game is a multiplayer title. After all, Fallout has always been a single player experience. Fallout 76 is markedly different from previous entries in the series and ignores what fans like about the single player option.
The whole point of Fallout is that it is a post-apocalyptic world where you are one of the sole survivors. Fallout 76 is built around the fact that it is meant to be played with your friends cooperatively or fighting against others in player versus player (PvP) combat. Having other players constantly running around defeats the sense of isolation that usually comes in the franchise.
Meanwhile, Metro is all solo games that focus on the player. It is a closer representation of what fans of the original Fallout franchise enjoy. During the campaigns for these games the player constantly feels as if they are alone in a very dangerous world, with no one around to help them out.
Fallout 76 is very much a standalone game within the Fallout franchise. It takes place earlier than any other game in the series by decades, and it doesn’t really relate to the other Fallout titles. In fact, some fans have complained that it actually breaks the canon.
This isn’t the case for the Metro games. Each is a direct continuation of the last, with the events of Metro Exodus taking place right after the ending of Metro: Last Light. They even focus on the same character, telling the story of Artyom as he copes with life in a post-apocalyptic Russia.
The Fallout franchise has been exclusively set in the United States, but this setting has become stale. Fallout 76 continues the trend with its West Virginia map.
The Metro series gives players the chance to explore Russia. Most of the games take place within the metro subway system in Moscow, but Metro Exodus allows for more movement around the country.
Unlike other Fallout games that have their fair share of odd or interesting missions, Fallout 76 is largely composed of fetch quests. The lack of nonplayer characters (NPCs) means there is little variety when it comes to missions; instead, you just have to go to a location and fight enemies, or retrieve some kind of item or information.
The Metro series, on the other hand, focuses on one objective for you to achieve rather than cluttering up the game with all kinds of side questions and optional extra missions. This gives it a strong focus and allows you to get fully invested in what you are doing as the player.