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Why The 'Metro' Series Is The Perfect Antidote For Everyone Let Down By 'Fallout 76'

Updated February 20, 2019 2.1k views12 items

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.

  • The 'Metro' Games Have A Linear Narrative 

    One of the main complaints about Fallout 76 is that the story is just not very good. Because there are no human NPCs in the game, the plot is told through audio logs - which means the narrative is entirely focused on events that have already happened. As a consequence, the player never gets to meet important story characters.

    This is in contrast to the Metro games, which use a linear structure to approach missions and allows the player to interact with the story rather than simply responding to past events. 

  • 'Metro' Isn't All About The Grind

    As with many games that have massive multiplayer online (MMO) elements to them, Fallout 76 often devolves into an endless progression of loops. Players have to grind in order to level up and get higher loot, doing the same repetitive tasks over and over again.

    As first-person shooter, Metro players don’t have to worry about leveling up and can instead focus on overcoming the enemies and obstacles in their way.

  • There Is No Griefing From Other Players In 'Metro' 

    When it comes to online gaming, occasional unfair play is inevitable. While there are a few people who will go out of their way to make the experience better for those around them, chances are you will run across griefers at some point. Griefers are people who are only out to cause trouble for their own amusement.

    As a single player game, there is no chance of this happening in Metro. Instead, players are left completely on their own, with only the enemy AI to pose them any problems.

  • The 'Metro' Series Offers Thrilling Combat

    PvP combat in Fallout 76 has no real, well, fallout. If you win in a PvP confrontation, you get some caps; if you lose, you are revitalized nearby. The stakes are not worth the effort and the controls are not responsive enough to allow you to pull off exactly what you intend, so it just slows down the game. 

    In the Metro series, the combat is far more exciting and varied, keeping you on the edge of your seat as you battle against the enemies that stand in your way. Stealth is a creative and effective tactic in the series, as the main character can sneak around environments by turning out lights. This gives the player the chance to strike from the dark and remain unnoticed rather than adopt a guns-blazing approach.