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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
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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.

  • 'Metro' Supplies Genuine Scares

    Fallout 76 succeeds in its fear-provoking content, but the creepiest elements of the game tend to be more like Easter eggs. On the other hand, Metro titles are lauded for building up a terrifying world that has a genuine ability to scare the player at times.

    The post-apocalyptic setting builds a feeling of desperation, with every character battling to survive. The developers use the horror to explore the emotions of the characters living in this world, something Fallout 76 just cannot match.

  • You Actually Have To Scavenge In The 'Metro' Games

    Considering Fallout 76 is meant to portray a post-apocalyptic world, finding ammo is surprisingly easy because of the various ways with which it can be acquired. The Metro franchise approaches inventory management more intently.

    In the post-apocalyptic Russia where the games take place, ammo is a true rarity. This forces players to think carefully about how they tackle enemies and makes them explore their surroundings to scavenge what little ammo they can. Not only does this add an extra layer of strategy to the proceedings, but it makes the world feel more like a genuine wasteland.

  • There Is A Proper Endgame In 'Metro' 

    Online multiplayer games generally have some kind of endgame, whether it be extra content or a long progression tree for unlocking new items and loot to keep players coming back. Fallout 76 does not have a compelling endgame. After just a few weeks, players reached the max level for their gear and defeated the most challenging boss. Outside of this, there is little to do.

    This isn’t a problem in earlier Fallout games had and it certainly isn’t an issue for Metro either. Each title concludes with a satisfying ending the draws the chapter to a close. Metro Exodus manages to neatly tie the entire story together, providing a fitting finale to an exploratory narrative. 

  • 'Metro' Doesn't Suffer From A Huge Amount Of Bugs

    As with any game, Fallout 76 has bugs - though the online-survival system is littered with problems that have caused fans to reportedly lose their entire stash at times. The first update fixed many of the initial, expected issues, but also brought in a whole new batch of problems.

    Although Metro has its fair share of bugs, they're not nearly as extensive as those affecting Fallout 76, making the game much more playable.