Fallout 76 Vs Fallout 4 – Which One is Better?

Fallout 76 Vs Fallout 4

The recent Wastelanders update in Fallout 76 has turned the tables around for the game. With each new installment, Bethesda makes new improvements to enhance the player’s experience. Comparison is often made between the recent two installments in the Fallout series. Though both the games seem similar in many ways, there are a few points that distinguish Fallout 76 from Fallout 4. Let us see the two games on common grounds and decide the ultimate winner.

Fallout 76 Vs Fallout 4 is the most anticipated battle among the Fallout Series, even more than fighting with Mythic Deathclaw. Both the games feature the same Creation Engine, but players have different opinions on them. 76 was released with many bugs and fewer NPCs. Whereas Fallout 4 was clean of the game.

Let’s compare both the games on different factors –

Fallout 76 – Overview

Fallout 76 Gameplay

Fallout series takes place in the post-apocalyptic world. There are in total six games in the fallout series, out of which Fallout 76 is a spin-off online action role-playing video game. It acts as a narrative prequel to all the previous Fallout games. It was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Software in November 2018. It is the first online multiplayer game in the Fallout series, where the player character has to explore the open world. The players can either wander individually or with a team of a maximum of three players in a post-nuclear war environment.

The game is set in twenty-five years later in devastated West Virginia, which needs to be rebuilt and re-colonized. On the ‘Reclamation Day,’ the player character and other residents are free to repopulate the Wastelands. However, there is still a threat to the Wastelands, and that is the Scorchbeast. The Scorchbeast was awakened after the great war and needed to be eliminated to protect the Wastelands. Now the player character has the responsibility to defeat this giant creature using nuclear weapons.

Currently, Fallout 76 is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Fallout 4 – Overview

Fallout 4 Gameplay

Fallout 4 is the fourth installment in the Fallout series that was released in November 2015. It was developed by Bethesda Game Studio and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is set in an open-world environment, where the players have a choice to switch between first-person and third-person perspectives. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic open world in the city of Boston and the regions surrounding Massachusetts.

Ten years after the events of Fallout 3, the story of Fallout 4 takes place in the year 2287. After the ‘Great war‘ that took place in 2077, states across the United States faced catastrophic nuclear devastation. The players control a character known as ‘Sole Survivor,’ who is in search of his kidnapped son.

As of now, Fallout 4 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.

Fallout 76 Vs Fallout 4 – Differences

Seven major differences between Fallout 76 and Fallout 4 are listed below.

Game Mode

The major difference between these two games is that Fallout 76 is a multiplayer online game, whereas Fallout 4 is a single-player game. Fallout 76 has both cooperative mode and a competitive player vs. Player battles. Players can form teams with a maximum of three members and explore the open world. Fallout 76 has fulfilled the players long lost wish to play enjoy the game with their friends.

Fallout 76 Vs Fallout 4 – NPCs

Fallout 4 NPCs

Fallout 76 opens the devasted world to the players, so there aren’t any Non-Player Characters (NPCs) in the game. Whereas in Fallout 4, most of the Non-Player Characters assign quests to the players. In Fallout 76, quests are assigned by different objects in the environment. The absence of Non-player characters is considered the biggest drawback of Fallout 76.

Fallout 76 Vs Fallout 4 – Storyline

Fallout 4 has a short post-game story. As compared to Fallout 4, Fallout 76 has more post-game content. With the upcoming updates in Fallout 76, the game will be expecting more post-game content. This is definitely more fun as the players will be able to complete new challenges and events with friends.


As compared to Fallout 76, the wide range of weapons fades out in Fallout 4. Fallout 76 has introduced new weapons and armor to kill the dangerous creatures in the Wastelands. Players are allowed to carry more ammo in Fallout 76 as compared to Fallout 4. New Armor and some incredible apparel are also available in Fallout 76. These few new outfits are necessary for players to survive in the Wastelands.

Fallout 76 Vs Fallout 4 – Enemies

The mutants in Fallout 76 look much more evil and terrifying as compared to Fallout 4. The players have to kill the newly added folklore creatures in Fallout 76 for loot. This absence of folklore creatures is not noticed in Fallout 4 as there are many Non-player characters. The additional enemies in Fallout 76 were more of a necessity than an Accessory.


Fallout 4 is set in Boston, situated on the eastern coast of the USA, whereas Fallout 76 is set in West Virginia. Since Fallout 76 is an online game, it has a four times bigger map. The map of Fallout 76 is said to be the most beautiful in the Fallout series.

Another minor observation in the world of Fallout 76 is that the world around does not stop when the players take a look at their PIP-BOY in Fallout 76.


The only difference in both games is that VATS doesn’t really much work in Fallout 76. Since it is a live game, it cannot be paused in the middle.

Fallout 76 Vs Fallout 4 – Similarities

Fallout 76 Vs Fallout 4 are different yet similar in some ways. Here are some common points in both the games listed below.

  • Core Gameplay: The basic gameplay in both games is similar to the rest of the games in the Fallout series.
  • Engine: Both the games use the same engine, that is, Creation Engine.
  • Exploring the World: Both the games are online role-playing video games set in the open world.
  • The SPECIAL system: The SPECIAL system is a set of rules applied to all Fallout games.
  • Characters at a Standstill: Another minor observation regarding characters is that they stand still and do the same actions (e.g., nose-blowing, nose-wiping) until the panorama starts.

Fallout 76 Vs Fallout 4 – Which one to buy?

Both Fallout 4 and Fallout 76 are available to be bought on the gaming platform, Steam. Fallout 4 and Fallout 4: The game of the year edition is available for 12.08 USD and 21.76 USD on Steam. Similarly, Fallout 76 is present on Steam for 30.22 USD. 

Regarding which of Fallout 4 or Fallout 76 to buy is totally up to you. If you are a beginner in the Fallout franchise, Fallout 4 may be a better order, especially if you like to go in chronological order based on which is released first. 

However, if you want to play the latest version with better graphics for your gaming system, Fallout 76 may be the better option for you. You might also want to opt for this version if you prefer a single-player over a multi-player game. 

Fallout 76 Vs Fallout 4 – Which one is the best?

Each game of the Fallout series improvises itself in comparison to the previous one. Even though Fallout 76 has an edge over Fallout 4 in terms of Map, Weapons, and gameplay, the several glitches in the games can be irritating. These glitches divert the player’s mind and thus they are not able to enjoy the game to the fullest. So, we can say that Fallout 4 is better than 76.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any difference between Fallout 4 and Fallout 76?

There are not many differences between Fallout 4 and Fallout 76 as far as the core gameplay mechanics are concerned. However, there is one major difference between the two titles and that is regarding how Fallout 76 is purely a single-player experience while the other follows a multiplayer format. 

Is the graphics of Fallout 76 better than that of Fallout 4?

Considering Fallout 76 is a 2020 game and Fallout 4 is 2015 one, there sure is a slight upgrade in the latter when compared with the former. However, this upgradation in graphics is not anything huge.

Which is the best Fallout game?

While pointing out the best Fallout game may be hard, many fans of the franchise choose Fallout: New Vegas to be their favourite. Thus, we can say this is the best Fallout game. 

Are there any mods for Fallout 76 and Fallout 4? 

Both these games have several mods that can help improve your gaming experience. A lot of them also do not violate any terms of service and so you can use them by connecting the servers with no difficulties.

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