I purchased this game a year after it had come out but fundamentally it was still the same game as the one at release. The story is told primarily through a series of recordings, terminal entries and random letters and notes.
The recordings actually have very strong voice acting and I caught up in many of the stories. But there was always the disappointment that I wouldn't be able to actually meet the people behind the voice. Especially "The Overseer".
Appalachia is beautiful. There are still graphical glitches, but overall you can tell from the design of the towns and landscapes themselves with a lot of Easter eggs and hidden location, that people had put a lot of work into it.
The PVP is non-existent and the addition of vending machines creates a simple but effective market that gives you an excuse to visit other people at their CAMPS. I've given this game more of a chance than I would have specifically because of the multiplayer as I like any open world game I can play with family members.
But fundamentally this is a game that was released way too early. By the time I joined more content had been added, but it relies to heavily on fetch quests. The imminent release of the Wastelanders update which include human NPC's should bring long needed improvements, but it may be too late for those that have already judged and dropped this game.