How does Fallout 76 VATS work, and how should I use it?

Fallout 76 V.A.T.S. has gone through some significant changes since Fallout 4. When you use this automatic targeting system time won't slow down - you are now playing a softcore MMO, after all - but you will still see your enemy highlighted in green and be shown the percentage chance you have to hit them. As Fallout 76 V.A.T.S. has changed quite drastically it's going to take a bit of practice to get used to, so here's how it works, and how to use it to your advantage in Fallout 76

How it works

When you go into V.A.T.S. by pressing LB on Xbox One or L1 on PS4, any nearby enemies will appear highlighted in bright green. Time won’t slow down, but you will still get shown the percentage chance you have to hit your foe. You can cycle between different enemies by pressing left or right on the control pad, and press Y or triangle to go into critical mode, where your attack will deal critical damage. Later on you can use the Concentrated Fire Perk Card that allow you to target specific body parts, but to start off with you’re just going to be able to aim for their entire body. Simple, right?

How to use Fallout 76 V.A.T.S.

Gone are the slow-mo cinematic kills of previous Fallout games, and in this new online world they aren’t coming back. Instead use V.A.T.S. when you’re in a rush as a way to quickly to hit your enemies with an attack without aiming properly. As the percentage chance obviously alters as your enemy gets closer or further away, Fallout 76’s V.A.T.S. system is best used when you don’t have the time to aim and instead want to fire off a couple of pot shots when the percentage chance starts to verge on the 70%+ territory. It’s a gamble about whether those bullets will connect with their target, of course, but at the moment it’s the best way to use V.A.T.S. in Fallout 76.