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  • Summary: It's been 80 long years since your ancestor trod across the wastelands. As you search for the Garden of Eden Creation Kit to save your primitive village, your path is strewn with crippling radiation, megalomaniac mutants, and a relentless stream of lies, deceit, and treachery. You begin to wonder if anyone really stands to gain anything from this brave new world. [Interplay] Expand
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  1. 100
    Few RPGs provide so deft a balance between the wandering monster-slaying and the NPC interaction phases of role-playing.
  2. Nothing short of superb - it takes "Fallout," expands upon it, enriches it, enhances it in so many ways that it makes one feel as if the original was immature.
  3. A worthy successor to Fallout 1, and for those who loved the original they're in for a whole new experience.
  4. If you value character development, old-fashioned gameplay, and a good plot, this game delivers on all counts. [Feb 1999, p.178]
  5. Much broader in scope and storyline than was its predecessor. There is much more to see and do in this game. Best of all, the much-maligned time limit from Fallout is absent.
  6. Perhaps even more so than its predecessor, Fallout 2 contains dozens of subtle and more often not-so-subtle references to cult movies, television icons, and other aspects of popular culture.
  7. This year's post-apocalyptic nuclear Christmas experience won't be as good as it was last year. Lack of improvement over the first and a high number of bugs are the main reasons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 78
  2. Negative: 2 out of 78
  1. Jun 9, 2013
    one of the thing that i probably will never understand, it's how fallout 2 is still so obscure to the big public.
    after the release of
    fallout 3, i thought that f1 and f2 would have seen their importance recognized, but they are still semi unknown. this makes me sad :(
    anyway... if you never played fallout 2, grab it now and thanks me later.
  2. DickR
    Dec 19, 2009
    Absolutely the best RPG game I've ever played. It is a true non-linear game that lets you do pretty much whatever you want. It is fully possible to smash orphans in the groin with a sledge hammer, if you are so inclined. The game suffers from a myriad of bugs in its original form, applying "Killap's Unofficial Fallout 2 Patch" removes most of the bugs and adds a bit of extra content. Expand
  3. Jul 15, 2012
    As amazing as the original, some bits where a bit tough to work out and if you didn't search every section of one area there is a good chance you'll have to do a good bit of backtracking. Despite this it is an amazing game and deserves a play just for the storyline, only one bug which is the same as the fallout 1 which is the colours, same fix in the ddraw.ini file (google it) and I can't mark it down for it as it is a problem with modern computers not the game.

    Give it a chance and if you get stuck there's no shame looking at a guide, lots to do, large areas, plenty of gameplay, so many years on and still a great game.
  4. DanielDenmark
    Jan 25, 2005
    One of the best! ...That's it ....! :) A little buggy ... But who cares?
  5. OdairF.
    Apr 23, 2003
    We could end up just like that and we gotta watch our backs, a damn fine game to me, enough to keep me sitting at the keyboard for a long time roaming through the wastelands. Expand
  6. Jun 19, 2012
    Bigger and better than F1 in every way. The amount of freedom offered by this game is simply unmatched. And considering the crap that passes as a cRPG these days, it'll most likely stay unmatched for a very long time. Expand
  7. Oct 2, 2014
    Old piece of **** which is worst than Wasteland 2 If somebody say something other, he is lier. This game has old ugly Graphic, stupid story, many bugs, story is really short and stupid. Expand

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