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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: 69 out of 73
  2. Negative: 1 out of 73
  1. Mar 27, 2014
    10
    Far ahead of its time non-linear RPG. Comparable to the Ultima series & Deus Ex in terms of influence and advances in virtual world building. This game is not very politically correct, it's only concerned with being a masterpiece. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    Bought it in '99 and still playing it after 12 years...that's all I have to say. The greatest RPG game of all time. Even with many bugs the game is almost perfect. Expand
  3. Apr 11, 2013
    10
    This game is a true example of how good classic games can be. The graphics are excellent even for an old game, it doesn't match up to newer games but it also doesn't hurt your eyes like the textures of many older games do. The story is great and it uses cut-scenes to give a realistic sense of urgency to the players main quest. I have NEVER run into any bug surprisingly, I don't know what people saying this to have tons of glitches is about. The gameplay is great as well, absolutely flawless. You get absolute freedom, you can even kill children in this game if you like. Expand
  4. Jul 29, 2013
    10
    Surely the best RPG I ever played, with Fallout 1 and well, Baldur's Gate 2, coming very close.
    Just look for the "The Ultimate guide to
    Fallout 2" on the Internet and make sure you do every quest while reading the walkthrough. I hope Brian Fargo make something comparable in Wasteland 2, with the new graphics. Expand
  5. Aug 16, 2011
    10
    This is a great game! The best of the Fallout serie. A true RPG. Few games can be copared with this one.
  6. Aug 5, 2011
    9
    I have been a fan of the Fallout series since I grabbed the first game way back when, the first one was great, but I've never been able to finish the second, I played through the story line at least twice and get stuck at the same spot every time. There are a lot of great improvements to the second from the first, but I don't feel it completely lived up to Fallout 1 Expand
  7. Aug 15, 2013
    3
    I guess I should have played this when it came out to appreciate it. I bought it just recently because I loved Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. It's just too much of a chore to play. I also hate the gun play in the games of this era (FO Tactics, Jagged Alliance 1&2, etc) where your guys can't hit anything they are not standing next to. It suck immersion out of a game when your guys is 5 meter away with a machinegun and doesn't hit once. Expand

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