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  1. Nov 10, 2011
    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.
  2. Jun 3, 2011
    I got caught messing with a farmers daughter, forced into marriage at gunpoint, got addicted to jet then pimped my wife while I went to run guns and star in porn.

    THAT my friends is a ROLE PLAYING GAME

    Possibly not just the greatest RPG of all time but GAME of all time.

    Black Isle Studios, we miss you.
  3. Nov 24, 2010
    When I played I was a BLAST, it was the first one of the RPG games I've ever played, and as the people say you'll always remember the first one. It is a highlight in the RPG business. Realistically I have no words to qualify this one if I could I'll give it a 1000 or even a 1000000. Please have in mind that the interface is an old one nothing like the ones we are used now please be patient it will be worth it I promise Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2012
    This game is legendary! They don't make RPGs like that anymore! Gripping story, hundreds of hours of gameplay, a huge free word to explore, killable children (It might sound sick, but it is about the freedom the developers gave to the player. If you don't want to hurt them... don't do it, but 'Black Isle' won't restrain you from doing it!). The game was a perfect blend of funny and adult content, with dozens of memorable dialogs. The way the turn based combat mechanics worked was great (a certain amount of action point could be used during combat to shoot, crouch, heal yourself, move etc.) The character stat system was also great. It was divided into four categories: attributes, skills, traits and perks. The player is governed by the system called "S.P.E.C.I.A.L." (an acronym for Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck). There are also 18 different skills in the game. Perks are a special element of the level up system. Every three levels (or every four if the player chooses a certain trait), the player is presented with a list of perks and can choose one to improve their character. All these had great impact on gameplay (smart character had more dialog option etc,). The post-apocalyptic word of the game was rich and the story is very memorable. Arroyo is suffering from a drought. The village elder tasked the direct descendant of the Vault Dweller (Main protagonist of Fallout 1) referred to as the Chosen One to perform the quest of retrieving a Garden of Eden Creation Kit for the village. The player is given nothing more than the Vault Dweller's jumpsuit, a RobCo PIPBoy 2000 handheld device, a Vault 13 water flask, a spear and some cash to start on his quest. During his quest the Vault Dweller will face foes like the Enclave, mutants, raiders and many more. I enjoyed the visual direction of the game very much. The music was also very memorable!
    I can only recommend this game!
  5. Aug 16, 2011
    This is a great game! The best of the Fallout serie. A true RPG. Few games can be copared with this one.
  6. Nov 11, 2011
    Incredible Game. Expands on the first game exponentially. It is many times larger, longer, and much more fun to play. While the first game was such a revolutionary concept for its time, Fallout 2 is simply a blast to play even today with its incredibly outdated (even for 1998) birds-eye view graphics. The only true fault is the near suffocating amount of inane pop culture references that are thrown in at every opportunity, which can at times detract from the often dark and serious tone of the game. 9/10 Expand
  7. Mar 11, 2011
    A great game that got me into CRPGs, it has everything that was missing in fallout 1. Memorable characters, more customization, another great story, epic ending, no time limit ... WAR ... WAR NEVER CHANGES
  8. Aug 5, 2011
    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
  9. Nov 7, 2011
    I think I've played this game about 10 times, each time polishing character just to reveal as many quest as it was possible and each ime finding new. Addictive as jet. Surprising in so many ways (have you ever died traveling the wastelands after using too much jet? hey, steroids my save your life when taken at right time)! Once one of my friends finished the game fighting with bare hands only! It was amazing to see his character actually doing this. Ahhh, nobody rocks anymore like Valve Software.
    (Arcanum rocks as hell as well ;-)
  10. Nov 8, 2011
    If you're looking for a good introduction to computer RPGs of the past and don't want to over complicate things, this is the perfect game for that. A lot of the mechanics are faulty, and a lot of things are completely useless and may deceive the newer player, but that's to be expected in this game where moving alongside the coast will most likely get you killed for reasons you won't understand until much later. Spend some time with this one, even if it seems daunting at first.

    It's quite a departure from the content scaling of Fallout 3 and followers, and oh so refreshing.
  11. Aug 12, 2013
    Fallout 1 was a perfect game, but this one feels over-stretched. They sacrificed story quality and filled it with cheezy humor. The atmosphere just can't compare to the original.
  12. May 13, 2012
    Fallout 2 should definitely get more points than 10 out of 10 :) I've lost track of how many times I have completed this game since 1999 and each time is was fun.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Oct 5, 2012
    The Greatness of this game is not nostalgia or wishful thinking. The greatness of this game is in the writing. In the mad excessive glory of the plot lines and the openess of the role playing to do what you want and play it anyway you could dare to imagine. There will come a day when developers gain the ambition to try and rebuild this with contemporary graphics or even make something better. I hope they try, because if someone could do something like this in 2012 it would rock the gaming world with greatness Expand
  16. Jul 29, 2013
    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.
  17. Feb 13, 2013
    This game just improves on everything the first game did, and made it better. The graphics are sharper, the locations are grander the quests are more epic. So what's wrong with it? For all it does right it also doesn't introduce too much new to the gameplay. In essence it looks and feels exactly like the first game, just allot sexier. A shame that they didn't take a few more risks. But none the less, it still is a fantastic game and a worthy successor to the original. Expand
  18. Dec 25, 2012
    Either this game or Plancescape: Torment, but definitely one of them IS THE BEST RPG EVER MADE! Beats everything, hands down. A game that lacks nothing, they don't make such anymore...
  19. Sep 2, 2013
    How can anyone give a 9 to this game?I guess they didnt try to play it with an unarmed specialist like I do.The game is perfect.One of the best games for the PC that will never lose its value.
  20. Nov 12, 2013
    While not quite as amazing as the original (which is just like saying x mountain isn't as tall as Everest) this is still one of the legendary RPGs of all time. If you have even a slight interest in top down RPGs, you need to get this.
  21. Jan 2, 2013
    My personal all-time favorite CRPG. I've been playing since it came out in 1998. The things I love are: great post-apocalyptic atmosphere, awesome turn-based combat, non-linear playthrough and a variety of gamestyles/ways to solve quests/ways to win battles etc, variety of items/guns/ammo/armor, numerous sidequests, memorable name it! I'm hoping for a revival for this kind of games to come! Expand
  22. Dec 2, 2013
    This game is really a masterpiece .Fallout 1 had maybe better story and atmosphere, but Fallout 2 got the better game play, more funny quotes of characters, more options, less linearity and much more. I really miss Black Isle studio.
  23. Dec 21, 2013
    A truly amazing game. As long as you don't mind having to read a lot, you will absolutely love this game. A definite contender for the best RPG of all time.
  24. Dec 18, 2012
    I have purchased fallout 1 and 2 twice. Once, back in 2000 but the game suffered from so many bugs that it was definitely difficult if not impossible to finish the game. It definately wasn't possible to finish every quest. Even the final encounters were buggy and potentially game breaking. The answer? Save more... I had forgotten how many hundreds of hours I poured over Fallout 1 and 2 back in 2000. Buying the collection on steam for 8 bucks(original cds long lost) has definately reminded me how genius the storyline and gameplay are. Everything is much deeper than you initially believe. You definitely have to install "Killap's Unofficial Fallout 2 Patch." It fixes 99% of the nonsense. You will need the high-res patch as well. Even with the high res patch the graphics will be the worst part of the experience. Time has not been kind. I have so much fun playing that I can look past that weakness. Be warned though the Steam version is definately the one containing the last patches released by interplay 10 years ago or whenever. This version on steam is minus 1000's of bug fixes by fans. You MUST install the fan patches to have the games run properly. Out of the download box the game was 400x800 and displaying a rainbow all over the screen. Still a 10. Expand
  25. Jan 11, 2013
    This is a true classic, if you want a deep and compelling RPG than this game is for you(if you dont mind the age of the game).Personally I think this game never gets old it is one of my favorite RPGs of all time and I have played it for years and years and it never gets old. It's a shame that Fallout 3 was such a big disappointment.
  26. Apr 11, 2013
    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
  27. Apr 19, 2013
    Fallout 2 is simply without a doubt, one of the most underated rpg games in history! It is similar to the first Fallout in which i will say, if it aint broken, dont fix it! This game will be another one of the classic gems that will forever be rememberd and respected by me!
  28. 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.
  29. Jul 21, 2013
    Fallout 2 is the definition of a sequel that actually succeeds in going bigger and better than the first. Though, I lightly say it. As everything in this is amped up to it's full potential and doesn't disappoint, there are two major glaring issues that just make the first Fallout a better game.

    It's thoroughly addicting, more so than the first Fallout, as it tightens up certain gameplay
    elements are smoothed up and some major improvements are put in (companion controls!). The scale of the map is massive, and feels like the largest Fallout to date. The amount of things to do will keep glued to this game for at least 50 hours.

    Writing is also substantial, featuring more NPC interactions, large choices on what dialogue to choose is awesome.

    But, the too biggest issues are the story and the pop culture references. The story is essentially a re-hash of the first Fallout. Replacing the water chip with the GECK, and mutants with the Enclave. It's more forgivable because the amount of things Fallout 2 offers and is essentially an excuse to go out exploring. The second would be the pop culture references. In Fallout 1, the pop culture references were fun and memorable because they were balanced out and didn't try too hard. Fallout 2 has an excessive amount of pop culture references and it looses it's charm and kind of kills the atmosphere.

    Still, Fallout 2 is an addicting and fun game. Worth a playthrough or two.
  30. Aug 15, 2013
    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
  31. Dec 3, 2013
    Story wise, this is the best fallout game ever. The gameplay holds up ptetty well, and the violence is way overthe top in a good way. There are numourous pop cultar references. Less serious than the first fallout at times, and way darker at others. If gpu like games with a good story, this is for you.
  32. Mar 26, 2014
    Much easier and more accessible than it's predecessor. With the learning curve being not quite so steep here and the game not regularly killing you at the drop of a hat, the game is much more playable than the first. There's a lot more content, the story is better, and you have a lot more options as to how you choose to play the game. From a gameplay perspective this game blows the first Fallout away, but from a technical perspective the game is lacking.

    There are still numerous bugs an glitches that plague the game. One such recurring glitch forced me to have to leave and restart the game periodically. It's frustrating to no end, but these glitches do not ruin what is otherwise an excellent RPG experience that feels ahead of it's time. The only other complaint I have is that occasionally it can be hard to figure out how to progress the main quest. This can lead to extended periods of just mindless wandering, or forced trips to online guides and walkthroughs. Overall that is a minor complaint and the only real issue I have with the game is the amount of glitches it has.

    So this is one I can recommend. It's got issues but I still had a lot of fun with it. I was incredibly impressed with how modern a lot of the features in this game feel. The interface obviously shows age, but the amount of player choice here is staggering at times. It's a shame that the game has irritating technical issues, because otherwise it feels ahead of it's time. Still this is one I recommend if you enjoy post apocalyptic games or just god RPGs. I give it a 7.5/10-Good.
  33. Aug 18, 2013
    About twice the size of the first Fallout, with less than half the strenght.
    A series of disconnected locations until you get to Navarro near the end of the game.
    Better companions, some of them very difficult to acquire, and that's it. Less dialogues, no "Tell me about" and poor resolution. Too many easter eggs and pop references.
    Definitely less polished and less memorable than the
    first game. Expand
  34. Feb 18, 2014
    OH MY GOD. How can anyone dislike this game? If your PC bugs out then get rid of your friggin viruses. No replay value? If you don't change the way you play it, then I guess it could seem so.
    This is a top cult classic game, which rocks the socks out of any other game ever made. PERIOD.
    I'd bet the reason "new kids" won't appreciate it is because they have no patience these days.
  35. Mar 27, 2014
    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.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. Fallout 2 is a worthy successor to Fallout, and one that deserves a place in every dedicated role-playing gamer's collection. Don't be without it!
  3. The warm, fuzzy, post-apocalyptic world has all the little details and exactly the right tone. The immersive story has kept me up until the wee hours of the morn on many occasions.