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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. 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
  2. DickR
    Dec 19, 2009
    10
    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. Collapse
  3. Dec 25, 2012
    10
    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... Expand
  4. DanielDenmark
    Jan 25, 2005
    10
    One of the best! ...That's it ....! :) A little buggy ... But who cares?
  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. Nov 11, 2011
    9
    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. 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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