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  • Summary: Set in the aftermath of a world-wide nuclear war, Fallout will challenge you to survive in an unknown and dangerous world. You will take the role of a Vault-dweller, a person who has grown up in a secluded, underground survival Vault. Circumstances arise that force you to go Outside -- to a strange world 80 years after the end of the modern civilization. A world of mutants, radiation, gangs and violence. Your immediate task is to find a replacement for the broken water purification controller chip. Without that chip, your fellow Vault dwellers are doomed to dehydration or be forced to leave the safety of the Vault for the Outside. [Interplay] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    Perhaps the strongest aspect of Fallout is that it is ideal for RPG newbies yet at the same time provides a depth of role-playing that veterans can really get stuck into. It also has the best replay value of any game I've experienced to date.
  2. This is one of those rare games that oozes quality from every pore.
  3. The story is so well developed in this game you'll wonder why you've been playing mindless shooting games like "Quake." When you start the game you'll be treated to with one of the most chilling, well-written introductions a game has ever been blessed with.
  4. For anyone with an interest in complex, combat-heavy, lovingly produced RPGs, though, Fallout is a must buy. In an age where many are predicting the death of traditional RPGs at the hands of multiplayer extravaganzas, Fallout is a glowing example of the genre, one which positively radiates quality. Fallout – it's da bomb.
  5. The game play is smooth, using action points for movement and combat and the inventory system is easily managed. Fallout has one of the best character development systems of any computerized role-playing game and the graphics and story make for an excellent gaming experience.
  6. Fallout's detailed graphics, compelling plot, and intuitive gameplay should deservedly broaden its appeal beyond the hard-core role-playing game audience. Put simply, Fallout may be the best role-playing game to be released in years.
  7. A decent RPG where you can indeed actually advance your character and choose one of many paths through the story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 76
  2. Negative: 4 out of 76
  1. Aug 3, 2014
    War, war never changes! Excellent retro classic and one of the best cRPGs of all time, immensely influential game that aged very well and is a joy to play even today. Yes, there are a few shortcomings with companion control, few bugs, absence of a proper active quest journal, but other than that this is the ultimate masterpiece. Story, the humor, leveling up and perks, the atmosphere and the overall post-apocalyptic experience is just a pure love. Ambient soundtrack by Mark Morgan is one of the best soundtracks ever created that I play on a regular basis for the last 15 years and it's likely my most listened to OST ever. This is a must-play for... well, for anyone really, it's a milestone in computer gaming history that needs to be experienced. Rightly belongs to my TOP-5 games of all time. 10/10 Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    User Score, Y U are so low? Fallout is greatest CRPG ever. You can play it for 500 hours and still discover new things (like i did). Amazing storyline, amazing characters, amazing gameplay! Expand
  3. Dec 5, 2013
    This game has too many strong qualities to adequately list them all. Atmospheric, darkly humorous, with memorable characters, meaty RPG elements, and possibly the best and most satisfying videogame ending of all time. Sixteen years on, the original Fallout remains the best entry in the franchise. No subsequent entry has been able to adequately reproduce the magic or improve the formula. Expand
  4. MarekM
    Nov 18, 2009
    This is TRUE RPG! Great game with realistic world , enemies doesn't seem to "grow on trees" (like in most other RPGs, where you can spot them almost every move), really open world (you can go wherever you want). What is more it has great story, great atmosphere (sometimes you can really feel human tragedies.. even mutant tragedies), great loactions (the Glow) and probably the best villain in hostory of computer games. Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2013
    An amazing game that stands up to the test of time.

    I'm mostly writing this review to correct a few issues I saw one of the negative
    reviews had made: that there were no alternate ammo types, damage types, or upgrades for weapons and armour.
    All of those are in the game.

    The world is large and free to roam, and the decision to have soft preventative measures other than hard ones makes the game much more immersive. (With one exception, which is a guy with infinite HP.)

    The combat is amazing from a gamist point of view, though Fallout 2 improves it arguably at the cost of the perfect atmosphere and connected feeling environments that Fallout has.

    The alternate paths the player can take, from a pacifist run where you directly kill no NPCs, to a berserk run where you kill all the wasteland's inhabitants you meet. And both can finish the game. The freedom of action and character building go perfectly hand in hand.

    If you've not played this game yet, and had the time to read all of this, just go and play it!
  6. Aug 12, 2012
    This is one of the best, if not the best, roleplaying games out there. It came as close as possible to being a pen-and-paper experience - with the ability to craft your own character the way you *want*, without choices being forced on the player. There are a few quirks in the system, and it's certainly not as big as the sequel, but the non-linearity. interesting plot and backstory make up for it. Try this game as soon as possible - you won't be disappointed. Expand
  7. DerekA.
    Mar 11, 2008
    I honestly can not see what people like in this game. Its turn-based combat is absolutely wretched and the RP choices in this game are pitiful to say the least. Go play Betrayal at Kondor if you want a good RPG. I could maybe see this being fun when I was 10 for the goofy violence, but any adult that plays this game will surely see how terrible this game really is. Expand

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