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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] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  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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  2. Negative: 4 out of 76
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    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! Collapse
  2. Jan 11, 2013
    10
    This game is amazing even 16 years after release this game still rocks its a must play for everyone except those kids who cant see the beauty in an older game because it doesn't have the graphics like CoD(which are **** btw). anyway if you never played this game you just have to, go to gog.com and buy yourself a digital drm-free copy(it was even free for a few days). and if you want you can get the Fallout-FIXT mod which improves the game and fixes a lot of bugs. Expand
  3. Aug 23, 2014
    10
    The first of it's series, Fallout gives you the aspect of a RPG game with high standards and graphics which I say are still good today on a lousy laptop. The atmosphere is outstanding for people new to RPG games. Where to start?
    Characters look the same but they aren't. You'll always see how various the people are in this game as the graphics DON'T make the game better, the game itself does. Let your imagination strike and think about how the characters look like! Some of them have voice acting, some don't. The facial animations aren't actually animations so whatever. The storyline is the most interesting (in the point of Intellectual storyline) after Half Life Trilogy. The Great War being placed into a long timespan dating from 2030s to 2077 when the nuclear bombs started replacing the rain from the clouds. You can see, everything looks like 1960s for a reason. It's then when this thing almost happened the same back then! But didn't, which in Fallout did. The soundtrack gave the atmosphere plus points and it's great. The gameplay is awesome, based on strategy combat.
    So this game marked my childhood - as everyones'. Some may agree, some may don't.
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  4. Feb 8, 2012
    10
    Its amazing isnt it .The start of the amazing fallout games . Keep in mind this isnt for everyone . SPAMSPAMSPAMSPAMSPASPASMAJSHAUIDdsgdsgsdgsdggsgsgsggsgsgsgsgsgsgsgsgsgsgsgsgsgsgsgs Expand
  5. Jul 26, 2012
    9
    Being a huge fan of Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas I thought I would play the first game. It was very different from the other two but is still an amazing game even when it was made. If you love Fallout try Fallout 1. Fallout 9.4/10 Expand
  6. Mar 11, 2011
    9
    Played it right after finishing fallout 2. Simply awesome, but it was missing some stuff added in fallout 2 like npc customization, npc leveling and others ... Expand
  7. Aug 4, 2014
    6
    Really for uber nostalgia gaming buffs, due to the fact FO has not aged at all well. It is a very slow paced turn based post apocalyptic sci/fi themed RPG. The logic and design behind FO gave me more than one facepalm moment. Watching your team A.I. kill your own team by mistake. Seeing that two karate kicks to the face takes less action points than pulling just a trigger once. The fist foot way is truly faster than an itchy trigger finger LMAO. Plus the fact your team A.I. can can do upto three to four actions to your one. Watching everyone else do the takedowns is most unsatisfying to say the least. Lot to like about this old game, but a lot to find annoying about it too. Sadly this won't run out of the box on most moderns systems too. I use the alpha mod FIXT these days just for ease of use to get it running better on modern systems. A great game "for its time", but that day has long since passed. Expand

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