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  • Summary: In this gritty and darkly humorous 3rd person action adventure, players join the courageous Brotherhood of Steel, whose mission is to maintain peace in the grim post-apocalyptic world of Fallout. Battling raiders, mutants and a host of radioactive nightmares, players attempt to save the scattered remnants of the human race. Life is hard, mutation is rampant and the closet thing to law and order is the fusion-powered pistol that you carry on your hip. [Vivendi Universal] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. You'll be capping scumbags left and right in a fireworks display of flesh and blood, going after the town prostitute's heisted jewelry or collecting giant scorpion tails for some much-needed extra cash, and things of this nature. [Feb 2004, p.42]
  2. Brotherhood of Steel can be described like this: "Dark Alliance" minus encumbrance minus magic minus feats plus guns plus grenades. It's "Dark Alliance" for dummies.
  3. 75
    A fun, if flawed, hack'n'slash game that provides a good 10 hours or so of shooting, explosives, and plenty of mutants to dig into.
  4. It's fairly short, so seasoned gamers won't likely see 15 hours of gameplay... but for all their simplicity, they're an entertaining 15 hours, studded with predetermined dramatic events and even references to characters and events from the first game.
  5. While it may not be anywhere near the calibre of the PC titles, it does become a perfectly playable action RPG (with the emphasis on 'action') after the first trudging hour or so. [Apr 2004, p.122]
  6. This game just sullies the name of Fallout, and cheapens it.
  7. If you have any respect for the way games should be made then give Interplay a clear message that it simply has to do better than this to compete in the games market. Treat BOS with contempt it deserves and avoid it at all costs - even buying this at a budget price would be irresponsible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 15 out of 23
  1. Oct 4, 2010
    A somewhat good hack n slash n shoot RPG set in a Nuclear-War ravaged Earth. Would have been better if the RPG elements were deeper. There are no attributes to raise, no encumbrance limit, and health doesn't raise on its own. What you're left with is a perk/skill system that people who have played these type of games should be familiar with. Here you can spend skill points to raise your health, improve various weapon damage and learn a new move or three. Aside from buying/finding loot there isn't much in the way of character progression. The economy system boils down to: "Should I buy this stuff now or wait until I inevitability find it lying around." This wouldn't be so bad if the game didn't fall apart in the 3rd and final chapter which culminates in the poorest excuse for a Boss Battle I've ever seen in this type of game. Ugh. Still, it can be a fun and mindless Action RPG about 70% of the time and is worthy buy if tou can find it for under 10 bucks. Warning: There are a lot of puzzles in the final chapter. Expand
  2. Feb 13, 2013
    I really find that this game shows just how cruel fans can be. While it is NO WHERE near as good as Fallout 1 2 (even Tactics) it still deserves a little praise. I thought this game was OK. Not good, not bad. Just OK. Graphics were OK but a bit dated (even at time of release.) The engine it was using had been used by countless other titles before it and it just came in on the scene far too late, making it look stale. Story was a little amusing in parts, but also felt a little flat. To be honest, this game really show how far from grace Interplay had fallen and just how much of a good thing it is that they sold it off to someone else for development. Overall: Like I said, it's OK. But nothing special. Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2013
    Terrible terrible game. Thank god Bethesda took over and made things right.
    Game has terrible graphics
    Terrible gameplay
    Too linear

    No free roaming
    Not even a real Fallout game
    Just a few piles of thrown together just to make a bigger pile of

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