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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 theIn 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Play Magazine
    83
    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. PSM Magazine
    80
    A surprisingly deep, well-written, and entertaining action RPG that offers lots of customization, co-op play, and a great game universe. [Mar 2004, p.28]
  3. 75
    A competent and occasionally compelling hack-and-slash, but fans of the PC games won't give a damn about it, and "Champions of Norrath" is a more satisfying and more technically impressive example of the genre on the PlayStation 2.
  4. More focused on action than story progression and deep character development, Brotherhood of Steel comes dangerously close to being called a Fallout game in name only.
  5. 60
    When you play it in bite-size sessions, you'll appreciate wading into a sea of overgrown beetles or phosphorescent foes, spiked baseball bat swinging. Despite a few design shortfalls, the gameplay succeeds admirably, as does its presentation.
  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 26
  2. Negative: 16 out of 26
  1. Sep 24, 2014
    10
    The game is beautiful, an absolute masterpiece. It is the mark of a new genre in next gen gaming for us all. We should all learn to be likeThe game is beautiful, an absolute masterpiece. It is the mark of a new genre in next gen gaming for us all. We should all learn to be like Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, and strive to be one loving community. Expand
  2. JohnT.
    Jan 6, 2004
    9
    This graphics look awesome and the gameplay rocks.
  3. Oct 4, 2010
    7
    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 areA 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
  4. BrandonK.
    Jan 4, 2004
    2
    Below average game. Set in a world which it has absolutely misrepresented in every way.
  5. AaronN.
    Jan 14, 2004
    1
    True a last ditch effort to save a dying company (rightfully so) this game is a mockery of the original Fallout Universe. The original used True a last ditch effort to save a dying company (rightfully so) this game is a mockery of the original Fallout Universe. The original used wit and humour (not to mention clippings from popular movies) that made the use of vulgar profanities funny. (exa. The bridgekeeper from Monty Python). The only thing at all funny in Fallout Tactics for PC was the clippings they had from Monty Python. Anyways, The game blows and the only reason I gave it a number at all is due that the developers have already bashed themselves enough. I'll give them the 1 for Stupidity. Fo3 would have gorssed much more profit (about 22000 in garunteed sales minimum; which is better than zero). I have to laugh at their repeated attempt to pawn off crap for the fallout universe. I made the mistake of buying Fallout Tactics the first time... I'm sure not going to do it twice. At $100 bucks a copy, I'd still buy Fo3... I wouldn't even accept being paid to take this mockery. Expand
  6. Deadlus
    Jan 4, 2004
    0
    It's not fallout!
  7. JoshG.
    Apr 5, 2004
    0
    Fallout B.H.O.S is NOT the fallout that I became addicted to back in 1996. This game lacks everything that made Fallout 1 & Fallout 2 great. Fallout B.H.O.S is NOT the fallout that I became addicted to back in 1996. This game lacks everything that made Fallout 1 & Fallout 2 great. For example the game has no depth when compared to the previous Fallout games which revolutionised the RPG market. The freedom of being able to play the game however you wanted has been removed, and now you are simply forced into the roll of three goody two shoes lap dog type characters who do as they are told -where is the fun in that? Interplay has simply dumbed it down to suit what they see as a "mainstream" audience. This is a terrible case of selling out aswell as a giant leap backwards for a title that used to make some of the best RPG games on the market. I am a strong believer of the philosophy that if something isn't broken then don't fix it. I hope this isn't the new direction that the Fallout series is heading towards because that would be a great shame. I can't believe they scrapped Fallout 3 for this, what a crappy game. Expand

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#32 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#10 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004