Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. The repetitive hack-and-slash gameplay has nothing in common with the earlier incarnations of the series and will surely alienate the Fallout faithful. Meanwhile, the newcomers to the Fallout universe aren't likely to be sucked in by the uninteresting and flat characters nor the nonexistent story.
  2. What a thermonuclear disappointment. To someone like me, who loved all three Fallout role-playing games on PC, this is a power fist to the face - an insult. [March 2004, p.114]
  3. We get the feeling that this is more of a late cash-in than an attempt to bring innovation and enjoyable gaming to the modern pre-nuclear holocaust (and mercifully Radscorpion-free) world.
  4. 40
    Most importantly, though (especially for fans of the PC Fallout), you've got an RPG without any sort of enticing story.
  5. The music in the game is a mess, the vast majority of the game is eerily silent, with occasional ambient music. When you encounter a boss fight or hairy situation however, blaring nu-metal blasts repeatedly then instantly stops when the fight is over.
  6. There's practically no aspect that doesn't appear half-hearted. Black Isle's drawn-out death has undoubtedly poisoned Brotherhood, but it's hard to tell if there was ever a good game here to begin with. [May 2004, p.109]
  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.
User Score
3.1

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 15 out of 23
  1. Oct 28, 2013
    2
    Terrible terrible game. Thank god Bethesda took over and made things right.
    Game has terrible graphics
    Terrible gameplay
    Too linear
    Boring

    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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  2. Feb 13, 2013
    5
    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. Full Review »
  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 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. Full Review »