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4.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 53
  2. Negative: 30 out of 53
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  1. EricT.
    Jan 15, 2004
    7
    This game isn't the greatest, but it for sure is a good time killer. These Fallout fanboys need to really get lives; though the game might not be Fallout 3, it isn't the end of the world. I've played all the previous Fallout games, and the atmosphere (cold, dark and gritty) is faithfully recreated. The music is top-notch for a game with all sorts of metal bands being This game isn't the greatest, but it for sure is a good time killer. These Fallout fanboys need to really get lives; though the game might not be Fallout 3, it isn't the end of the world. I've played all the previous Fallout games, and the atmosphere (cold, dark and gritty) is faithfully recreated. The music is top-notch for a game with all sorts of metal bands being signed, the sounds however become quite repetative especially the "witty" comments your characters make sometimes after killing hordes of baddies. The game moves at a really quick pace, and feels pretty much like Gauntlet set in the middle of a wasteland. A really fun addition is the two-player mode, though alot of the time the game quickly degenerates into both players trying to horde the best items. Me and some friends have got into some pretty heated debates over who gets the new minigun we just found in a crate... Expand
  2. ShawnT.
    Feb 25, 2004
    5
    How sad. So much more they could have done. On its own, it's worthy of some good marks. The controls were almost instinctive, rifling through weapon options while simultaneously using stimpaks and keeping a target lock on the enemy. None of the usual bringing up of lists and lists to choose something, then having to activate it in battle, then back in to the lists to choose something How sad. So much more they could have done. On its own, it's worthy of some good marks. The controls were almost instinctive, rifling through weapon options while simultaneously using stimpaks and keeping a target lock on the enemy. None of the usual bringing up of lists and lists to choose something, then having to activate it in battle, then back in to the lists to choose something else. The graphics were of high caliber and so was the music, although it seemed to play only when it wanted to. All in all, it was a pretty good ride. As a member of the incredible Fallout series, however, it is mediocre at best. It felt like I was playing a shareware version. I kept thinking the game was suddenly going to end with a message to purchase the full version. It's too bad, really, a PS2 series could have gone on for years. After this, I doubt we'll see another one... Expand
  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 yourA 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. 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 farI 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

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#32 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#19 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. games(TM)
    60
    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]