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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 aSet 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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    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. Above all, the NPC interaction and voice acting are the best in any game to date. This game is possibly the best investment an RPG fan can presently make, and will prove entertaining for countless gaming hours.
  5. This top-down RPG is without a doubt the best PC RPG we have played in years. That's not an exaggeration. Years. I can't think of another game that comes even close to Fallout's excellent character generation and skill system, great story, and classy delivery.
  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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  1. Negative: 8 out of 152
  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). AmazingUser 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! Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2015
    10
    Fallout isn't a game that impresses you at first glance, nor was it meant to. It's a game that takes some time and dedication to get into, butFallout isn't a game that impresses you at first glance, nor was it meant to. It's a game that takes some time and dedication to get into, but once you do you won't be able to stop playing. The choices are limitless and the story is absolutely fascinating. As you fight and talk your way through the wasteland you will notice that the decisions you make shape the world around you. Fallout is a game where there are no rights and wrongs, there are simply choices and consequences. The graphics might be outdated and the game might not be as stable as it once was, but if you haven't played it yet I strongly recommend you try it out. I guarantee that you won't regret it. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2018
    10
    I play this Fallout game here and there on and off about once a year. I just want to say that this game is awesome, has a great story and isI play this Fallout game here and there on and off about once a year. I just want to say that this game is awesome, has a great story and is just a great RPG overall. It is a shame what Bethesda did to Fallout 4, but Fallout 3 was better than Fallout 4 in many ways anyways. I hope Bethesda has learned from their mistakes in Fallout 4. Expand
  4. Feb 18, 2014
    10
    OH MY GOD. How can anyone dislike this game? If your PC bugs out then get rid of your friggin viruses. No replay value? If you don't changeOH MY GOD. How can anyone dislike this game? If your PC bugs out then get rid of your friggin viruses. No replay value? If you don't change the way you play it, then I guess it could seem so.
    This is a top cult classic game, which rocks the socks out of any other game ever made. PERIOD.
    I'd bet the reason "new kids" won't appreciate it is because they have no patience these days.
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  5. Nov 24, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It is good to say that this isn't the chapter, in Fallout serie, with which I began my ascent into this fantastic and unique world. In fact I fell in love with Fallout 3, and only then I discovered the previous chapters. But let's talk about Fallout, and not Fallout 3. I played the first chapter of Fallout already years ago, but I hadn't the ability to finish a game like that. Too complex, too difficult. Then recently I wanted to start again with a view to the release of Fallout 4, and then I re-started the first adventure in the Wastelands.

    Fallout's plot is simply fantastic and exciting. The historical background of retro-futuristic 21st century, 2077's Great War and the rest, is structured and interesting, full of meaning. It starts with a simple but dangerous mission, then move on to decide the fate of an entire area. It thus comes as something that concerns only Vault 13 and a small group of people, up to face a threat of extraordinary proportions. The Master: simply one of the best bosses and villains in gaming history. His story, his vision of a new world, through "The Unity" and transformation of men into supermutants, where differences fade and catalyze as a genetic destiny that allows them to survive in the Wastelands. A real evolution and revolution. Not just religious fanaticism, hope and peace in a rotten and sick world. Just think about christian's missionary missions in the Americas in the past, and recently in Africa. Bring a new religion, helping people, professing love and peace. This is the way The Master brings people to his future vision of the world using his disciples, the Children of the Cathedral, hiding of course all negaive things that follow. The Master, however, has miscalculated: thinking so much of humans' evolution, he forgot strong viruses' evolution; VEF virus that has mutated making his plan useless, all his work wasted, simply making mutants unable to reproduce. Just poetic. And what the Vault Dweller has faced for his people, for the salvation of an entire generation is simply amazing. Compared to other RPGs, Fallout's character does not have a "real personality", but his actions, the facts, the events speak for him. And even after facing hell in person and have sacrificed everything, he has been kicked out of the house for which he fought, and that he always protected. Not a word. Not a gesture. He took his responsibilities and just... went away. Sad but great scene when Vault Dweller moves away into the desert, leaving the world behind him, with the song "Maybe".

    Fallout's gameplay is hard to define: definitely the same gameplay of classic RPGs, but showed some characteristics that made it unique and so loved... or hated. Personally, I liked the gameplay: skill points and how they weigh on the development of the character is real, tangible and simply extraordinary. The turn-based combat is great, never boring, and well balanced in difficulty. Perhaps there was an abuse of "action points" concept: spend 1 AP only to open inventory, it seems a bit excessive. You can have companions, but you have to care about them cause they can die and running out of ammo. The trading system is just perfect, since it can operate both in terms of barter or using the currency of the game, bottlecaps, to trade stimpaks, weapons, armor and ammunition. However traders don't have a respawn of goods, and doesn't make sense, because the economy of the game is undermined, because you aren't able to obtain constant supplies of material to continue the adventure. The map is very big, and travel is realistic because a trip may take days (in-game, of course) to arrive at a given destination. Moreover, even if the map is quite large, it is clear how only 12 predefined locations are really detailed, important and interesting to visit. The level of gore and violence in the game is simply raw, realistic and delicious. Only real flaw in this game, but very heavy, is the timer to complete the first part of the main quest. The game is already very complex on its own, and people to talk to or objects to be recovered are not easy to find, but with the timer about 150 days to find the water-chip, the game forces the player to a senseless hurry, avoiding beautiful side quests for fear of running out of time, leading to the game over. Simply exaggerated, it is to admit it. This "defect" definitely alienated many people from the game, including myself, the first time I played it.

    The graphics in isometric view is fascinating and well crafted, the creation of steampunk and retro-futuristic world is artistically stunning and work perfectly. Also the realization of post-nuclear world's context is made very well. The soundtrack is good, well focused in places and events, and some tracks are disturbing.

    Fallout is symbol of quality obtainable only from classic RPGs. Hard to play, but it will worth it; Fallout has its flaws, and not by a little, but is still definitely an undisputed masterpiece of videogames.
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  6. Feb 20, 2012
    8
    A tough as nails RPG that will kill you at the drop of a hat, It never feels overly difficult, just difficult like a lot of old games, maybeA tough as nails RPG that will kill you at the drop of a hat, It never feels overly difficult, just difficult like a lot of old games, maybe it's just because I'm not very familiar with this kind of game, I bought it in the Fallout Trilogy pack because Fallout 3 maybe my favorite game of all time, and I wasn't disappointed with the world and atmosphere of the game, and the story is pretty good but I doubt I'll ever see the end of it due to the fact that I suck at this, still if your like me and liked Fallout 3 and want to see where it began this is a good purchase. Expand
  7. Aug 6, 2020
    0
    A decent RPG where you can indeed actually advance your character and choose one of many paths through the story.(no)

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