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Universal acclaim- based on 1500 Ratings

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  • Summary: It's been 80 long years since your ancestor trod across the wastelands. As you search for the Garden of Eden Creation Kit to save your primitive village, your path is strewn with crippling radiation, megalomaniac mutants, and a relentless stream of lies, deceit, and treachery. You begin toIt's been 80 long years since your ancestor trod across the wastelands. As you search for the Garden of Eden Creation Kit to save your primitive village, your path is strewn with crippling radiation, megalomaniac mutants, and a relentless stream of lies, deceit, and treachery. You begin to wonder if anyone really stands to gain anything from this brave new world. [Interplay] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    Nothing short of superb - it takes "Fallout," expands upon it, enriches it, enhances it in so many ways that it makes one feel as if the original was immature.
  2. 100
    Few RPGs provide so deft a balance between the wandering monster-slaying and the NPC interaction phases of role-playing.
  3. A worthy successor to Fallout 1, and for those who loved the original they're in for a whole new experience.
  4. PC Gamer
    89
    If you value character development, old-fashioned gameplay, and a good plot, this game delivers on all counts. [Feb 1999, p.178]
  5. Much broader in scope and storyline than was its predecessor. There is much more to see and do in this game. Best of all, the much-maligned time limit from Fallout is absent.
  6. Perhaps even more so than its predecessor, Fallout 2 contains dozens of subtle and more often not-so-subtle references to cult movies, television icons, and other aspects of popular culture.
  7. This year's post-apocalyptic nuclear Christmas experience won't be as good as it was last year. Lack of improvement over the first and a high number of bugs are the main reasons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 157
  1. Apr 20, 2019
    10
    Best game I have ever played.

    It is dated now, yet the story and true open world make this a groundbreaking and pinnacle of the gaming
    Best game I have ever played.

    It is dated now, yet the story and true open world make this a groundbreaking and pinnacle of the gaming industry. Yet to be reproduced, although many have tried.

    Want to be civilizations savior? No problem, drug addicted pron star? OK.Whichever way you choose, it is your choice.
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  2. DickR
    Dec 19, 2009
    10
    Absolutely the best RPG game I've ever played. It is a true non-linear game that lets you do pretty much whatever you want. It is fully Absolutely the best RPG game I've ever played. It is a true non-linear game that lets you do pretty much whatever you want. It is fully possible to smash orphans in the groin with a sledge hammer, if you are so inclined. The game suffers from a myriad of bugs in its original form, applying "Killap's Unofficial Fallout 2 Patch" removes most of the bugs and adds a bit of extra content. Expand
  3. christopherc
    Sep 13, 2009
    10
    If its buggy try restoration project by killap!includes new cities and children removed from the original game
  4. KarlSeverinT.
    Jun 3, 2005
    10
    Fallout 1 but with much more depth and variety it is just the best ever RPG.
  5. Bob
    Jun 28, 2005
    10
    This is the best game i have played to date it has been hard to enjoy anything else because it is so good.
  6. Feb 19, 2016
    9
    Personally I see this as a pinnacle of games production. I was challenging, interesting and kept me engrossed for hours at a time.

    Great
    Personally I see this as a pinnacle of games production. I was challenging, interesting and kept me engrossed for hours at a time.

    Great improvement over the original, the controls are more forgiving and the interface although only marginally improved seemed freindlier to use.

    The game offers great characters and varied experiences with a fulfilling player experience. Although I first played this game over a decade ago, I've since bought 3 copies just because of disk failures / system upgrades, and each time I've bought it I've played it longing for more!

    I cannot think of any single game that has captivated me for more than a decade other than this one.
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  7. Sep 15, 2016
    1
    While the game has an interesting premise, Interplay, as evident by its later work has managed to screw up one of the best ideas in video gameWhile the game has an interesting premise, Interplay, as evident by its later work has managed to screw up one of the best ideas in video game history. Thank God someone else bought the franchise. Expand

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