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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
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  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 169
  1. May 11, 2019
    10
    This is a great game. The plot is good. Various quests. The gameplay is the same as in the first part. The characters are cool. Full freedomThis is a great game. The plot is good. Various quests. The gameplay is the same as in the first part. The characters are cool. Full freedom of action. Music on top. You can talk about this game for a long time. Just 10/10 Expand
  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. Feb 17, 2022
    10
    Played AGAIN with the Restoration Project. The game is still top with the same bugs like missing shots on 95%. But still playable, cool, nicePlayed AGAIN with the Restoration Project. The game is still top with the same bugs like missing shots on 95%. But still playable, cool, nice dialogues. It's more logical with the improvements and additional quests. No more cheese of going straight to Navarro.
    Will always remember the day when my cousin brought me this game as a present on the CD. Though, I didn't play Fallout 1 before that.
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  4. Mar 21, 2016
    10
    I will start with saying that this game is far better then Fallout 3 (ps3), Fallout 4 (pc) and i probably enjoyed it more then new Vegas (ps3)I will start with saying that this game is far better then Fallout 3 (ps3), Fallout 4 (pc) and i probably enjoyed it more then new Vegas (ps3) too and tactics ( only played 2 hrs).

    Onto the review.
    Gameplay: This game is a turn based rpg , set in a post apoclyptic world. You have huge map to explorer and you can if you want to go straight to the last locations. The game has tons of various cool character you can talk to. And quests you can do. With multiple factions all with they own agendas, and if you don`t like any of them you can either kill them or skip doing those quests all together. Also every companion can be order to be offensive, use melee weapons or ranged, carry stuff or to wait or move if they stand in you way , witch may happens sometimes. It might no be the best gameplay but it still works just fine. And the game is neither to hard nor to unforgiving.

    Character development / leveling/skills and quest: How your develop you character is entirely up to you. Do you want to fist you way trough the game you can do that. Do you wanna be a sniper and let your companions if you want to have companions do the fight for you , you can do just that. Do you want to play the game alone you can do that. For every four level you reach you can choose a skill and some of this skills is pretty good and actually has a meaning. Do you want to be a sweet talker and try to talk your way trough most of the quests you can do that. Compared to the later fallout especially fallout 4 at least in a large extent you have more freedom in how you do your quests and how you accomplish them all with multiple solutions and your choices also has consequences. All the character you meet have their own personalities and perhaps even problems or a reason they need your help or a reason why the want to join you and lastly those character especially on the companion side is plentiful and enough of them but not to many and neither to few. All skills have they own usefulness. Almost every character you meet has something to tell about the world. Plus if you really want to you can be a made - man/woman. And lastly you earn exp by doing quests and killing or even picking up a special items or using seeing special encounters. So yeah the game is pretty violent. Like shooting the groin of someone or the head of someone.

    Factions: A short note on factions. Every factions as previously said have they own agendas. Some are evil som are good some are somewhere in between. Some want to make prostitution and gambling legal. Some want to focus on something else.

    Setting: Perhaps most important of all is the setting. The setting is great. It feels very mush like an a post-apocalyptic game. All of the locations feel different in a good way. Different cultures. Different rules in the different places. Every places has it own mini-stories of side quests to tell. And with the wonderful music it could nt be any/much better. And the game has tons of Charm and Humor.

    Music: the soundtrack is very good. And a lot of the tracks if not all you will remember.It really helps you immerse yourself into the setting

    Bonus: I would put it here. The humor is very good. There is a lot of times you will laugh. Like missing a 95% hit or hitting a target with 20% hit for that matter. You will laugh by the funny and witty and good written dialogue. A lot of cool Easter eggs that even i understood or laughed and thought was funny, i am not the best at finding Easter eggs, but i could in this game.
    And the ending is more then good enough to and so is the voice acting at least for that time. And despite some few crashes the game is still utterly fantascic. Give it a shot , even if you disliked fallout 3/4. Hugely different.

    Score : highly recommended 10/10 if you enjoy turn based rpg set in a wonderful and brilliant rpg setting
    One of the best pc game i have ever played if not the best . The only one that is close in Planescape, Deus ex and perhaps Max payne 2 and Portal 2.

    And just if you wonder i would rate new Vegas 9.5
    fallout 3 9/10
    fallout 4 6-7/10

    NBI am going to say this is beyond me why this game ha snt gotten enough recognition, well atleast that what it seems like. How a game like this can`t get on top 128 games on gamefaq when games like fallout 3 or say undertale ( as there is many who thought it should nt be there)or any top 50 pc games is beyond me. But i guess everyone has is taste, no bias. and yeah i know in the fallout community this is considered the best fallout game and i have to agree despite putting at least 250 hrs in fallout 3 and 250 hrs in new vegas if not more. Thx for reading.
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  5. Nov 3, 2015
    10
    This is objectively the best rpg ever made. A truly open ended experience featuring memorable characters and a large variety of quests withThis is objectively the best rpg ever made. A truly open ended experience featuring memorable characters and a large variety of quests with multiple answers to completing them. The only people who wouldn't prefer this to any modern fallout game are those with poor taste or no imagination. Expand
  6. Feb 3, 2016
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Fallout 2 is a perfect sequel, certainly loyal to what was the first Fallout. Of course: we must still remember that the first chapter is where it all started, but certainly in the second, is where everything has been continued in a great way.

    Fallout 2's plot maybe isn't impactful as the first chapter, but it has certainly a very high quality. I liked the "tribal" style in which the game is started, with the Temple of Trials and the Arroyo village's charm. The historical background is not complex as complex as that of the first chapter, but provides valuable revelations about previous events: the failure to deliver the water-chip to Vault 13 and the mistake of shipping with Vault-City (what an irony, thinking back to the first Fallout), but especially the abominable role of the Vaults and the social experiments program. In this context, the role of the Enclave is predominant and impressive: if in the first Fallout, the Master recognized the grandeur of evolution, here the Enclave despises it; denying the survival and the will to survive of the human race, by labeling the "different" or "survivor" as mutated or subhuman. They are what remains of the United States, and in this there is also a critical view to the country, which we know today, which isn't a holy-country. Kill millions of people under the guise of purifying the human race, proclaiming itself as the "world policeman" as quoted in the game. Frank Horrigan himself, is a contradiction: a true mutant, who hates mutants. Enclave's plans can be summed up in the saying "the end justifies the means". And in the end of all this arrogance, as a purifying poetry, the game ends with a huge atomic explosion, a symbol of the past, and the devastation of the atomic power unleashed by human hands, that once again triumphs on everything, and reigns supreme. A scene that puts chills, and a perfect ending.

    Fallout 2's gameplay is generally an improvement of that of the first chapter: commands to manage the companions are much more complex and more strategic, the number of weapons has been changed and increased, the level cap to 21 has been removed allowing the player to progress further and become stronger. The trading system remained perfect as it was, but now the traders have a respawn of goods, allowing the adventure to be much more accessible and dynamic, creating a real economy between the character and the game world. The system in which the skills affect the character is always perfect, and based on rigid mathematical calculations. The map has been expanded (about 2 times bigger, I heard) and also the number of visitable locations has increased obviously; among these you can also revisit the Vault 13, Vault 15, the base of Mariposa and Shady Sands, who were present in the first Fallout. For the main quest there is no time limit, unlike the first chapter, and this to me personally liked because you can complete many beautiful side quests without hurry. Even the achievement of individual objectives in the main quest is easier and more intuitively. However the game is not any easier: in fact the problems begin already in the Temple of Trials and the random fights in the game map are simply absurd; you can meet group of 6 or even 8 enemies that attack you, one after the other, and you can't even heal the wounds that you're already dead. I noticed that even some enemies can move 2 times per turn. This doesn't make the game fun, but only frustrating. On the opposite I rather liked the fight against the final boss, Frank Horrigan, that it has been difficult but balanced and fulfilling.

    The graphics are identical to that of the first Fallout, there is always the charm of the isometric view, and the artistic retro-futuristic and steampunk beauty that makes Fallout 2, a true Fallout game. The soundtrack is excellent, legacy of the soundtrack of the first chapter.

    Fallout 2 is really a great sequel. Certainly it isn't fascinating and revolutionary as the first Fallout, and could be better. But it's still a great classic RPG and a masterpiece.
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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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