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You've just unearthed the classic post-apocalyptic role-playing game that revitalized the entire CRPG genre. The Fallout® SPECIAL system allows drastically different types of characters, meaningful decisions and development that puts you in complete control. Explore the devastated ruins of a golden age civilization. Talk, sneak or fight your way past mutants, gangsters and robotic adversaries. Make the right decisions or you could end up as another fallen hero in the wastelands...
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Fallout is a great RPG with an interesting plot, turn based combat, and a wonderful soundtrack. You can choose one of the three premade characters, each of them having a build based around different playstyles (Basically, brute force, diplomacy or stealth). Or you can create your own character. The game's plot revolves around the main character looking for a water chip to supply Vault 13, his home, with water, with a time limit of 100 days. Along the way they meet new people, try to help different towns and settlements they find. Or they can be completely evil and ruin everyone's lives. Fallout features a mechanic called "Karma", which is essentially how people around the world see you. Almost every single choice you make will have an effect on your karma meter, and can affect the different endings you can get. Fallout is a wonderful a game, although it is not without a few flaws. It can be a bit difficult to get into the first time you play it, and it has some bugs (One of which can make the game unbeatable). Other than that, it is one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences I have ever had, and even at full price I consider it a game you should buy if you are a fan of CRPGs.
This game has stood the test of time, I would say. The graphics are not too fancy compared to current iterations of this game, and gameplay is vastly different from the FPS style battles you have in Fallout 3 and NV. But this game feels truer as an RPG, really focusing on your character's stats and causing you to adapt to different situations based on those stats. This game is beyond amazing, in my opinion, and while I enjoy the newer versions of Fallout 3, New Vegas, and soon Fallout 4, I will always have a special place reserved for the first and original Fallout.
One of the great cRPGs out there. Fallout is simply a legend by its own right. If you played Fallout 3 or New Vegas and loved the lore this is the game for you. If you love old school isometric cRPGs and for some reason have yet to play this, grab it now! Fallout is one of the best games ever made in terms of story. The game is heavily inspired by 1950' American era culture - the post war euphoria, the technological advancement, the threat of nuclear bombs and the communist menace. set in an alternate timeline where the culture was frozen at that era and transistors apparently were never invented leaving computers at the vaccum tube era. Nuclear war has broken out and within mere hours the world was consumed in nuclear fire. People in the US evacuated to huge underground vaults where they hid from the nukes.The game starts with you, a citizen of vault 13, which is tasked with leaving the vault and finding a water chip to fix and save your vault. The game is featuring exquisite writing, with very good and dark humor. the visuals and audio have aged considerably and the game mechanics will feel bizarre for people who haven't experienced similar games of that era. but behind these hurdles you will find a legendary fun game
Having just recently hearing of and playing this game, I lack the fond memories of playing through this game till 3 in the morning that seemingly every other reviewer seems to have. I'll put it this way: if you like Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas for the lore and atmosphere, than you will enjoy this game. The controls take a bit to get used to, and the turn based combat will bore and frustrate you in the beginning, but you'll enjoy playing through this game. However, if you like FO3 and FNV because you had all the energy weapons, grenades, and killed all NPC's, then you're in for a nasty surprise. This game is open world, but a different open world than we see today. You travel patches of the wasteland in small segments at a time. The one thing that I downright hated in this game was the running clock. To complete the first main mission, you only have 150 days. You can complete the mission at a leisurely pace in about 70, but just knowing that something was timing me just turned me off. I loved open world games when you don't have a care in the world: you can just do whatever necessary to survive and nothing more, or you can help to save the world. In Fallout 1, if you want to play the game like it's meant to be played, you must find the water chip in 150 days for your vault. Other than that, this game has much deeper lore than an average Fallout 3 play through, so go into the game with that mindset!
Like many others of this modern day, I played FNV and Fallout 3 before picking up a copy of this game. What a mistake that was. If you have either of those two later games, and want to explore the wasteland in a different/more strategic way, PLEASE play this game. It's not a game for FPS combat junkies: when it comes down to a fight with a super mutant, you can't spray and pray like you can in FNV and F3. You instead have to actually focus on building a character that is tailored to your fighting style, and then use this character tactically. And for those expressing concerns about getting this game to run on operating systems made after the dotcom boom: don't be! I have Windows 7, and it ran perfectly fine, even better after I installed the Fixt (that patch works wonders on this game). Don't let yourself miss this terrific game that revolutionized the cRPG genre!
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