Fallout: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game is an open world turn-based role-playing game developed and published by Interplay Productions in 1997.
The game has a post-apocalyptic and retro-futuristic setting, in the aftermath of a global nuclear war in an alternate history timeline mid-22nd century. The protagonist of Fallout is an inhabitant of a Vault, long-term shelters, who is tasked to find the Water Chip to save other dwellers from water shortage.
Why It Rocks
- Has a very complex combat system that allows for lot of combat strategies and ways to defeat enemies.
- Really interesting and creative post-apocalyptic setting filled with memorable locations and interesting characters.
- Compared to the more modern Fallout game specially the third installment, there's tons of gore when an NPC dies such as getting both their arms and head blown up or completely decimated with a rocket launcher! Even the bosses have unique death animations such as the Lieutenant when defeated.
- Has amazing skill and stats system that allows for tons of customization of the player character and can change the way you play the game radically.
- Surprisingly very great voice acting for a game released in 1997, making it a bit ahead of its time.
- The main antagonist, The Master, is a very complex and sympathetic villain who is often considered the best villain of the Fallout series if not of all video games in general.
- Players often has to make complex choices that are a lot of the time morally ambiguous and affect the world around you.
- Great soundtrack, including the very fitting usage of "Maybe" by The Ink Spots in both the intro and game's good ending.
- This game introduces tons of characters, factions and concepts that become either staples of the games in the series or become important aspects of the lore.
- The game satirizes its own Retrofuturistic setting for black comedy, which improved with each installment.
- Although the combat is pretty good, it can take some getting used to at the beginning and can be a bit tedious sometimes.
- The graphics have aged badly. This is most apparent with the "talking head" characters in which they look very dull or occasionally creepy for few, despite being well detailed.
- Most characters don't have voiced dialog and voiceover is restricted to the Narrator and the aforementioned "talking head" characters.
- Some endings are bugged and don't appear in the game, which is unfortunate because some of said endings are canon to the Fallout universe. They can of course be patched back in and restored.
The game was critically acclaimed and a financial success. It was followed by a number of sequels and spin-off games, the Fallout series.