The game that started it all. Fallout takes place in the year 2161, 84 years after the Great War between USA, USSR, and China which resulted in the destruction of the world. You play as the ‘Vault Dweller’ from Vault 13 in California, safe and sound in your vault, until the Overseer, leader of Vault 13 gives you the task to wander the waste to retrieve a water chip for the vault’s water processor – which is slowly, but surely dying out and risking the dwellers’ exposure to radiated water. Fallout introduces the well known S.P.E.C.I.A.L ruleset that controls your character’s skillsets. The gameplay style is turn-based combat with an isometric view. Fallout is the start of the journey as we learn about the Wasteland and watch it develop to what it will become in Fallout 4.
Continuing in the year 2241, 80 years after the Vault Dweller has fulfilled their duties and continued their life in the wastes, you are known as the ‘Chosen One’, or the child of the ‘Vault Dweller’. This is the first Fallout where your character is not from the vaults. Your hometown Arroyo, founded by your parent the ‘Vault Dweller’, is currently suffering from a drought and it’s up to you to find the ‘GECK’, the ‘Garden of Eden Creation Kit’, which was created by Vault Tec to rebuild life in the post-nuclear world. Your journey leads you to Vault 13 and your story becomes an intense turn of events as you find out that the inhabitants there are taken by the mysterious Enclave. You return home to find out the tribesmen and women have also been taken by the Enclave to be experimented with the ‘FEV’, ‘Forced Evolutionary Virus’, which the Enclave created to turn humans into ‘superhumans’, which ultimately leads to Super Mutants and you must rescue them.
Completely different from Fallout and Fallout 2. Fallout Tactics is, obviously, a tactics game. It’s almost similar to real time strategies, however it is considered a ‘continuous turn based’ game style. Your focus in this game is the Brotherhood of Steel, a faction that strongly focuses on technological artifacts from pre-war era and the enhancement of technology in the Wasteland. You command and control them, setting up their medics, bunkers, mechanics, and quartermasters. Your general found in the bunkers receive missions and give them out to the brotherhood to complete them by visiting Vaults, Factories, Military Camps, and Towns. Aside from having a totally different game style, this game is quite unique from the Fallout Series as you’re able to learn more about the Brotherhood.
With a completely new way to play from the aforementioned, Fallout 3 is not a turn-based isometric game. It is now real time, third person, and features a first person camera. Taking place 36 years after Fallout 2, it is the year 2277. You are the ‘Lone Wanderer’ of Vault 101. After growing up in Vault 101 you are forced to escape after your father’s leave and must search the Capital Wastes in search of him. Of course along with the search of your father, you find the truth about yourself, your father, and his mission. Fallout 3 is the first in the series to take place in a new location away from the west coast as it takes place in Washington D.C – hence ‘Capital’ Waste.
Fallout: New Vegas
Returning back to the west coast, you play as a mysterious and unfortunate courier who gets shot immediately; five minutes within gameplay. Eventually surviving the head trauma, you begin seeking revenge on those who attempted to murder you. However, as you journey throughout the Mojave Waste you discover even bigger problems. Along the path of solving your own mystery, it turns out that you play a major role in possibly controlling the wastes. Fallout: New Vegas takes place in the year 2281, 4 years after Fallout 3. It is the second game to have your main character not from a Vault.
Hopefully these short bits of information about the previous Fallout games prepare you for Fallout 4! How excited are you to grab your copy in November?
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