20 September 1999 | archimed
A much under-rated game in its time
As most know, Fallout is a post-nuclear role playing game which striking similarities to Wasteland (another RPG, but about 10 years older). With its own excellent turn-based strategy combat, as well as a proprietary role playing system (SPECIAL, somewhat similar to other popular systems with interesting tweaks), Fallout proves itself to be at the top of its genre considering its time frame. Of course, the game has issues (most of which are technical), for instance the game length (approximately 40 hours) is extremely small. But regardless, this game is somewhere near the pinnacle of old-fashioned role playing. Why hadn't you heard of it? Because it came out during the late 90's 3D-FPS rage, and this game is 2D.
I am still quite stunned as to the industry's lack of recognition for this most outstanding game. The game's appeal lies in its charm and atmosphere, both of which are gritty and cold throughout the game. Its sad to see that e-mags like LameSpot and PC Lamer cannot recognize this game as one of the top of its genre. Instead, they are sadly putting their bets on FPS-RPG's which have been trendy lately. Hopefully in 10 years people will look back and admit that Fallout was a classic, much like its unofficial predecessor Wasteland.