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Fallout 2
PC Game Fallout 2.jpg
Developer(s) Black Isle Studios
Publisher(s) Interplay Entertainment
Designer(s) Feargus Urquhart
Chris Avellone
Matt Norton
Series Fallout
Engine Fallout engine
Version Win English US: 1.02d (1999-01-29)
Win English UK: 1.02e (2002-05-18)
Win German: 1.02d (2002-05-18)
Win French: 1.02d (2002-05-18)
Mac: 1.02a (2002-10-07)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Macintosh
Release date(s) September 30, 1998
Genre(s) Post-apocalyptic RPG
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) ELSPA: 15+
ESRB: M (Mature)
OFLC: M15+
USK: 16+
Media 1 CD-ROM
System requirements Win:[1] Pentium 90 MHz, 16 MB RAM, 600 MB available hard disk space, DirectX compatible SVGA card, 4X CD-ROM drive, Windows-compatible mouse, Windows 95

Mac:[2] PowerPC G3 233 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 600 MB available hard disk space, Mac OS X v10.1.4

Input methods Keyboard, mouse

Fallout 2 is a computer role-playing game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay in 1998. The game's story takes place in 2241, 80 years after the events of Fallout.[3] It tells the story of the original hero's descendant and his or her quest to save their primitive tribe from starvation by finding an ancient environmental restoration machine known as the "Garden of Eden Creation Kit", or GECK.[4] Although featuring an almost completely new game world, stories, and adventures that are several times larger than its predecessor, the game mechanics from Fallout remain mostly unchanged, with the majority of changes dedicated to fixing interface issues.

Contents

Plot

Setting

At the end of the original Fallout, the hero Vault Dweller was exiled by the Vault Overseer for his prolonged exposure to the outside world. Unable to return home, the Vault Dweller and a group of willing companions travelled far north. Eventually they founded a tribal village called Arroyo in what is present-day Oregon and lived there for the rest of their lives. 80 years have passed since the original Fallout.

In the time since the Vault Dweller's exile, a new government known as the New California Republic (abbreviated NCR) has begun to unify the towns in Southern California and is spreading to the north. A mysterious new organization known as the Enclave has emerged with the most sophisticated technology in the wastes, surpassing even the Brotherhood of Steel. Finally, a new drug, Jet, has become a cancer on many towns with nearly a 100% addiction rate, forcing many to rely on the town of New Reno to keep them supplied.

Story

A screenshot of the GECK

During 2241, Arroyo suffered the worst drought on record. Faced with the calamity, the village elders asked the direct descendant of the Vault Dweller, referred to as the Chosen One, to perform the quest of retrieving a Garden of Eden Creation Kit (G.E.C.K.) for Arroyo. The GECK is a device that can create thriving communities out of the post-apocalyptic wasteland.[4]

The player, assuming the role of the Chosen One, is given nothing more than the Vault Dweller's jumpsuit, a RobCo PIPBoy 2000 handheld device, a Vault 13 water flask, and some cash to start on his mission.

The player eventually finds Vault 13 (the first place possible to obtain a GECK) devoid of the majority of its former human inhabitants. The Chosen One returns to find his village captured by the remnants of the United States government known as "The Enclave". The Enclave often terrorizes the inhabitants of continental United States with their supreme arsenal of advanced technology. The player, through various means, activates an ancient oil tanker and engages its autopilot, thus allowing him to reach the Enclave's main base on an offshore oil rig.

It is revealed that the dwellers of Vault 13 were captured as well, to be used as test subjects for F.E.V. (Forced Evolutionary Virus). Vault 13 was supposed to be closed for 200 years as part of a government experiment,[3] making them perfect test subjects. The Enclave modified the Forced Evolutionary Virus into an airborne disease, designed to attack any living creatures with mutated DNA. With all genetic impurities removed, the Enclave (who remain protected from radiation) could take over.

The player frees both his fellow villagers from Arroyo and the Vault 13 dwellers from Enclave control and subsequently destroys the Enclave's oil rig, killing the Enclave and United States President Richardson as well as a genetically-modified secret service enforcer known as Frank Horrigan (the game's creators described him as "a munchkin's worst nightmare: a supermutant in power armor").[citation needed] In the end, the inhabitants of Vault 13 and the Arroyo villagers create a new prosperous community with the help of the GECK.

Recruitable characters

Like the original Fallout, there are numerous NPCs (non-player characters) in Fallout 2 that the player can recruit to assist in his or her quest. Unlike the original Fallout, these characters are more customizable in combat AI and equipment. The characters can level up as the player gains more experience. Additionally, the NPCs have skills, such as repair and doctoring, which would come into play if the player is lacking in such skills. The appearance of the recruitable NPCs (except for their weapons) are at their default in-game visuals despite being issued different suits of armor and instructed to wear them.

The number of party members the player can recruit is based on the player character's charisma skill. Most recruits also have personal preferences or qualifications for the player. The majority of the recruits require the player to have a good karma standing and to have not committed atrocious acts such as becoming a slaver or having killed children.

Gameplay

Character attributes

Attributes

Fallout uses a character creation system called SPECIAL. SPECIAL is an acronym and initialism of Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck. These are the seven basic attributes of every character in the game. They influence the abilities of the given character.

Skills

There are 18 different skills in the game. They are ranked from 0% to 300%. The starting values for those skills at Level 1 are determined by the player's 7 basic attributes, but most of those skills would fall between 0% and 50%. Every time the player gains a level, he will be awarded skill points to be used to improve his skills, equal to 5 points + twice his Intelligence. The player may choose to "Tag" 3 of the 18 skills. A tagged skill will improve at twice the normal rate.

  • 6 combat skills: Small Guns, Big Guns, Energy Weapons, Unarmed, Melee Weapons, Throwing.
  • 8 active skills: First Aid, Doctor, Sneak, Lockpick, Steal, Traps, Science, Repair.
  • 4 passive skills: Speech, Barter, Gambling, Outdoorsman.

Books found throughout the game world can also improve some of those skills permanently, although books are scarce early in the game. However, after a skill reaches a certain level, books no longer have any impact. Some NPCs can also improve skills via training. How high a skill can be developed is affected by the character's attributes – a character with a low Intelligence will not be able to boost their Science rating as high as a character with high Intelligence, for example.

Some skills can also be improved while having certain items equipped. (E.g. equipping a lock pick would improve lock picking skills.) Stimulants can also temporarily boost player's skills, but often have adverse effects like addiction and withdrawal. As skills grow higher in rating, they begin to cost more skill points to increase.

Traits and Perks

At character creation, the player may choose 2 optional traits for his character. Traits are special character qualities. A trait normally contains one beneficial effect and one detrimental effect. An exception is the "Bloody Mess" trait, whose effects (a higher frequency of especially gory deaths for enemies) are purely cosmetic. They are listed under perks in the character sheet. Once a Trait is chosen, it is impossible to change, except by using the "Mutate" Perk that lets the player change a single Trait once.

Perks in the game are special elements of the level up system. Every 3 levels (or every 4 if the player chose the "Skilled" Trait), the player is granted a perk of his or her choosing. Perks grant special effects, most of which are not obtainable via normal level up in the game, for example:

  • Awareness: instead of a general "Unhurt", "Seriously Wounded", etc. information upon examining an enemy, the exact HP and weaponry will be revealed.
  • Silent Running: the player can sneak and run at the same time.
  • Sniper: gives a % chance of (Luck*10) for scoring critical hits ((Luck*10)+15% if More Criticals perk is present). For example, a character with a Luck of 9 has 90% chance to score critical hits. With a high-powered weapon (such as a Gauss Rifle) and this perk, a skilled player can often score multiple kills in one round.
  • Slayer: similar to Sniper, this causes every hit to become a critical hit in melee combat.

Unlike traits, perks are purely beneficial – they are usually offset only by the infrequency of acquiring them.

Changes from Fallout

Fallout 2 featured a much wider array of items, weapons and armor than Fallout. Most of the items from Fallout returned, but had alternate and upgraded forms: the minigun, for example, is now joined by the Avenger and Vindicator mini-guns. Laser and plasma weaponry are now complimented with Pulse pistols and rifles which have short range and low ammo capacity, but deal massive electrical damage. Item prices were also increased at stores, making scavenging for items more important. Also it is now impossible to scavenge armor from corpses, making the total scavenging yield per kill lower. In addition to old, upgraded weapons, several new weapons were introduced for all branches of combat, thus making no one combat skill the best, and allowing the player to be powerful with any firearm. The range of enemies was also increased to a wider diversity. The end result is a much more complex combat environment.

Skills start off at a lower rate than the first game, and the various skills are also more important. Previously, skills like Unarmed, Doctor and Traps were used sparingly, but now, all skills are useful to a degree. The maximum level of a Skill was increased from 200 to 300. The Unarmed skill in particular was made much more sophisticated by adding different types of Punches and Kicks depending on the player's Attributes and skill level. Additionally, skills become more expensive to improve at higher levels. Several new Perks were added while most others were retained, allowing a greater degree of customization.

Karma is accompanied by Reputation, and while Karma affects the player on a whole, Reputation affects how the player is received in a single town. While Karma is achieved by doing good things and killing monsters, Reputation grows based on how the player helps the city, usually by completing sub-quests. By nature, Reputation and Karma tend to grow parallel to each other. As in Fallout, good/evil characters react differently to players with different Karma. Also, the player can acquire certain titles (Gigolo, Made Man, Slaver) based on their actions that also affect the game and how others react to them.

Recruitable NPCs were very simplistic in the first game, and the only extent of control the player had over them was controlling what weapons they used and telling them to stay at a certain distance. In Fallout 2, team NPC control is much more sophisticated, with the NPCs being able to level up, equip armor and be issued orders before combat ranging from when to run away to when to heal themselves. The NPCs also possess distinct personalities and characteristics, similar to previous games. The recruiting process is also more complex, with NPCs refusing to join the player if he has negative Karma or before a certain quest has been completed. Finally, there is a limit to the number of NPCs a player can recruit.

In the original Fallout, sub-quests in the towns and cities were usually solved within that city, with only a few sub-quests requiring the player to travel. The cities, fairly isolated except for caravans, were concerned with their own problems. In Fallout 2, however, the cities have a great deal of contact with each other, and with the sole exception of Klamath, actions in one city may affect the state of another, and sub-quests will often require the player to go back and forth from location to location to kill enemies and deliver messages and items. To assist this, the makers of Fallout 2 added a vehicle, The Chrysalis Motors Highwayman which reduces map travel time significantly. It can be upgraded several times in various missions, and it runs on the same nuclear cells as certain weapons in the game.

The game's overall theme matter is more adult, with drugs and prostitution becoming major elements of the setting and the drug "Jet" as one of the major subplots. Profanities are also encountered more often. During the course of the game, players can join the Mafia, become a porn star, and engage in adultery. Slavery also becomes an important subplot, and players can either side with the Slavers or join their opponents that try to stamp slavery out. NPCs can be bought and sold as slaves during the course of the game.

International versions and censorship

[citation needed]

Some non-US versions of the game were censored due to local regulations on violence or the portrayal of children in computer games. In particular, the UK and German versions both had children removed from the game and had some violence options disabled. This affected the gameplay for certain missions in game. This was particularly noticeable in Modoc where the mission to rescue Jonny from the wishing well was crippled. Since the original release of the game, fan made patches have made it possible for owners of European versions of the game to play the game as originally intended. Despite these patches being available, the US version is arguably more desirable for collectors.

Reception

 Reviews
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 86/100 [5]
Review scores
Publication Score
GamePro 5/5[6]
GameSpot 8.8/10[7]
IGN 8.9/10[8]

Fallout 2 received generally positive reviews from critics. Online review aggregator Metacritic gave it a score of 86 out of 100 based on fifteen reviews.[9] Positive reviewers praised the gameplay, storyline, and worthiness as a successor to the original Fallout, while detractors criticized frequent bugs and lack of improvement over the first game. Daniel Morris of GamePro gave it five out of five stars, praising the mix of action and character interaction as well as the non-linear gameplay.[10] Commenting on the lack of change from the original, IGN applauded the developers for "not fixing something that wasn't broken," and praised the sizable game world and the writing.[11] Chris Harding of Adrenaline Vault, on the other hand, found it distracting that problems in the original were not addressed in the sequel.[12]

Bugs and Unofficial Patches

Fallout 2 was released with a considerable amount of bugs. Many still remain after the latest (and likely last) version 1.02. However, a community of Fallout enthusiasts have created unofficial patches. The most extensive was released by Killap, and fixes over 1000 bugs.[13]

See also


References

  1. ^ "Fallout 2". Product Help. Interplay. http://www.interplay.com/support/product.asp?GameID=125. Retrieved 2006-09-03. 
  2. ^ McVeigh, Chris (2002-10-08). "Survival Guide". Fallout: Post-Nuclear Survival on Mac OS X. Apple Computer. http://www.apple.com/games/articles/2002/09/fallout2/index2.html#reqs. Retrieved 2006-09-03. 
  3. ^ a b Avellone, Chris (2002-02-25). "Fallout Bible 0". Fallout Bible. http://falloutvault.com/index.php?title=Fallout_Bible_0. Retrieved 2006-09-03. 
  4. ^ a b "The Story". Fallout 2 Website. Interplay. 1998. Archived from the original on April 2004. http://nma-fallout.com/fallout2/official_site/story.shtml. Retrieved 2006-09-03. 
  5. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/fallout2
  6. ^ http://www.gamepro.com/article/reviews/798/fallout2/
  7. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/fallout2/review.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=gssummary&tag=summary;read-review
  8. ^ http://pc.ign.com/articles/153/153783p1.html
  9. ^ "Fallout 2". From Metacritic. Retrieved December 5, 2008.
  10. ^ Morris, Daniel (January 1, 2000). "Fallout 2". GamePro. Retrieved December 5, 2008.
  11. ^ "Fallout 2" (November 13, 1998). IGN. Retrieved December 5, 2008.
  12. ^ Harding, Chris (December 10, 1998). "Fallout 2". Adrenaline Vault. Retrieved December 5, 2008.
  13. ^ "Killap Fallout 2 patch information", retrieved April 14, 2009

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Fallout 2
Box artwork for Fallout 2.
Developer(s) Black Isle Studios
Publisher(s) Interplay Entertainment, MacPlay
Release date(s)
Windows, Mac OS
GameTap
Genre(s) RPG
System(s) Windows, Mac OS, GameTap
Players 1
Rating(s)
ESRB: Mature
ELSPA: Ages 15+
System requirements (help)
Windows
CPU clock speed

90MHz

System RAM

16MiB

Disk space

30MiB

Mac OS
CPU clock speed

233MHz

System RAM

128MiB

Disk space

600MiB

Preceded by Fallout
Followed by Fallout 3
Series Fallout

Fallout 2 begins in July 2241, about 80 years after Fallout started. It shares the same game engine with the original Fallout and, like its predecessor, is just as engaging, original, and violent.

The plotline begins when the Vault Dweller was exiled from Vault 13 at the end of Fallout. The Vault Dweller was followed by a few other dwellers, and together they trudged northward in the wastelands of North California.

The small group founded a community, Arroyo. It was (and still is) a primarily agragrian community and is quite primitive, but the villagers later turned it into a thriving community.

The Vault Dweller vanished from Arroyo and was presumed dead. His daughter became the Elder of the village. 35 years after the Elder received the title of Elder, the economy of Arroyo slowly began to deteriorate and needed the Garden of Eden Creation Kit (G.E.C.K) to survive. Your character was chosen for that role and now has been sent to retrieve the G.E.C.K from the holy Vault 13.

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Fallout 2
Image:Fallout2box.jpg
Developer(s) Black Isle Studios
Publisher(s) Interplay
Designer(s) Feargus Urquhart
Engine Fallout Engine
Release date 1998 (NA)
Genre Role-playing game
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: M
Platform(s) PC
Media CD
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Fallout 2: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game is a critically-acclaimed computer role-playing game published by Interplay in 1998. The second game takes place 80 years after the first Fallout, in 2241. It tells the story of the original hero's descendant and his or her quest to save their primitive tribe from starvation by finding an ancient environmental restoration machine known as the "Garden of Eden Creation Kit", or GECK. Although featuring an almost completely new game world, stories, and adventures that are several times larger than its predecessor, the game mechanics from Fallout remain mostly unchanged.

Contents

Gameplay

Character attributes

Attributes

Fallout 2, like its predecessor, uses a character creation system called SPECIAL. SPECIAL is an acronym and initialism of Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck. These are the seven basic attributes of every character in the game. They are used to determine the skills and perks of the given character.

Skills

There are 18 different skills in the game. They are ranked from 0% to 300%. The starting values for those skills at Level 1 are determined by the player's 7 basic attributes, but most of those skills would fall between 0% and 50%. Every time the player gains a level, he will be awarded skill points to be used to improve his skills, equal to 5 points + twice his Intelligence. The player may choose to "Tag" 3 of the 18 skills. A tagged skill will improve at twice the normal rate.

  • 6 combat skills: Small Guns, Big Guns, Energy Weapons, Unarmed, Melee Weapons, Throwing.
  • 8 active skills: First Aid, Doctor, Sneak, Lockpick, Steal, Traps, Science, Repair.
  • 4 passive skills: Speech, Barter, Gambling, Outdoorsman.

Books found throughout the gameworld can also improve some of those skills permanently, although books are scarce early in the game. However, after a skill reaches a certain level, books no longer have any impact. Some NPCs can also improve Skills via training. How high a Skill can be developed is affected by the character's Attributes - a character with a low Intelligence will not be able to boost their Science rating as high as a character with high Intelligence, for example.

Some skills can also be improved while having certain items equipped. (E.g. equipping a lock pick would improve lock picking skills.) Stimulants can also temporarily boost player's skills; however, they often have adverse effects such as addiction and withdrawal. As Skills grow higher in rating, they begin to cost more Skill Points to increase.

Traits and Perks

At character creation, the player may choose 2 optional traits for his character. Traits are special character background. Most traits have profound effects on gameplay. A trait normally contains one beneficial effect and one detrimental effect. They are listed under perks in the character sheet. Once a Trait is chosen, it is impossible to change, except by using the "Mutate" Perk that lets them change 1 Trait, 1 time.

Perks in the game are special elements of the level up system. Every 3 levels (or every 4 if the player chose the "Skilled" Trait), the player is granted a perk of his choosing. Perks grant special effects, most of which are not obtainable via normal level up in the game, such as letting the player have more actions per round. Unlike traits, most perks are purely beneficial - they are usually offset only by the infrequency of acquiring them.

Changes from Fallout 1

Fallout 2 featured a much wider array of items, weapons and armor from Fallout 1. Most of the items from Fallout 1 returned, but had alternate and upgraded forms: the minigun, for example, is now joined by the Avenger and Vindicator miniguns. Item prices were also increased at stores, making scavenging for items more important. In addition to old, upgraded weapons, several new weapons were introduced for all branches of combat, thus making no one combat skill the best, and allowing the player to be powerful with any firearm. The range of enemies was also increased to a wider diversity. The end result is a much more complex combat environment.

Skills start off at a lower rate than the first game, and the various skills are also more important. Previously, skills like Unarmed, Doctor and Traps were used sparingly, but now, a wider range of skills are useful. The maximum level of a Skill was increased from 200 to 300. The Unarmed skill in particular was made much more sophisticated by adding different types of Punches and Kicks depending on the player's Attributes and skill level. Several new Perks were added while most others were retained, allowing a greater degree of customization.

Karma is accompanied by Reputation, and while Karma affects the player on a whole, Reputation affect how the player is received in a single town. While Karma is achieved by doing good things and killing monsters, Reputation grows based on how the player helps the city, usually by completing subquests. By nature, Reputation and Karma tend to grow parallel to each other. As in Fallout 1, good/evil characters react differently to players with different Karma. Also, the player can acquire certain titles (Gigolo, Made Man, Slaver) based on their actions that also affect the game and how others react to them.

Recruitable NPCs were very simplistic in the first game, and the only extent of control the player has over them is controlling what weapons they use and telling them to stay at a certain distance. In Fallout 2, team NPC control became much more sophisticated, with them being able to level up, equip armor and be issued orders before combat ranging from when to run away to when to heal themselves. The NPCs also possessed distinct personalities and characteristics, similar to previous games. The recruiting process has also been made more complex, with NPCs refusing to join the player if he has negative Karma or before a certain quest has been completed. Finally, there is a limit to the number of NPCs a player can recruit, as well as a larger amount to recruit (over a dozen).

In the original Fallout, subquests in the towns and cities were usually solved within that city, with only a few subquests requiring the player to travel. The cities, fairly isolated except for caravans, were concerned with their own problems. In Fallout 2, however, the cities have a great deal of contact with each other, and with the sole exception of Klamath, actions in one city will affect the state of another, and subquests will often require the player to go back and forth from location to location to kill enemies and deliver messages and items. To assist this, the makers of Fallout 2 added a vehicle, The Chrysalis Motors Highwayman (sometimes erroneously called the Roadmaster, which is a real car). The Highwayman, based on the 57 Chevy with sci-fi upgrades, reduces map travel time significantly. It can be upgraded several times in various missions, and it runs on the same nuclear cells as certain weapons in the game; this element is faithful to 1950s concepts of future vehicles, such as the Ford Nucleon.

The game's overall theme matter was more R-rated, with drugs and prostitution becoming major elements of the setting and the drug "Jet" central to one of the major subplots. Profanities are also encountered more often. During the course of the game, players can join the Mafia, become a porn star, get married and subsequently divorced, and nearly every town in the game features some sort of prostitute that can be slept with. Slavery also becomes an important subplot, with players able to side with the Slavers or join their opponents who try to stamp slavery out, and also allowing NPCs to be bought and sold.

Also, a speedrun is much more difficult than in Fallout 1. In Fallout 1, players could go straight to the Military Base, destroy it, then travel to the Cathedral and do the same. In Fallout 2, the final base cannot be accessed until a computer part from Vault 13 is found, and Vault 13 in turn cannot be found until one of two quests have been completed, thus requiring a great deal of fighting that makes doing these tasks difficult for a starting character. Also, while they can recruit allies for the battle, there is no way to avoid the final boss battle in Fallout 2, again, encouraging combat and making a speedrun difficult. In spite of these factors, the game was completed in 17:51 on a video posted on the Speed Demos Archive website.

Easter eggs

In Fallout 2, there are an enormous number of easter eggs. Some references include; a random encounter of a crashed starship and a portal reminiscent of an episode of Star Trek, a crashed boat referencing the Titanic, a splattered whale with a pot of petunias next to it referencing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a giant rat with plans of world domination called "The Brain", King Arthur and his Power Armor clad knights searching for the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, the Bridge of Death, referencing Monty Python and the Holy Grail, an explanation of how Vault 13's water chip broke and a literal easter egg.

Plot

Setting

At the end of original Fallout, the hero Vault Dweller was exiled by the Vault Overseer for his prolonged exposure to the outside world. Unable to return home, the Vault Dweller with a group of willing companions traveled far north. Eventually they started their own tribal village called Arroyo in what is modern day Oregon. Decades have passed since the original Fallout, and the Vault Dweller has died.

In the time since the Vault Dweller's exile, a new government known as the New California Republic (abbreviated NCR) has begun to unify the southern towns and is spreading to the north. A mysterious new organization known as the Enclave has emerged with the most sophisticated technology in the wastes, even surpassing the Brotherhood of Steel. And a new drug, Jet, has become a cancer on many towns with a nearly 100% addiction rate, forcing many to rely on the town of New Reno to keep them supplied.

Story

During 2241, Arroyo suffered the worst drought on record. Faced with the difficulty, the village elders asked the direct descendant of the Vault Dweller, referred to as the Chosen One, to perform the quest of retrieving a Garden of Eden Creation Kit (GECK) for Arroyo. The GECK is a device that can create thriving communities out of the post-apocalyptic wasteland.

The player, assuming the role of the Chosen One, is given nothing more than the Vault Dweller's jumpsuit, a RobCo PIPBoy 2000 handheld device, a Vault 13 water flask, and some cash to start on his mission.

The player eventually finds Vault 13 (the first place possible to obtain a GECK) devoid of the majority of its former human inhabitants. The Chosen One returns to find his village captured by the remnants of the United States government known as "The Enclave". The player, through variety of means, activates an ancient oil tanker and its autopilot, thus allowing him to reach the Enclave's main base on an offshore oilrig.

It is revealed that the dwellers of Vault 13 were captured as well, to be used as test subjects for FEV (Forced Evolutionary Virus). Vault 13 was supposed to be closed for 200 years as part of a government experiment, this makes them perfect test subjects. The Enclave modified the Forced Evolutionary Virus into an airborne disease, designed to attack any living creatures with mutated DNA. With all genetic impurities removed, the Enclave (who remain protected from radiation) could take over. The player frees both his village (Arroyo) and the Vault 13 dwellers from Enclave control, and destroys the Enclave's oilrig. In the ending, the inhabitants of Vault 13 and Arroyo villagers create a new prosperous community with the help of the GECK.

Characteristics

The fact that in both Fallout and Fallout 2 player characters are raised in an isolated community works with the plot structure, allowing the character to be as ignorant about the game world as the player would be and explaining why the map the character starts with is almost completely unexplored.

Reviews

IGN 8.9 / 10
Game Revolution B+
GamePro 5 / 5
Ace Gamez 7 / 10
Quandary 4.5 / 5
Just RPG A+
RPG FAN 84 / 100
Game Over Online 96 / 100
Games First! 4 / 5
PC Gamer 89 / 100
Computer Games Magazine 4 / 5
PC Zone UK 86 / 100

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Trivia

  • The song that plays during the intro sequence is Louis Armstrong's "A Kiss to Build a Dream On". The Fallout intro song "Maybe" reappears in the sequel, being sung by a minor character as floating text.
  • Holding Shift and clicking the Credits button in the beginning game menu brings up a series of humorous/lewd comments by members of the Interplay team that developed the Fallout games.
  • "War. War never changes" is the famous phrase uttered in the intro by Ron Perlman. The phrase is one of the foremost iconic catch-phrases of the game.
  • Richard D. James, aka Aphex Twin, secretly included one of his tracks from his album Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2. Untitled Disc 2 Track 6 "Windowsill" can be heard clearly in some parts of the game. The sound from about 5:14 in Windowsill is almost identical to one from about 1:10 in the track 05raider.acm (the one, which is played in Raiders in Fallout and Den in Fallout 2). He may have done this under the pseudonym EFX which appears in the game credits. It is unknown why he chose to do this, and what relationship he had with Black Isle, or even if such a relationship existed. Some speculation runs that James did not choose to include the song on the soundtrack, but rather it was chosen for him by Black Isle.
  • Winnipeg breakcore composer Venetian Snares used a dialogue sample from the game Fallout 2 on his album Doll Doll Doll, specifically the track "Befriend a Child Killer".
  • The music playing when you enter the town of Redding changes, but one track you will hear comes from the soundtrack to the TV miniseries The Stand from the book by Stephen King, which was about a world devastated not by nuclear war, but by a supercharged version of the flu. The name of the track is titled, "Project Blue," and it played at the beginning of the miniseries. The artist's name is W.G. Snuffy Walden.
  • Serbian alternative rock band Jewy Sabatay recorded their album "Nihilist" in their home studio called Vault 013, naming it after the game and their hometown dial number.
  • In the online webcomic, Ctrl+Alt+Del, one of the main characters, Ethan, had to be taken to a psychologist to remove all traces of Fallout 2 from his mind, because he wouldn't ever stop playing it. Whenever he is reminded of Fallout 2, he goes on a rampage to find a copy of the game and play it, because he is obsessed with it. He has also, at numerous times, tried to acquire a beta copy of Fallout 3.
  • On several buildings in towns, you can see posters depicting an angry man's face with his mouth open. This is an image of Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool from the liner notes of their 1994 album, "Undertow". For example, look on the side of Smitty's shack at the Den.
  • In New Reno Jungle Gym,the boxing names that you can give your character are references to several fictional boxers such as Glass Joe,Piston Hurricane(name is in 2 separate parts),Raging bull(reference to the Martin Scorcese movie and Punch-Out),Machoman,Balboa etc...

External links

Official

  • Fallout 2 Product Help - Interplay Self Help
    • Fallout 2 Hints and Cheats - Interplay Self Help
  • Mirrors of the original Fallout 2 website: NMA Internet Archive

Others

  • The Vault - A Fallout wiki
  • Fallout 2 1.02+ - An unofficial patch for Fallout 2 that corrects more than 500 bugs. This patch contains only bug fixes, although an expansion pack that aims to restore content cut from the game is also planned by the patch's author.
  • Fallout 2 at MobyGames
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Fallout series
Fallout - Fallout 2 - Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel - Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
Fallout 3 - Operation Anchorage - The Pitt - Broken Steel - Point Lookout - Mothership Zeta
Updates and Spin-offs
Fallout: New Vegas

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