A.V. Club: "In 1997, Interplay published Fallout, a post-apocalyptic role-playing game noted for funny, challenging open-ended gameplay. A year earlier, Bethesda Softworks released The Elder Scrolls II, a fantasy RPG also praised for allowing players great freedom. Interplay is long gone, but in 2006, Bethesda released Oblivion, an Elder Scrolls entry with cutting-edge visuals. Great acclaim followed (for open-ended gameplay, natch) and Bethesda promptly purchased the Fallout franchise for an Oblivion-style makeover."