With the recent release of Fallout 3, I thought it might be a good time to look back on the series of games before it: Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics.
In 1997, Fallout was released to critical acclaim and moderate commercial success. Set in the year 2161, eighty years after The Great War, a global nuclear war that lasted two hours has left the world a broken wasteland. You play the role of the vault dweller, living in the relative safety of one of the huge underground nuclear shelters – vaults – that was built before the war. The game begins when you are tasked to venture out into the wasteland to find a replacement water chip, a device that provides the vault with fresh water. So off you go into the brave new world full of bad people, mutants, giant scorpions, skulls on sticks and towns made of corrugated iron. It's a game heavily influenced by such films as 'Mad Max 2' and 'A Boy and his Dog', as well as many other post apocalyptic sci-fi fiction stories.