Throughout the game, you are referred to as the Lone Wanderer why… The Vault Overseer believes you had a part to play in the escape of your father from a fallout shelter known as Vault 101, which reportedly had been sealed for 200 years protecting those who lived there from the aftermath of the Great War.
At game start, after your birth, you get to pick what you will look like within the game. It then goes through your early years up to age 16 spent inside Vault 101.
As I have said the Overseer believes you helped your father to open the huge Vault door to the outside world and make good his escape. The only thing wrong with that is you are not guilty. However, The Overseer is not going to believe you, guilty or not, and sent his security force to arrest you.
Faced with no other option and the help of the Overseers daughter you escape the vault and go in-search of James (your father).
This is where the game really begins. The Great War has left Washington, D.C. area in ruins. Among those ruins are the Capitol Building, the Jefferson Memorial, the battered remains of the Washington Monument and various museums all referred to as the Capital Wasteland.
Large settlements can be found throughout the area known as the Wastelands: Rivet City has been formed from the shell of an aircraft carrier carried and dumped far inland by high waters, now long gone. Other large settlements include the towns of Megaton, Arefu, Big Town, Canterbury Commons, Tenpenny Tower, The Republic of Dave and Paradise Falls.
In the early stages of the game you get to these towns on foot, however, once you have found a place you can teleport back and forth between towns and anywhere else you may uncover on what can be only called a Hugh map of places to visit.
Many of the places you visit in and around the Capitol Wasteland is in ruins with collapsed building barring your way to other parts of the same area, not to worry… to get around this use the DC Metro tunnels and be prepared to battle every step of the way. Ghoules and Feral Ghouls are humans turned psychotic from radiation.
The Super Mutants are your main enemy along with the Enclave ruled by President John Henry Eden and his ruthless second-in-command Colonel Augustus Autumn. On the good side (sort of) is the Brotherhood of Steel who have set-up shop in the ruins of the pre-War Pentagon known as the Citadel.
Your use of various weapons throughout the game degrade with use. Weapons of the same kind can be used to repair degraded weapons. Your stat’s skill influences how much you can restore broken weaponry.
Real-time combat can be stopped by the use of The Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System, or V.A.T.S. Some reviews say the game cannot be completed without using V.A.T.S. hand on heart I played the game second time around in real-time combat mode only.
There is so much more to this game than going around shooting monsters. The storyline is excellent, the graphics are as real as they come (my opinion), quests to keep you busy for some time, and the nasties you meet along the way are just that nasty.
The one in-game thing I thought was an excellent touch the use of Three Dog (Erik Todd Dellums) relaying your finished Quests over his radio station Galaxy Radio (most colorful) and not forgetting the chance to take to outer space and do battle there…
For me, this game is top of my tree for realistic entertainment at its best, along with the Elder Scrolls, Skyrim, Bioshock (both).
Yes, I am aware there of some of you out there with your own view. This is mine.
More Fallout would keep me happy and maybe the chance of a bigger quest around Oasis Spreading to the wasteland.
Below are the games stats.
Developer Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Genre Action Role-playing game
Platforms Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7, or Vista.
Note: (I had it running on Windows 8 without problems. I am now running Windows 10 pro also without problems.)
Media Blu-ray disc, DVD, digital download Steam
System requirements Minimum: Windows XP/Vista
1GB System RAM (XP)/ 2GB System RAM (Vista)
2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 256MB RAM (NVIDIA 6800 or better/ATI X850 or better)