I recently finished Fallout 4 and as an avid fan of the series, I felt like I should talk about all of them and rank them from most enjoyed to least enjoyed. Now, none of these games are bad. It's just my personal opinion about all of these games and arbitrary numbers that make things seem better than other things. Come on now, I don't need to explain this, you know how the Internet works.
Anyway, here's the list of the games I loved in the Fallout series from least enjoyable to most enjoyable forever. I'm only including the more RPG based Fallout titles. I know there's that Brotherhood of Steel game, Fallout Tactics, and Fallout Shelter but I'm not including those because those veer too far away from main Fallout style gameplay mechanics.
5. Fallout 1
The first game in the series is my least favorite. I'm not a fan of the time limit that's implemented in this one. It makes everything feel rushed and I didn't enjoy running through the game's main quest because I had to. I like taking my time and clicking around and messing stuff up. Although, I will say I still love the world and everything that about this one simply because it's the first one in the series. And without it, we wouldn't have the series we have today.
4. Fallout 3
This may come as a surprise to a lot of you. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy Fallout 3 when ti first came out, I did of course. But in relation to all of these games, I think this one falls a little short. I will say though, it was the first Fallout game I played and I loved it for that. I think my biggest problem with this one -- and the reason I won't go back to it -- is that it's too easy. Getting a perk every level seems like a smart thing but after playing other titles in the series, it feels like you can just roll through the game unopposed. I will say though, the DLC that came out for this game is basically a must-buy if you really want to get the most of out Fallout 3.
3. Fallout 2
Speaking of difficulty, Fallout 2 is hard. Exceptionally hard. And most of that might come from the fact that I haven't played too many isometric RPGs in my time. Getting used to the control system and understanding the smartest way to do battle was one of the hardest obstacles for me. But once I got a hang of it, I fell in love with the game. The writing is top-notch and definitely sports that brand of humor that Fallout games are known for. I actually bought this game again just so I could play through it when I want a challenge.
2. Fallout 4
One of the reasons Fallout 4 is so much higher on this list than Fallout 3 has to do with the level of customization that's in the game. Being able to craft your own armor and weapons makes everyone's game a little different and it lets you add a little personality to your characters and companions. The world is absolutely great and the way they changed how Power Armor works is probably one of my favorite mechanics next to the way you can build and customize your settlements. Want to make a fortress for all your companions? Go ahead. Want to make Sanctuary into a one stop shopping center? That's an option as well. I love how endless some of the customization feels.
And that leads right into my favorite Fallout game of all time...
1. Fallout: New Vegas
The level of customization in this game blew my mind when I first started playing it. The issue with Fallout 3 with getting perks too often is gone, instead you get one every other level making your perk choice have a little more weight. One of the reasons I love this game so much is the level of crafting that exists in the game. There are chemistry stations, reloading benches, and workbenches. You can make your own brand of bullets, special aid items, and if you get all the DLC you can even make your own armor.
This game, if you include all the DLC, probably has the most stuff to do. Every companion has their own special quest. You can join multiple factions. NPCs in the world will react to what you're wearing if you have faction armor on. You have a reputation level with every town/faction you interact with. It's an intense level of detail that doesn't really exist in the other games. I continually go back to this one just because I love the amount of stuff that's in it.
What do you guys think? Is my list shameful or perfect? Have you played all of the Fallout games? Let me know in the comments below!
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