Fallout series rated, the Top 5 mainline Fallout games

Since I’ve polished off the main Fallout series I felt it was worth bashing together  another of our “famous” lists. This is only the main games, so doesn’t include Fallout: Tactics or Fallout Shelter. If you want to read our full views on each game a link is provided under each entry.

So without much else to say, let’s get this started!

5) Fallout

Kicking off the list is the original Fallout. Nostalgia can’t save this game from what is ultimately some bad game design and game breaking bugs. Seriously, NPC characters can block you in a narrow path and break your game! Save files corrupt and an unfair RNGesus is a damn chore.

Added in a pretty unforgiving levelling system that makes most playstyles next to impossible.


4) Fallout 3

God I hated the tunnels, and the ending sucked donkey dick. Added in the fact that if you nuked Megaton all that happened was your dad had an extra line of dialogue to say he was disappointed in you. That said, Fallout 3 wasn’t bad. It was just “generic gun grey with too much bloom” that many games suffered from in the ps3/360 generation.

Bonuses include Rivet City which was cool as fuck to look at and becoming a slaver to those little bitch kids.


3) Fallout 4

No Karma, a simplified dialogue tree, some unbearable load times, but the most moreish in the series. It is almost impossible to not get lost in the game world, and 8 hours passed in what you thought was 30 minutes. Many people may struggle to even care about your son meaning the reason for the story falls a little flat and lacks any emotional punch when you do make your decisions.

The settlement feature is gaming Marmite, you either love it or hate it. And if you love it you’re wrong. I am right.

You do get to collect a tonne of different companions and each will react to your actions differently which again is either a good or bad thing depending on how invested you get with a character alignment.


2) Fallout 2

This is the game which made me understand why Fallout was a series people cared about it isn’t just good it is fantastic. The amount of depth on offer is unparalleled in the series, and the fact you can get killed for doinking the Mafia Dons wife (and daughter) gives you reasons to keep replaying to try new things.

However, the ending of the game can be a bastard to be to beat if you don’t know the exact combination of moves to avoid an all out conflict as if you’re not a hacking god or charisma god, then you have a completely impossible fight on your hands.

Fallout 2 might be the only video game with Sharpe references in it, and that is reason enough to love it.


1) Fallout: New Vegas

Bet you’re surprised this is top pick? Probably not, as there are only 5 games and you’ve seen the other 4 already.

New Vegas made the sensible choice of returning to the New California Republic. The story continues the threads weaved by Fallout 1 and 2 with some great touches like having Cassidy’s daughter as a companion that will have long term fans jizzing their pants. But it is all done in a way that as a newbie you don’t feel like it is an inside joke you’re not part of. There isn’t a nod nod wink wink it is Cassidy. You either know her name or you don’t.

On top of a dialogue tree and karma system that puts 4 to shame, there is immense replayability that is not matched by any of the other games from the shear amount of endings or decisions that affect your world.

That said load times are horrendous…




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11 comments on “Fallout series rated, the Top 5 mainline Fallout games
  1. retroredress says:

    Good list. I’ve never played 1 or 2, Fallout 3 was my starting point and a revelation at the time.

    I couldn’t get into New Vegas at the time…my (360) version felt buggy and I missed the feeling of having to scavenge to survive. Might be worth a second chance one day.

    Agree with a lot of what you say on 4. Still, shooting things with Nick Valentine is ace….

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    • I used Piper, Danse and Cait most and never really used Nick. I had a quest bug out on me with him and I sent him back to a settlement to try and solve it. Never really went back to him.

      The biggest issue with NV was the abysmal load times. It made doing any quest in New Vegas itself a massive pain in the arse.

      I think NV appeals to me most because it follows the story in 1 and 2. So knowing those 2 games adds a lot of depth.

      I don’t think I would recommend 1 it was way too buggy. 2 is decent, but have a guide. Unless you have the patience for instadeath from walking the wrong way.

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      • retroredress says:

        I only used Nick – he won me over by taking a molatov cocktail to Kellogg, saving my useless arse in the process. I kinda rushed through 4 to finish it…spent too long mucking with settlements, then stopped playing it for a few months, so had to race through it in order to trade it in!

        The other characters looked cool though and I regret not discovering them.

        Yeah, NV had bad load times. I felt the whole game was a bit rushed and didn’t really take to it.

        Not sure I’ll ever play 1 and 2 – the Fallout thing I love most is the combat. The RPG elements are the icing on the cake.1 and 2 sound good though, their stories are pretty interesting.

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  2. Goric says:

    Cheers good rundown for someone like me who never played Fallout series. Think I’ll give another try to Fallout 1. If it flips on me I’ll go for F2 it seems legit.

    Fallout 1 though did felt 1st stretched on modern screens and 2 felt stretched on modern screens because of which was difficult to figure out what objects on the screen are clickable to solve the puzzles. Anyways those were mine confusions.

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  3. Mill says:

    Correct order. Well done!

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  4. Goric says:

    Well, I’m sure that was the case the first time around.

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  5. Didier Jean says:

    As a video game addict, I have to admit that I tried the entire series of Fallout. Even if your rundown is pretty clean, I prefer Fallout 2 to Fallout: New Vegas because it brings back so many memories of the times when my cousins and I would be playing PC games together.

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    • I love 2, and the only reason it isn’t first is that the ending is too awkward unless you k is exactly what to do. I spent something like 8 hours reloading my save file trying to RNG my way through the fights.


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