No Caps: Fallout 1, 2 And Tactics Free At GOG

By Adam Smith on December 12th, 2013 at 3:00 pm.

As the headline says, three Fallout games for free. GO AND GET THEM. These isometric beauties will vanish from GOG at the end of the year. The DRM-free store doesn’t reckon it’ll be allowed to peddle them after year’s end as the current deal with Interplay will expire. After December 31st, the rights belong to Bethesda/ZeniMax. However, the magic of GOG means that if you add the free versions to your account in the next 47 hours (I’m an hour late with this post – SORRY), you’ll be able to keep a copy forever. Go go go.

It’s worth noting that the Fallouts aren’t definitely for the chop, although GOD certainly seem to think that’s the case – “Please note that all three classic Fallout titles are pending right holder change. Sadly, to the best of our knowledge, we’ll be forced to remove Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics from our offer.” This all makes me think of Doom 3′s weird (reversible) vanishing act.

I decided to put the Fallout Tactics intro here because it’s the one that nobody remembers. There’s a reason for that.

Bought that the day it came out and regretted it almost immediately. Now you can download it for free. I didn’t only have to spend money, I had to catch a bus and go to a shop.

Will anyone step up to defend Tactics? I didn’t spend a great deal of time with it and that felt like too much. The first two are, as you most likely know, absolutely superb. I think I prefer the second, although it’s a tough call and I pretend that the opening half hour or so doesn’t exist.

This is all part of GOG’s winter sale and it’ll be worth checking back for more freebies over the coming days. Or maybe even spending some money if you have any left after your sacrifices to the altar of Sanity Claws.

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  1. Frank says:

    Heh, the site’s overloaded. Haven’t seen that happen to GOG before

    • Snargelfargen says:

      They’re holding a big sale on other games now too. Clever timing, if they can keep the site up.

      • LionsPhil says:

        Heh, well it just errored out for me.

        • UmmonTL says:

          I’ve got a cute bear holding the world and a message:
          “We’re overwhelmed by the popularity of our service, we’ll be back later.”

          neat
          I want my Fallout

    • tomimt says:

      It’s happened several times really. I think each time the reason has been a free giveaway.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      Seems like they’ve been taking sales pointers from Valve.

    • Shuck says:

      During the limited quantity sales I saw a number of offers that, by the time they actually loaded, were already sold out. This is even worse. They’re really getting hammered.

      • LionsPhil says:

        I finally succeeded.

        By which I mean I got a blank page after confirming, and they’ve become heisengames in my account that flicker in and out of existence, but I did get an order confirmation e-mail and by staring at the waveform hard enough I got all three and their bonus gribble added to the GOG Downloader app.

    • Contrafibularity says:

      I’m never able to login during these sales and giveaways unfortunately (not even trying it hundreds of times over the space of 18 hours) which is one of the reasons I’m still leaning towards Steam primarily; GOG is awesome but I don’t think it a good sign that even the slightest bit of interest seems to render the entire site unusable, every single time there’s a remotely interesting discount, sale or giveaway. I’m glad they’re popular enough that this happens but you’d think at some point they would actually get proper bandwidth that it doesn’t keep happening again and again and again and again.

      Basically I’m prevented from buying from GOG roughly 4 out of 5 times, so I’m beginning to think they just don’t want my moneys.

      edit: on the off chance someone at GOG might read this: the frontpage loads normally, but logging in either doesn’t work and reloads the frontpage, or I get ’403 Forbidden’. I’ll keep trying, but it would be so great not to have to devote hours to simply trying to login, nevermind accessing my games, let alone buy a game.

      edit2: finally managed to login, but trying to buy a game just doesn’t work in Firefox. Had to resort to IE.

  2. Bull0 says:

    They’ve also got a nice little winter sale going.

    • WrenBoy says:

      Yep, I picked up Shadow Warrior and the Amnesia Sausage Machine.

  3. LionsPhil says:

    I already have these three CD-check-less on a budget DVD release, and they’ve given away FO1 before, but why the heck not.

    FO1 is good and you should play it. Yes, you.

    • BobbyDylan says:

      Is there an HD mod for it yet?

    • Bulrathi says:

      I thought the early game was fun, where you were fighting raiders and reavers and had options to use a variety of builds. Mutants were ok, as I remember, but the robots were an utter chore. Using one type of weapon, one type of tactics, over and over. Not anywhere as good as JA2, mostly due to mechanics broken by including both turn-based and real-time combat. I’ll probably still install it and play the first level or two again.

      Edit: replied to the wrong comment. Oh well. And yes, there are HD mods of varying quality for FO1 and FO2. I think they suffer from the HD problems of other games, in that the text doesn’t scale properly, but I’m not sure.
      GOG’s forums typically have stickied a thread on the best mods for all of their games and FO is no exception.

  4. Yemala says:

    Fallout Tactics is a fantastic tactical RPG along similar lines to Silent Storm or Jagged Alliance.

    The biggest issue with it is, quite simply, that people went in wanting ‘fallout’ . If the game were a new IP, I think it would be fairly well remembered. Instead, it is remembered as the ‘end’ of the original Fallout franchise, and hated for being anything other than (effectively) fallout 3.

    • frightlever says:

      I loved FA:Tactics. Played through it half a dozen times. It isn’t really canon but I didn’t let that put me off. The combat was lightyears ahead of the first two games.

    • Fumarole says:

      Exactly. If you don’t expect an RPG but instead a tactical squad game you’re in for a blast.

    • Ansob says:

      The only problem with Tactics is it’s a lot better on real-time than turn-based. Well, that and you can screw yourself out of being able to finish certain missions.

      Other than that, it’s a fantastic tactical RPG.

      • WrenBoy says:

        That and the fact that Deathclaws can not only speak but can also join the Brotherhood of Steel. What idiot suggested that and who let themselves be convinced by said fool?

        • Lyndon says:

          Fallout 2 had a talking Deathclaw that could join your party so it’s not too far fetched.

          • WrenBoy says:

            Huh. I must have killed that guy every time.

            Still pretty lame to have every deathclaw speak and to have them brotherhood of steel material. Ditto for zombies and mutants.

          • Lord Byte says:

            Sadly he wasn’t useful long enough (even when you maxed stealth :P Yeah a stealthy deathclaw… I went there :P ), but he was too awesome to leave in base, so I made him my dedicated driver / exit-zone model (for overloading with everything I could find).
            Just the mental image of someone driving past my hummer / apc in the wasteland just to see a Deathclaw cruising, one huge clawed arm leaning out of the window ^_^

            Really liked tactics, and I played both fallouts before this… I expected my friends to want to play MP in Real-Time (as they disliked turn-based games), and when I finished it (in two days flat) they told me they were all playing it Turn-based -_-

          • WrenBoy says:

            I liked it as well. Just not those aspects.

            Didn’t like the BOS storyline in FO3 either mind you so maybe its just me.

  5. Snargelfargen says:

    Tactics is actually a pretty decent squad combat game, it just suffers in comparison to the rest of the series. If you enjoyed Jagged Alliance or X-Com, definitely give it a try.

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    colossalstrikepackage says:

    Anyone played these recently (for the first time)? I’m new to the series and not sure if it’s worth trying (my concern is time, not money!).

    • LionsPhil says:

      I played FO1 within the last five years or so, long after it was “outdated” technically, and I hold it with Deus Ex and System Shock 1 as absolute highs of gaming.

      You will want to at least skim the manual, though. The UI’s not that arcane, but a few things are unlabelled.

    • Ernesto25 says:

      I played it in the last few years its worth your time and made me see new vegas in a new light which was good. The 1st hour of F2 is poor but after that i love them.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      Sorry, no. But if you like crpg’s and you don’t mind somewhat dated graphics, then fallout 1 and 2 are definitely worth your while.

      • Asurmen says:

        How are the Fallout games crpgs?

        • Velorien says:

          CRPG stands for Computer Role-Playing Game. The Fallout games are computer role-playing games. It doesn’t get more complicated than that.

    • Grundtal says:

      I would reccomend using the high-res patches available for both fallout 1 and 2, it makes looking at them a lot more easy.

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        ffordesoon says:

        I wouldn’t, so much. They are quite lovely, but because you have to click on something to use it, it turns the game into much more of a pixel hunt than it’s supposed to be. The Infinity Engine games are better suited for high-res.

        • Press X to Gary Busey says:

          Yeah it can be a pain to increase how much is drawn of the map to ridiculous levels.
          I use the HD mod to just pixel scale the original resolution to not get that blurred stretching from full screen 800×600 (I believe for F1). It’s absolutely horrible on a 1080 screen.

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      colossalstrikepackage says:

      Thanks for the replies, folks! I’ll pick this up and have a look at the manual. Any links to the recommended texture patches?

    • Juan Carlo says:

      I played the entire series in order 2 years ago, all for the first time ever, and it was awesome. The only dip in quality is Fallout 3, which I ended up rushing through by the end (it has great level design, but the writing’s awful and it doesn’t feel like a Fallout game), but I think Fallout New Vegas is every bit as good as Fallout 2 in terms of writing and world building.

      The graphics and interface will take exactly 10 minutes to adjust to in the older games, but after that they suck you in and you really don’t notice anymore. Plus, I tried the high res mods, but ended up not using them as they make everything tiny. Honestly, I think these games are perfectly fine looking to play vanilla.

      Collectively, and despite FO3′s dip and quality, they might be the best RPG series ever.

    • kdz says:

      I played both Fallout and Fallout 2 this summer (having previously played through half of F2 sometime back in 2006; I was too young and silly to complete it back then). They are very, very awesome.
      First, some of the thing I didn’t like. The combat is nothing special, I don’t understand why some people hold it up as some kind of ideal in RPGs. It’s often random and irritating. You don’t control your party members so It’s chaotic and not really tactical – it’s hard to implement any sort of strategic thinking when your companions are prone to doing insane things in the middle of a long and exhausting encounter.
      There are also some bugs, and some skills really are rather useless (pickpocketing, for example).
      The world is fascinating, though. The different ways people deal with retaking the world, the communities, the relics of a world long gone. Fantastic stuff. Equally serious, satirical, downright comedic or sad. And then there are the ways in which you interact with it, via dialogue and use of skills. Improvising can lead you to achievieng quite a lot, too. The moral choices can be very subtle, it doesn’t flash a big light at you and say “OPTION A – GOOD, OPTION B – EVIL!”
      Playing F1 and F2 now really shows how much was lost in the evolution of the cRPG genre and how many good things can be brought back to it with games like Wasteland 2 and Pillars of Eternity.
      Play it, really :)

      Oh, and I LOVE the music that plays when you’re driving around California in F2 in your car. It’s pretty badass.

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        SnoozeFest says:

        Agreed, except I would note that pickpocketing is far from useless, you can basically pickpocket anyone; most people will only give you a small amount of coins or a knife or something, but there are a fair amount of shops where the salesperson has all the items on his person (which you can then pickpocket away). Its a bit too useful if you ask me :)

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          ffordesoon says:

          Really. Pickpocket plus save-scumming gets you pretty much anything you want for zero caps, and pickpocket without save-scumming is still hilariously overpowered.

          Gambling is even more broken, though. I must have made half the caps I got in the first game from sitting there and choosing the highest option. No idea how much I’d've made if I save-scummed.

          Ah, Fallout. You glorious, broken bastard of a game.

      • Fumarole says:

        Pickpocketing useless? I take it you’ve never used the skill to plant an explosive on the body of an enemy.

        • int says:

          Not to mention killing someone silently by injecting them with Super Stimpaks.

        • kdz says:

          Planting explosives on enemies always seemed more like something one would do for amusement rather than for practical reasons. But you guys are probably right. I have played these games only once, after all, and both are the kinds of games that are fun to play a second or even third time, even if just to check out the different skills.
          Pickpocketing in the sense of stealing stuff did feel kind of useless, though. I had a skill of over 100 and a successfull attempt still required save scumming, if only because stealing individual items in a row gave more exp than stealing a whole stack of them at once.

    • Viroso says:

      Played it for the first time recently. I’m okay with older games. Anyway, the interface is very crappy and the combat is very crappy too. Other than that it is cool. But unfortunately interface and combat are like 60% of the game.

    • Jakkar says:

      Absolutely wonderful. PLAY. Even today.

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    amateurviking says:

    I played a lot of tactics taking turns with a couple of friends back in the day. I seem to remember having a lot of fun with them – but at the time I had not played either prior fallout so had no expectations other than ‘turn-based tactics’. I imagine if you went in expected fallout 2.5 you would be crushed.

    I say, give it another chance.

  8. zind says:

    “I didn’t spend a great deal of time with [Tactics] and that felt like too much. The first two are, as you most likely know, absolutely superb. I think I prefer the second, although it’s a tough call and I pretend that the opening half hour or so doesn’t exist.”

    You are almost entirely correct except for the first one is actually the one that is better, if either of them are.

    But we’re all friends here and I’ll disagree with myself on this by this time next month, so no points lost!

    • Juan Carlo says:

      Personally, I prefer Fallout 2 over all just because there’s more to do and see and more memorable stories, characters, and quest lines.

      But I really admire how lean, mean, and focused Fallout 1 is. I ended up liking the fact that there is a timed main quest. Sure you can delay it indefinitely if you know what you’re doing, but having that hanging over your head the whole game kind of kept me focused on the task at hand, which is so rare in RPGs these days (which all have a million side-quests, it seems) that it was refreshing.

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        basilisk says:

        I’m conflicted about the timed quest, to be honest. It helps with the atmosphere and all, but there’s a certain type of player (myself included) for whom things like this are way scarier than they should be and kill the joy of exploration. Perhaps there should be a note in the manual somewhere saying: “It doesn’t look that way, but the time limit is actually very generous. Feel free to mostly ignore it.” Or, you know, people saying that on various public forums.

        • zind says:

          Yeah the thing I like about 1 is EXACTLY how “lean, mean, and focused” the game is, and also Killian Darkwater. (EDIT: And really all of Junktown, if we’re being honest. Megaton ain’t got shit.) The main thing that I waffle back and forth on whether I like or not is the time limit of the quest.

          I do like that there is just more STUFF to get and do in 2 but I think that all of it comes at some expense. Also there’s nostalgia, because Fallout was one of the first PC games I ever played (Fallout 1, Doom 2, and Heavy Gear all came into my life at about the same time, and the Lord smiled and saw that it was Good.)

  9. BarryK says:

    Yeah I doubt they’ll be back on gog anytime soon. The likes of Doom, Wolfenstein, Quake and the Elder Scrolls games are all notably absent from the gog catalogue.

    Even if there was a chance, I doubt they’ll be too happy with gog giving them all away for free days before they get the rights

    • rei says:

      Frankly, I expected Herve to pull this sort of a stunt before not being able to sell them anymore, in order to depriciate the value of the games. Although I expected it to be 95 % off or something instead of free. Spiteful either way. I wonder if it’s litigatable, considering it’s so obvious what he’s doing.

  10. Shooop says:

    They already gave away the first Fallout just for signing up to the site a while back, but it’s the second one I’ve been curious about trying.

    Ever since they walked back from that “Sales are bad for us” thing my love for GOG grows by the day.

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    Lambchops says:

    Might as well, once the site isn’t broken!

    • wodin says:

      You getting a 505 error when trying to log onto your account? Shame as I bet we end up missing the offer.

      • Kadayi says:

        I guess a tonne of people are hammering the site because even though it’s free you still need to sign up.

      • Grey Poupon says:

        “Please note that all three classic Fallout titles are pending right holder change. Sadly, to the best of our knowledge, we’ll be forced to remove Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics from our offer.
        That doesn’t mean, however, that you won’t be able to download them if they are already a part of collection by then. Secure your copies today (or anytime before Saturday, December 14, at 1:59PM GMT)!”

  12. Drake Sigar says:

    I liked Fallout Tactics, but it was my first Fallout game so I wasn’t horrified by the change. It’s a little rough around the edges and towards the end my main guy became useless because he focused on skills the game didn’t push (same for Fallout 1 & 2 to some degree though), but the simple story of being a Brotherhood Soldier, acquiring new technology, new recruits and expanding to survive was kinda interesting in its own way. Conquering each faction and incorporating them into your army gave you some fun new toys to play with, and I ended up with a completely mismatched party appropriate for any RPG, comprised of humans, ghouls, Supermutants, Deathclaws, and Robots. Party members can rank up too, and the permanent death allows for a certain level of attachment for someone who’s been with you so long.

    Plus you were ordered about by the guy from Full Metal Jacket, come on!

  13. Turkey says:

    Fallout Tactics had the best intro about a man finding a magazine and declaring it unimportant.

  14. Kenseu says:

    Did anybody else buy all three games this morning on Steam FOR $5, or am I the only chump? Public service message for the kiddos: NOT CHECKING RPS IN THE MORNING — NOT EVEN ONCE.

    • Lemming says:

      I would rather have the convenience of having them on my Steam account, tbh. $5 is free enough for me.

    • Kubrick Stare Nun says:

      I think Steam’s version of FO Tatics has working multiplayer, so not all is lost.

  15. Rao Dao Zao says:

    Hehe, I heard about this about an hour ago and got in before the site died.

    DDoSes… DoDSes never change.

  16. ts061282 says:

    Why have you not talked about Neo Scavenger yet? NEO SCAVENGER!

  17. Wizardry says:

    There are people who don’t own Fallout 1 and 2?

    • HadToLogin says:

      Not on GoG (until this promo).

    • Fumarole says:

      He’s alive!

    • Vinraith says:

      This was my though, especially since I’m pretty sure GOG has given these away free before.

      Also, nice to see you back!

    • GameCat says:

      Me, except of free F1 that GoG was giving away some months ago.
      If I found F1 quite boring (gave up after few hours of playing) should I even bother to try F2?

      • Wizardry says:

        I guess it depends on what you found boring about it. You’d definitely find the beginning of Fallout 2 boring, which would no doubt put you off the rest of the game.

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        basilisk says:

        To put it this way, Fallout 2 has probably the most boring opening sequence in gaming history. If you found the first game dull in its early hours, don’t even try.

        They get a lot better when they open up, though.

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        SnoozeFest says:

        I prefer the second one, larger and more open, but the start is slightly annoying.

      • Viscera says:

        While I think that Fallout 2 is the better game, it’s still close enough to the first game that you’ll probably find it boring too.

    • derbefrier says:

      I know iam a horrible person but in my defense I was very young when these games came out and didint get into these old crpgs untill my 20s. I was thrown off of rpgs for a long time because I was young and stupid and didn’t “get it” I have been rectifing this over the past few years though and I will be looking forward to playing these once I finish up the Baulders Gate games

    • 12inchPlasticToy says:

      I have owned a couple of copies of each game over the years, but they ended up like most of my pairs of socks: I think I have the CD key stashed away in a box within a box, and the CD is probably under the fridge at my mum’s.

  18. HadToLogin says:

    So true.

    Do I remember right plasma shots being much more effective in turn based mode, as you could just outrun them in real time?

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    Wowbagger says:

    Even though I have these on disc (tactics on GOG already) I have acquired them for prosperities sake.

  20. Viscera says:

    I already got the German versions of Fallout and Fallout Tactics, but I still considered buying the former (I prefer original versions and the German translation is a bit wonky). Now I don’t have an excuse not to get them. I already bought Fallout 2 on GOG a while ago.

    Pity, that they’ll have to pull them (even if I got them for free as result), though. But it’s not very surprising.

  21. araczynski says:

    i’ve learned to never try to relive fond gaming moments in my life, the attempt will just piss on your memories and ruin it. namely due to the graphics (for me), it seems like the better graphics get over the years, the more susceptible i become to the cringing of seeing older games in action again.

    its like an inverse antivenom, rather than build up an immunity, it just gives me more pain :)

    i will not subject my precious memories of elder scrolls/d&d goldbox/ultimas/even fallouts/etc to such criminal abuse.

    i realize the retro thing is ‘en vogue’ with gamers these days, not sure if its due to all the noobs that have never lived through the time periods, finally getting to experience what actual good quality gaming we USED to have, or just us grandpas putting our polyester suits back on and wanting to be on the disco floor again to relive the glory days…

    either way, not touching this stuff with a ten foot pole.

  22. Jakkar says:

    Retract your statement about Fallout: Tactics!

    Having played it recently, it’s an excellent, if somewhat simple singleplayer RTT. Visually beautiful and with excellent multiplayer in either Turn Based or Real Time. Storyline fits well with Fallout and is nicely presented.

    The problem was that people refused to believe at the time what 4Degrees East were saying; This isn’t a Fallout RPG. This is a Fallout squad combat game. You will spend all of your time engaged in the Combat element of Fallout, without the indepth RPG behind it. In that context, it’s an entertaining game. I rarely manage to finish a game, rarely growing too bored – this is one of the games I managed to stick with. It’s repetitive, but satisfying.

  23. remoteDefecator says:

    I love it. “We can’t sell your games anymore? Fine, fuck you, we’ll give them away!”

    • LionsPhil says:

      “And we’ll tell everyone they’re going away so they’ll know to download them and not buy them later.”

      • WrenBoy says:

        And we will run our winter sale at the same time, piggy backing on all the extra traffic.

        GOG are the absolute best.

  24. namad says:

    the fallout tactics engine was AWESOME a huge upgrade from 1/2 imo….

    the problem? the main game shipped with fallout tactics stunk, and since no one played the game the modding scene stayed small, but what few mods DO exist prove that total conversions that made fallout tactics just like fallout1/2 WERE IN FACT POSSIBLE! the upgraded combat engine didn’t actually require the game to suck, the devs just shipped a stinker and no fan has had the millions of spare hours to build a fallout tutu for it.

  25. Spacewalk says:

    War never changes but the same cannot be said of our low, low prices. Be a SPECIAL boy and download Fallout, 2 and Tactics for free today. If this ain’t a bargain then I’ll be a super mutant’s mother.

  26. CookPassBabtridge says:

    Remember these games HATE Windows 7. Anticipate weird rainbow colours, movies being unwatchable and widescreen utterly failing until you visit NoMutantsAllowed site and get the mods for making everything work.

    Also be aware the FIXT mod is rather buggy and causes crashing when you try to visit certain map areas

  27. Grey_Ghost says:

    I had a modded version of Tactics that was… uh lore friendly. I thought it was ok.

  28. dolgion1 says:

    Never played Tactics, but loved Fallout 1 and 2. To be honest, that intro video is wonderful. Love the ending camera pan. A bit anti-climatic maybe, but it’s an INTRO.

  29. Haplo says:

    I loved Tactics, although in a roundabout way it was the first Fallout I played, having played the demo as a kid long before I touched Tactics. The demo stuck with me for ages in my memory, and I think that was a big reason for me to pick it up and play it later.

    I first played FE1/2 after seeing a big pack for FE1/2/Tactics in an EB Games store once, shortly before the release of F3. Since these were classic games that I should’ve already played, I grabbed the set (it was pretty cheap!).

    It took me about… Three tries to actually get into Fallout 1. After I got into it, I played it straight through. Tactics I took too immediately.

    I still haven’t gotten an hour deeper into Fallout 2. I’ve tried about three times, and yet :(

  30. AngusPrune says:

    Bit of a weird question, perhaps better asked over at GOG, but here goes…

    Back in the day I bought the Fallout white label DVD that has F1,2 and Tactics on it, mostly because I’d pirated Fallout 1 from a friend back in the day and felt I owed Interplay some money for it, and because I’d never played Tactics.

    I played Tactics to completion, I remember it being a bit bland but basically an OK tatical squad shooter. However, when I play the GOG version, something really feels “off” about the interface. It’s more or less nothing like I remember it, and really quite awkward. I still have the old DVD, but it’s too scratched now to read correctly so I can’t compare them. Did anyone play the old version and notice any difference? It’s entirely possibly my foggy memory of those days has romanticised the game for me, but it certainly feels much worse than I remember.

  31. Bo_Flodin says:

    Is there any musthave mods for Fallout 2 for a firsttimer?