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Fallout 2
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Developer(s) Black Isle Studios
Publisher(s) Interplay Productions
Director(s) Tim Cain [1]
Chris Avellone [2]
Producer(s) Brian Fargo
Eric DeMilt
Fred Hatch
Designer(s) Chris Avellone [2]
Matthew J. Norton
Programmer(s) Jesse Reynolds
Chris Jones
Robert Hertenstein
Artist(s) Gary Platner
Jason D. Anderson
Leonard Boyarsky
Writer(s) Tim Cain [1]
R. Scott Campbell
Jason Taylor
Composer(s) Mark Morgan
Series Fallout
ReleaseSeptember 30, 1998
Genre(s) Role-playing
Mode(s) Single player

Fallout 2: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game is a turn-based role-playing open world video game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay Productions in September 1998. While featuring a considerably larger game world and a far more extensive storyline, it largely uses similar graphics and game mechanics to those of Fallout .

A role-playing video game is a video game genre where the player controls the actions of a character immersed in some well-defined world. Many role-playing video games have origins in tabletop role-playing games and use much of the same terminology, settings and game mechanics. Other major similarities with pen-and-paper games include developed story-telling and narrative elements, player character development, complexity, as well as replayability and immersion. The electronic medium removes the necessity for a gamemaster and increases combat resolution speed. RPGs have evolved from simple text-based console-window games into visually rich 3D experiences.

In video games, an open world is a virtual world in which the player can explore and approach objectives freely, as opposed to a world with more linear gameplay. While games have used open-world designs since the 1980s, the implementation in Grand Theft Auto III (2001) set a standard that has been used since.

Video game electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor

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The game's story takes place in 2241, 80 years after the events of Fallout and 164 years after the war. [3] It tells the story of the original hero's descendant and their quest to save their primitive tribe from starvation by finding an ancient environmental restoration machine known as the Garden of Eden Creation Kit (GECK). [4]

Restoration ecology scientific study of renewing and restoring ecosystems

Restoration ecology is the scientific study supporting the practice of ecological restoration, which is the practice of renewing and restoring degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats in the environment by active human intervention and action.

The game was well received by critics, with praise directed at the gameplay, storyline and worthiness as a successor to the original Fallout, while criticism was directed at the frequent bugs and lack of improvement over the first game.


Fallout 2 is a role-playing open-world video game. The player is free to move at will until they enter into combat. Combat gives them a number of action points to move, fire, check their equipment, reload and the like. When a player uses up all of their action points, they end their turn and enemies start theirs. If the player survives unharmed, he or she has their action points restored. Injuries and poisons can reduce the number of action points available both in a single term and semi-permanently until combat ends and the player can be treated. Combat and completion of jobs or quests rewards the player with experience points with which they can level up their characters and apply beneficial perks to become more suited to the dangerous post-apocalyptic world. General gameplay consists of traveling and interacting with local inhabitants and organizations to complete goals and aid or inhibit the NPCs. The player's actions dictate what future story or gameplay opportunities are available. Mature themes such as alcohol consumption, drug usage and sex are present.

Organized crime, prostitution, and slavery are major elements of the setting. Character creation is based on the SPECIAL role-playing system.

An example of dialogue between characters in Fallout 2 Fallout2Dialogue.jpg
An example of dialogue between characters in Fallout 2


In 2241, the primitive town Arroyo suffers the worst drought on record. Faced with the calamity, the village elder asks the direct descendant of the Vault Dweller, referred to as the Chosen One, to perform the quest of retrieving a Garden of Eden Creation Kit (GECK) for Arroyo. The GECK is a device that can create thriving communities out of the post-apocalyptic wasteland. [4] The player, assuming the role of the Chosen One, is given nothing more than the Vault Dweller's jumpsuit, a RobCo PIPBoy 2000, a Vault 13 water flask, a spear and some cash to start on their mission.

The Chosen One eventually finds Vault 13, the supposed location of a GECK, devoid of the majority of its former human inhabitants and instead inhabited by intelligent Deathclaws. The Chosen One then returns to find their village captured by the remnants of the United States government known as the Enclave. The Enclave often terrorizes the inhabitants of continental United States with their supreme arsenal of advanced technology. The Chosen One, through various means, activates an ancient oil tanker and engages its autopilot, thus allowing them to reach the Enclave's main base on an offshore oil rig. It is revealed that the dwellers of Vault 13 were captured as well, to be used as test subjects for Forced Evolutionary Virus (FEV). Vault 13 was supposed to be closed for 200 years as part of a government experiment, [3] making them perfect test subjects. The Enclave modified the Forced Evolutionary Virus into an airborne disease, designed to attack any living creatures with mutated DNA. With all genetic impurities removed, the Enclave (who remain protected from radiation) could take over. The Chosen One frees both their fellow villagers from Arroyo and the Vault 13 dwellers from Enclave control and subsequently destroys the Enclave's oil rig, killing the President of the United States (President Richardson) as well as a genetically modified Secret Service enforcer named Frank Horrigan. In the end, the inhabitants of Vault 13 and the Arroyo villagers create a new prosperous community with the help of the GECK.

Oil tanker Ship designed for the bulk transport of oil

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Autopilot system to maintain vehicle trajectory in lieu of direct operator command

An autopilot is a system used to control the trajectory of an aircraft without constant 'hands-on' control by a human operator being required. Autopilots do not replace human operators, but instead they assist them in controlling the aircraft. This allows them to focus on broader aspects of operations such as monitoring the trajectory, weather and systems.

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Deoxyribonucleic acid is a molecule composed of two chains that coil around each other to form a double helix carrying the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning, and reproduction of all known organisms and many viruses. DNA and ribonucleic acid (RNA) are nucleic acids; alongside proteins, lipids and complex carbohydrates (polysaccharides), nucleic acids are one of the four major types of macromolecules that are essential for all known forms of life.


Fallout 2 was announced by Tim Cain via a Usenet posting in December 1997. [5]

Tim Cain American video game designer and producer

Tim Cain is an American video game developer best known as the creator, producer, lead programmer and one of the main designers of the 1997 computer game Fallout. In 2009 he was chosen by IGN as one of the top 100 game creators of all time.

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Fallout 2 was a commercial success. [6] Upon its release, it secured third place on PC Data's computer game sales chart for the first week of November 1998. It was absent from the weekly top 10 by its second week, [7] but debuted at #20 for the month of November overall in the United States. [8] In that country alone, it sold 123,000 copies by March 2000. GameSpot's writer Desslock considered these "very good sales, especially since the overall [worldwide] figures are likely double those amounts". [6] According to Keza MacDonald of Eurogamer, Fallout 2 was unsuccessful in the United Kingdom; she noted that the game and its predecessor totaled just over 50,000 sales combined in the region. [9]

Critical reviews

Aggregate scores
GameRankings 87% [10]
Metacritic 86/100 [11]
Review scores
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CGW Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [13]
GamePro 5/5 [14]
GameSpot 8.8/10 [15]
IGN 8.9/10 [16]
PC Gamer (US) 89% [17]
Computer Games Strategy Plus Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [18]
Next Generation Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [19]
PC Gaming World 9.5/10 [20]
PC Gamer #3 Best RPG of All Time (2015) [21]
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Fallout 2 received positive reviews from critics, according to online review aggregators Metacritic and GameRankings. Positive reviewers praised the gameplay, storyline, and worthiness as a successor to the original Fallout, while detractors criticized frequent bugs and lack of improvement over the first game. Daniel Morris of GamePro praised the mix of action and character interaction as well as the non-linear gameplay. [14] IGN applauded the developers for the sizable game world, the writing, and "not fixing something that wasn't broken". [16] Game Revolution praised the game's depth and storyline, but criticized its graphics and interface. [22]

Fallout 2 was a finalist for Computer Gaming World 's "Best RPG", GameSpot's "Role-playing Game of the Year", CNET Gamecenter's "Best RPG of 1998", IGN's "Best RPG of the Year" and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' "Role Playing Game of the Year" awards, all of which ultimately went to Baldur's Gate . [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] The editors of GameSpot wrote, "A bigger, better Fallout, this sequel to 1997's RPG of the Year was populated with more characters, more places to go, and more things to do." [24]


In 2013, GamesRadar ranked Fallout 2 number 68 on their list of top video games of all time. [28] That same year, IGN ranked it as the 28th best role-playing video game ever. [29] In 2015, PC Gamer ranked the game #3 on its list of best RPGs of all time. [21]

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