Why Fallout 2 is better than Fallout 3
There is no denying the great success of the Fallout series. With today's generation growing up with Xbox 360 and other nex-gen systems, great graphics and "endless" gameplay dominate the new RPG scene. Bethesda has been leading the charge for these RPGs ever since The Elder Scrolls Arena came out in 1994 and continuing the series all the way to the newest installment, Oblivion. So why not get them to make the new Fallout? A good idea right? To new players of the series the game was great. Post-Apocalyptic environment, guns, blood, gore, exploding heads, your decisions make a lasting impact, could this be the sequel that Fallout 1 and 2 fans have always been waiting for? It was shaping up do be just that.
Now don't take this the wrong way, I loved Fallout 3. I got my own level 30 wastelander and have covered huge chunks of the map and collected nearly every special weapon. Something about it though, it just didn't feel like Fallout 2 that I grew up loving.
Some of the biggest things that I miss is the sexual content, weapon diversity, an actual use for the speech skill, story telling, and overall comedy of Fallout 2.
The sexual content in Fallout 2 consisted of drug addicted prostitutes, pimps, and junkies lining the streets of city's like New Reno and The Den. The sexual situations portrayed in the game I feel really show how much the world has fallen apart after the bombs dropped. It seems everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to stay alive, whether it be whoring themselves out, pimping those people. There is even one situation where you enter a casino and you have the chance to sleep with the bosses wife or his daughter, regardless of who you choose, you can raid the upstairs safe, but you better be ready to take on every goon on the way out.
Fallout 2 has 71 different weapons to choose from, and the best part? They never break. That was one Oblivion crossover that I could not stand in Fallout 3 was weapon durability. Fallout 3 also has 71 weapons, but only if you have all the downloadable content. Alone there's about 55 weapons (not counting the special weapons) in Fallout 3. And lets be honest, we only really use the Combat Shotgun, Chinese Assault Rifle, Sledgehammer if melee, and the Gatling Laser unless were out of ammo.
Fallout 2 sports a huge dialog tree. You'll be doing A LOT of talking to people and the conversations can be deep depending on who your talking to. The most important stat if you like this sort of thing is high intelligence and the speech skill. The speech skill in Fallout 2 opens up almost half of the total dialogue available in the game. A very important stat indeed! That is of course if you'd rather talk your way out of some tough fights, rather that crushing their heads with your hammer. What does the speech skill do in Fallout 3? I'm glad you asked.
* Get more money from a mission.
* Talk your way out of a few fights.
* Pull info out of someone.
Speech has nothing to do with adding to the length of a conversation with someone, its used only talk people into giving you more stuff. I found that to be the most disappointing part of Fallout 3.
The story in Fallout 2 is good and its told great, mostly because of deep dialogue trees throughout the game. Your the descendant of the hero from Fallout 1. Your tribal village needs a G.E.C.K. so that your village can prosper in the wasteland. Now on to Fallout 3. Fallout 3 has a good story, but the story telling in my opinion was poorly done. Its pretty linear on how you advance to the next task and overall, it's a pretty short. You can probably run through it without much level advancement. But you didn't buy this game for the story, you got it for all the cool shit you can do.
Fallout 3 is pretty funny in watching your enemies get mutilated under your hail of bullets and some of the situations are pretty funny, like in the Canterbury Commons. Fallout 2 is littered with humor. The same combat laughs are there when you use your shotguns burst and rip chunks out of your enemy, or when you hit them with a sledgehammer and they slide back for 5 seconds, and when you target the enemies eyes or groin with your vats mode. The humor goes much further than that though. They added little easter egg random encounters throughout the world map that come right out of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Whether you come across the holy hand grenade or the bridge of death you'll laugh at the situation in general.
If you like your RPGs in real time combat, action packed and great graphics, then you'll probably like Fallout 3 more than 2, but Fallout 2 still has its action although it is in a turn based format, but it sports a much deeper story and if you don't mind old graphics, you'll love Fallout 2.
Now like I mentioned earlier, I'm not hating on Fallout 3, its a great game and everyone should play it, but I feel like people get the wrong impression of the Fallout world because for most people, Fallout 3 is the first one they've played. Fallout 2 is a classic and what do you need to run it? A computer. So if you're reading this I guarantee you can play it because Fallout 2 needs barely anything to run. The specs are,
* 90 MHz processor
* 16 MB of Ram
* 600 MB of disc space
* Windows 95
So save up about 10 bucks, find yourself this classic out of a bargain bin and enjoy the game that led to the making of your favorite RPG on a new system, Fallout 3.