Today Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics (Tic-Tacs?) are free on Good Old Games. Good on ’em. Usually the transfer of a game license means we never see the property for a decade, so getting the 2D Fallout games for free is a move straight from Crazy Land. Crazy Awesome Land.
As a long-time PC gamer I’m supposed to have this incredible emotional connection with the first two Fallout games. And while I do remember playing both, I don’t remember getting to the ending of either. Fallout games were brutal on your time and your computer. They were great, don’t get me wrong, but my favorite Fallout is Fallout 3.
Yes, that one. The one we’re all supposed to hate. I seem to have opposite taste in this series, because I adored Fallout 3 yet hated Fallout: New Vegas, the supposed “return” to the old school style of Fallout 1 and 2. Hated the multiple currency system. Hated the design of the world map. Hated the main quest. Hated most of the people you ran into, their voice actors sounding like bored interns missing the Christmas Party. I didn’t feel invested enough in my character to care about being a courier and didn’t find the world compelling enough to give a crap about what Mr. House was scheming.
But hey, I won’t turn down free games. Because free, free never changes.