[[caption-width-right:265:''Life in the Brotherhood is about to change...'']]
->''"There are three simple rules to follow with Brotherhood equipment: if you damage your weapon, you will spend a week in the box. If you damage your armor, you will spend a week in the box. If you ''lose'' either, [[ThisIsUnforgivable I'll kill you myself]]. And one more thing, ladies... Welcome to the Brotherhood of Steel."''
-->-- '''[[DrillSergeantNasty Paladin Rychek]]''', welcoming the main characters.

''Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel'' is the third installment in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, and the series' first spinoff. Released by Creator/InterplayEntertainment in 2001, it was developed by Micro Forte and published by Interplay. The game took a departure from the first two games settings-wise and gameplay-wise. While, at its core, still an [=RPG=] (it uses the same SPECIAL system as the previous games, you gain experience, level up, there are sidequests, random encounters, etc.) the focus is now on tactical squad-based combat. The game is a ContestedSequel with some liking it for its solid tactical combat while others dislike it for the minor continuity errors, occasionally iffy game balance, and departing from many of the RPG elements that made the first two games so good. The official stance on the game from the current IP owners {{Creator/Bethesda}} is that it's BroadStrokes canon.

It's 2197, and [[RunningGag the Midwestern Wasteland is an okay place to live.]] Sure, Chicago is in ruins, there's monsters everywhere that can tear your head off easier than you could swat a fly, almost all the water is irradiated, there are large groups of Super-Mutants who escaped the destruction of [[VideoGame/{{Fallout1}} The Master's army]] that want to KillAllHumans, and... Actually, the Wasteland is a horrible place to live. But it's not like you have a choice.

And then everything changed. A huge storm caused gigantic airships to crash-land nearby, and soldiers in huge suits of technologically advanced armor marched out of them, setting up bases. They are the Brotherhood of Steel, and they are not happy to be here. They are the descendants of the United States military, surviving the Great War in a secret military base, and their stated duty is to protect the technology of the past, so that the future may benefit from it.

The Brotherhood is at a loss, however, for their carefully built airships have been destroyed before they could return to their home base, and they now have no way back. They will not be missed, however, because they've been exiled from the Main Brotherhood, due to an argument which has lasted years: Should the Brotherhood remain [[TheWorldIsNotReady a closed faction, secret and pure, dwindling as the decades go by]], or let in the clueless Wastelanders that may misuse the [[{{BFG}} gifts]] of the Brotherhood? The survivors of the crash were the ones who decided upon the latter choice.

And now they are forced to stand by in their decision, because the majority of this new Brotherhood are now dead and buried under the rubble of the airships, and they've got to replace them fast, or the Wasteland might just swallow them up. And that's where you come in. You were one of the ones they chose, among others, to join the Brotherhood, and as a test, you will be leading a bunch of other initiates to disperse the nearby Raiders that are causing trouble. If you succeed, you will be fully incorporated into the Brotherhood; If you fail, you can just go back to the Wasteland.

You sure as hell aren't gonna fail.

!! Tropes that apply to this game shall follow. This is law.

* [[ActionizedSequel Actionized Spin-Off]]: Though it uses the same interface and much of the same elements, ''Tactics'' is a lot more combat-oriented and linear than the two games before it.
* AKA47: Averted, surprisingly, and this is often cited as one of the less-popular aspects of the game. Instead of the fictionalised guns of the first two games, many of ''Tactics''' weapons are modern weapons appearing under their own names.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Maximum six initiates in your squad, one of which is you and cannot be replaced. Them's the rules.
* ArtificialStupidity:
** Supermutants tend to do things like getting stuck in one place, charging at a vehicle with a melee weapon or shooting their own team members. And all enemies routinely fail spot checks regarding mines.
** AI pathfinding leaves something to be desired. Your team tend to march in a straight line, which can cause problems when you tell them to run but a unit that is winded or has a crippled leg is ahead of the rest of the team.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: While most of your gear can be scavenged off enemies, the real good stuff can only be found from your bunker quartermasters. And you need to rise in the ranks before they'll start selling the good stuff.
** Which makes sense - much of this technology (like energy weapons) isn't exactly easy to use, and the player isn't the only one who needs it. Not to mention the last thing the brotherhood wants is for someone to run off with the Power Armor or something.
* AwesomePersonnelCarrier: The player finds an APC in one of the missions. Slow, but well-armoured and carries a lot of gear.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Most non-human squadmates fall under this category.
** Ghoul recruits. Unless you focused your recruits towards specific skills only, then they will most likely have the highest skill percentages in several categories. However they cannot use lower to mid tier human armor, which is the only kind you'll have for a long time. The only armor they can use is rare or only available in the late game. They also cannot use weapons that use a specific sprite animation (heavy weapons). Due to a technical issue with the game engine, they are ''not'' immune to radiation. They also don't get perks as fast as humans. Finally several of them start with the "Glowing One" trait, which grants them small bonuses with the penalty of irradiating the rest of your squad, including other ghouls without the "Glowing One" trait.
** Deathclaw recruits. They are fast. They are strong. They are tough. They tear through metal armour and supermutant skin like tissue paper. Their blows have a knockdown effect that stunlocks anyone they hit. They have no weapons or armour whatsoever, require a lot of micromanaging, do not gain perks as fast, and show up just in time for the point where Big Guns become the alpha and omega.
** Dog recruits. Very similar to deathclaws, minus their durability, plus a higher perk rate and only available in multiplayer.
** [[spoiler:Robot]] recruits. High damage resistance and can use any weapon effectively. However they have low health, do not receive any perks, and there's only one of them in single player.
* BadassCape: All the late game armor comes with a snazzy side cape. Reaver bandings come with a traditional, if short, variant on the back.
* TheBeastmaster: Beastlords, who use their psychic powers to control all manner of creature from giant cockroaches, to wasps, to dogs, to wolves. Except deathclaws; they control them by holding their matriarch hostage.
* BoringButPractical: Human recruits. Most don't really have anything special about them. What they do have is variety: variety of recruits to choose, variety of weapons they can use, variety of armor they can wear, variety of perks, and so on. It's telling how the player character can only be a human and the vast majority of recruits are human as well.
* BrainInAJar: [[spoiler:The BigBad, the calculator, is an amalgam of around a dozen of these. Potentially you or Barnaky as well, in the ending.]]
* BroadStrokes: There are some minor inconsistencies with previous games here and there, but the main events are still canon. Rule of Thumb: If the events don't clash with canon of the main games, it's canon.
* CombatMedic: Stitch, who is part of your squad from the beginning. He's not a long-range shooter (and crap with machine guns like [=SAWs=] or M-60s), so give him a shotgun (and plenty of Medkits & Doctor's Bags) and let him go to work.
* CrouchAndProne: An important feature. Crouching and going prone slows you down but increases your stealth and accuracy.
* ChainedByFashion: Oddly enough power armor has a chain wrapped around the left shoulder. Why? [[RuleOfCool Because it looks cool]].
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: The Browning M2 can be equipped with depleted uranium shells.
* DiscOneNuke: Several
** You can get an FN FAL as well as EMP shotgun shells if you get the merchant random encounter, the EMP shells let you bust the turrets in Preoria mission very easily.
** If you encounter the Brotherhood prison random encounter, you can kill the two paladins using poison or drug overdose and take their miniguns.
** If you encounter another merchant, his guards can be killed using drug overdose, and they carry Jackhammers, which let you make short work on deathclaws.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Paladin Rychek.
* EasyAmnesia: Horribly, horribly averted. The leader of the super mutants [[spoiler:is one of the leaders of the Brotherhood who]] sustained a horrible head injury and started to forget who he was. He also becomes schizophrenic, eternally violent, and gains various other signs of a serious concussion gone untreated.
* EnemyMine:
** As things progress FromBadToWorse, the Mid-Western Brotherhood expands their membership to former raiders, Ghouls, Super-Mutants (which are still on the Holy Genocide List back west), intelligent deathclaws, and even a robot not controlled by Calculator.
** ''Especially'' prominent with the Super-Mutants. The Brotherhood have never actively searched out ghouls to kill (they just have a nasty tendency to shoot first when they see them), and allying with deathclaws was never an option (what with them being non-sapient) before. Tracking down the remnants' of the Master's Army, on the other hand, was the official reason for the Brotherhood's expedition east in the first place.
* FlechetteStorm: Flechette rounds are available for shotguns. Quite effective against unarmoured opponents, but most late-game enemies just shrug them off.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: According to Fallout lore, Ghouls are actually [[HealingFactor healed]] when [[FeedItWithFire exposed to]] [[RadiationImmuneMutants radiation]]. However, due to a limitation of the game's engine, the Ghouls you can recruit in this game are poisoned by radiation just like normal humans. They do get a bonus to radiation resistance though.
* GatlingGood: The Gauss Minigun. One of the most powerful weapons ever.
* GoodIsNotNice: The Mid-West Brotherhood in a nutshell, even dips into DesignatedHero at times. Sure, they'll bring peace to the wasteland and protect your communities. And sure, they'll very willing to accept surrenders and offers of truce. But they'll still demand conscripts for their services, muscle their way into your territory, and even have labor camps for captured enemies [[spoiler:and mutants in the Barnaky ending]]. In one instance they even force captured raiders and Beastlords to transport a radioactive nuke to a irradiated tunnel for safekeeping, but refuse to provide Rad-X or Radaway due to short supply.
* GrenadeLauncher: Not the most effective weapon around, but it gives Small Guns parties some explosive goodness. Also handy for equipping anyone without good small guns skills, like medics.
* GuestFighter: [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Riddick Riddick]] of ''[[Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick The Chronicles of Riddick]]'' film series, who is found in the "[[Film/PitchBlack Pitch Black]]" [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Pitch_Black special encounter]].
* ICallHimMisterHappy: Namuk, a raider prisoner, said to have been repeatedly tortured and his "little tribal" couldn't take it anymore.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Either the Browning M2 due to armor reduction on target (with depleted uranium shells), or the Gauss Minigun.
* ImAHumanitarian: Beastlords have degenerated to the point of taking up cannibalism. But then again they don't consider themselves human to begin with.
* ImmuneToBullets: All kinds and types of mechanical enemies are made of and covered with reinforced steel and other materials of equal durability. Unless anti-tank or EMP weapons are fielded, your attacks will be literally reduced to scratching.
* JokeItem: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chauchat chauchat]], a French UsefulNotes/WW1 light machine gun whose frequent jams have been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] to epic proportions. It can be found in a hidden cache, but it's not even usable as a melee weapon! To clarify, literally the only thing a character with it equipped can do is reload it, you won't even get any cash for selling it!
-->'''[[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Chauchat In-game description]]''': Renowned as the worst machine gun ever issued to any army at any time in history. Unreliable and poorly constructed, it was considered unusual if the gun fired more than one burst before jamming. It makes a completely useless addition to any arsenal.
** There's also the [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Devilthorn_jacket Devilthorn Jacket]], which isn't only a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''[[note]]And, as it happens, an [[CaptainErsatz ersatz]] of the infamous DummiedOut Demonspike Coat set.[[/note]], but also the definition of WrongGenreSavvy in this setting: while it costs a hefty price, it offers some powerful bonuses on top of being as durable as an Advanced Power Armor... Except it asks for a minimum of 75 STR to be equipped. In a game where the system caps at ''ten''. Yep, you just got scammed by the Fourth Wall!
*** And in case you think you can outsmart the joke by hacking this armor into one of your characters, you'll find out that not only [[TheComputerIsALyingBastard it offers none of the bonuses stated in its description]], [[NoFairCheating it also plummets the character's agility to rock bottom]]. ''[[DevelopersForesight Hah hah!]]''
* LethalJokeItem:
** The 'Mutate' perk. Worthless in ''Fallout'' and ''Fallout 2'' where you pick your traits at the beginning of the game. In this game however, it can be used to make all your squad members Gifted retroactively, and is well worth the perk slot.
** The water gun. You then realize that you can find bottles of concentrated acid lying around, and the robots aren't exactly acid-proof.
* LuckBasedMission: Springfield. One squad of brotherhood soldiers, multiple hostage-taking situations each with enough enemies and hostages to outnumber your squad 2-to-1. And the hostage takers are all linked up by radio, so once you start shooting all hell breaks loose all over the map. Oh, and you have to save ''everyone''. Good luck.
* MachineWorship: The Reaver Movement, which makes the Brotherhood look positively secular by comparison.
* {{Midquel}}: Takes place between the first two games.
* MildlyMilitary: The East [=BoS=] is considerably more lax than the West one. It not only comes from fielding NewMeat and using locals as replacements, but also things like drug stimulation during combat are not a breach in protocol - they are norm.
* MultipleEndings [[spoiler:Depending on your alignment and how you choose to answer the calculator's request. Every ending is morally gray except the one where you convince Barnaky to join with the machine. That is very much a DownerEnding. The canon ending, however, is the one where you destroy the calculator.]]
* OneHitKill: The bazooka is this on low armor targets. A [[CriticalHit critical]] burst can do the trick too.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Potentially your squad, but certainly the Mid-West Brotherhood by necessity. After being cut off from the main branch back west the Brotherhood had to start conscripting local tribals to bolster their numbers. After that they start including friendly ghouls. Then they ally with intelligent deathclaws. Then they form an alliance with Super Mutants. Then form an uneasy truce with the Reaver Movement, a bunch of technology worshipping raiders. Finally they include [[spoiler:salvaged humanoid robots.]]
* RPGsEqualCombat: ZigZagged. Sure, the game is basically a tactical shooter with very linear plot, but it's not trying to convince anyone it's something more. On the other hand, combat by itself grants almost no experience points - they are earned for different, often optional, mission objectives.
* SaveGameLimits: Enabling "Tough Guy" mode at the start of the game limits saves to in-between missions ala ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', but gives bonus XP in return. Otherwise, you can save at any time, as many times as you want.
* ShellShockedVeteran: General Barnaky. If he wasn't already, the events of the game does this to him.
* ShroudedInMyth: In-universe. The whole game is a transcript from Brotherhood archives about achievements of the Warrior, your character.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: You start out fighting rag-tag bands of outlaws and raiders. You then move on to the more organized beastmen, who have freaky mutation powers and deathclaw allies. Then you meet the remnants of The Master's army. They last just long enough to let you come into contact with the Reaver Movement, [[spoiler:who are replaced by the Calculator and its robotic forces who were already hitting the Mutants and Reavers hard.]]
* SssssnakeTalk: Beastlords and Deathclaws talk like this.
* TakeThat: You can find an authentic recreation of a [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingon]] D'k tahg dagger in the bunker beneath Preoria. The description mentions how it is an exact replica of a dagger from a popular sci-fi TV series, and it's very existence shows just how pathetic the show's fanbase was.
* TankGoodness: Yes, you get to drive a tank. However, it only holds five passengers (less than a full squad) and there is very little ammo for the gun.
* TooAwesomeToUse: The mentioned all around .50 cal shells made of depleted uranium. You can get only few belts of it and only in very complex way, thus conserving them for the rest of the game. On the other hand, by the tail end of the game, you won't even hesitate for a second to load them.
* UselessUsefulStealth: Stealth has only three uses in this game: getting to a tactical position, getting the first strike on the enemy and [[VideogameCrueltyPotential getting the mines planted on the paths of enemy patrols]]. [[SubvertedTrope When enemies start using rocket launchers, you start to understand how useful it is.]]
* WakeUpCallBoss: Macomb. Until this point, you could just move forward and shoot everything hostile in sight. If you try this on macomb, all raiders will get a first strike at you. Halfway through the mission, one of them is equipped with a rocket laucher (OneHitKill on low level armor like the ones you will likely be wearing at that point). To make things worse, there is another one near the end. Hope you put some point into sneak skill to sneak two guys behind him and shoot a burst.
** Quincy too, when earlier you can just go in guns blazing, this is the first time you encounter Deathclaws. That is, unless you are lucky enough and managed to get Auto Shotguns or Miniguns early.
* {{Telepathy}}: Brotherhood Scribes conclude this to the reason for Beastlord's control over animals and insects. Unfortunately the cause of the mutation is unique to a single place and too impractical to acquire so the Brotherhood abandons the idea.
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: You can have a squad of up to six recruits. If any of them dies you can replace them with one of the dozens of replacements. But if the player character dies it's game over. Them's the rules.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Midwestern Brotherhood is still a quasi-fascist militant organization with the goal of monopolising all technology like [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} its parent organization on the West Coast]]. Unlike the original [=BoS=] they allow outsiders into their organization, operate similarly to the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout2}} NCR]] in that they provide protection and aid to nearby tribes in return for manpower and supplies, and aim to share the technology they possess to their protectorates for the common good. [[spoiler:In all of the endings they eventually transform the Mid-West into a stable, secure place to live and share non-military technology with their protectorates, though they are still non-democratic]].
* {{Zeerust}}: A bit inconsistent with the rest of the series, but the game still maintains a retro-futuristic look.