The first Fallout
game to reach the consoles. Released by Interplay Entertainment
in 2004, it is viewed quite negatively by some fans due to several changes to the format, such as the soundtrack (for some reason, no longer the classic soundtrack and instead provided by Slipknot and Killswitch Engage amongst others) and general contradictions to Fallout
canon. It is apparently considered Canon Discontinuity
by Bethesda Softworks.The Texas Wasteland is not an okay place to live
— there's raiders, mutants, and the occasional pests who plague the wasteland. That is why the Brotherhood was supposedly cleaning house here. While hunting for mutants, raiders and tech, of course, they all go missing in the town of Carbon and you are sent to find them before they are pilfered by the Raiders. Oh, the Vault Dweller from Fallout 1
is also here. Apparently, he took a Wrong Turn at Albuquerque
and is now in the Texan Wasteland along with Rhombus.
Of course, it didn't matter to you. You are the Initiate, one of the three new recruits to the Brotherhood of Steel, with the unenviable task of finding what happened to the Paladins who have gone missing and bring them back. All while taking out anything that opposes you.
- An Arm and a Leg: Attis cuts off the player's arm, but you get a replacement.
- Beam Spam: The Continuous Fire Laser and Turbo Plasma Rifle fill this role.
- Canon Discontinuity: Rather odd, because the game actually contains less contradictions than Fallout Tactics, which is only Broad Strokes. Though considering the bad fan reaction to this game, this may have been for the best.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him:
- For some bizarre reason, in one sidequest you face off against The Vault Dweller despite him having been on your side in the first chapter.
- Rhombus gets killed in Los also.
- Evil Matriarch: Variant. The Raiders based near Carbon have a matriarchal system, with females ranking higher than males. Jane, the Raider Matron and leader, is especially evil.
- Fanservice: The pinups extra video.
- Fragile Speedster: Nadia. She has lower health than the other two characters and can't use heavy weapons, but she's quick and proficient with dual guns.
- Internet Backlash: And how! Interplay closed down their own official forum for the game due to it being filled with hate posts for the game.
- Jack of All Stats: Cain. He's in the middle for stats, and can use both heavy weapons and dual guns but isn't as skilled with either.
- Mighty Glacier: Cyrus. He has high health and is good with heavy weapons, but he's slower and can't use dual guns.
- Obligatory Swearing: The game aims for a more humorous and in-your-face style, which involved quite a lot of swearing in the dialogue.
- Product Placement: In a bizarre example of this, Bawls Guarana replaces Nuka-Cola for most purposes, and Bawls bottlecaps are worth 50 regular bottlecaps.
- Race Lift: So, apparently, Rhombus is white now.
- Religion of Evil: The Church of the Lost, whose main purpose is to guard the Secret Vault and ensure that nothing or nobody can get in or out.
- You Nuke 'Em: A nuclear explosive is built into the Secret Vault as an emergency Self-Destruct Mechanism in the case of a biological disaster. The Initiate activates it and then escapes in order to destroy the heavily mutated Super Mutant leader Attis.