How did you discover Fallout ?

Discussion in 'General Fallout Discussion' started by PsychoSniper, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. Juza The Cloud

    Juza The Cloud Nanto Goshasei

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    Jun 3, 2015
    I believe I had a share-ware (remember those) version and I remember playing it and being somewhat confused as I was a teen and at the time I only knew JRPGs and even wasn't too good at them. I loathed RPGs a lot at the time on account of a terrible D&D session with my friends abusive older brother. Anyways fast forward many years (like a decade) and I see a different friend playing F3 and was interested. I had played Deus Ex in the interim and when my friend was leveling up his character I noticed the skills were similar to Deus Ex (lock pick, stealth etc) So I watched him play and I was curious to play another FPS RPG type game. I played 3 then a different friend bought me 1,2, and Tactics for my birthday and I devoured them with little difficulty this time around and much enjoyment (the Fixt and Restoration mods are a godsend). Then Vegas came out and I feel in love with that game as well. Having played 1 and 2, Vegas felt much more like the real F3 to me. That is the abridged version of my discovery of Fallout.
     
  2. _Antithesis_

    _Antithesis_ First time out of the vault

    16
    Jun 16, 2015
    In the hype for Fallout 3, I played the first Fallout. Enjoyed what little I'd played at the time, but then I got F3 and played just it for probably the next year. Over time, I went back to the original Fallout games and realized I enjoyed them immensely, as well. A bunch more time passed and here I am now, the Fallout über-fan that I am. :P
     
  3. The_Time_Master

    The_Time_Master First time out of the vault

    78
    Jun 16, 2015
    In 1996 I went to GenCon and found out at the Steve Jackson Games booth that there was finally going to be a cRPG using the GURPS engine called GURPS Fallout. Needless to say I was really excited being a fan of Wasteland on the C64.
    In 1997 I bought a pirated copy in Hong Kong, and fell in love with the game and had to buy the legit one - I still have the game booklet that came with the game.

    The first time I actually screamed "FUCK YEAH" at a video game was my third playthrough where I shot that fucking Overseer in the back after he kicked me out of the vault. I was hooked for life at that moment. :clap:

    Here's someone's video of the ending:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbH-8QKZ1Vg
     
  4. Magnus

    Magnus Water Chip? Been There, Done That
    Modder

    953
    Dec 6, 2007
    It must have been in 2002, I think?
    I was at a friend's place and he showed me this strangely attractive game that his older cousin had installed on his laptop. He didn't understand English very well, so I sort of had to translate the dialogue for him, but we both liked what we saw. We loaded up an old save we found, and ran around for a bit. Then we encountered a gang of enemies, and one of them was wearing a blue pin-striped suit and wielding something like a tommy gun. I wanted to shoot him, but my buddy said "No, right click on the gun first, so it says burst.". I did. Then I shot him. And my jaw dropped.

    Two years later I had my first internet connection, and downloaded Fallout 2 immediately. Been hooked ever since.
     
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  5. Herja

    Herja First time out of the vault

    3
    Jun 22, 2015
    Fallout 1 was one of the first games I played growing up. Got into it at a friends house at about 98/99, where his older brother had gotten the game and a PC. Played it for ages.
    Then moved onto Fallout 2, same story, loved it and played it for months. We were even so sucked into it we made up our own organizations in the Fallout universe.
    We also played a good deal of Fallout Tactics multiplayer against each other, and had a great deal of fun.

    When Fallout 3 dropped I hadn't played the games in a few years, then picked it up a while after it was released. Wasn't really that impressed. So when Fallout NV came out I was skeptical. Got it about a year after it was released, and fell in love with it.
    Now I've got hundreds of hours in Fallout NV, and still replay it from time to time today. The same goes for the old games. :)
     
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  6. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    I hear you! When I've touched Fallout demo for the very first time, fresh and innocent, I ran across gatling and tried burst shot on poor brahmins. Repeatedly. That's when my inner demons have been awakened and Fallout got my soul! :twisted:
     
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  7. Hardboiled Android

    Hardboiled Android Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    887
    Jun 7, 2015
    Fallout 3. Shoot me.
     
  8. naossano

    naossano So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Oct 19, 2006
    Pew Pew Pew
    You have been critically hit for 728 damage.
     
  9. Deep One

    Deep One Lord of Rage

    63
    Aug 24, 2009
    My memory is quite vague when I first got into Fallout 1&2, I don't even remember what year it was due to that evil school slavery. But from what I can remember I wanted to play an RPG that didn't involve high-fantasy magic-filled perpetual medieval dragon time bullshit and found Fallout 1&2. Those iconic images of power armor wearing dudes alone made me want to give those games a try.
    At the time I was thrilled from the very idea of being able to wear a full suit of powered armor and pack a big gun in a post-apocalyptic environment and thinking about it now. Not much has changed,
    I still like to wear a tank on me and properly minigun my foes to a bloody meat jerky pieces, so satisfying! Keeps my mental disorder, well.. in order (when I get pissed in real life I don't just get pissed, I wanna fucking break and yell at something with 10 times the effort. Not normal I know but that's how my brain is wired).

    I'm glad that I got into the original Fallout games. Just recently I started playing Fallout 2 again with the latest Restoration Project due to "Fallout" 4 reveal and absolute disgust towards Bethesduh and especially their fanbase, ugh. Don't mind me. Anyway, to this day Fallout 2 managed to get me hooked again (Thanks to Killap of course!). It's both amazing and sad at the same time that an oldie of a game is better than 90 percent of the shit that's out nowadays.
     
  10. ElPascal

    ElPascal Your glorious Tomato Overlord

    31
    Jan 9, 2014
    Some years ago my older sister bought the PC-version of Fallout 3. I didn't possess an own PC back then, also I was way too young to legally play the game (here in germany, that is) but the cover with the BOS paladin looked neat and I had just read a post-apocalyptic novel, so the game really did interest me.
    So one day I asked her to let me play the Sims 3 on her laptop while she was out for an evening. Naturally, since the ten-or-so years old me was a real gangsta and all that stuff I played Fallout 3 instead. I was hooked. Growing up in the vault was intriguing. I really loved the fifties art style, since it reminded my of "The Iron Giant", Ken Follets "Code To Zero" and "Back To The Future". Entering the wasteland for the first time was a geat moment that sent shivers down my spine. Same goes for accidentally shooting everybody because I thought the left mouse button was used for talking to people. About two hours in I deleted my savegame to eliminate the possibility of being blackmailed by my sister and decided to return to the game another time. I had never played an open-world game, a shooter or an RPG before and couldn't wait to finally do so.
    When I turned 15 and had finally gotten my own PC my sister gifted me her copy of Fallout 3. I was hooked. Exploring the ruins of this retro-futuristic, dystopian world of tomorrow was an incredible experience for me. Of course, even back then I noticed some of the numberous logical flaws, the lackluster dialogue or that the game doesn't allow me to really do what I want, even though that's what the manual said; but that wasn't enough to seriously bother me, since the atmosphere was too amazing and I really didn't stop playing until I had seen just about everything in the game and it's DLC, which took me like 400 hours within 7 or 8 months. At that point I was sort of fed up with Fallout 3; I needed a break from it and so I decided to ckeck out the other entries of the series.
    I ordered Fallout 1 and 2 per Ebay. After getting used to the isometric gameplay I greatly enjoyed Fallout 1 for it's atmosphere, story, coherent setting and characters, even moreso than Fallout 3. But I still gotta admit that I missed Fallout 3's exploration aspects. Next up was Fallout 2. I can't say I'm too fond of that game. The german translation is all over the place and it's so big I actually got lost the first time I tried playing through it. I'm gonna return to it one day, I'm older, gathered gaming experience and have matured a little since then, I'm sure I'll enjoy it. After several further playthroughs of Fallout 1 and 3 I finally bought Fallout: New Vegas.
    I had just graduated Realschule (the german version of middle school, kinda), there were some months of holiday left before life was gonna continue in a vocational secondary school (that's what google told me :???:) and since the few friends I have were all abroad I was planning to spend all of this time in the Mojave. And that's what I did. I frankly didn't enjoy the game very much at first; it was extremely similar to Fallout 3 in terms of gameplay and visuals, and I used to consider the originals and Fallout 3 entirely seperate games so I could ignore the lack of continuity and the entirely different focus. Due to this similarity, it didn't really feel "fresh", and also I expected it to be just like Fallout 3 in terms of focus and atmosphere, which it did not, obviously. I just rushed to the end. After the first, kinda unsatsfying playthrough I returned to Fallout 3. While I still enjoyed wandering the wasteland, I suddenly realized just how horrible the writing is. Also when I started comparing these two games, I noticed New Vegas' superiority in terms of balancing, gameplay, RPG elements, everything regarding writing and choices, as well as performance on my rig. Finally I decided to return to it whithout considering it an oversized add-on for Fallout 3, played through the DLCs, talked to everyone, tried actually exploring the world, dialogue and lore (and the modding community) and started to roleplay. And that's when I suddenly started to enjoy the hell out of this game. Now I consider it the true Fallout 3, whereas I can't even as much as turn on Bethesdas attempt at the franchise without getting bored. I've become more sophisticated in terms of video games; I can only hardlys bring myself to enjoy anything "mindless" anymore. Haven't gotten very far into Tactics, will try to do so sometime. I bet this Post will be ridicoulusly long once I press "Post" :smile:
     
  11. naossano

    naossano So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Oct 19, 2006
    Your experience of FoNV reminds me of my experience with Fo1.
    At first, i missed a lot of contents and was quite disapointed compared with Fo2.
    Then i replayed and enjoyed it much more, and consider the main plot and some other stuff as way better than Fo2.
    Still, i don't think Fo2 sucks.
     
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  12. samturret

    samturret such a lust for revenge

    23
    Jun 28, 2015
    I bought Fallout 3 after i was done with TES 4: Oblivion. I was around 13-14 years old so i didn't notice the big mess that is Fallout 3's plot. I liked New Vegas better anyways when it came out. I even got into the classic Fallout games.
     
  13. TheBlindZen

    TheBlindZen First time out of the vault

    1
    Jul 8, 2015
    Many years ago, I believe I was 12, I went over to my friend Derek's house. Normally we would play catch or watch baseball while making ridiculous songs with his dad on the banjo. But THIS particular hang out was different. Derek's father had just got a computer. We of course had to mess around with it. I don't know how his father came across buying Fallouts 1 and 2 nor do I know how we convinced him that we should be allowed to play it (his parents would change the channel if there was blood or violence or anything that would be "bad" for kids to watch). But we were enthralled.

    We spent most of our gaming time with 2 so that's the one I remember most. We didn't care that it wasn't 2 player or that there was math involved (we were both pretty smart kids anyways so that wasn't a problem). We only finished the game once and there was a lot of nervous nail-biting in that run through because whenever we disagreed on what to do next we flipped a coin to decide. After that we would create themed characters (a pacifist scientist, a depressed loner sniper, a madman HtH expert that would only finish his opponents with a kick to the groin, and of course a Mel Gibson Road Warrior) but would never finish the game. Years later I was stoked for Fallout 3 and still enjoyed it despite its failings and Fallout NV as well. With the recent announcement of Fallout 4 I started a game in each installment but find myself sticking more towards 2 for the nostalgia. Traveling the wasteland world as a ne'er-do-well tribal with the split mind of two 12 year olds in a dark basement surrounded by tools, dusty boxes and his old man's guns and reloading equipment.

    One day when my son is old enough I'm going to show him those games and hope that he at least appreciates gaming like the caliber of Fallout. I've even started building a Fallout PnP using Fallout 3's world that I plan to perfect in time to get him to like it and enjoy it and the true possibilities of imagination and creativity.
     
  14. Moosick

    Moosick cats

    458
    Jul 8, 2015
    born in a log cabin in 1896 -> Fallout 3 -> Fallout NV -> Skyrim -> realised F3 was shitty compared to NV and so was skyrim just generally -> caved and got F2 on Steam, left it for ages and then got addicted -> the here and now
     
  15. TomJ

    TomJ Still Mildly Glowing

    214
    Jul 12, 2015
    I actually went into Fallout 3 with kind of a bad impression. I had played Oblivion and like the story and the game play was ok when it didn't glitch and die. I saw the trailer for Broken Steel that got me interested and away I went. Now I rank it as one of my top 5 favorite games.
     
  16. Inb4Sales

    Inb4Sales Tribal

    3
    Jul 19, 2015
    I was searching for something to play as a teenager in 2000s, then found fallout. Got my fallout 1 a couple of years back. Didn't make it out of the cave for first time. Guess Vault 13 went dirt napping in that play through. i didn't want to give up on it, so I went ahead and survived the caves. Ever since I replay fallout games every 1 or 2 years.
     
  17. Presper

    Presper First time out of the vault

    53
    Jun 8, 2015
    It all began after I played Skyrim, I was looking up what other games Bethesda made. That was when I discovered Fallout, I've seen it before on other places and thought nothing of it. But I decided to look deeper into it this time, once I found out that its setting was a post-nuclear retro-futuristic role-playing game, I bought it instantly. My first was Fallout 3, but I was curious about the other games that came before, so I played those too. That was when I became hooked. The characters, writing, and setting were all perfect. It felt like it was a game series made just for me.
     
  18. Dr Fallout

    Dr Fallout Centurion

    Aug 17, 2015
    I barely played RPGs, preferring old strategy games, Civs, Age of Empires, that sort of thing. I played Morrowind and KOTOR2 being my ONLY RPGs. I loved Morrowind, it's world and setting and was hooked by RPGs. I decided to get a RPG to play during the holidays, going to EB games. I looked, there were so many! There was Skyrim, Oblivion, Fallout 3, Diablo... so many others. Yet after careful looking I found a quaint little game, quite old called Falloiut: A Post Apocalyptic Role Playing Game. The title interested me, so I read the blurb. The whole thing about drawing stars made my laugh and I excitedly showed it to my brother. I didn't get it then but I locked it away in my mind. Later in the holiday I remembered it after sitting around doing nothing. I then bought it from GOG, only six bucks and promptly played it. I loved it, the combat, the dialogue, the world, the story, the characters... I was happily surprised when I met my first talking head and I loved travelling the wastes. It set me up for Fallout 2 and then Fallout 3. I hated 3, distraught at the step down. New Vegas was much better, but I only played it at my mates. I looked for a website for fellow Fallout fans and found the NMA!
     
  19. falloutboy360

    falloutboy360 Banned

    16
    Oct 9, 2015
    after playing skyrim
     
  20. The_Guide

    The_Guide First time out of the vault

    73
    Sep 30, 2015
    PC Gamer.