Um, As someone who found out about the fallout series through the 3rd, and played over 300 hours of it. I love the 1st and second. I even like tactics. New Vegas I like, but don't enjoy the New Vegas setting, and wished Obsidian didn't cut out so much content. Storywise, Fallout 1 was basically get a water chip and blow up a military base. Fallout 3 was basically find your Dad and stop the enclave. I won't bring DLC into this since thats unfair to FO1 But neither story was really all that good.. I don't think the prime focus of these games should be there weak stories, I like Fallout 1 and 2 for the gritty feel they had, and while Fallout 3 had problems, It had the misfortune of being somewhat of a practice game since its the first time this series has been put into 1st person, So I only imagine it would have a lot of issues or trying to hard in some areas. Anyway its fair to compare them, but neither game had a WOW type of story here that kept me at the edge. Just what I think anyway .-.