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Once again life looks bleak for the survivors of the nuclear wipe-out of the 21st century. Eighty years ago your ancestor braved the unknown post-apocalyptic world after leaving Vault 13 in search of the remnants of a society only vaguely remembered. Now it's your turn. You need to find the Garden of Eden Creation Kit (GECK) in an effort to save your pitiful village from the vicissitudes of a dying world. Mutants, radiation, ruthless and deadly gangs of demented wasteland survivors and a landscape full of death and destruction await you in your search for the way to a better life, or at the very least a reason to even continue this primal existence in this desolate land. Fallout 2 is the sequel to the award-winning role-playing original title, Fallout. The game builds on that success by including a vast number of improvements, enhancements and new features, including more than 100 new skills to learn, enemies with characteristics and attitudes that make the original cast of mutants look like wimps, a vast arsenal of more deadly weapons, better armor, improved AI for NPCs and a huge array of modifiable personal traits, characteristics, attributes and abilities with which to build your on-screen alter ego.
The interface for Fallout 2 relies on an action cursor system used in conjunction with a mouse (some keyboard shortcuts) and combat is turn-based. Basic controls fall in four categories: movement, command, targeting (combat only) and hand (inventory manipulation). Auto-mapping, detailed interaction, dialogue, character generation (statistics, traits, perks, skills, karma), medical concerns and use of a Personal Information Processor (Holy RobCo PIPBoy 2000) to help organize the vast amount of data needed to just stay alive in the unfriendly world are just some of the detailed features encountered in the game. Fallout 2 continues the high levels of gritty action and player immersion established in the original and is backed by a comprehensive manual and tutorial. An upgrade to Version 1.02 is available at either www.interplay.com or www.blackisle.com.
Voice credits for Fallout 2 include Michael Dorn, Jeffrey Jones, and Ron Perlman. ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide