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Similar in concept to the classic Wasteland, Fallout is a role-playing game set in a post-nuclear war environment. The story begins many years after a two-hour Armageddon reduced the world to a pile of rubble and debris. Nearly a thousand people were packed into various Vault-Tec survival shelters that were completed in the late 21st century.
Close to 80 years have passed with no knowledge of the outside post-apocalyptic world. You are one of a group of survivors in Vault 13 and the water recycling system is failing. It's time to send someone out of the vault, into the unknown wastelands, in an effort to find replacement parts or other survivors. You have been chosen.
Using or modifying one of three pre-generated basic characters (diplomatic, combative, or deceptive), or designing your own character from scratch, you embark on a complex journey. You'll traverse devastated sites and locations, discovering, exploring, and confronting whatever dangers (violent gangs of mutants, for example) have developed over eighty years of radiation contamination.
Fallout uses a tactical, turn-based combat system and provides an array of weaponry, from brass knuckles to rocket launchers. Featuring more than 50 quests, RPG staples such as improvements and ability modifiers that allow characters to grow, and an innovative survivor's guide, Fallout is designed to provide a rich, rewarding excursion into a land of the lost.
The Macintosh version of Fallout takes advantage of the OS-level speech output and features speech by the game planner, the "PIPBoy 2000." ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide