Fallout was named the Best RPG of the Year for 1997 by both GameSpot and Computer Gaming World, has been listed on the Top 100 Games Ever 5 times by PC Gamer, and had its franchise picked up by Bethesda (and I am such a Bethesda fangirl).
It’s almost inexcusable that I’ve never even loaded it up. So, I decided to take a poke at it.
My first play through lasted 22 minutes. It didn’t even occur to me to save before wandering out in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. After all, I was the only hope of the vault’s survival, and I only had 150 days to find some absolutely necessary part.
Having absolutely no idea how the game works, what my buttons do, where the map is, I decided to see how I fared.
For probably 10 minutes, I kicked cave rat butt.
However, once I escaped the cave (with my long-lamented lack of directional or map reading skills, this was no easy task), one of two things happened.
Either the difficulty ramped way the hell up, or I got very very unlucky.
In my first encounter with actual people, I took two bullets to … some body part, and promptly died.
So yeah, that was my first 22 minutes of Fallout.
Will I go back into it? Absolutely. However, I think I am done with itty-bitty windowed mode*, and I think I might try to find instructions or tips for beginners or a difficulty slider or SOMETHING. I would like to stick it out long enough to get into the story, and see if Fallout is really as amazing as the hype would suggest.**
*So, I thought it’d look nicer in windowed mode, since playing with the native resolution left all this black space around the edge. But in Windowed mode, the game was tiny. This may have contributed some to my absolute cluelessness.
**Yes, I know Fallout 4 just came out and is also supposed to be pretty awesome. Plus, Bethesda. But I’m weird about at least trying to play games in order, so here’s hoping that by the time I’m ready for Fallout 4, it’ll be $9.99 on a sale.