This collection is worth it just for Fallout 1 and 2 – they're the clear stars of the pack. Fallout 1 and 2 are absolutely incredible from start to finish. The most important part of either of these games is the character creation – depending on the character you make and the style of game you want to play, the game will be different every time. You can pump up your strength and use melee weapons like sledge hammers and power fists, or pump up your intelligence and talk your way out of situations, you can be an agile thief or a perceptive sniper, or combinations of the above. You are also peppered with good and evil choices through the game, all of which actually matter in the short AND the long term. Because of this, multiple playthroughs are just as fun as the first time around. The combat, although turn based, is exciting and full of suspense, and made incredibly fun to watch with the game's extreme gore and violence. People and animals alike are ripped to shreds by explosions, lasers and bullets. Limbs and organs are scattered across the areas after fights. There is even an a perk you can choose to have at the start of the game which makes the deaths even more likely to be ultraviolent.
Because of this, and many other controversial topics the game covers, it is definitely NOT intended for kids. It is a clever, adult game from start to finish.
Fallout Tactics, although better looking, is more for fans of tactical games like Final Fantasy Tactics. It's much more linear and in my opinion is the weakest of the bunch.
All three games share the same setting, a post apocalyptic future, but it is like a post apocalyptic future as imagined in the 1950's. The setting is one of the strongest points in the game, it is very gritty and foreboding.
Fallout 1 and 2 are some of the best RPG games – even some of the best games of all time, and should secure a place in your “must play” list…