Fallout has been around for a long time now and has multiple side games besides the 1 through 4. So here are the Fallout Games Ranked From Best To Worst.
For these rankings, we will use the scores the games have been given on Metacritic on the PC releases to give the best listing possible. Exceptions are being made for games that are console-only.
Fallout 3 (91)
Marking the transition to 3D graphics, Fallout 3 revitalized the franchise for a new generation of gamers. Set in the ruins of Washington D.C., the game presents a captivating post-apocalyptic world. The main questline is engaging, but it’s the side quests and exploration that make this game shine.
Fallout 3 is available on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and through backward compatibility also on Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.
The game that started it all, the original Fallout introduced players to the post-nuclear world. With its isometric view, turn-based combat, and dark humor, it laid the foundation for the franchise’s future success. Although the graphics may feel dated by today’s standards, Fallout remains a must-play for anyone wanting to explore the origins of this iconic series.
Fallout 1 is only available on PC.
Fallout 2 (86)
Regarded by many as the pinnacle of the franchise, Fallout 2 is a true masterpiece. Released in 1998, it retains the core elements that made the original Fallout a hit while introducing significant improvements. The game features a vast open world, deep character customization, and a compelling storyline with morally complex decisions. Its dark humor and mature themes contribute to an unforgettable gaming experience.
Fallout 2 is only available on PC.
Fallout: New Vegas (84)
Fallout: New Vegas, released in 2010, takes players to the Mojave Wasteland. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the game builds upon Fallout 3’s foundation and introduces multiple factions vying for control. The branching narrative, numerous quests, and diverse companions offer players extensive replayability. Despite some technical issues, New Vegas is praised for its writing, role-playing elements, and immersive atmosphere.
Currently, Fallout: New Vegas is available on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and through backward compatibility also on Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.
Fallout 4 (84)
Sharing a spot with Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4 offers improved combat mechanics and breathtaking visuals, but some felt that it sacrificed the traditional RPG depth. Despite some criticisms, Fallout 4’s vast Commonwealth and updated crafting system attracted many players, ensuring its place in the series.
Fallout 4 is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and through backward compatibility also on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X. There is also a VR version available for PC and PlayStation VR, this version scored a 78.
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel (82)
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel offers a departure from the traditional RPG gameplay, emphasizing tactical combat and squad-based mechanics. The game focuses on the Brotherhood of Steel’s military missions and their fight against various factions in the wasteland. While it received praise for its strategic depth, some fans missed the open-world exploration and role-playing elements present in other Fallout games.
At the moment, Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel is only available on PC.
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel (64)
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel was an action-oriented spin-off released for consoles, deviating from the traditional RPG formula. The game follows a group of characters on a mission to find a missing Brotherhood of Steel member in the Texas Wasteland. While the game introduced new elements, such as cooperative multiplayer, it received mixed reviews due to its linear gameplay and lack of depth compared to the mainline entries.
At the moment, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel is only available on PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
Fallout Shelter (63)
Unlike the mainline Fallout games, this title shifts the focus from exploration to base-building and resource management. Players take on the role of an Overseer, responsible for constructing and expanding an underground Vault to accommodate dwellers. While Fallout Shelter lacks the depth of traditional RPGs, its addictive gameplay, charming art style, and satisfying progression make it a standout mobile experience.
Fallout Shelter is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, IOS, and Android, and through backward compatibility also on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X.
Fallout 76 (52)
Fallout 76 marked the franchise’s first venture into the realm of multiplayer, but its launch was plagued with technical issues and lackluster content. Over time, Bethesda has made significant updates, improving the game and adding new features. Still, the initial reception was harsh, making Fallout 76 the weakest entry in the main series. Since its updates, Fallout 76 has become a lot more fun and has a lot more to offer its players.
Fallout 76 is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and through backward compatibility also on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X.
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