Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fallout Tactics

Fallout Tactics
Fallout Tactics
by Vivendi Universal
Platform:   Windows 98 / Me / 95
3.9 out of 5 stars(60)

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The Fallout series of role-playing games is known for its epic post-apocalyptic story line and deep combat system, in that order. Fallout Tactics turns the tables by focusing almost exclusively on a series of complex missions that are loosely wrapped in a plot. The focus is on combat, but Fallout Tactics stays true to its RPG roots.

You create your own character with the RPG system from the previous Fallout games. The basics should be familiar to RPG fans: assign numbers to attributes, such as strength, perception, and dexterity, which help determine values for skills such as medic, sneak, repair, and big guns. Fun quirks such as fast shot, finesse, and bloody mess make your character unique. Once your character is complete, you're assigned your first mission. There's no need for a strong, personal plot device to get the game going: you're in the army now.

Instead of the one-man-against-the-wasteland story of Fallout and Fallout 2, Tactics sets you up as a junior squad leader in an expeditionary force of the Brotherhood of Steel. The Brotherhood is a no-nonsense group of soldiers that has managed to thrive in the nuked American landscape by maintaining strict control over its technological superiority. Your group split off from the main group and headed east in huge dirigibles, only to crash-land near Chicago. Trading technology and protection for food and recruits, the Brotherhood soon finds itself taking on the role of feudal overlord. You and your squad tackle increasingly difficult missions for the Brotherhood. Each successful mission lets you improve your character and squadmates by way of accumulated experience, weapons, equipment, and vehicles.

The word "tactics" didn't get into the title of this game by mistake. Characters can sneak into position, lay down covering fire, set up ambushes, lie prone in a sniper hide, and do just about anything else a real soldier can do. You'll need to use these abilities in order to complete the game's tough single-player campaign, or against human squad leaders in the included multiplayer mode. You can set the game to play in the strict turn-based mode familiar to Fallout veterans, or can play in "continuous turn-based," which is essentially the real-time strategy mode seen in games such as Baldur's Gate. The developers should get a medal for allowing gamers to switch between turn-based and real-time anytime.

Between battles, your characters wander the wasteland in search of quests, barter for items, and interact with nonplayer characters whose reactions depend on the squad's reputation. It's enough to keep role-playing aficionados entertained, and action fans won't want to miss it. Note that Fallout Tactics is just as profane and violent as the other games in the series, and isn't for kids. --T. Byrl Baker


  • Crisp graphics with great animation
  • A truly beautiful combat system
  • A decent story links the missions together and lets players get to know their characters
  • Very challenging
  • Plot is nowhere near as complex as those in Fallout and Fallout 2.

The ultimate in squad-based third-person tactical combatProduct InformationContinuing in the tradition of the Fallout series of role-playing games Fallout Tactics is a squad-based third-person tactical combat game with RPG character development and a mission-based story line. The game is set between the events of Fallout and Fallout 2. Players control the main character the leader of a squad of Brotherhood of Steel warriors.  Squads consist of a maximum of six characters including the main character and are assembled from a pool of 30 recruits. There are vehicles to control which players can use during combat. The game consists of 20 core missions in six stages. Multiplayer mode is a core design element and players can enjoy both cooperative and deathmatch games. There are eight multiplayer-specific maps up to five different play modes and a maximum of 18 players per game controlling 36 squad members. Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel is set in the award-winning Fallout universe players join in the Brotherhood of Steel as they travel through 20 tactical missions attempting to overcome a powerful new enemy. Players will work toward developing their squads' specialized skills and improve their stats as they utilize squad-based skirmish techniques to survive battles. In multiplayer mode 36 characters can be onscreen at one time with up to 18 gamers playing at once. Bonus mission: Springfield's mayor a man responsible for many human-ghoul alliances in the region has been targeted for assassination. His affiliation with the ghouls has angered some far-right human activists who refuse to acknowledge ghouls as near equals. While the ringleaders to this plot have been captured the assassins are already on their way. Your mission is to warn Mayor Sampson and to protect him at all costs. Pen-and-paper game: Created for two to six players the Fallout Tactics board game is

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