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Should I play Fallout 1 or 2? Any other general tips? What about difficulty setting? Character type? I want to persevere and actually beat an old-school RPG, just so that I've experienced one from start to finish. I'm just wary of wandering around sewers for 18 hours while fighting rats ... which pretty much sounds like the beginning of FallOut2. Thanks guys.

UPDATE: I'm playing Fallout 2 now after reading comments about the annoying recruitment stuff in Fallout 1 (not that I exactly know what they are referring to). Is the mouse usually extremely unresponsive and agonizingly slow?
Post edited October 22, 2012 by mrclarkson
This question / problem has been solved by Jarmoimage
Recruitment refers to your ability to recruit some of the NPCs to join you and fight on your side in combat. Extra help in combat is very useful, but there are some minor problems associated with it. Barring either badgering everyone on the face of the planet or consulting a walkthrough, it can be difficult to determine who can and can't be recruited. Recruited party members do a decent job using the tools you give them, but you have to manage their inventory either by bartering (which is annoying when you are trying to take something from them) or by using the Steal skill (which is more efficient, but doesn't allow you to take the gun they are currently holding). Also, since you have no control over your party members, they may make some questionable decisions in combat, further increasing their risk of dying in combat (which goes up throughout the game due to their refusal to don any new armor you give them).
Fallout 1 is pretty much the same as FO2. The inventory is a bit klunkier and companions harder to manage, not that you'd need them for too long anyway.

FO1 takes off a bit quicker, you fight rats and then scorpions, but you're up against raiders pretty soon. At least compared to FO2 where the beginning can take forever and ever. Even after the very beginning, you're not getting firearms any time too soon.

My FO2 advice is to struggle it out, clear the missions in the first town first, clear out the rats before going for the gecko cave (which is pretty much the last really annoying bit). Sulik is a big help, get him asap.

The game really gets fun after you have enough (good) firearms.
Post edited October 24, 2012 by Jarmo
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mrclarkson: Should I play Fallout 1 or 2? Any other general tips? What about difficulty setting? Character type? I want to persevere and actually beat an old-school RPG, just so that I've experienced one from start to finish. I'm just wary of wandering around sewers for 18 hours while fighting rats ... which pretty much sounds like the beginning of FallOut2. Thanks guys.

UPDATE: I'm playing Fallout 2 now after reading comments about the annoying recruitment stuff in Fallout 1 (not that I exactly know what they are referring to). Is the mouse usually extremely unresponsive and agonizingly slow?
Advice: just play. follow your instincts. Its that make Fallout great. You can go back and start play again. Dont read tips, reviews, just play it. You'll enjoy A LOT.
Advice: just play. follow your instincts. Its that make Fallout great. You can go back and start play again. Dont read tips, reviews, just play it. You'll enjoy A LOT.


This is pretty much all you know. read too many forums and you will ruin the experience a little.
just play. go where you want. hustle!
and when you die horribly, enjoy it as its always well done and entertaining.
This game is great because you can just play it. in any way you like.
there is nothing wrong with never completing F1 and F2. its the journey and not the destination that counts. there is plenty to do (particularly in F2) anyway.
I had an issue with Fallout 1 having a slow and unresponsive mouse when I had the game installed using crossover on my mac. Problem went away when I installed the mac version that GOG just released. In fallout 2 I encountered the same issue, but only when I had the resolution set higher then 800 x 600 using the high resolution mod. Have you installed the 1.02 patch for the game? That might solve the problem. Also, set your mouse tracking speed to max in game and in your system preferences.

Fallout 1 is a great game! I would suggest playing it. The NPC's can be maddening, but that just adds to the fun. Also, stay away from walkthroughs. I read walkthroughs while playing fallout 1, and I ruined the experience.
i personally really liked http://user.tninet.se/~jyg699a/fallout.html#char
and http://user.tninet.se/~jyg699a/fallout2.html#char as guides

i used these 2 a lot when i was uncertain or got stuck
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Insomniaclown: I had an issue with Fallout 1 having a slow and unresponsive mouse when I had the game installed using crossover on my mac. Problem went away when I installed the mac version that GOG just released. In fallout 2 I encountered the same issue, but only when I had the resolution set higher then 800 x 600 using the high resolution mod. Have you installed the 1.02 patch for the game? That might solve the problem. Also, set your mouse tracking speed to max in game and in your system preferences.

Fallout 1 is a great game! I would suggest playing it. The NPC's can be maddening, but that just adds to the fun. Also, stay away from walkthroughs. I read walkthroughs while playing fallout 1, and I ruined the experience.
Hi. Yeah I was using Parallels on my Mac. I didn't realise GOG had released a OSX version, I'm downloading Fallout 2 now. So I'll give it another shot.

Cheers.