Oh I didnt know that. So after the main quest is done then you can still play the game and finish all the sidequests. Thats cool. I might have to give it a second try. I thought that the whole main quest revolves around that and that the whole game is timed.
Not quite... I believe that the game ends after the main quest, but the time limit is only in place for the first part of the main quest. Once you reach that point, about 1/3 of the way through the game, the time limit is lifted.... or maybe it is just extended?
I have heard conflicting reports about whether or not the whole game is timed. Apparently the original version had a second timer that kicks in after you've done that first 1/3 of the game. Then later, they patched out that second time limit, so after you've done the first third of the game, there is no time limit anymore. I'm not sure whether GOG's version has it or not, but apparently the SECOND time limit is so long that it hardly matters, even if it is there. When I played, I thought that it was untimed and I spent as long as I wanted doing side quests and whatever, and I still had no problem.
There are various unofficial mods that affect the time limit, most of them make it more harsh for veteran players.
For the reconrd, I agree with you generally in that I like to be able to take my time in RPGs, and explore and do sidequests. So I was initially quite worried about the time limit in the beginning of the game. But I actually ended up liking it. The sense of urgency made me roleplay more, and kept tension up. Also, it turns out to be plenty of time, even if you don't extend the deadline (which I did not).
I'd highly recommend Fallout 1. I personally liked it better than the second game.