Fallout Anthology Now Available, Comes In Mini-Nuke Case

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Fallout 4 is still a few months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your Fallout fix before then. As a matter of fact, you can now pick up Bethesda’s Fallout Anthology for $49.99 in the U.S. (available October 2nd in Europe).

The boxed set comes in an appropriately weathered mini-nuke, and when you press a button on the front, it sets off an atomic explosion noise. Tucked safely inside its oblong shell, you’ll discover five awesome Fallout games to choose from: Fallout 1, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition, and Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition; there’s even room for the Fallout 4 disc if you nab a hard copy in November. The Fallout Anthology will cost you $49.99, which is a darn respectable price for all five games; even on sales-happy Steam you’d be looking at $70 for all of them, and without the sweet bomb-case.

If you’ve never played the original games, you’ll be impressed at just how well they hold up compared to today’s standards. Fallout 1 and 2 (technically the spiritual successors to Wasteland) released during a time where many PC RPGs were of the more typical sword-and-sorcery variety. Flying right in the face of that, Fallout swapped broadswords and crossbows for chainsaw-knives and rocket launchers. Players soon discovered that in the gritty, Mad Max-inspired world of Fallout, nothing was sugar-coated.

You could tee off into a random civilian’s groin with a sledgehammer, obliterate a raider’s ribcage in half with a burst of shotgun blasts, slaughter peaceful towns with a mercenary pal, drink loads of booze, get hooked on drugs, and assist a slaver gang only to stab them in the back as soon as it suited you. Additionally, all of this action was punctuated by spectacularly gory fights (especially with the Bloody Mess perk) and some extra salty language. While Doom may have been the posterchild for videogame violence controversy, Fallout 1 and 2 were in every way more extreme. Seeing the results of your first mini-gun critical hit was both hilarious and stomach-turning.

But what really set Fallout 1 and 2 from other PC games was the freedom to do pretty much whatever you wanted, and the lasting effects that occurred because of those decisions. So, while you could cleanse all of Junktown in glorious, purifying flame, those characters would be gone forever, and possibly some powerful items and later quests with them. To compliment that aspect, Fallout 1 and 2 offered some truly in-depth character options. You could create a diplomatic smooth-talker who charmed the opposite sex while pickpocketing them blind, a sub-machine-gun toting scientist with stunning charisma and incredible luck, or even an incomprehensible idiot with the intelligence of a peanut, but a punch that could rip heads off.

The amount of choice and customization in Fallout 1 and 2, coupled with the unique setting and flat-out brilliant storytelling and dialog, would set the watermark for RPGs to come. By going through the first few games, you’ll get to take part in the historic phenomenon all over again. You’ll also have access to every plot element that’s lead up to the more recent Fallout games. And don’t overlook the squad-based strategy Fallout Tactics either, especially if you played through inExile’s recent Wasteland 2. While Fallout Tactics was a bit buggy when it launched back in 2001, it’s since been lovingly patched and restored, and it’s a wonderful companion to the first two games.

Of course, while it’s easy to lose yourself in the retro Fallouts, you’ll want to dive into Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas as well! You can easily spend hundreds of hours in the open-world sequels to Fallout 1 and 2. Both of these games have collected numerous awards, and each of them landed a spot in PC Gamer’s Top 100 Greatest Games (New Vegas scored in the top 10).

You’ll also have the ability to mod Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas to your heart’s content, ranging from NPC tweaks, graphics overhauls, new quests, loads of different weapons, save-game managers, UI projects, and everything in-between. Nexus Mods is a fantastic resource for both games, and it contains a staggering 447 pages of content for Fallout 3, and 527 pages of goodness for Fallout New Vegas. We’ve spent years modding our own copies, and we’re still finding new and innovative files to enhance and extend the games even further.

Whether you’re new to the series or a fervent Fallout collector, you’ll find something to love in the Fallout Anthology, and all for under $50. What better way to pass the time between now and Fallout 4 than by replaying the classics that preceded it? It’s the perfect excuse to get caught up on the backstory and lore, and to experience the ground-breaking gameplay that made the series what it is today. And with all the mod support for Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas, you’ll never have to worry about a lack of new content. While you’re at it, you can pre-order Fallout 4 now to make sure you get the game as soon as possible when it releases on November 10th.

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