Fallout 4 is within a month of being released, so if you need to get caught up on the older games, now is a good time to start. Don’t look now, but Steam is looking to take advantage of you latecomers. The entire franchise is on sale for the weekend, so swing on over if you want to save 66 percent on some really solid games.
For starters, Fallout 3 is probably the best place to enter for modern gamers. It feels the most fleshed out and polished of the bunch, and it doesn’t have crippling bugs or overly convoluted systems. That’s where Fallout: New Vegas comes in, a game with far greater depth but equally greater confusion. I’ve never been the biggest fan of this one, but I’ve always meant to go back and give it another shot.
Then there are the classics. Both Fallout and Fallout 2 are still a blast to play, and they’ll probably be surprisingly accessible to newer gamers who might not have been around back then. Heavy on the clicking and light on action, but their style, writing, and world-building are second to none when it comes to isometric PC RPGs.
I’ve never played Fallout Tactics and chances are I won’t in time for the launch of Fallout 4. Not if game publishers don’t let up on the releases and let me take five minutes to breathe… oh, October…
And of course, the sale page has a pre-order for Fallout 4. It will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Nov. 10.