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Best Fallout games to play after watching the show

Where will the wasteland take you next?

The Fallout show has left many fans wanting to get back into the wasteland – or explore the wasteland for the first time. With so many Fallout games to choose from, which is best to follow on from the show?

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Fallout: New Vegas

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Spoilers for the show, but…the game that kept coming to mind when watching the latter half of the Fallout show was “woah that’s in New Vegas!” Especially when New Vegas itself was shown at the very end.

Regarded as the best Fallout game of all time, you’ll go in for the show, but stay for the game. It may be a little dated, but nothing some mods can’t fix. From graphical improvements to crash patches, someone has already coded a solve to your issues.

You will come across many familiarities. Shady Sands (before it was nuked), the NCR, the Brotherhood of Steel, and you’ll get to see New Vegas in its full glory. You’ll also get to trek across acres of sand – just like in the show!!

For what you’re familiar with, and what’s to come next in the show, Fallout: New Vegas is the game I’d recommend you play.

Fallout 3

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Fallout 3 is the game that Bethesda produced itself after taking it off Interplay’s hands (Bethesda didn’t make all the games!), and it’s regarded highly to this day.

Delivering an authentic Fallout experience, you’ll delve out of your Vault and take on the wasteland. With a rich and compelling plot and many moral choices, you’ll find it hard to not keep coming back to play.

Although you won’t be seeing the NCR at all, the Brotherhood of Steel has a presence there if you want to get involved with them.

Fallout 76

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Fallout 76 had a very controversial launch but has since redeemed itself through many patches and content updates. Instead of being a single-player experience like all the other Fallout games, Fallout 76 is a multiplayer game, best played with friends.

You will get to travel almost anywhere in the Fallout world and will get to carve out your own story if you’re not feeling inclined to be thrown down another revenge path. Other players will provide challenges and opportunities.

So many people have dived back into Fallout 76 as opposed to the other Fallout games, so it may be fun to join those who have also enjoyed the show.


Fallout 1
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If you really want an authentic Fallout experience, then you can’t get much more authentic than the original. Interplay’s Fallout plays differently from the other Fallouts in the franchise (aside from Fallout 2, also developed by Interplay), but everyone who’s played it will say that it’s a true Fallout game.

If you can get past how dated it is, you’ll find yourself enthralled with not only the story but all the juicy Fallout lore.

Instead of open-world fights, you’ll be engaging in turn-based combat, but don’t let that dissuade you from what is a revolutionary, and relatively short, game.

Fallout Shelter

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For the more casual gamers who are enthralled with vault life, then Fallout Shelter is the game for you. A mobile game that can also be played on consoles and PC for free, you’ll be the Overseer of your own vault.

Send your Vault Dwellers on dangerous missions in the wasteland, and build up your vault to keep it running and defended from outside threats. Kit out your Wastelanders and repopulate to create the vault of your dreams.

Also – in this vault – there are no dastardly experiments that you must enforce. Unless you yourself have other plans, I suppose.

I must admit, the game is rather addicting. I may re-download it now…

Now that you’re jumping into the world of Fallout – you may find yourself enjoying a number of Bethesda’s other games.

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Aidan Lambourne
Aidan Lambourne is a contributing writer for PC Invasion, with almost a couple years of experience in the industry. He has written about Roblox extensively, although has keenly covered new releases and indie games. A passionate writer and gamer, he still can't really believe he gets to indulge in both for a career.