The Fallout series is a gaming masterpiece that has cultivated a following of millions of die-hard fans over the past decades. The freedom of shaping your story in a captivating post-apocalyptic setting, remarkable RPG gameplay, and world-building mechanics always make the Fallout games a memorable experience that you’re bound to cherish even years later. Having said that, ranking all Fallout games from worst to best is a daunting task, but in this list, we’ll be going through that together.
All Fallout Games, Ranked
This list is based on a Fallout fan’s personal opinion along with some hearsay from Metacritic. There’s a chance you won’t fully agree with which title is ranked as the worst Fallout game or best, and if you harbor a different opinion, be sure to voice what you would change in the comments.
9. Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel was one game that totally dumped what made the franchise so popular. Instead of building upon the series’ strengths, Brotherhood of Steel went a very linear route. It had zones you could only visit once and going forward was the only path ahead, which kind of butchered why the Fallout games were fun to begin with.
Its uninspiring narrative, mundane combat, and overall inconsistencies with the Fallout lore were main reasons why people directed their hatred at it, so much so that even Bethesda treats it as non-canon to this day.
8. Fallout 76
At launch, Fallout 76’s buggy lifeless world, boring dialog, and blatant quest design made enjoying the game seem like a chore. Although the game has improved in many ways since then, it still doesn’t have the same appeal as its predecessors due to which it is ranked by many as the worst out of all Fallout games to date.
Even though Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel strayed from the path that made the original Fallout games great and opted for a turn-based RPG system, it still managed to captivate a wide majority of series veterans. While the tactical combat didn’t hit the sweet spot like Fallout 1 and 2, the inclusion of strategy as a big gameplay element made it a remarkable entry in the series that still seems worth it even now.
6. Fallout Shelter
Although quite small in scale, Fallout Shelter is definitely worth investing your time in as it’s filled with all the charm found in the best Fallout games. Fallout Shelter is a great free-to-play management simulator where players oversee a Vault. You are tasked with rescuing and then assigning the survivors duties.
But that’s not all. You also need to take care of the little colony by making sure their power, food, and water meters are up. Fallout Shelter is the traditional experience the franchise is famous for but the addicting management gameplay loop will keep you hooked for hours.
Fallout 1 is the game that laid the foundation for the series that we all know and love today. Granted, it hasn’t aged very well, but it is the game that set the bar for the quality we see in the franchise.
Fallout 1’s straightforward mission design, and more obviously the graphics, might be kind of simplistic in today’s terms but the lore and its story alone are enough reasons to revisit it.
4. Fallout 2
Fallout 2 took what its predecessor did great and made it even better. Quality of life improvements, a bigger open-world, and plenty of exploration choices made it a major upgrade over the original, even if at times its narrative choices were silly. Fallout 2’s story wasn’t as good as its predecessor, however, the immersive open-world and interesting setting, like always, are more than enough to make it one of the most satisfying experiences in the franchise.
The most recent single-player Fallout game received widespread praise, and deservingly so. Considering the abundant amount of fun content it came jam-packed with, Fallout 4 was just as good as Bethesda’s previous title, Skyrim. Fallout 4’s main story may seem a bit lacking, but the expansive world, settlement-building system, and overall improved gameplay more than make up for its few shortcomings.
2. Fallout 3
The jump from Fallout 2 to Fallout 3 was a generational leap in the formula that made the series so popular. Fallout 3 featured an expansive and richer wasteland that nailed the atmosphere, a cast of characters that fit its theme to a T, and the ultimate balance of narrative and the choices offered within it.
Though Fallout 3 came out in 2008 and didn’t have over 200 endings like Todd said, it has still aged like fine wine and its RPG elements hold up exceptionally well compared to modern titles. It just shows you how good it really was back when it first came out.
Fallout: New Vegas is the perfect amalgamation of all of the best Fallout games. It’s simply an RPG that takes note of its predecessors’ qualities and expands on them tenfold.
Join dozens of Factions, make choices that impact NPCs, and see side characters with insane levels of depth to them, Fallout: New Vegas pretty much has it all for you to see. The entire game is built in a way that screams replayability, and with the expansions added into the pot, New Vegas cements itself as the most memorable Fallout tale of all time.
Do you agree with these rankings, or would you rather switch them up?