War. War never changes.
The end of the world occurred pretty much as we had predicted. Too many humans, not enough space or resources to go around. The details are trivial and pointless, the reasons, as always, purely human ones.
The earth was nearly wiped clean of life. A great cleansing, an atomic spark struck by human hands, quickly raged out of control. Spears of nuclear fire rained from the skies. Continents were swallowed in flames and fell beneath the boiling oceans. Humanity was almost extinguished, their spirits becoming part of the background radiation that blanketed the earth.
A quiet darkness fell across the planet, lasting many years. Few survived the devastation. Some had been fortunate enough to reach safety, taking shelter in great underground vaults. When the great darkness passed, these vaults opened, and their inhabitants emerged to begin their lives again.
One of the northern tribes claims they are descended from one such Vault. They hold that their founder and ancestor, one known as the "Vault Dweller," once saved the world from a great evil. It is all they know.
Abandoning the world, the small village of Arroyo has lived in peace and security for decades. The rise and fall of empires, wasteland becoming cities, it all passed the village by, the elder holding on to their secure isolation and tribal lifestyle in hopes of peace.
But escaping the terrors of the wasteland is never that easy. Arroyo's days of peace and prosperity are about to end. And war...
So, after reasonably well recieved LPs of Fallout Tactics
and X-Com Terror from the Deep
, I'm going to try for a hat trick.
Fallout 2, the sequel to the much beloved first Fallout, is famous for its depth of options, huge world, and, somewhat less fortunately, its lack of commitment to a central narrative.
Fallout 1 was about saving your small community and eventually the world. Most of the locations played into the themes.
Fallout 2, once you leave your crappy, crappy peasant village, is about wandering California and causing all kinds of messes. Joining the mob, starting and stopping any number of small wars, prizefighting, starring in porn, all that and more? On the table.
So, sit back, relax, standard fallout warnings apply. It's going to be a ride.