Fallout has come along a way. It is absolutely shocking to see this series turn 20 years old today. I will admit, while I have not played the first Fallout game in months, I enjoyed the replay value of the game because of the choices you could make, and a story which never outstayed its welcome - it was short, but is still regarded as the best in the series from a writing perspective. I will have to make time to replay the game, sometime today. Back in 2012, I discovered Fallout through the third main title in the franchise - Fallout 3. Fallout 3 was the most popular Fallout game at the time (even when New Vegas was still the latest entry), so I brought the game to determine if it lived it up to the success and hype it was garnered with; I used the money one of my friends gave to me as a birthday gift (which looking back at it now, I wish I spent that money on NV). Initially, I enjoyed the game for what it was: an open-world FPS with RPG elements, since it was essentially what the player did most of the game. You roam around the wasteland, salvaging anything which may be useful, but you are also killing plenty of raiders, mutants, and anything else which wants to kill you; you also do quests and make decisions (though arbitrary). I thought it was a great game, but only because I never paid any particular attention to the world-building, the story, characters, or if the choices you made actually affected the outcome of how subsequent events would turn out (which is a very important aspect of any Role-Playing game). Towards the end of the summer, I was curious about the first two Fallout games. Many people seem to place those two over Fallout 3, in virtually almost every aspect. Sometime around September 2012, I pirated Fallout 2 so I could see how better it was. I tried to continue on, but the game kept placing me in random encounters I had no chance of surviving, so I gave up on it, and never played until towards the end of December, with Fallout 1 and Tactics as a bundle (a file pirated directly from GoG). After my first time playing Fallout 1, and my second time playing Fallout 2, I could finally see why these game were, and still are, held on a pedestal. I could never look back to Fallout 3, again, and the last time I played the game was on the 30th of June, 2013. A month or two after, I brought NV, and it quickly became the Fallout 3 that "never was" in my eyes. It is currently (and possibly forever) my favorite Fallout game, so far. If you want to add your own experience with the series, feel free to do so. Also, I would like to thank the Interplay employees, who migrated to Obsidian, for creating a masterpiece of a game.