Fallout Anthology is a Bethesda Game Studios’ collection of previous releases in the Fallout series exclusively for PC, before the release of the long-awaited Fallout 4 later this year.
I’m not going to review the individual games in this post, but rather the product as a whole.
The games come packaged in a Mini-Nuke, which is a well known type of ammunition in the Fallout series. It’s a nice way of packaging a collection of games and actually mixes it up a bit unlike some of the recent games with re-release collections. Unlike the recent collections though, Fallout Anthology doesn’t include updated visuals or anything special to take into the games with you which is a bit disappointing but since it is PC only you can just add graphics mods if you care about the visuals.
3 of the games included in the Anthology, made by Interplay (Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics) are isometric and play very differently from their Bethesda counterparts (Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas) which are also included. Also, the gameplay on the older games is still surprisingly good except it’s turn-based. That, and the 90’s visuals may not be to everyone’s taste. Fallout 3 and New Vegas include their GOTY and Ultimate Edition versions which is nice so players get all of the extra content from the games.
Possibly the biggest downside to all of this is that most people have already picked up the games. Those that haven’t can also get the games individually cheaper. That, and the product is limited edition so copies will be rare and only worth getting if you want the Mini-Nuke to display.
The £40 price tag was worth it to me since I never got to play the original games, don’t own Fallout 3 or New Vegas on PC either and the limited edition nuke was very appealing since I am getting the Pip-Boy Edition of Fallout 4. This is something aimed more at fans that want Fallout merchandise to display, collectors of special editions and people looking to get into the series for the first time with something extra. If you want to try and get hold of a copy now though you should expect to see people selling it off for more since it has been a few weeks since it’s release and the majority of copies will be sold.