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Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel (Windows)

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Description

After the great war, the wasteland is inhabited by a wide variety of mutated species... And one force of order and justice: the Brotherhood of Steel. As a new initiate to the Brotherhood, you will undertake different missions to take on Raiders and such as you attempt to protect the fragile respawning of civilization... and discover the new threat to the west...

Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel is essentially the combat portion of the original Fallout series, with a new campaign, graphical polish, a set of random encounters, and a world map. The emphasis is on squad tactics and tactical combat, though your characters will grow like in any RPG.

Screenshots

Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel  Windows Talking to npcs has been simplified
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel  Windows Bartering (note the Star Trek joke)
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel  Windows War. War never changes...
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel  Windows The infamous poker-playing Bhramins

Alternate Titles

  • "辐射战略版:钢铁兄弟会" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "異塵餘生戰略版:鋼鐵兄弟會" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Fallout Tactics: Die stählerne Bruderschaft" -- German title
  • "Fallout Tactics: BoS" -- Common informal abbreviation

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User Reviews

Playable on its own merits... Vaelor (377) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Great until the final missions. Terrence Bosky (5235) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
All combat and tactics, no strategy, some extremely bad interface design... at times tedious Kasey Chang (3654) unrated
It's buggy and it falls a little short, but it works for me. Zovni (9360) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
A good, but far from perfect, continuation of the Fallout universe. Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A decent tactical game in the Fallout world, but limited in role-playing potential and not to be confused with the original RPGs weregamer (157) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
A fairly good continuation of the Fallout Series. Michael Miller (2) unrated
Much Steel, little Brotherhood, even less Tactics. Jacques Guy (55) unrated
A fun combination of RPG and strategy that is marred by a general lack of polish Droog (463) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
Its good, but not fallout Chad Henshaw (32) unrated

The Press Says

Komputer Świat GRY Dec, 2003 6 out of 6 100
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Informer Magazine May, 2001 8.75 out of 10 88
PC Gameplay (Benelux) May, 2001 86 out of 100 86
games xtreme Apr 17, 2001 8.2 out of 10 82
Gamer's Pulse Apr 02, 2001 82 out of 100 82
Gamezilla May 03, 2001 81 out of 100 81
ActionTrip Mar 29, 2001 78 out of 100 78
PC Action Apr 18, 2001 72 out of 100 72
Game Revolution Apr, 2001 B- 67

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
never played fallout, start with fallout tactics? 7 Solid Flamingo (1333)
Dec 22, 2007

Trivia

Art

Fallout Tactics did NOT use any of the arts used in previous Fallout games. Interplay was unable to retrieve the archive of previous art on the backup tape. This caused quite a bit of problems for the developer as extra artists had to be hired to redo all the art from scratch.

Corrupt files

Following the tradition of "fatal bugs" that have plagued the Fallout series and which prompt you to get a patch right from the start, Fallout Tactics was initially released with some corrupt files in a batch of "bad" CDs that make it literally impossible to play. The only fix for this is to download a 85MB file from the Interplay's FT:BOS site and replace it following a series of precise instructions. That is in addition to the regular bug patches.

Development

MicroForte was contracted by 14 Degrees East to do Fallout Tactics. They caught Interplay's attention when they demoed a game featuring their isometric game engine. Interplay didn't like the game, but liked the engine well enough they suggested MicroForte to do Fallout Tactics instead.

Endings

There are four different endings, depending on your final choices. Destroy, send someone else, or submit? The last depends on how much karma you got.

Extras

Fallout Tactics had a special bonus mission CD that was available only by pre-ordering the game from Interplay or certain outlets (Amazon, etc).

German version

In the German version all blood and death animations were removed.

GOG release

In December 2013, Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics were given away for free on the download distribution platform GOG. This was the last month Interplay had the distribution rights for the games before they went to Bethesda. The games were pulled from GOG on January 01, 2014.

Photoshop

If you try playing Fallout Tactics with Photoshop running, you'll be told Fallout Tactics cannot run "due to Photoshop's evil presence."

References

The "stinky meat platter" you find in various places throughout the game is probably a nod to Mahlon Smith's "StinkyMeat Project". As of 2001 it was available at http://www.thespark.com/science/stinkymeat/

References

  • The game has many pop-culture references that mentions everything from Diablo (the game) and Everquest (the game) to the movies The Terminator, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, The Space Race, Pitch Black (the character Riddick makes an appearance) and plenty of things in between.
  • Morte from Planescape: Torment, does a little cameo in a special encounter. As you can see in the screenshots section.
Information also contributed by Kasey Chang, kbmb, Kyle Levesque and Zovni

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Kartanym (10777) added Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel (Windows) on Mar 29, 2001