Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel

aka: FOBOS, Fallout: BoS
Moby ID: 13084
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In a post-apocalyptic future, a society known as the Brotherhood of Steel is born, wielding powerful weapons and armor from the time before the war, they seek to bring some form of order to the wastelands of what used to be the United States. As a new member(s) to the Brotherhood, you'll soon find yourself separated from your comrades and forced to contend with a variety of missions and challenges alone. Radscorpions, Super-Mutants and Deathclaws are all in the Brotherhood's way, and bringing an end to their tyranny will certainly make the wasteland a safer place.

Brotherhood of Steel is an action game set in the Fallout universe. The Brotherhood members are well armed and carry full clips of ammo (which does run out). New weapons of various nature can be found and equipped to bring new tactics. Shooting down enemies earns experience points and these points are used to improve the attributes of various individual skills. Additionally, your character will have to contend with finding keys and other objects, protecting NPCs and jumping over bottomless pits.

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Average score: 66% (based on 31 ratings)

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Average score: 2.0 out of 5 (based on 36 ratings with 2 reviews)

Fallout has turned into Diablo.

The Good
Fallout games have always been on the top of my list. So when I heard that there was one coming out on PS2 I sprinted all the way to my nearest game store and picked it up straight away. I was happy to see that the old weapons such as the power fist, the ripper and so on were still being held in high regard by the creators. And all my old buddies were back for me to smash. There is no better feeling than smashing two raiders heads together and watching the third cower in the corner without the backup of his two comrades. Then there is the "swear factor",I mean come on, everyone loves game when you can tell someone who has just asked you for help to GET F%^#ED. OK i'm struggling here, thats about all I can say about how good the game is........but I have a few things to say about it on the bad side.........

The Bad
I said before that I have always been a fan of Fallout games. The reason that I was a fan is because I loved in fallout 2 especially traveling between towns, have hundreds of optional quests, joining an organized crime family etc. But on console they couldn't have that could they? No of course not, they just decided that they were going to do the same thing that they did to Baldurs Gate on console. Which is change it into Diablo.......run into town, get quest, leave town, go do quest, come back, ask for another etc. I mean why do they have to ruin one of best series of RPGs ever and make it a god damn hack'n'slash. Ok deep breath......now onto the actual quests that you are given. One of the first quests I did was clear a warehouse because it was infested by Rad-scorpions. So it all seems fine and dandy for the first few rooms of killing scorpions and rats, but after doing it for about four floors, all the rooms looking the same and KILLING THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN, I ended up only being able to play for about 10 minutes before I need a 24 hour break because it was so boring and repetitive.

The Bottom Line
If you were/are a big fan of Diablo then go and pick up this Fallout, but if you are looking for any of the mini-quests or freedom of Fallout or Fallout 2 then you will be very disappointed and this game will probably be up on the shelf in about 2 days.

PlayStation 2 · by Horny-Bullant (49) · 2004

The Rosemary Kennedy of the Fallout family.

The Good
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel is the Rosemary Kennedy of the Fallout family, with Interplay taking the mentally challenged Fallout Tactics and lobotomizing it. Sadly, this mistake, which should have been locked away, was released to an unsuspecting platform public, hoping to hide among the Dark Alliance-type games it tries, but fails, to emulate. But, I suppose I'm getting ahead of myself.

Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel appears to take place between Fallouts 1 and 2. Acting more like an alternate history than the other Fallout entries, Brotherhood of Steel seems to take place after a post-1950s nuclear war. The basic story is the same: humanity has left the massive underground vaults it sought shelter in, returning to a wasteland of an earth overrun by mutated life. The Brotherhood of Steel is attempting to make order from the chaos and this is where the player (or players) enters.

After selecting one or two-player game, the player picks one of the three starting characters (a few more are unlockable): a big guy named Cyrus, a faster woman named Nadia, and a ghoul (mutated human) named Cain who falls somewhere between them, in terms of ability. While Fallout has traditionally eschewed class-based role playing, picking one of the three main characters determines their ability set—mostly dealing with what kind of weapons they can use.

At its core, Brotherhood of Steel is an RPG, but it does away with the acclaimed SPECIAL attribute system. Instead of worrying about strength or endurance, players earn points when they level up (by completing quests and killing enemies) that they can spend on skills, like better bartering, better weapons usage, better healing, and the like.

In terms of gameplay, Brotherhood of Steel feels more like an older splatfest like Total Carnage, rather than a newer action RPG. The first of the game's three areas is the town of Carbon. While there are five people to "interact" with, all the missions involve entering an area, fighting your way through to some objective, fighting your way back through, and reporting to someone. For instance, after a brief bar fight, the town's mayor asks you to kill all the Radscorpions in the town's warehouse. While this sounds like one of those "Kill the Rats" tutorial levels, the mission is a long one taking place over five levels.

Since Brotherhood of Steel is all about the killing, you'd hope for a wide range of armor and weapons. All the usual Fallout suspects are here, from crudely assembled rifles to space age laser weapons. There are also plenty of melee weapons: metal gauntlets, spiked baseball bats, and the deadly Ripper. Armor follows the typical Fallout progression: leather through Power Armor, although more emphasis is placed on piecemeal armor: boots, helmets, gloves. Enemies also progress in typical Fallout fashion: Radscorpion through Supermutant.

The Bad
Accepting that Brotherhood of Steel would be complete crap as a Fallout game, I was actually surprised that it was complete crap as an action game as well. To begin with, the game should have been rated I for Immature. Every time Cyrus swung a melee weapon he yelled, "Bullshit!" Most characters use the word "fuck" like a fourth grader. Conversation options are asinine and pointless, since there isn't any branching gameplay. So it really doesn't matter what you say to Armpit. Ha Ha, Armpit, get it?

The controls are pretty bad, bordering on sluggish. Things you should be able to do on the fly (i.e. during combat), like switching weapons, don't seem to work. The game is also surprisingly picky about melee combat. If you are right up against someone, the melee weapon doesn't always register. Ranged weapons are slightly better, since there's an autoaim, but enemies often target you offscreen, which doesn't seem fair. This is also the first Fallout entry to feature godawful jumping puzzles.

All this wouldn't be so bad, if the core game was interesting. After killing a hundred or so radscorpions (and a few rats), you go to another area and kill a few hundred more—and this takes hours of gameplay. After that, you slog through tons of raiders. What this game is lacking (ha) is strategy and variation. It's not a Fallout game where you can use a variety of methods to achieve your objectives, or even Fallout Tactics where you could use… tactics. It's a big, dumb splatfest, without big, dumb weapons that make it fun (think Serious Sam). Forgive me for not playing this through to the end, but if the first third is garbage, I doubt the other two thirds are shining examples of gaming.

The Bottom Line
I love how self-destructive Interplay is. They take Fallout, a solid franchise, and release Fallout Tactics when the fans are clamoring for Fallout 3, mock fans by using Fallout as a codename for Lionheart, then move the franchise away from the PC, by making Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel a platform-only game. Was it shocking that this watered down, sophomoric title failed to sell?

I can't imagine any gamer, Fallout fan or not, enjoying this game.

PlayStation 2 · by Terrence Bosky (5375) · 2005

Trivia

Product Placement

Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel features a product placement for the real life Bawls Guarana energy drink. This may be jarring to fans of the Fallout series, who are used to having Nuka-Cola as the post-apocalyptic drink of choice.

Reception

Fan response to this game was so overwhelmingly negative that Interplay actually shut down the official Brotherhood of Steel message board. Furthermore, the game's section on the NMA forums (one of the biggest Fallout forum) is called: "Fallout: Piece of Shit (PS2, XBOX, My Lower Intestine)".

Various reasons for the negative reception can be found in this writeup.

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Game added May 2nd, 2004. Last modified September 25th, 2023.