It’s not true that each Fallout game came out in the correct order in the world’s post-apocalyptic alternate reality.

The Fallout series has been one of the most popular in gaming ever since its first game came out in 1997. The games have a huge story that goes back hundreds of years and has many epic stories that can be played on their own or as part of the larger Fallout world.

In Fallout games, which take place in a different timeline after the end of the world, players can visit reimagined versions of famous American locations in a way that is unique to the series. It can be hard to keep track of the Fallout games in order because there are so many of them and the stories take place over such a long period of time. But fans of the series will find it well worth their time.

Fallout 76 – 2102

image showing a party in fallout 76 season 14 update.

Fallsout 76 is the first game in the series, even though it’s the newest game. The story of the game takes place in the year 2102 and is about a very important event in the Fallout universe. It takes place 25 years after the nuclear war that destroyed the world and during the time of rebuilding. It serves as a prequel to the main games.

The player handles one of the lucky (or maybe not so lucky) few people who made it out of the bombed-out Vault 76 shelter. Real people play these roles, and they live in the world of Fallout 76. These chosen few are trying to fix up the wasteland and get the world back on track.

People weren’t talking about the story, the world, or the online play when the game first came out. Instead, they were talking about how many bugs many players were having. Thankfully, Fallout 76 is in much better shape now. This will make Microsoft happy, since the Fallout series is one of its most popular titles since it bought Bethesda.

Fallout (1997) – 2161

Mariposa Military Base

The people who lived in Vault 76 came back to the surface only 25 years after the Great War. By the time of the first Fallout game, many of the people who lived in vaults were still underground. The player figure is one of them; they live in Vault 13. The vault’s manager sends the main character to the wastelands to change the water chip, which is a device that reuses water.

At this point in time, there hasn’t been much progress on the main world, even compared to the wastelands. But in the game, there is a town called Shady Sands. At the end of the first game, the main character is stuck on the surface and can’t go back to their home vault. By staying there, they help the wastelands grow.

It was the first game in the series and was a big hit with both fans and reviewers. It won GameSpot’s Role-Playing Game of the Year award the same year that Final Fantasy 7 came out. If you compare the game’s graphics to more recent games in the same series, Fallout is still a great experience, especially when it comes to the freedom of choice players have.

Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood Of Steel – 2197-2198


At this point in time, the world of Fallout is still very different from the settings of many well-known groups and societies. But there were still early signs of what the world would become in the late 2100s. This is because Fallout: Tactics looks at the Brotherhood of Steel, which is one of the most well-known groups in the series.

Fallout Tactics is an interesting entry because it starts the player as an initiate of the infamous Brotherhood of Steel. Most games let the player explore different clans and groups on their own and then decide if they want to join one. The Brotherhood has grown into a military and technological superpower by later games, so it’s interesting to see them when they are still building up their force.

Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel isn’t one of the series’ most important games, but it’s pretty central in terms of both time and release order, which makes it a nice change of pace for people who are playing the series in order. Turn-based fighting in the game has a surprising amount of strategic depth, which makes it a great choice for Fallout fans who want to play something other than XCOM.

Fallout: Brotherhood Of Steel – 2208

fallout brotherhood of steel playable characters

Brotherhood of Steel, which came out in 2004, is an action role-playing game that should not be confused with Fallout Tactics. People don’t think this is one of the best Fallout games, but it was the first game in the series for PlayStation and Xbox users, so it’s still an important part of the series’ history. Still, the game isn’t considered official, and none of the other games really talk about what happened in it. So, if you want to learn everything there is to know about Fallout, there is really no reason to play this game.

Brotherhood of Steel is much more action-packed than most Fallout games because it was influenced by platform dungeon-crawlers. This is both a good and a bad thing about the game. The action is good enough for an isometric hack-and-slash game, and it can be fun for no reason. However, the system is very basic, and it’s hard to keep things interesting during the campaign, which is pretty short. The story isn’t very interesting and doesn’t add much to the Fallout universe as a whole.

Also, Fallout Shelter isn’t canon and doesn’t really fit into the timeline of Fallout, though it’s thought to take place between Fallout 3 and 4.

Fallout 2 – 2241

A player exploring a radiated desert in Fallout 2

Fallout 2 is like a straight story continuation of Fallout, even though it takes place almost 100 years after the first game. The player controls a descendant of the main character from the first game, who is in charge of the simple town of Arroya on the surface, which was started by the person who lived in the vault in the first game.

This is a very important time in the Fallout timeline because it shows the start of big changes in the new America. As part of the New California Republic, the player helps the village of Arroya grow into a big city after getting the Garden of Eden Creation Kit. This makes the New California Republic one of the biggest and most important groups in the whole game.

Fallout 2 didn’t try to be anything new; instead, it kept the core gameplay very similar to the groundbreaking first game. There was some criticism at the time, but the second game improved many of the first game’s features and systems, making it the best way to play Fallout games in the old-school style. A new list from 2021 by PC Gamer included Fallout 2 as one of the best PC RPGs ever, and many people who have played it agree with that.

Fallout 3 – 2277

Fallout 3 Protagonist looks at wasteland

Fallout 3 is the first 3D game and probably the first game that a lot of fans played. It continues the story of what happened in the world in the previous games. It does, however, jump to the other side of the country from New California to what’s left of Washington, DC, giving the player a new, strangely beautiful place to explore. At this point in time, the United States after the war has a good sense of civilization, even if it is still a bit rough.

In terms of time, Fallout 3 takes place a long time after the age of vaults. But players will remember that the main character was born and grown as an adult in a vault in the beginning of the game. This is because Vault 101 was meant to be an experiment in which a group of survivors would live in a vault forever, not just until they could get back to the top and live off the land. The main vault of the game is pretty special because it keeps working even after everyone else has left.

Fallout 3 was a big hit when it came out, but it doesn’t always get the respect it deserves these days. There are some changes that have been made to Fallout 3 that make it better since then, but it’s important to remember that for many people, it was their first open-world game. This is why the moment the player left the vault was special for many, because they were suddenly free in a way they had never felt free in a game before.

Fallout: New Vegas – 2281

Fallout NPC

Going back to the West 40 years after Fallout 2’s first big towns were being built, the New California Republic is now a fully functional federal government that covers most of the US West Coast and into Nevada. They are still having trouble, though, because they are fighting a brutal war against Caesar’s Legion for power. In terms of time, the game takes place four years after Geometry Dash World.

Fallout: New Vegas is the only main game with a protagonist who is not a vault dweller but a messenger. This makes the game’s main character the only person from the new society that grew out of the wastelands. There may be more buildings in this area than in earlier games, but in typical Fallout form, there are still a lot of scary monsters living in the vast desert.

As we’ve already said, Fallout: New Vegas is a big reason why Fallout 3 doesn’t seem to get much praise these days. Fallout: New Vegas raised the bar for role-playing freedom, not just for the Fallout series but for the whole role-playing genre. The graphics didn’t get much better, though. Bethesda gave New Vegas’s creation to Obsidian Entertainment, and they did a great job, making one of the most varied and interesting games ever.

Fallout 4 – 2287

Man walking with Dogmeat
  • Release Date: November 10, 2015
  • Available Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Main Story Completion Time: 27 hours

The most recent game There are 10 years between Fallout 4 and Fallout 3 in terms of time, but only a few years between 3 and 4. A new area called “The Commonwealth” can now be explored. This is where the ruins of Boston and some of the rest of New England are.

Fallout 4’s beginning does let you play through a glimpse of America before the war, even though it takes place the farthest into the future in terms of time. The game starts in 2077, which is the oldest time that can be played. However, most of it takes place 210 years after the bombs went off, when the main character (known as the sole survivor) is frozen in cryogenics and finally comes to life in 2287.

Fallout 4 is an interesting game in the series. The game had one of the best open worlds, new base-building mechanics, and some great technical features, but it took away a lot of the player’s freedom to make the journey more linear. Some people didn’t think this was a bad thing, and the game got an amazing 88 Metascore. However, many people were disappointed that New Vegas’s great role-playing elements weren’t built upon.


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