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9 Post-Apocalyptic Games for Fallout Fans

For lovers of post-apocalyptic games, the Nov. 10 release of Fallout 4–the latest game in Bethesda’s beloved RPG action franchise set in a retro-future version of America after a devastating nuclear war–can’t come soon enough. 

To help you survive the wait, we’ve created a list of games to feed your need for barren wastelands, overgrown cities, and mutants. The Fallout franchise–along with Wasteland–remains the only truly great RPG game set in a post-apocalyptic world, so many games on this list aim to mimic the feel and setting of Fallout, rather than its genre or open-world gameplay. 

Wasteland 1 and 2

Wasteland 2

Fallout is the spiritual successor of Wasteland, the tactical, turn-based sci-fi RPG developed by Interplay Productions and published by EA back in 1988, with a sequel last year. Players must survive the rigors of the wasteland, collecting supplies, surviving harrowing encounters and recruiting party members in a punishing world.

Fans of Fallout will love:

  • Literally everything about it.

Borderlands 1

Borderlands

Borderlands is an action RPG first-person shooter developed by Gearbox Software. Players are The Vault Hunter, one of four characters with specific abilities and specials as they try to hunt down the location of the vault on the convict planet of Pandora. While one could argue that it is not a post-apocalyptic game, the planet’s abandonment leads to iconic post-apocalyptic imagery, such as abandoned highways, ghost towns, bands of raiders and intrepid survivors.

Fans of Fallout will love:

  • The barren wasteland setting.
  • The RPG aspects.
  • The quirky characters.
  • The bandits are basically mutants. We know you love mutants.

The Last of Us

The Last of Us

The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog. Players control Joel, a man tasked with protecting Ellie, a young girl with a big secret. The game is set after the zombie apocalypse, and solid gameplay and memorable voice actor performances ensure this game will stay on your mind long after you beat it. Tip: be sure to get the DLC “Left Behind” to learn more about Ellie!

Fans of Fallout will love:

  • The great story and dialogue.
  • The ‘survival’ feel created by the scarcity of supplies.
  • The terrifying enemies.

Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light

Metro: Last Light

Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light are survival horror first-person shooters published by THQ and Deep Silver. In both games the player controls Artyom as he explores the ruins of Russia after the nuclear apocalypse. With the release of Metro Redux, the upgraded bundle for next-gen consoles, there’s no better time to try this atmospheric shooter.

Fans of Fallout will love:

  • The ‘survival’ feel created by the scarcity of supplies.
  • The immersive storytelling.
  • Being forced to make interesting choices.
  • Mutants.

Skyshine’s Bedlam

Skyshine's Bedlam

Skyshine’s Bedlam could best be described as the strange love-child of The Oregon Trail, The Banner Saga and Fallout. In this turn-based, rogue-like, indie game, players control The Mechanic, who drives a fortress-like tank filled with survivors in an effort to reach a city that might only be a myth. Come for the mystery, stay for the punishing combat.

Fans of Fallout will love:

  • The barren wasteland setting.
  • The ‘survival’ feel created by the scarcity of supplies.
  • Being forced to make interesting choices.

Rage

Rage

Published by Bethesda, Rage is a first person shooter inspired by movies like Mad Max 2 and games like Fallout and Borderlands. The protagonist is an Ark Survivor, which is basically the same as a Vault Dweller. In fact, the plot reads like Fallout fan-fiction to be honest. But don’t play it for the plot, play it for the races and the glory.

Fans of Fallout will love:

  • The barren wasteland setting.
  • That it was published by Bethesda, the Fallout 4 publisher.
  • Mutants!

Resistance 3

Resistance 3

Resistance 3 is a sci-fi FPS developed by Insomniac Games. Resistance follows Joseph Capelli and his quest to stop the invading aliens and to restore civilization. With a more post-apocalyptic, survival-horror feel than the previous two games, Resistance 3 fully evolves the gameplay mechanics of the previous games, making this a very satisfactory finish for the series.

Fans of Fallout will love:

  • The terrifying enemies.
  • The focus on the realities and sacrifice of war.
  • Mutants.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a series of FPS survival horror games created by GSC Game World, a Ukrainian game developer. The games are all set in the area surrounding the Chernobyl accident in an alternate reality where a second disaster occurred soon after the first. The level design is superb and challenging, with players having to concern themselves with everything from hunger to invisible tentacle-mouthed monsters.

Fans of Fallout will love:

  • Being forced to make interesting choices.
  • The RPG aspects.
  • The use of acronyms.
  • Mutants.

Mad Max (2015)

Resistance 3

Mad Max is a third-person shooter, action-adventure game set in the sandy, radiation riddled world of the Mad Max franchise. You play the titular character and fight using a system that will feel familiar to Batman Arkham Knight players, while also using interesting unique mechanics such as lobing flaming gasoline cans at enemies. Despite its problems, Mad Max is a surprisingly well-made game for being a movie-tie in (unlike its predecessor, a game that works best when thrown into the garbage).

Fans of Fallout will love:

  • The barren wasteland setting
  • The RPG aspects.
  • The huge, open world feel.
  • The ‘survival’ feel created by the scarcity of supplies.
  • The quirky characters.
  • Mutants!

Well there you have it, our recommendations for games to play until Fallout 4 comes to Xbox One, PC and PS4 on November 10, 2015. Did we miss any? Do you hate our choices? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

Sarah Rodriguez
Sarah Rodriguez is the author of Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season One Declassified and the co-host of Woman Up! Podcast. Catch up with her on Twitter @SarahTheRebel, or on Twitch at twitch.tv/sarahtherebel
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Sarah Rodriguez
Sarah Rodriguez is the author of Marvel's Agent Carter: Season One Declassified and the co-host of Woman Up! Podcast. Catch up with her on Twitter @SarahTheRebel, or on Twitch at twitch.tv/sarahtherebel

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