What has been the most culturally relevant Fallout game?

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Posted by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) 3 years, 10 months ago

Poll: What has been the most culturally relevant Fallout game? (43 votes)

Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role Playing Game 7%
Fallout 2 12%
Fallout 3 65%
Fallout: New Vegas 14%
Other.... (please specify) 2%

This may seem like a silly question, but just hear me out.

Which of the Fallout games has been the most recognized? This is NOT a question of "which one is yourfavorite?" ... this is a question of which one is the most easily recognizable by culture in general. Which one has the most essence to it that would allow it to be recognized even by those who haven't played the games?

For example, things like the title or box/in-game art design. Things that define the game that made it the most recognized and culturally relevant of the series, even if it is not necessarily the best one of the series.

In my opinion, it is New Vegas. Go ahead and bash me for saying that, whatever. From my observations, it seems as if the title (Fallout: New Vegas) is the most easily identified with the series, because of the combination of both the series name and the aforementioned city name. It just sticks. And when I was younger, before I had even played a Fallout game (but had seen box art for some), the box art for New Vegas was always what I identified with the most. Other things such as Benny (the man in the black and white checkered suite), and Mr. House, and the casinos and whatnot. To me, Fallout: New Vegas is just the most easily identified Fallout game by general culture. Additionally (IF I am not mistaken), it sold the most of all the Fallout games as well, which would indeed make it well recognized.

What about you, SW?

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#1 Posted by SYSTEM-REBOOT (658 posts) -

New Vegas is probably only good and relevant game currently. its kinda sad how fallout 3 got praised ignore its broken and buggy but new vegas got bash at being broken and buggy while bieng superior game.

new vegas is decent game atleast unlike fallout 3.

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#2 Posted by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) -

@system-reboot said:

New Vegas is probably only good and relevant game currently. its kinda sad how fallout 3 got praised ignore its broken and buggy but new vegas got bash at being broken and buggy while bieng superior game.

new vegas is decent game atleast unlike fallout 3.

Just for clarification....you do understand the question right? Like, i'm not necessarily asking what your favorite one is, but rather, which one has been the most relevant to culture...

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#3 Posted by foxhound_fox (97096 posts) -

It's clearly Fallout 3. Which is a goddamned shame.

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#4 Posted by Lucianu (10283 posts) -

Fallout 3, for sure.

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#5 Posted by yokofox33 (30774 posts) -

Fallout 3. It "could" be real in the near future. Plus it's full of American history with it being in the ruins of D.C.

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#6 Edited by Salt_The_Fries (12480 posts) -

Most relevant to culture? I'd say either 1 or 2 as there are cultural references ranging from Orwell's 1984 to Nine Inch Nails.

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#7 Posted by AdrianWerner (28440 posts) -

The first one definitely. It's the only FO with truly unique style, it's still the one most remembered for the plot and there's nothing even half as iconic in any of the later ones as it's intro.

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#8 Posted by RR360DD (13884 posts) -

Third one

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#9 Posted by deactivated-57ad0e5285d73 (21398 posts) -

None. General public doesn't know what the fck Fallout is. Mario and Zelda, Halo and Street Fighter--those are culturally relevant, but Fallout? Yeah, no.

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#10 Edited by speedfreak48t5p (12931 posts) -

Sadly, it's Fallout 3, even though New Vegas is way better.

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#11 Edited by Boddicker (4350 posts) -

Realistically Washington DC would be a highly radioactive crater with nothing standing even marking it as our capitol being such a high priority target. Atleast New Vegas gave viable reasons why it was still standing (House shot down all the missiles).

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#12 Posted by Krelian-co (13274 posts) -

@system-reboot said:

New Vegas is probably only good and relevant game currently. its kinda sad how fallout 3 got praised ignore its broken and buggy but new vegas got bash at being broken and buggy while bieng superior game.

new vegas is decent game atleast unlike fallout 3.

i disagree, fallout 3 was playable when it came out, i didn't have major problems with it while new vegas was a broken game when launched, even if they fixed it with patches later on, as for which one is better i think both are great but fallout 3 had this "new thing" feeling when it came out.

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#13 Posted by superclocked (5864 posts) -

The best game of the series, Fallout 3...

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#14 Posted by TrappedInABox91 (1483 posts) -

Fallout 3.

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#15 Edited by PannicAtack (21040 posts) -

@Krelian-co said:

@system-reboot said:

New Vegas is probably only good and relevant game currently. its kinda sad how fallout 3 got praised ignore its broken and buggy but new vegas got bash at being broken and buggy while bieng superior game.

new vegas is decent game atleast unlike fallout 3.

i disagree, fallout 3 was playable when it came out, i didn't have major problems with it while new vegas was a broken game when launched, even if they fixed it with patches later on, as for which one is better i think both are great but fallout 3 had this "new thing" feeling when it came out.

Speak for yourself. I had to look up fixes on Fallout 3 so that I could keep it from freezing during the tutorial.

Anyway, none of them are culturally relevant. The only one that had real widespread mainstream popularity was 3, back when it was flavor of the month.

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#16 Edited by nini200 (11484 posts) -

Fallout: The Window

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#17 Edited by uninspiredcup (26416 posts) -

Hitler was culturally relevant. Didn't make him good.

Fallout 3.

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#18 Posted by clone01 (27146 posts) -

@system-reboot said:

New Vegas is probably only good and relevant game currently. its kinda sad how fallout 3 got praised ignore its broken and buggy but new vegas got bash at being broken and buggy while bieng superior game.

new vegas is decent game atleast unlike fallout 3.

Eh, I liked Fallout 3 better than NV, warts and all.

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#19 Posted by parkurtommo (28295 posts) -

Fallout 3... Obviously. This is pretty silly, op.

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#20 Posted by harry_james_pot (11399 posts) -

Fallout 3.

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#21 Edited by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) -
@parkurtommo said:

Fallout 3... Obviously. This is pretty silly, op.

Why hello Mr. Internet. Care to explain?

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#22 Edited by Senor_Kami (8529 posts) -

Fallout 3. It sold the most so it's the most recognized. Fallout 1 and 2 are like Grim Fandango in that games press loves them but they were never hugely popular games even when they came out.

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#23 Posted by hiphops_savior (8447 posts) -

Fallout 3 brought the series to the mainstream, while Fallout 2 established much of the satirical atmosphere that the Fallout Universe is known for.

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#24 Edited by clr84651 (5634 posts) -

The 3rd one is the only one I played. I voted the 3rd.

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#25 Posted by silversix_ (26347 posts) -

New Vegas

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#26 Posted by Tokeism (2365 posts) -

I'd say Fallout 3 was more culturally relevant / recognized, even though I liked New Vegas more.

Reasons:

  • Reintroduced the Fallout Brand to PC
  • Introduced the Fallout Brand to Consoles
  • Redefined what a Fallout Game is (FPS/RPG hybrid)
  • Well Known Location
  • Without Fallout 3 there would be no New Vegas
  • Vaults / Vault Boy
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#27 Posted by j2zon2591 (3293 posts) -

FO3.

It was a very new experience to me. Loved the music.

NV just didn't have magic for me. Maybe because I got burnt out of FO3..

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#28 Edited by GreySeal9 (28247 posts) -

@Heirren said:

None. General public doesn't know what the fck Fallout is. Mario and Zelda, Halo and Street Fighter--those are culturally relevant, but Fallout? Yeah, no.

Only correct answer.

I love how some people aren't even answering the question but are instead just naming the game they liked the best.

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#29 Posted by wis3boi (32507 posts) -

@hiphops_savior said:

Fallout 3 brought the series to the mainstream, while Fallout 2 established much of the satirical atmosphere that the Fallout Universe is known for.