Prolonged and painful reflections led us to conclude that many excellent games were not included in the article. However, they are not similar to Fallout in plot and setting (and sometimes completely different) but have elements of similarity directly in the gameplay.
And since the main feature of the Fallout series has always been and remains glorious freedom of action based on a large and seamless open world, it would be fair to end this material by listing games with the similar world order.
I immediately provide you with a link to a valuable and interesting article that details all the best open-world games on PC.
ATOM RPG: POST-APOCALYPTIC INDIE GAME
Fallout takes place in the Western United States, and Atom RPG takes the player to the world of the Soviet Wastes. He will become one of the few who survived the nuclear war between the USSR and the Western bloc, resulting in the apocalypse.
Atom RPG is an isometric role-playing game in which, like in Fallout, gamers have to explore the world around them, filled with various dangers and mutants. The player will meet other survivors and go for resources in devastated forests, fields, and other locations.
A tactical role-playing game from Brian Fargo, one of the creators of the Fallout universe. Yes, and many gameplay elements seem familiar from the first part of this legendary game. It was the Wasteland series, like no other, that got as close as possible to Fallout in terms of atmosphere.
Of course, despite the isometric camera, the level of graphics, detailing, and environment elaboration are often better in Wasteland. The gameplay is so saturated that almost every task provides several solutions. Any action of the heroes will direct the development of the plot in a specific direction and affect the state of the local world and its inhabitants.
A very atmospheric RPG, more similar to Fallout 2 than others. The main distinguishing features of this project are:
An advanced role-playing system.
Many game features.
An intriguing non-linear story that tells about the survival of people underground.
The game is a kind of reincarnation of the classic isometric RPG. Therefore, it contains such features typical of the genre as turn-based battles, many dialogues, and enormous opportunities for playing the chosen role.
Unfortunately, UnderRail took such an unpleasant feature of the old school CRPGs as very fuzzy, low-quality graphics, although it appeared in 2015.
Another drawback for Russian-speaking gamers, which is often present in products from indie developers – the absence of the Russian language. However, it can be partially fixed if you download an amateur crack for UnderRail from the network.
FALL: LAST DAYS OF GAIA
Despite its considerable age, the game has a fully three-dimensional environment and an open world (although not seamless, divided into locations). It offers the player many weapons, ammunition, and other valuable adventure equipment.
The gameplay principle here is relatively standard for an RPG. During the journey, the hero constantly encounters various characters offering to complete a couple of tasks that are not very interesting and varied but adequately paid. In addition, often on his way, he will come across another category of NPCs with unique parameters and valuable skills, from which he will have to form his brigade to establish a new order.
In Fall, you can easily ride through the wastelands in a buggy or a hummer. There is also an opportunity to craft useful little things from various rubbish collected during wanderings worldwide. True, there are no recipes here, so you will have to act at random by trial and error.
Fall: Last Days of Gaia is not just a game similar to Fallout, but one of the first survivors in the post-apocalyptic world, so to speak, the great-great-grandfather of modern survivalists
An isometric co-op action game that takes players into the distant future. True, not the brightest – as planned by the developers, the world survived the post-apocalypse, and people were divided into three factions. Their ultimate goal is to take possession of the treasures of the Crater. This is the name of the epicenter of the apocalypse in the game world. It represents countless caves and tunnels filled with technological artifacts and values of the old civilization.
The user will have to explore the Crater alone or with friends, complete tasks, upgrade characters, craft weapons and equipment, and participate in intense battles against crowds of enemies and bosses. Although the game looks different from our primary guest, the atmosphere of post-apocalypse and adventure is preserved!
ENCASED: A SCI-FI POST-APOCALYPTIC RPG
Encased is inspired by the original Fallout and Roadside Picnic, as revealed by the developers on the game’s Steam page. This is a post-apocalyptic turn-based RPG in which players will explore a wasteland full of anomalies, level up a hero, complete faction missions, and influence the world’s fate.
Encased is very similar to the classic Fallout series despite a slightly different setting – sci-fi post-apocalyptic instead of retro-futuristic post-apocalypse. At the same time, it is original enough not to become a stale clone of the cult franchise.
THE OUTER WORLDS
The Outer Worlds is as far from Fallout as possible. Literally, the game takes hundreds of light-years from Earth, and it doesn’t smell like a post-apocalypse either: humanity lives and thrives in a colony somewhere on the edge of the galaxy.
However, this is a game from Obsidian Entertainment, and it strongly resembles Fallout: New Vegas – with the same frivolous style, black humor, and player-driven plot. If you are bored with the bleak wastelands of Fallout, perhaps the bright landscapes of The Outer Worlds will give you new emotions.
Biomutant combines a colorful post-apocalypse with a touch of fantasy, parkour, and kung fu. Imagine that there were no people left in the world of Fallout, and ghouls, deathclaws, and super mutants built a new society on the ruins of civilization.
Biomutant exploits something like this setting: here, in the role of a mutated animal, you have to explore the ruins of cities and abandoned tunnels, look for artifacts of bygone days, and fight opponents using melee and ranged weapons. Funny and cute game, to the eyeballs stuffed with various activities.
Mad Max is an adaptation of the fourth part of the cult movie saga Mad Max. It should be noted that the first film appeared long before the release of Fallout (1979 versus 1997), and Fury Road, being its direct sequel, only picked up the glorious traditions of the diesel saga, modernizing and honoring them. The game based on Fury Road, in turn, adopted all the ideas laid down in the 2015 film, successfully supplementing them with a large number of its developments in terms of gameplay.
Therefore, it is not entirely correct to perceive Mad Max as a Fallout-like game because this franchise, created by George Miller, which was the basis for it, became the inspiration for almost all subsequent post-apocalyptic games including Fallout. Well, it doesn’t matter.
Mad Max is a spectacular, at times intense, open-world game. Its main advantage is an unpredictable and dynamically developing plot, almost all of which missions have an accurate Hollywood production.
In general, if you like the spirit of dieselpunk, like Fallout, and like the atmosphere of the films from the Mad Max cycle, then be sure to play this miracle – you are guaranteed a lot of impressions and pleasant emotions.
A free-to-play post-apocalyptic MMO set in a cross between Mad Max and Fallout 4.
The gameplay is based on fights involving monster-like cars assembled from many different parts and equipped with deadly guns. True, this time, the battles take place in full 3D, and the graphics of Crossout are pretty modern.
The game’s main feature is that gamers get the opportunity to build their car literally from scratch. Therefore, each created mode of transport has its design, unique technical parameters, and tactical advantages.
In addition to an advanced workshop, the game pleases with a complex damage system and the possibility of free trade between players, which allows you to get rid of unnecessary parts and weapons usefully.
METRO 2033 SERIES
A series of post-apocalyptic games that needs no introduction for Russian-speaking gamers. Based on the famous novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky, the Metro 2033 series, together with the STALKER series, is one of the most popular and recognizable game franchises in the post-Soviet space.
The games have incorporated all the best that should be present in a quality AAA action game: superb graphics, a substantial well-designed world with which the hero can interact closely, a fascinating storyline with a large number of colorful and memorable characters, and exciting shooting mechanics and much more.
Metro is not a concept of a post-apocalyptic world copied from Fallout, but rather an author’s look at what life could be like after a nuclear war. But in the end, both universes got a lot of common ground and similar elements, which is a big plus for Fallout fans.
A post-apocalyptic first-person shooter was developed by the creators of iconic PFSs such as Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein. Unsurprisingly, gunfights and chases (there are vehicles in the game) among the desert, post-nuclear landscapes are the essence of Rage. And if you have already played enough in Fallout 4, you should pay attention to this project.
The game offers a selection of unusual weapons with various upgrades and ammunition types, a variety of opponents, including both raiders and radiation-spawned mutants, and breathtaking racing missions and special competitions. Transport, by the way, is also subject to modernization and cosmetic improvement.
Multiplayer survival shooter set in guess where? That’s right – in a harsh world, experiencing an apocalypse. Unlike Fallout, here, the end of the world was caused by a deadly plague, but the atmosphere is similar.
Miscreated takes a little bit from different parts of Fallout: it has a flexible base building system, like in the fourth part, and the game itself is an MMO, like Fallout 76. True, the survival mechanics here are much more profound – get ready to get your food, fight external dangers, scold players who crept up from behind, and make dangerous forays into ruined cities, the ruins of which hide mutants.
THIS WAR OF MINE
It is an unusual project with specific notes of similarity not with the main Fallout series but with its spin-off for Fallout Shelter’s mobile platforms.
This War of Mine is a 2D war survival simulator where the player controls a group of survivors who need regular food and medical supplies. In addition, they must be protected from all-seeing and ruthless snipers and marauding encroachments of other refugees.
There is no unbridled action in this game, and even crammed with events constantly evolving storyline. But there is an incredible atmosphere in its effect on the psyche, enveloping the consciousness with a dense veil, forcing you to take a fresh look at many values and life guidelines that seem to have long and firmly settled inside. And all because of This War of Mine, every minute puts players in front of a terrible moral choice, making it clear that sometimes the distinction between black and white, good and evil is erased, painting everything in gray when the only, almost bestial thirst for life comes first even at the cost of the lives of others.
One of the most atmospheric and emotionally complex games in the history of the gaming industry.
DESERT LAW (COYOTES. DESERT LAW)
A Fallout-type game that offers an unusual combination of three genres at once: RPG, RTS, and car simulator. Events are developing in the post-apocalypse, but unlike other similar projects, the main character spends almost the entire gameplay behind the wheel of a vehicle. The same applies to his comrades, of whom there can be six people in the detachment simultaneously.
Desert Law offers more than four dozen vehicles upgraded for combat, each of which can be subjected to additional improvements.
The plot of the game, the development of which is shown with the help of colorful comics, is divided into 29 exciting episodes, providing an opportunity to participate in exciting battles in the spirit of Carmageddon and Ex Machina (by the way, the latter is another variation on the Fallout on wheels theme).
In general, a good game, but it should be borne in mind that it was released a long time ago – in 2005.
In the world, Mr. Prepper, the nuclear apocalypse has not yet arrived. But it is inevitable, so the main character begins to build a bunker in which they can survive any adversity.
It’s a Fallout Shelter-style side-scrolling strategy where you build deep, not up: create a safe underground shelter, place farms, greenhouses, and living quarters, mine the items and materials you need to survive, and beware of people from the government who will be certainly interested in your activities.
ENDZONE – A WORLD APART
In Fallout 4, we took the first steps toward restoring society. Along with the usual gameplay of a role-playing action game, the mechanics of settlement management were available to us.
Endzone: A World Apart offers similar gameplay focusing solely on managing a post-apocalyptic city. This is a city-building simulator about the rebirth of civilization, where you will help people survive in conditions of radioactive contamination, acid rain, sandstorms, and other adversities. And along the way, you will send expeditions to the outside world, get pre-war artifacts and save the survivors.
THE LAST HAVEN
Another game in the genre of settlement management is in the setting of a nuclear apocalypse. Whether a handful of people will survive under challenging conditions depends only on you. Moreover, the developers did everything to make the outcome negative: there were few supplies, many dangers, marauders and gangs attacked without a break for lunch, and even their settlers could unleash a Civil War if they didn’t like something. However, the great difficulty only fuels interest in the game.
Outside the base in The Last Haven, the world thrives: opposing factions can be tracked on the global map, zombies and mutants live their own lives, and in sorties, you control each unit.