Fallout is one of the most beloved and successful video game franchises of all time. Spawning four titles so far, as well as a string of spin-offs, it is the defining game of the survivalist genre. Fallout is set in an alternative reality in which the Cold War did result in a nuclear apocalypse, leaving the United States in ruins with only those who retreated into special underground vaults avoided death – or worse.
One of the key selling points of the series is the stunning locations the player can visit. Whether it be the ashes of Las Vegas, Washington D.C. in ruins or a decaying Boston, these immersive landscapes keep players coming back for more time and time again.
But which is the very best location of all? Well, that’s quite a tough task so let’s start with a top five, shall we?
Few locations in the Fallout series better capture the utter desolation of a nuclear holocaust than Junktown from the very first game. The perimeter of the settlement is made up of burned out cars, while the houses made of scrap metal only add to its helpless aesthetic. This location’s memorability is also enhanced by an intriguing side quest, involving a mystery assassin.
New Reno (Fallout 2)
Even during a nuclear apocalypse, people need to have leisure opportunities. Introducing Fallout 2’s gambling capital, New Reno. However, this is far from the seamless online roulette experience we enjoy today. The casinos are run by crooks and mobsters making the location perfect for quests. It’s also visually stunning, featuring all the neon lights and signage you would expect from a gambling capital.
Oasis (Fallout 3)
After travelling through the wasteland for the vast majority of the game, stumbling across Oasis can be pretty jarring. Far from being full of mutants and desolation, this Fallout 3 location is completely stunning. It features a river and luscious green trees. Like with everything in the series though, not everything is entirely what it seems in Oasis. Be careful when exploring…
The Vegas Strip (Fallout: New Vegas)
We have told you about New Reno but that is nothing compared to the Vegas Strip as featured in Fallout: New Vegas. After the great war, the Strip was settled by various tribes which has created quite a bit of tension. As you would expect from a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas, there’s also a lot of grit and grime lurking under the neon lights. Beware of the cannibals as well.
Prost Bar (Fallout 4)
Remember Cheers? You know. It was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1980s. Well, what if we told you it was possible to visit that famous bar in Fallout 4. Of course, you will not be able to talk to Sam Malone, Norm or any of the other beloved characters for that matter. They have all been turned to dust by the bombs you see. Still, it is a pretty cool touch that we got a real kick out of.