"The writing isn't any good in either of the games. It's just a little better in Fallout 3. In Fallout 3 you don't walk around a post apocalyptic wasteland filled with only characters who spout remarks like "I love my boss.""
"And geez. SPOILER. The conversation I had with The Master was ridiculous. It basically went down to "I'm going to build a master race (because I am clearly supposed to be Hitler)." "But wait, your mutants are infertile." "What? My mutants are infertile? Oh geez, my master plan is ruined. I can't be doing the things that I have been doing anymore (almost an exact quote there)." And then the factory blows up."
I never found any of the stuff that people said in Fallout to be bad writing. It came off a bit weird to me thoe but I was mainly talking about the actual conversations and the way the story is told itself.
And really did the conversation really bother you that much? I never got that conversation with the master but I did talk him into blowing up the base by showing him the BOS data disk. I thought it was nice you could talk him into redeeming himself as it gave more options for play.
"No, I did that.
It was all just a "and then this town got abandoned" and "and then this town flourished" and so on and so forth. When I say lasting decisions, I don't mean a different sentence said when confronted with the short lived ending cutscene."
Again the game is 10 years old. I thought the decisions you made in the towns is what you ment. But even then I really don't see any flaw with not having long lasting decisions. Its not like in Fallout 3 or another game like Mass Effect the decisions you make matter all that much.
"The decisions all seemed to boil down to; be a saint, or be a fucking arsehole."
Is that bad? Theirs not much else they could have done with that. But even then its not like you have 1 or 2 decisions their are usually multiple ways for each quest or detail.
"You're just another person that has had their past distorted by nostalgia.
If you could just wake up, you'd find that Fallout 3 improves on absolutely every aspect of Fallout. The story isn't any more interesting in Fallout 3, but exploring the world actually feels like exploration."
I bought the game off GOG.com only about a year ago. I came into the game with an open mind and loved it. I personally don't see how Fallout 3 improves in much besides better graphics and combat(which wasen't a major thing in Fallout). The skills feel very limited and don't seem to matter all that much. And the game itself just lacks the depth of the first 2.
"found building a great character really didn't take as much thinking as it should have. I just got small guns, speech and energy weapons, and spent the game just cruising through it. After I got the plasma rifle, there was no chance of anything being able to kill me."
Ok? That does not mean you can't play with another character. You could go through the entire game just being a diplomatic person or a guns blazing maniac. Because the skills you choose is what sets the game up for you.