ActionTrip decided to put together a list of their top ten "RPGs" of all time. I use the term RPG loosely though, because A.) WoW is #1 (an MMO), and B.) Diablo (not an RPG) is higher than Fallout. Therefore, this list loses all credibility, in my opinion. Regardless, here are the nice things they had to say about Fallout:
As another co-project of Black Isle Studios and Interplay, Fallout
marks a rather bold step in the world of RPGs. To this day, it is
honored throughout the gaming community as a truly unique role-playing
experience. With an engaging sci-fi backdrop and straightforward
character creation system, it didn't take too long for Fallout to claim
its rightful place in the industry. One of its main traits was using
the so-called SPECIAL character creation system - as most of you
probably know, the "SPECIAL" stands for Strength, Perception,
Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck, all of which
represent attributes that are essential to the whole experience.
Fallout 2 was released one year after the original, receiving rave
reviews - even though the game's mechanics remained the same.