6. Killing The Rat God (Fallout 2)
People have been disappearing in Trapper Town. Folks think there’s something below deep in the caverns that’s killing and eating citizens. Sure enough you descend into the depths to find out it’s the work of a rat god named Keeng Ra’at, who looks more like a naked bear than a giant rat, that’s been sending his followers after Trapper Town.
Put down the big rat, save the town. About as conventional RPG as Fallout gets but still with a hint of wackiness that makes the series special.
7. Come Fly With Me (Fallout New Vegas)
This quest is a pain in the ass, mostly because it’s a list of chores that you have to accomplish in order to help a religious cult of ghouls use a couple of rocket ships to fly away to “a sacred place.”
However, if you want, at the very end you can randomly press buttons on the rockets’ controller panel and send the two rockets flying straight into one another and blowing up all the ghouls inside as a form of cruel, but also kind of delightful and super satisfying, revenge.
8. The Superhuman Gambit (Fallout 3)
Canterbury Commons has a very strange problem. The town has become the fighting grounds for two individuals with overactive imaginations: a super hero named The Mechanist and his nemesis the Antagonizer. This quest is among Fallout 3’s best just because of the sheer number of ways you can complete it.
March into each of their hideouts and kill them both? A valid strategy, but pretty basic and uninteresting. You can also persuade both of them to give up their life of heroism/crime or, my personal favorite, you can join forces with the Mechanist or the Antagonizer and raid the other’s lair alongside them. Or after you kill or persuade one of them to leave, you can put on their costume, go to the other’s hideout, and commence an epic showdown once they see you in their foes’ outfit.
Just a fantastic quest all around.
9. Being a Porn Star (Fallout 2)
The title kind of says it all. In New Reno, if you have the right stats, you can pass an audition for a dingy adult film studio and become a porn star, making your popularity in New Reno rise (as well as the cost of drugs for you in that settlement).
If you’re not cut out to be a porn star, you can be a fluffer instead. So, there’s that.
10. Tranquility Lane (Fallout 3)
Tranquility Lane might be the most well known quest in the whole series. Your father is trapped in a simulation by a cruel inventor, Stanislaus Braun, and it’s up to you to save him by entering the simulation yourself and either squaring off against Braun or using a failsafe to kill Braun’s victims for good.
The simulation apes the aesthetics of ‘50s’ TV sitcoms like Leave it to Beaver but that cheeriness is undercut by Braun’s maliciousness as he, taking on the avatar of a young girl named Betty, asks you to do awful things to Tranquility Lane’s residents for his sadistic entertainment, like breaking up a marriage and eventually murdering the entire neighborhood. After doing so he will release you and your father from the simulation.
Of course, you can also access a failsafe that kills all the residents for good so that Braun can’t torture them anymore in this digital purgatory. Either way you play it, this is easily one of the most impressive (and weirdest) parts of Fallout.
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