Fallout vs. Fallen Earth

Today’s blog will be hosted by the ever-conversant Syp (of Bio Break infamy) while I take a little time off to enjoy my honeymoon.

Fallen Earth When Professor Beej, who holds a doctorate in both love and Firefly, asked me to do a guest article so he could go get freaky on his honeymoon (remember, guys: safe word! May I suggest “Serenity”?), I briefly thought about just cut ‘n pasting sixteen pages of bad poetry I wrote my freshman year of college. Complete in the Enya font that was all the rage back in ’94.

But I guess we’re supposed to talk about “games” or somesuch, so I’ll behave myself and instead do a bit of collegiate compare-and-contrast between two post-apocalyptic games – one being the second sequel and a multiple “Game of the Year” award winner, and the other one being a MMO that I just can’t shut up about, because it’s so dang fun. That’s right, it’s time for a little Fallout vs. Fallen Earth cage match!

Fallout 3 Depending who writes articles about Fallen Earth, you’ll either get people who say that “it’s just not fair to compare this title to the Fallout franchise, as they’re different beats” or folks who will go “Fallen Earth obviously owes a great debt to Fallout and borrows heavily from it.” You can’t really get more opposite without a bi-polar friend who’s recently gone off their meds. So which is it? Where do the two franchises converge and where do they differ? Let’s take a look.

Where The Two Converge:

  • Names – They both have “Fall” in their titles, obviously alluding to the majesty of the autumn season and the great bevy of colors that come with the changing of leaves and radiation levels.
  • Humor – For some, the end of the world is rooted in despair and fear, but both of these games use this setting as a platform for black humor, bizarre personalities, and outrageous advertising.
  • Desert Setting – Fallouts 1 and 2 largely took place in the irradiated deserts of the American West, and likewise, Fallen Earth plops us right down in the middle of the Grand Canyon. Cowboy up, pardner!
  • Scarcity of Resources – Even with gobs of pesky humans out of the way, resources are a bit scarce since Wal-Mart was nuked into oblivion. Both games have you scavenging for weapons, ammo, food and the last tube of hair gel on the planet.
  • Adult Themes – These games are rated “M” for mature. Because family values and non-exploding mutants are a relic of the past, I guess!
  • Mutants – Fallout has supermutants and Fallen Earth has Throwbacks and they both have giant mutated bugs, so now we know what we’re missing from our lives today.

Where The Two Diverge:

  • Crafting – I don’t recall crafting much in Fallout, as I was too high on using a mini-nuke rocket launcher to pay attention. Fallen Earth is much more pragmatic – you have to eek out a living in this harsh world, and that means building from scavenged materials whatever you’re going to use.
  • SP vs. MMO – Of course, a single-player game is going to handle a lot differently than a MMO, and in some ways, it’s just not fair to compare the combat (which is better, but far easier, in Fallout) or storyline between the two.
  • Taglines – Which is better: “War. War never changes.” or “Welcome to the apocalypse.”? Sure, Fallen Earth’s makes me feel all warm and accepted inside, but… c’mon. You can’t beat Ron Pearlman’s classic line.
  • Radiation – Fallout’s world ended in nuclear war, whereas Fallen Earth suffered mostly from a killer virus, as well as a limited nuclear exchange. However, FE features radiation less as a world element, which allows for more trees and life to flourish than Fallout’s barren wastes.

That’s just scratching the surface, but it’s enough to see that both schools of thought have enough to back up their claims. It’s like sports game franchises have a lot in common, but are their own unique beasts too. Just accept it without making a big deal, and enjoy them both!

By B.J. Keeton

B.J. KEETON is a writer, teacher, and runner. When he isn't trying to think of a way to trick Fox into putting Firefly back on the air, he is either writing science fiction, watching an obscene amount of genre television, or looking for new ways to integrate fitness into his geektastic lifestyle. He is also the author of BIRTHRIGHT and co-author of NIMBUS. Both books are available for Amazon Kindle.


  1. I’m still waiting on finding Fallout 3 for $20 or under to buy it. I want it, but given how sporadically I play console games, any higher than that seems like it would be a waste of money.

    And I want to try Fallen Earth, but I could never snag a trial. I refuse–after Champions–to buy a new MMO without testing it out first. No matter how awesome it sounds, my budget’s too tight to toss $50+ at a game I might play under a month.

  2. fallen earth: goes F2P on october 1 2011. get ready to kick it. you can probably keep your character if you download the free 14 day free trial now and then relog on the f2p date.

    fallout 3/NV: still the best FPSRPG i have ever played. even FO1 and FO2 can’t be stopped after the baldurs gate engine revamped gaming. get new vegas before 3. i have beat them both and find nv to be superior.

    after playing and loving both, i would say that i would play fallen earth more than fallout. where fallout ends… fallen earth STILL has devs just sitting around waiting to update…

    ****what about FALLOUT MMO****

    meh and yar. takes away from my nap time.

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