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Games to play while we wait for Fallout season 2

The best post-apocalyptic games to play while you wait for Season 2 of Amazon’s Fallout

Amazon’s Fallout show has concluded its first season, with all episodes dropping the same day. A second season has been confirmed but it’s going to be a while off. So, to keep you occupied in the meantime, we’ve rounded up the best post-apocalyptic games for fans of the Fallout TV show.

There are plenty of games that deal with the end of the world, and one or two that have you causing it. But which ones are actually worth your time, and which are so bad they’ll have you praying for an apocalypse? From nuclear war through to alien invasions, here are the best post-apocalyptic games to play if you loved Amazon’s Fallout show.

1. Fallout

Fallout, an isometric view of characters standing in a large hall.
Image: Bethesda / GOG
  • Available on PC

This is the game that started it all, over 25 years ago, so we’d be remiss leaving it off our best games like the Fallout show list. Fallout is a brilliant turn-based post-apocalyptic outing that shoves you out of your comfortable vault and sends you on a quest for a new water chip, to save the lives of your fellow vault-dwellers. There’s a neat nod to that in the Fallout TV show, though whether it’ll follow up on it isn’t clear. Fallout is a little unforgiving, happy to let you get seriously out of your depth in its open world, but you’ll still be absolutely hooked.

2. 60 Seconds Reatomized

60 Seconds Reatomized screenshot
Image: Robot Gentleman
  • Available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and mobile

60 Seconds Reatomized is one of the smaller, more intimate entries on this list, concerning itself with just a single family. More than a little tongue-in-cheek, it begins with a frantic dash to collect whatever you deem valuable enough to bring down to your shelter. After the bomb drops, the real struggle for survival begins, as you deal with starvation, boredom, raiders and more, all from within the ‘comfort’ of your tiny shelter. Tough decisions ahoy!

Read our 60 Seconds Reatomized review

3. Somerville

Somerville screenshot
Image: Jumpship
  • Available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC

Like the Fallout show’s Lucy, your quest in Somerville is all about family. It’s aliens, not mankind, that brings about the end of the world and, traversing this ruined land, you’ve got to reunite your nameless protagonist with his family. That’s assuming they’re not a pile of dust, of course. Somerville’s striking art style enhances this action adventure no end and, while there’s drama aplenty, it’s the quieter moments that really help dial up the tension.

Read our review of Somerville

4. Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout New Vegas, a character shooting at super mutants as they down a road.
Image: Bethesda
  • Available on PC and Xbox One/Xbox Series X/S (via backwards compatibility)

Since Season 1 teased New Vegas, this is one of the best games to play if you want a taste of the Fallout TV show season 2. Created by Obsidian Entertainment, it’s not just the rich open world and wild enemies that make this a joy to play. Unlike previous Fallout games, Fallout: New Vegas features some very murky moral choices. This is a game where there’s rarely a right answer and it takes great pleasure in, when the credits roll, informing you of the consequences of your choices.

5. Sheltered

Sheltered screenshot
Image: Team17
  • Available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC

Unlike Fallout, there’s nothing remotely luxurious about the refuge you craft in Sheltered. And, without the humour of 60 Seconds Reatomised, things can get very, very grim indeed. That includes accidental cannibalism, radiation poisoning and so many other horrors. Your family will die. A lot. And yet, the struggle to keep your survivors alive can become utterly compelling if you give it a chance.

Read our review of Sheltered

6. The Last of Us Part I

The Last of Us Part 1
  • Available on PS4, PS5 and PC

The Last of Us Part I is a post-apocalyptic road-trip with a heaping helping of mushroom murder, as you escort young Ellie across America. There’s no radiation but a mutant fungus has created, let’s be honest, zombies, which will eat your face as soon as they look at you. This remaster boasts gorgeous graphics (including amazing attention to detail) and a story that’ll have you on the edge of the seat.

Read our review of The Last of Us Part I

7. Wasteland 3

Wasteland 3 Faran_Brygo
Image: InXile
  • Available on PS4, Xbox One and PC

The original Wasteland was the game that inspired Fallout 2 and, 25 years later, it got a sequel in the form of turn-based RPG Wasteland 2. So why skip to Wasteland 3? Because unlike so many games, where the world is a dry, dusty ruin, Wasteland 3, apart from being a brilliant game in its own right, has you trudging through the snow in your quest to establish a new base for your troopers. Of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and soon you’re embroiled in all sorts of local drama.

Read our review of Wasteland 3

8. Fallout Shelter

Image: Bethesda
  • Available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile

Wonder what it takes to run one of Fallout’s vaults? The regular ones, not the evil ones? Fallout Shelter is your chance find out, as you expand your vault one room at a time and welcome in new residents. It’s free, yes, but it’s not over-encumbered by microtransactions and despite its cutesy art style, you can find yourself in some nailbiting, resident-threatening situations.

Read our take on Fallout Shelter

9. Frostpunk

Frostpunk, a group of freezing citizens.
  • Available on PS4, Xbox One and PC

Like Fallout Shelter, Frostpunk puts you in charge of protecting the survivors of a fallen world. But its cold, snowy world is much grimmer, and you have the added challenge of ensuring your charges keep warm. Fail, and they’ll die a cold, frosty death. That leads to some disturbing choices. Child labour is, generally, not a good thing, but if it’s keeping the rest of your settlement alive, would you give it your stamp of approval? You’ll fail and fail and fail, but it’s so gripping that you’ll keep coming back for more regardless.

Read our review of Frostpunk

10. Telltale’s The Walking Dead

Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 1, Lee Everett with Clementine, a small girl, looking round his leg.
Image: Telltale Games
  • Available on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC

There are choices aplenty in Telltale’s The Walking Dead though they’re not as impactful as this zombie adventure game makes out. Instead, it’s the characters, from the adorable Clementine to the sometimes antagonistic Kenny, that’ll keep you hooked. The first of these games (split into five episodes) is the best by far, but the other three main entries are still a treat. You’ll grow to love these characters, so much so that you’ll be heartbroken when.. actually, no, that’d be spoiling things..

Read our review of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series

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