First off this game is approximately 15 years old at this time what with being produced in 1997 by Interplay. A post-apocalyptic role playing game that is turn based similar to a table top RPG by Steve Jackson Games called GURPS.
The world as we know it was destroyed due to atomic fallout during the year 2077. Most technology is derived by this timeline hails from the conception of the 1950’s. You will also find that most of the science-fiction tech from movies and pulp comics and magazines are an influence as well.
Your character is a vault dweller. This means you have spent the better portion of your life underground in a fallout shelter that was contracted by the government. Your task is to replace a water chip to replenish your water recycling and main plumbing or everyone you know will die of thirst. So you will trek out into the unknown and encounter inhabitants of this wasteland that was once the world. You are the vault’s last hope. You and you alone will decide the fate of dozens of lives depending on you.
As you progress throughout the game your skills will increase as you level up. The lands have mutated into vast deserts and remains of once proud cities. You will see items, landmarks and vehicles that you will recall from your data tapes. Your PIP boy 2000 is a device that will map your locations, describe artifacts that you pick up or examine and keep track of each task or furthering plot to each new town you happen to.
The mass radiation has caused simple creatures of the past to grow in size and making it more deadly than before the Great War. Rats and scorpions as your history stated are now twice if not ten times the size of their predecessors.
Bartering and conversation will be a must in order to collect more data about the world around you. Townsfolk are leery of strangers but in general of good spirits to newcomers. It boils down to proving if you are the sort that can be trusted. Because the citizens of each town are comprised of farmers, cattle ranchers and laborers so you will seem out of place so they will be naturally confused and cautious. Main characters in each town will be voiced by many esteem actors and actresses. (CCH Pounder, Richard Dean Anderson, Clancy Brown and Keith David ) to name a few. As always the narrator is voiced by Ron Perlman Again, it is vital that you talk to as many people as are willing to talk to you. Random encounters will raise an eyebrow or two depending on each thing, man, woman or monster so keep your wits about you and your weapon of choice handy. To survive in this world means to take a life to keep yours.