Depends on what Fallout game. If it's Fallout 3, go with that. However if it's New Vegas, that takes some more consideration, mostly because it was a disappointment in comparison to Fallout 3. Either way, I'd still say Fallout because I heard quite a buzz that the Skyrim novelty wore off, and Fallout 3 is still one of the most played games today, even if it's 4 years old.
Personally, I love both with all my heart. Though I do lean more towards Fallout because I've been in love with its universe since the first game, whereas I only came to The Elder Scrolls when Oblivion came out. It all boils down to personal preference really, fantasy vs science fiction. I feel that the whole Skyrim being a clone of Fallout 3 or vice versa argument is a little moot. It only seems that way because they run on a similar engine that Bethesda use. Personally I'm glad Beth adapted the Fallout universe into their trademark engine that made Oblivion so great.
It really depends on why you are playing it. and if you are a sci-fi or fantasy kind of persion. Of all of Beth's games the first one I played was fallout3 and because it was so different from anything else I had ever played I was amazed by it. Skyrim Was cool the story in it was much better then the story in fallout but it lacked that feeling of exploring that Fallout3 had. And I guess fallout 3 allows the player to relate to it more as it is more plausible then Skyrim. Then agane skyrim did have a bigger map then Fallout3 had and the provinces were cool as they divided up the land in to different aerias.
Both games have there good points that the other dosent have but I will have to go with fallout. Its just that I can relate to it more as it is set in our world.
Fallout. The combat it Skyrim is just slash slash block, really boring. Also everything is Skyrim has a weird filter that makes everything look kind of dark and bleak, which fits a game like Fallout 3, but not a Elder Scrolls game.
But Fallout is basically shooting, but in Skyrim you have different means of transportation and u have alot of different weapon types. you don't have to use just a sword and shield, there bows, magic, fists, shouts, crossbow, and a wide range of melee weapons. But I'm not flat out saying Skyrim is better because I LOVED fallout too.
Well the magic in Skyrim becomes useless at higher levels unless you use impact and spam double firebolts (it's pretty annoying when it takes like 30 casts to kill one enemy), or you fix it with mods (only PC)
Edit: Forgot to add that Fallout has unarmed, melee, guns, grenades, and energy weapons. Also I don't like skyrims grinding to level up skills system. I preferred the class system in Oblivion.
I have spent countless hours on multiple load games on both games. All of Bethesdia's games are instant classics. But I would choose the Elder Scrolls because of the more variety. Also, you didn't have to worry about Karma or morals in Skyrim.
Well lets take Destruction magic. In Skyrim there are 3 elemental paths, and 5 spells for each. That's really not that much compared to a game like Oblivion where you could make your own custom spells that did any amount of damage or splash. In skyrim I get stuck with the default fireball. Definitely a step backward for magic.
I guess that's my biggest problem with Skyrim, that once you get to a high level you really don't have much options for what to do. That and the fact that once you complete the main quests nothing changes in the whole world. That's why I liked New Vegas, cause the end is actually the end.
Skyrim has the best skill system, the use-a-skill-level-that-skill is better than allocating points, I also don't like the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. skill and the Karma stuff. The skill system combined with the unique skill perks is amazing. I love smithing/enchanting my own armor/weapons, and sneaking around in my Legendary Daedric double enchanted armor.
Fallout 3 has the coolest moments, best towns/cities, and I like the clear Good VS Evil with the Brotherhood VS The Enclave. I just wish there were more side things to do for the factions like the Brotherhood/Megaton/Rivet city, because it feels a bit more linear to me than these others.
New Vegas has the best faction interactions/missions, interesting companion storylines, and I love the weapon mods. NV has the best of both worlds of ES5 and F3, but fails to stand out because there is nowhere interesting to go and nothing exceptionally interesting to do there, and you can only fully join the Brotherhood(as far as I know). NV for me was wandering around the outskirts of the map with Boone, decked out in NCR combat armor and sneak-sniping. It also needs better properties, I use Novac exclusively from start to finish.
I kinda liked how in New Vegas you couldn't just waltz in and take control of everything. It always bugged me that in Oblivion and Skyrim (and Morrowind) you could become the leader of every single guild in about an hour or two.
And plus infinity to the skyrim meme. You can kill the emperor and no one bats an eyelash. In Oblivion the emperor dying causes hell to spill into the world.
New Vegas was... complicated. I was never crazy about the NCR, and I absolutely HATED the Legion, so choosing a side was never really much fun. Plus, I didn't see any real point to the main story. It was just about who controls New Vegas and that was pretty much it. There wasn't anything huge like Project Purity that controlled the fate of the entire Wasteland, it was more about greed than anything else.
Well that's what I liked about it, it wasn't about the fate of humanity, it was you deciding the fate of one independent region. But the game let you really choose what happened, it gave you real choices that had real effects. Fallout 3's story was just too linear for me. And the Fallout 3 Project Purity ended up not being "life changing" at all. All it did was purify that tiny little basin around the Lincoln Memorial.
It was meant to be hard to get behind each faction, that way the player could kill them all and take control for himself. Also, I think everyone is on the same page about nothing being super cool in NV, you cant beat giant anti-communist robot, behemoths, and random vertibird enclave drops.
I prefer fallout personally, the setting feels more unique then The elder scrolls and just generally intrests me more. Both are fantastic games but i just prefer the fallout universe over the elder scrolls but both of the lores are unreal how indepth they are.
There was immediate effects, we saw them in Broken Steel. It purifies the small basin of water, and the BoS tries shipping it out to places. But the BoS is pretty weak and they can't defend the shipments most of the time.
Yeah, that's the point. Liam made it seem like something that would change the fate of the world, turns out it's just a glorified water purifier. It's not like purifying water is hard or anything, I guess it was on a slightly bigger scale, but not something that changes the fate of the earth. All it does is make the life in that small region a little better.
That was my only problem with fallout 3 and also skyrim, i like when descisions affect the world, I feel new vegas did a better job of this, since you have compelte control who gets control over new vegas in the end.
You still found out what happened through the ending slideshow. It's better to end a game than to keep playing in a world where your decisions don't affect anything. Yeah in Skyrim you keep playing after the MQ, but when nothing changes because of it you get the sense that you never accomplished anything.
I have not played Skyrim yet, although I have beaten Oblivion... but from videos of Skyrim I can tell it's a great game. I'm going to have to go with fallout mainly because I fell in love with that universe and the countless hours I've spent on that series.