I had never tried out Fallout 1 and 2 before this, but since they were so cheap on the Steam Sale I grabbed them to take a look.
My history with the Fallout franchise is that I played Fallout 3 to completion right when it released (2008 I think?) and that's all I've done with the franchise. I liked my time with Fallout 3, but it never felt as mindblowing to me as it did to others. That being said, I'm really excited to get my hands on Fallout 4 later this year.
Anyway, Fallout 1 and 2 are kind of interesting. They nail the tone of the Fallout universe perfectly, even though they're really old games at this point. The tone is just spot on.
But, the gameplay in these two games is essentially unplayable by modern standards. It's brutal to try to do anything in these games. They appear to be running on the same engine, and it doesn't hold up to my current standards. I tried each game for about half an hour before giving out.
I do feel like I got my money's worth. I didn't pay much, but it let me get a basic feel for where the series started and how far it has come.