Waste­land 2 stands firm un­der mod­ern scru­tiny, but it’s also a pow­er­ful nostal­gia trip. Ari­zona is rid­dled with ref­er­ences, in-jokes and lore per­tain­ing to the events of the orig­i­nal. From his­tory books to the hid­den grave­stones of fallen Rangers, Waste­land 2 is ev­ery inch a homage, and nowhere is this clearer than the 99-page player hand­book. Tech­ni­cal lim­i­ta­tions meant that the plot of the first Waste­land was mostly con­fined to its man­ual, with di­a­logue di­rect­ing the player to the ap­pro­pri­ate page. It’s hard to see such rev­er­ence for what was and not feel warm inside.

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