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Fallout 3 is a game with history. It has antecedents like Fallout 1 & 2 or Morrowind and Oblivion; it has a fully fleshed out game world; it has a full role-playing system. These are all valid, if entirely obvious, points to discuss for comparison. However, playing the game itself evokes a different kind of feeling. The slow uncovering of a game world filled with interesting nooks and crannies evokes the best aspects of the exploration-based Castlevania and Metroid games, while the role-playing system successfully melds Fallout with a first-person shooter.

Fallout 3 is built around exploration and character development more than previous games in the series, thanks primarily to its switch to a 3D engine. In previous Fallout games, each important part of the game was segmented off from the next. The player traveled to a town over a world map. This is gone in Fallout 3, replaced by a contiguous world where the player can walk from one side of the map to the other. In addition to that, it rewards the player who chooses to walk by showing interesting things to walk towards, in addition to having a compass with a marker showing where unexplored areas are. The scope is smaller - it's simply the D.C. area (now the "Capital Wasteland") instead of half of California - which is somewhat disappointing only because the game makes the player want more.

This makes Fallout 3 feel like it is unfolding naturally in front of the player – Where you are feels exactly where you're supposed to be. Certainly, some parts of the game are harder than others, but ideally, the player soon realizes this and wanders in a different direction. This is why it is such a shock when, upon finishing the main quest, the game simply ends. Sure, this happens in most every other RPG, but in Fallout 3, this sudden, arbitrary imposition of boundaries was a betrayal. Likewise, the official downloadable content released by Bethesda disappoints largely because it takes the player away from the Capital Wasteland instead of providing more to explore.

That Fallout 3 was even released, given the distance between it and its predecessors, was a pleasant surprise. That it's a great game, and a worthy continuation of the name is even better. That it takes the franchise in new directions, with new perspectives, while maintaining much of original games' charm makes it a modern classic.

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review by . November 07, 2008
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Fallout 3 is the third offering in the Fallout series, released on the PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 platforms. While taking place about 30 years after the events of Fallout 2, it is set in a new, albeit similiar universe. Bethesda Softworks is developing it using their Gamebryo engine, which powered Oblivion. Fallout 3 features a mixture of design philosophies from both the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series, resulting in much debate over whether or not it is a "true sequel" to Black Isle's previous productions.
Details recently revealed include that the game will retain a similar system of leveling of items and enemies in the world from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. When you enter an area, the enemies and items there are locked down to that level for the rest of the game. This is in order to ensure that when you return to the same location at a later time there will not be an unrealistic jump in enemy power. This is not in direct keeping with Fallout 3's predecessors, as there was many locations in Fallout 1 and 2 that, if visited too early, would pose a huge risk for the player to enter without having a matching level to the threat.

Bethesda first announced it acquired the rights to the Fallout series in 2004, though no information was released till 2007 when a teaser video and other media was released. Bethesda purchased the license from struggling Interplay for just over $1 million in cash, considered an up-front ...
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Publisher: Bethesda Softworks ZeniMax Media
Developer: Bethesda
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: October 28, 2008

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