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Immersive, Expansive, Inexplicably Entertaining

  • Mar 29, 2009
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As far as immersion in video games is concerned, Fallout 3 has to be ranked amongst the best of all-time. Why? Let's dig into this masterwork from Bethesda Studios, the same geniuses who created the endlessly enjoyable "Oblivion".

The basics:

-Fallout 3 is a combination Role-Player/First-Person shooter which can also be played in a 3rd-person perspective (which hinders the action more than helps it if you ask me, stick to 1st person). The role-playing elements lie in character building and assorted "quests" you can undertake. The game itself takes place in the Capital Wasteland, an area based on the real-life Washington D.C. area, including parts of Virginia.

-You play as the "Lone Wanderer", a nameless (until you name him/her, of course) inhabitant of a self-contained nuclear fallout shelter known as a "Vault". The story goes that China and the US entered into warfare hundreds of years prior and nuclear attacks were carried out across the US. You come into the story much later, as your mother and father give birth to you and shortly after, you find yourself a child in the Vault.

-Your character is totally customizable, from his or her facial features, hair style and color, to the skills, "perks" (assorted bonuses you earn by leveling up and from other in-game events), and other stats you'll want to utilize. A system known as "S.P.E.C.I.A.L." will be the starting point of your character's build, and it stands for Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck. Sounds familiar for a RPG, right?

-The Capital Wasteland is a sprawling area with many, many locations to discover, a multitude of different enemies and non-enemies to encounter, and weapons galore to defend yourself, from the simplest (pistols, baseball bats and lead pipes) to the most grand and exotic (laser rifles, flamethrowers, even something called a "Fat Man" that launches miniature nuclear warheads!).

All that being said, the way Fallout 3 works to immerse the gamer in it's stressful, inhospitable wasteland is something to behold. The only real complaints from me would be the lack of varied (and sometimes lack of believable) voice acting, and not enough in the way of major quests. Still, you'll find many side-quests and other reasons to explore every nook and cranny of the Fallout 3 world. Downloadable add-ons (for PC and Xbox 360 users) add more dynamic and fun to the game. The simplest things like finding a place to store your valuables, or a place to pawn some off for a better weapon, become journies in themselves.

I've personally logged well over 100 hours on this game and I still find it both enjoyable and refreshing. There's just something about it that never gets old; the variety of gameplay mechanics, gorgeous graphics (for a nuclear wasteland, of course), and sheer scope of things to do leave you dug into the game without the possibility of escape. And you'll be glad for that! If I had to rank it amongst all the games I've ever played, it would probably be #1. This is a must-own for role-players, even for those who love shooting games but would like some added dynamic. Hell, it's at least a must-rent for anyone owning a gaming PC, Xbox 360 or PS3.

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July 19, 2009
As a PS3 owner, I don't know why I haven't played this game yet.  I keep hearing about and hearing about it, but I never play it.  Your review has really compelled me to do so.  If you like games like these and own a PS3, you might also enjoy Resistance 2.  Good Stuff :) 
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review by . November 07, 2008
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Yeah, yeah... I know, another Fallout 3 review.  Except that it is NOT!  This write up is going to go over the add-on that seems to have inspired Obsidian for their rumored create-a-town addition for Fallout: New Vegas      Overview   This is pretty much as it sounds, it is an add-on that can be downloaded via any nexus of Fallout 3 goodness (a hint in there?  Who knows?) which adds in a new wrinkle to the Fallout 3 game.  Instead …
review by . April 09, 2010
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 …
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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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