The Gaming Hub
Where Gaming Comes Alive
Fallout 3 Box Art

Video Game for the PC, XBox 360, and PS3

< read all 10 reviews

Fallout 3: Real Time Strategy unofficial PC add-on is as good as it sounds

  • May 30, 2010
Rating:
+5

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 of it being another dungeon crawler, stylized nudity and pornographic actions or the ability to make new characters, this adds something completely different; strategy and town building.  While it seems like it might be a bad addition, it certainly does everything right.

Story Introduction and Premise
The basic story isn't all that complicated.  Once you leave Vault 101 and make your way any direction, you will run into settlers that seem to want to set up shop somewhere.  You, as a fresh vaulter, might or might not have an idea as to where to set them up at.  If you don't, they default to setting up right on top of Vault 101 (don't worry, the door is unobscured) but if you do, you can have them build pretty much anywhere.  While you move on with your game, you get updates from the town that is being created and even can go visit to set up the layout of your town in general, adding on new settlers via recruitment and even taking them to task against raiders that will try and invade your town, giving you quite the power over the peons from the Wasteland.

Value Added
The value added is immense if you like Real Time Strategy games, even if you don't it is still a great little add on to give you something else to do besides run away from whatever it is that wants to kill you.  It is also unintrusive, letting you carry on with your game without tipping the scales or ruining the pure game experience.  While you might garner some extra weapons, ammo and the like it won't be as overpowering as the ability to hire anyone or give them sexy bodies to look at while the people who are shooting at them keep missing.

While you might be tempted to play with this the first thing out of the vault and your first time through the game, I would highly recommend waiting until you have beaten the game at least once.  This way, you can still enjoy the original run through and STILL have a great excuse to come back to the Wastelands.

Overall
If you have any PC version of Fallout 3 (Standard or GotY), you should go get this almost immediately.  If you have the console version and are kicking around the idea of getting the PC version, this would be the one that would bring you into the fold.  While it is overly complicated to try and adjust to the PC, you can always get a 360 controller and map out the controls like you were playing a console anyway.  Hell, this and the Evergreen patch made me spend the money on a higher end laptop and a copy of FO3GotY just to play around with it.  


 

What did you think of this review?

Helpful
9
Thought-Provoking
9
Fun to Read
9
Well-Organized
9
Post a Comment
May 30, 2010
I saw this when I was modding my Fallout 3 and thought it sounded like a pretty good idea. I'll check it out when I replay it.

By the way, I don't think there's any reason not to post a straight-up link. Modding is legal and encouraged!
 
1
More Fallout 3 reviews
review by . November 01, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
Overview- For the most part, Fallout 3 is a plain and simple open world RPG. It has perks, classes, looting, character design, and basically everything else you'll find in a core RPG experience. What seperates Fallout 3 from the masses, has got to be its compelling formula for unfolding events. The game really does make you want to go to your destination, really really badly! So, we would all rush to the next objective we wanted to complete, and bam! Here comes the XP and caps baby. This game …
review by . November 07, 2008
posted in The Gaming Hub
Fans of the classic PC games may remember the first 2 Fallout games from the late '90s fondly. The unique settings and humor of the series is a breath of fresh air in the sea of "me-too" games with high fantasy backdrop. The games were set in the west coast of United States after a nuclear war reduced the country to rubbles, and the survivors had to fight off harsh irradiated environment, raiders and mutated creators (including human mutants), the player can create their in game alter ego with certain …
review by . April 09, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
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 …
Quick Tip by . February 28, 2011
posted in Gamepur
A code to Activate the purifier at the end is 216 ;)
Quick Tip by . August 12, 2010
Definitely one of the best first person shooter games ever envisioned with a compelling futuristic storyline, and A+ graphics.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Highly entertaining romp through post-apocalyptic DC. Some technical flaws but overall a very good game with an engaging story and over 80 hours of game play.
review by . March 29, 2009
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 …
review by . February 25, 2009
posted in The Gaming Hub
This game was wonderful, I would have considered this an easy 5 star game within the first 20 hours of gameplay, but as I continued on, I began to realize the game is lacking in many departments.     Gameplay: The game is, first and foremost, an RPG. It does this well, from the unique VATS system, to the SPECIAL stats distribution, the game, despite appearing as an First Person Shooter, has the feel of an RPG game. Attacking opponents have HP. You can disable their weapons, injure …
About the reviewer
Leif Vignirsson ()
Ranked #17
Visit my blogs! http://www.notae.net http://govania.notae.net TWEET ME! http://twitter.com/Vignirsson
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

You
LeiffyV
Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this video game

Wiki

Overview
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.

Development
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 ...
view wiki

Details

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks ZeniMax Media
Developer: Bethesda
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: October 28, 2008

First to Review
© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
The Gaming Hub is part of the Lunch.com Network - Get this on your site
()
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since
reviews
comments
ratings
questions
compliments
lists