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Great game until the ending

  • Nov 12, 2008
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I loved the original two fallout games so I came into this game with high expectations. I hated Oblivion though so I was also prepared to be disappointed. Luckily, Fallout 3 mostly met my expectations after putting about 50 hours into it.

* The game oozes with atmosphere, there are little details everywhere that most games ignore including bathrooms and bedding for everyone. Even characters that never spoke a line of dialogue before getting killed seem to have a back story as I explore their homes.
* The VATS system is an excellent replacement for the targeting in the first two fallout games. Some of the kills I could pull off were epic. I'm very glad that the game did not become a FPS in the transition to first person 3D.
* The side quests were excellent and I really pondered about the best course of action in a lot of them.
* Short load times

* Terrible animations. When strafing and running forward at the same time, it's the same animation as just running forward. Didn't counterstrike come up with a solution about 10 years ago to make your legs move in the actual direction you're running? A lot of the attack animations are really stiff. Everyone looks like they have a stick up their ass. Oblivion had the same issue.
* Power armor fall off the nerf tree and hit every branch on the way down. It's practically unusable and a non-power armor is better in nearly every other way.
* The ending was an epic failure. It brought the game from being a 10/10 to an 8/10 in my eyes. It failed to follow up on one of the key ways Fallout 1 and 2 made you feel important after completing the game. I was going to replay the game as a bad guy after the first play through, but now I just don't care. You can't keep playing after the game finishes either. My suggestion is to just never finish the game. Seriously. You'll like the game better that way.

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January 17, 2010
Play the expansion pack, Broken Steel, thats the only way to continue further in the game.
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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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