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For 200 years, Vault 101, a fallout shelter, has served the surviving residents of Washington DC and its environs, now known as the Capital Wasteland. Though the global atomic war of 2077 left the US all but destroyed, the residents of Vault 101 enjoy a life free from Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants. Yet one morning, you awake to find that your father has left the comfort and security afforded by Vault 101 for reasons unknown. Leaving the only home you've ever known, you emerge from the Vault into the harsh Wasteland sun to search for your father. Fallout 3 is a singleplayer action role-playing game (RPG) that combines the horrific insanity of the Cold War era theory of mutually assured destruction gone terribly wrong with the kitschy naivety of American 1950s nuclear propaganda.
Mind-Blowing Artificial Intelligence - Facial expressions, gestures, unique dialog, and lifelike behavior are brought together with stunning results Modern super-deluxe HD graphics
The third game in the Fallout series, Fallout 3 is a singleplayer action role-playing game (RPG) set in a post-apocalyptic Washington DC. Combining the horrific insanity of the Cold War era theory of mutually assured destruction gone terribly wrong, with the kitschy naivety of American 1950s nuclear propaganda, Fallout 3 will satisfy both players familiar with the popular first two games in its series as well as those coming to the franchise for the first time.
The Story: Vault 101 - Jewel of the Wastes
Welcome to the nation's capital.
The Brotherhood of Steel is a powerful ally.
Customize characters with your Pip-Boy.
For 200 years, Vault 101 , a fallout shelter, has faithfully served the surviving residents of Washington DC and its environs, now known as the Capital Wasteland. Though the global atomic war of 2077 left the US all but destroyed, the residents of Vault 101 enjoy a life free from the constant stress of the outside world. Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants are all no match for superior Vault-Tec engineering. Yet one fateful morning, you awake to find that your father has defied the Overseer and left the comfort and security afforded by Vault 101 for reasons unknown. Leaving the only home you've ever known, you emerge from the Vault into the harsh Wasteland sun to search for your father, and the truth.Key Features:
- Limitless Freedom! - Take in the sights and sounds of the vast Capital Wasteland! See the great monuments of the United States lying in post-apocalyptic ruin! You make the choices that define you and change the world. Just keep an eye on your Rad Meter!
- Experience S.P.E.C.I.A.L.! - Vault-Tec engineers bring you the latest in human ability simulation - the SPECIAL Character System! Utilizing new breakthroughs in points-based ability representation, SPECIAL affords unlimited customization of your character. Also included are dozens of unique skills and perks to choose from, each with a dazzling variety of effects!
- Fantastic New Views! - The wizards at Vault-Tec have done it again! No longer constrained to just one view, experience the world from 1st or 3rd person perspective. Customize your view with the touch of a button!
- The Power of Choice! - Feeling like a dastardly villain today, or a Good Samaritan? Pick a side or walk the line, as every situation can be dealt with in many different ways. Talk out your problems in a civilized fashion, or just flash your Plasma Rifle.
- Blast 'Em Away With V.A.T.S.! -Even the odds in combat with the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System for your Pip-Boy Model 3000! V.A.T.S. allows you to pause time in combat, target specific body parts on your target, queue up attacks, and let Vault-Tec take out your aggression for you. Rain death and destruction in an all-new cinematic presentation featuring gory dismemberments and spectacular explosions.
- Mind-Blowing Artificial Intelligence! - At Vault-Tec, we realize that the key to reviving civilization after a global nuclear war is people. Our best minds pooled their efforts to produce an advanced version of Radiant AI, America's First Choice in Human Interaction Simulation. Facial expressions, gestures, unique dialog, and lifelike behavior are brought together with stunning results by the latest in Vault-Tec technology.
- Eye-Popping Prettiness! - Witness the harsh realities of nuclear fallout rendered like never before in modern super-deluxe HD graphics. From the barren Wasteland, to the danger-filled offices and metro tunnels of DC, to the hideous rotten flesh of a mutant's face.
- Fight for survival against terrors of the outside world, radiation, and mutants after nuclear fallout
- Latest in human ability simulation affords unlimited customization of characters
- Expansive world in modern super-deluxe HD graphics
- Features ability to pause time in combat, target specific body parts, and queue up attacks
- 1st- or 3rd-person perspective
Ive been a huge fan of RPG's for quite sometime now. As I became older FPS games were getting really tired for me. Run and gun games seemed to easy and didn't require much...brain power. Alright, heres the deal. The game starts out AMAZING and then a huge downfall right after you leave Vault 101. Oblivion was the best RPG to ever come out, and im still playing that game today. Fallout 3 has so many flaws I turned it in 2 days after playing it (I also completed the main story within that period of time...8 hours of gameplay or something?) The main story isnt that long. The traveling system is just annoying. You have to walk 400 miles from one place to another while you get attacked constantly by a bunch of mutant monsters and what-not. This game looks like a MadMax type of genre, so why couldnt they add some cool vehicles with barb wire and metal shields like something out of DeathRace/MadMax? You have to walk alllll the way back and forth from place to place to get something done. The game is besically, go to point A and do this and then return to point B. This game is getting so many great reviews and ratings its unbelieveable. Im sorry, but I just couldnt get into the game. I tried my heart out and it just didnt work for me. Again, every review ever made is based on someones opinion. Im sure a lot of people love this game. But ill tell you one thing, if you dont have a lot of spare time on your hands, youre not going to get anywhere in this game. It takes forever to get something accomplished. And when you die when youre in the middle of walking 400 miles to point B, you start back at point A. Yay I get to walk all the way back again!
All in all, the game is tiring. The only part I loved was when I blew up M******. Cant say the name bc it would be a spoiler. But that was awesome ill give it that much. Other than that, yeah I turned the game. Im glad I still dont have it, I got like $30 for it....more info
- Boring, not worth it.
I didn't like this game at all, there's a lack of battle, fighting, and its more of a game that you have to run around saving everyone's a's and not have any fun while doing so. I have to admit, the V.A.P.S combat system was wonderful, added a new twist to shooter games, but just because of that I wouldn't buy it, this game needs to pull you in more. when they say "role-playing game" thats all your going to get, no combat. I think the most combat i've seen at once was when i had to run to river city or clear out the mega mart, even then i felt bored. This game sits on my shelf, ill never play again until i sell to my friend. I give this a low 3/5.....more info
- One of the best RPGs ever
This is one of the best RPGs I have ever played. If you do all the side quests it can be more than 100 hours of game play (another 10 hours if you plan on exploring the whole map which is huge) This is a must buy for any shooter or RPG fan....more info
- Fallout 3
Wow, thats all I can say about this game. It truly is unlike any other game I've played for a long time. Its an interesting RPG, in the sense that you can choose your destination. One of the few games that has me hooked to where I can't stop playing it. The graphics aren't too shabby, but just finding out what happens next is what keeps you going here. For anyone thats into RPG/shooting, I'd highly recommend this game. ...more info
- fallout 3
Fallout 3 is pretty much i think is about strategy. You cant pass the mutants unless you got this. In this game there are various weapons and even weapons that you can make! I suggest to people to buy this game. its the most fun i had without even having xbox live....more info
- even sandbox-haters will love it
I was ready to hate Fallout 3.
I'm not a fan of sandbox games. As an adult gamer with a toddler and a day job, I have a limited amount of time on my hands. I played Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for a few days before I threw it down in disgust, aggravated by the lack of plot direction, frustrated by all the constraints placed on me by polite society (don't even think about stealing a wooden plate!), and bored by the long walks it took for my character to get anywhere. Yes, Elder Scrolls is a hugely immersive game, but I don't have time to be that immersive.
Fallout 3 starts with you being born. It's at that point you determine your gender and, as a toddler, you learn about your SPECIAL (an acronym for your character's attributes) abilities. How many games let you walk around a playpen as a toddler while teaching you the fundamentals of the game at the same time?
You continue as a pre-teen, dealing with all the difficulties of life in the Vault, a fallout shelter to protect you from the nuclear war raging outside. As the outside world intrudes, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. Your scientist father disappears and it's up to you to leave the safety of the Vault and find dear old dad.
Nuclear war struck in the 1950s, locking the outside world in retro-future state. Ray guns, Robby-the-Robot style automatons, and cars with fins dominate the landscape. But it is a broken, shattered landscape littered with the detritus of humanity's failed hopes and dreams. And it is here where you will find everything from post-apocalyptic preachers, cannibalistic ghouls, super-mutants, and a whole pile of Mad Max-style survivalists.
There are still the annoying holdovers from Elder Scrolls - you can't just take things without consequences. And you do get tired from all that walking, of which there's a lot of walking to do. But for some reason, this is all less aggravating than Elder Scrolls.
Part of it has to do with the sheer depth of the game. Fallout's blend of post-apocalyptic with retro-future creates a unique setting that makes you want to explore the game. From your grainy PIPBoy 2000 to the Mohawks of the wasteland raiders, to the cheery 1950s-style manuals and billboards, Fallout 3 is an immersive experience.
Like BioShock, there are multiple means of overcoming a challenge. You can be stealthy. You can reprogram robots to do your work for you. You can be a charmer, smooth-talking your way out of difficult quests. Or you can just bash stuff over the head with a baseball bat.
Unlike all the promises made in Mass Effect, Fallout 3 actually delivers. The pausing system for combat actually makes sense (it's called VATS), and yet you can still shoot an enemy's head off from a distance without using VATS. The world is large enough to make getting lost at night a terrifying prospect, but not so imposing that you can't make it to a safe place to rest. And there are plenty of quests to keep you busy.
I'm still not a fan of sandbox games. But Fallout 3's so good, I'll make an exception....more info
- An Excellent Time-Sink
Fallout, much like it's brethren the Elder Scrolls games: Morrowind and Oblivion, is a fantastic way to waste a heck of a lot of time. The graphics are great, the sound is great, the gameplay is great. The VATS system is an excellent augmentation to the ranged combat system which is vastly more important than in the other two Bethesda offerings. The variety in dialogue options is a fair amount of fun, and there's quite a lot of miscellaneous stuff to do. BUT, it falls on it's face a bit in terms of story. The main plot line is shallow and short. There isn't really any character development outside of leveling up. Even your dog just isn't that endearing. And, to be perfectly honest, this game could be a lot bigger all the way around. This shouldn't surprise me since Oblivion was smaller than Morrowind, and this is just a continuation of the trend, but all the hype I'd heard made it out to be a massive game.
I still strongly recommend this game, I just think it could have been much more. I'm sure the upcoming DLC will help, but it would be nice for someone to try a little harder to marry the great stories of traditional RPGs with the technical prowess of the new generation....more info
- So good you forget to eat and sleep!
This is one of those games that is so fracking good, you don't want to go to sleep for fear of coming back to reality. This is the kind of game that breaks up marriages. I lost myself in the Fallout universe while playing this game. You will be calling into work complaining of "stomach cramps" or whatever bull hocky excuse you can come up with just to play this game. There is so much to do and explore in this game, it blew my mind. The graphics really draw you into this post apocalyptic universe. The main storyline is quite enjoyable, but the side-quests are what really steal the show. From taking on giant mutant ants, to cannibalistic families inviting you in for dinner, this game never ceases to surprise me. I really enjoy the old-fashioned sounding music they came up with too, it actually sounds like old-timey music. The slow-mo effect, while not anything new, is rock solid fun. I also enjoy all the mature content, if this had been released with a teen rating i would have killed someone in slow-mo. This game is a keeper, you won't find yourself at the local gamestop pawning this one off for 5 bucks store credit. In summary, just buy this game, dump your girlfriend or wife, buy some ho ho's and ding dongs and stock up on caprisun because Fallout 3 is coming for you!...more info
- Whoa... I'm irradiated...
Fallout 3 is absolutely, undeniably, the best first-person RPG I've played to date. I'll try and break down some reasons why in the following review. For starters, I'm a game freak: tabletop miniatures, pen-and-paper RPGs, computer games, and console games... I try to give every type of game a chance, but some just don't cut it...
GRAPHICS, SOUND, ETC: There's really nothing to say about it... It's breathtaking, scary at times, and full of "Wow" moments. The graphics on the 360 version are mouth-watering, eye-popping amazing. The sound is engrossing. I should mention that I run the game at 1080i via HDMI and hooked up to 5.1 surround. I've tried it at 720p with just my TV stereo sound and I was no less impressed.
STORY/THEME: post world war 3; actually, 200 years post world war 3. You can learn all about the history of this alternate timeline in the game; it is fascinating and creepy. The story is compelling enough to want to play and play (more than you should), but it is not lead-you-by-the-nose. Like all true Bethesda RPGs, Fallout lets you make the story. You can choose which missions to do, or you can choose to just wander around like a freaked out, radiation-infected lunatic.
GAMEPLAY: Bethesda improved the game management and interface of Fallout. I loved Morrowind and Oblivion (Bethesda's previous, fantasy-themed RPGs), but the interface was a bit clunky in those games. Fallout fixes all the problems, in my opinion, and makes dealing with inventory and stats a breeze. You'll spend more time sucked into the game world and story then managing your extensive list of weapons, items, etc...
VALUE: the game is pricey--as all newer games are--but I would pay $50 for this game because of two thing: (1) this game could be played many, many times through the original story alone; it is unlikely anyone will find every single hidden place, character, or side mission in one pass. (2) Bethesda has already released relatively inexpensive add-ons that greatly improve the game; a couple of the expansions are almost entirely new games in and of themselves!
CONTENT: This game is not--NOT--for kids. Take the Mature rating very seriously. There is plenty of foul language, drug use, and sexually suggestive material. The game is rated for and intended for adults. Please do not let kids play this game. I only turn this bad boy on when my kids are in bed for the night--period.
- Fallout 3 Enter the Wasteland
First of all the fallout series began with the developer Interplay. They developed the first 2 games in the series. The highly regarded Bethesda Studios took over the project of Fallout 3. The backround of the story is set in around 1960. America has advanced in nuclear technology and is attacked. This leaves nearly the entire Nation in a Nuclear Holocaust. You start the game in an underground vault which served as a Fallout shelter for the people. Outside in the wasteland are hideously mutated creatures. It is a dangerous world to be exploring in.
Bethesda Studios Created the Elder Scroll series including the Game of The Year winner Oblivion and Morrowind. Following the tradition of open world gameplay and the go wherever do whatever you want gameplay is Fallout 3. The game itself in terms of graphics is stunning. There are so many objects on the screen at once and houses and buildings are filled with assortments. Within all this polish are some issues as well. Coming across as floating rocks, Stiff character animations, and some slowdowns in the frame rate. Texture pop up can also be an issue. Non of these really take away from the overall experience.
The sound design is also top notch. Voice overs are very well done too. Every gun sounds different in the game from the blast of a shotgun to the discharge of an laser Rifle. There are alot radio stations you can listen to. Which plays music from the 50s and also a violin station. The score adds to the suspense and high flying action with haunting music hitting at all the right times.
One of the major selling points of the game is the V.A.T.S. or Vault Tech Assistant Targeting System. With a weapon equiped you simply target an enemy, select a body part, the watch the slow motion kill cam. This is where the game gets very graphic in terms of violence and blood. With heads exploding and organs falling out. Parents be warned THIS IS NOT A GAME FOR KIDS!!! The language is very harsh too. There is a huge selection of weapons and types. Anyone who played Oblivion should feel welcome here. You can finish the main quest in about 20-30 hours but exploring every thing will go well past 100 hours.
*****Be warned after completing the main quest the game ENDS you cant play anymore. So if you want to get the most out of the game try doing some side quests in between main objectives. They can be very rewarding*****
*****Also be sure to save often, while rare there are some game ending glitches. I would recommend having at least 5 saves per character and to save every to minutes to avoid this*****
Overall this game gets a 10/10 With the extra downloadable content coming in the future it adds more to the score....more info
- Have no worries on this game, its a keeper.
Now im a gamer who likes his share of guns and gore. This game pleases both of those charecteristics. Now, whenever im looking at buying a new game, i do my research very thouroghly to make sure im not going to buy is a decent and playable game. Well, after hours of reading written reviews and watching video reviews, i decided to pick this bad boy up. After over 100 hours of gameplay, i decided that this was a great purchase. There is one main quest in the story in which you try to rescue your father(not a spoiler)and dozens of side quests that unlock you special items and experiece. There are two different dlcs you can purchase for Fallout 3. I cannot speak for these for i havenot purchased them yet, but i hear they are a great addition to the game. Overall, i give fallout 3 a solid 5/5 and i eagerly await the arival of the sequel....more info
- Fallout 3 + Operation Anchorage + The Pitt
This is the type of game in which you could spend 30 hours and beat it, or you can spend 100+ hours and beat it. I chose the 100+ hours and I still want more. This is where the Downloadable Content (DLC) comes in. I think this game has been reviewed enough and given its rightful praises, so I will focus slightly more on the DLC portion.
There are two DLC packs currently available, with a third coming at the end of May. The first one released was Operation Anchorage. This expansion adds about 3-4 more hours of gameplay depending on how you play, but the rewards are awesome and the exerience is a blast. You get a few new weapons and armor after completing it that you can take back and use in the Wasteland (the main game map). If I were to start this game over, I would probably play about 20 hours of the normal game, building up some attributes, then play Operation Anchorage to get (...) items for use in the rest of main game. There is an electrified sword (awesome for killing robots), and there is the Chinese Stealth Suit (awesome for, well, stealth).
The Pitt is also really cool and expands your experience in the game even further. I can't say as much about this one yet because unfortunately I was right in the middle when one night I turned on my xbox to find out I got the Red Ring of Death...(worse than the Swine Flu IMO). But as I wait for my xbox to return from Hades, TX, I am anxious to continue the expansion.
This game, and its DLC, get my highest recommendations.
TIP: This game can sometimes be found on sale for about $40 new. If you get it at that price, it's basically like getting the extra two DLC's for free ($10 ea.)....more info
- Best Game So Far!
This is the best game I have played so far and I recommend it to anyone who likes to play RPGs or strategy games....more info
- Sixth Star Rating
I am a fallout gamer, 1 and 2 on the pc and 3 on the xbox. Believe the 5 star reviews. I have spent over 300 hours with this game since December (I'm retired so I can have different priorities) and enjoyed it. I am a shooter at heart and not a RPG type. I take time to visit every possible site and situation.
As I'm finishing up I thought about the work, effort and talent that had to go into this product and its by-products: software, programers, writing and scripting, artists, animators, actors, project engineers, testers, authors, game guides, walk throughs, hints, wikia gaming, chat rooms and, of course, the players.
What skills surrounds this game---wow!!! I have to give this game a sixth star ******.
For all those involved, keep it up.
- Prepare to lose weeks of your life
The only thing I can truly say about this game aside from how amazing the storyline is, how many interesting side-quests there are, and how the game almost never gets boring for a second, is do NOT play this game if you lead a hectic, busy life. I've had it for about two weeks now and have already logged in 40 something hours. A friend of mine, who is unemployed at the moment, has logged in over 200 hours in a month! So if you value having time to do things besides play video games, this game will only hinder that by sucking your life in. But maybe it's not such a bad thing to get a nice little break from reality......more info
- ONE OF THE BEST GAMES KNOWN TO MAN
MY FAVORITE GAME OF ALL TIME, ALONG TO CONKERS BAD FUR DAY FOR THE N64,
I WOULD RECCOMEND THIS TO ANYONE THAT LIKES GORY, 1ST PERSON SHOOTERS...more info
- A great game, but it fizzles out by the end
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 their extremities, or just go for a headshot, which can be performed in a slow motion cinematic sequence which often shows lots of guts and gore. Sometime it shows you shooting, sometimes it shows the bullet flying, sometimes it shows your opponent disintegrating. Some people have reported getting bored of this sequence, which you may choose to perform on most of your enemies, since shooting the old fashion way can lead to a lot of wasted ammo. I have never really gotten bored of it, and I take it in stride, just like the end credits at the end of a random encounter in the old Final Fantasy video games.
Graphics and Glitches: Graphics of this game are suburb. This game, I should warn, is incredibly gory, consisting of grotesque scenes of mutilation, blood, body parts, carcasses, torture, drugs, and prostitution. The language is bad to, as bad as it can get, so if that is something that would bother you, stay away from this game. Yes, I understand M ratings, but there is M ratings like Gears of War, where you got blood and can cut your alien enemies in half, and then you have this, human beings being savagely murdered, and their carcasses strung up on hooks. Anyway, the VATS kills are incredible, the graphics show at the far edges of the screen, you can literally see a tower from a 15 minutes walk away, as opposed to some games love of fogging out the area in front of you. Absolutely beautiful game, you know, in that dreary depressing post apocalyptic kind of way. The game does have many glitches; many of which force you to reload from a previous game cause you can't get out of it. Typically, the errors are getting stuck, you jump somewhere, and gt stuck, you fall somewhere, and get stuck, and my personal favorite, fawkes( your giant traveling companion) stands in front of the door entrance and won't move.
Music: The game really only delivers music via 2 radio stations (and a third unlockable one) One plays old patriotic music, the other play 50s and 40s music, nothing famous or popular. It is kind of lacking, Fallout makers really needed to step up and add a couple more music stations, or quests to increase the music selection, perhaps and in game CD player, and you find CDs around the world, or mp3 player if you wanted to be more update, with mp3s that you can download from computer terminals, you could even create your own playlists, but a man can dream, can't he?
Story: The story was pretty good, if not pretty short. This is where I felt the game fizzled, Just as the story line was starting to go somewhere, the story ended, in a rather crappy way. Don't get me wrong, the climax was amazing, epic, and hilarious, but the game just ends without too much warning, and gives you no ability to continue to play, which it makes kind of impossible with the way it ends. They really should have put more thought in to ending the game in a manner in which you can continue on to play, and see people praise you in the aftermath, and find out how their lives are after all the stuff you have done for them. The 200+ endings is true, but kind of an embilishment. The ending is pictures complete with narration, what you did effects what pictures you see and what narration you get. The ending is in 4-6 parts, with 2-3 possible outcomes (such as good vs bad vs neutral karma effects 1 part), thus you have 2^6 or 3^6 or whatever, which gets you your many many endings, but it won't seem like it to you, and most anybody should not waste their time to see anymore that the basic big 2, bad or good.
The Failure: So I teased you with the reasons to why it is a measly 3 stars. In truth, Fallout 3 is lacking. The greatest things it is lacking in is reason. Past level 10, every enemy falls down easily. I had massive amount of caps, the loose story lines of the side quests where barely enough to keep me playing. Any new area I visit just doesn't matter, you go their, find ammo (sorry got tons), find healing supplies (72 stimpacks and counting), find money( already got 15,000 caps I don't know what to do with) and gain experience (ok I like experience, but level 20 is not that far away). I would run to any city I could, sell what I could, which as I started to get laser rifles and plasma rifles, was never really worth it, unless I wanted to buy a bunch of junk I don't need. The game just lost it's edge. There are no super hard ultimate weapons to defeat (in fact, the hardest enemy in the game I have fought thus far is fawkes, and he is on my side), there really are no bosses at all in the game except the behemeths, which don't really get you much (although I hear anchorage dc has a bosslike enemy.) None of the armor acquired from side missions is particularly better than what you get from following the main story line, the "special" weapons are only slightly better than their normal counterparts, and don't really add anything to the game. By adding things to the game, for example, you could get a grenade launcher, which allows you to shoot frag grenades more accurately at a longer distance, upgrades that can improve your weapon; such as attaching a silencer to the weapon of your choice, artificially increasing a weapons power or efficiency, or given it more stats, such as poison enemies. They also needed to introduce elemental damage, in my opinion, so there is actual reason to pick one weapon over another. A quest to find a weapon that does not wear down would be cool, or, you know, just more. Also with perks, maybe you should have special harder to get perks that actually alter the dynamics of the game, so that upon getting them, you can have fun playing a little differently, like something that lets you jump higher, which would be required to get to certain other areas in the game.
Formations: Your followers in this game are also pretty crappy. While potentially powerful and useful, you can't give them orders in the heat of battle, which sucks. Also, they get in your way, and can potentially block your ability to move somewhere. They continually repeat the same pieces of dialogue over and over again, which is kind of annoying, and their presence creates several continuity errors in the story, such as you being known as the lone wanderer and for those of you who know the ending, I mean, seriously, how stupid is that?
Finishing Up: So in general, I did love the game. But once you become powerful enough that the challenge is gone, which occurs around level 10-12 if you do a couple side missions ad end up with a special weapon or 2, there is little to really keep you interested, unless you just LOVE exploring, the game just doesn't offer the incentive to continue playing. I also must mention the lack of minigames. You have the computer hacking game, and the lockpick thing which is 10 times easier than oblivion and thank you for that. I mean, they should allow you to play pool, maybe get an old arcade galliga shooter or pacman up and running, or other mini games that potentially reward you with stuff and maybe gamerscore points. The stuff does get kind of repetitive, go to new place, pick up every gun, ammo, skill book, and other useful items you find, kill every bady, hack every terminal, pick every lock, sell your items, unload your inventory, rinse and repeat. The game was great, however the more I played, the more I realized I just needed more.
- A must play
Just finished the game last night.. Great game from start to finish. Missions are fun, weapons are awesome, and the detail is top notch....more info
- The best RPG ever?
Fallout 3 was a fun game I will admit that but.. there are a few things i didnt like. First off money and ammo are very scarce i found this game unenjoyable after 10 hours of gameplay. When you do find money the first place it goes is into repairing your armor and weapons which most of the time you wont have enough money to so then next time you get money .. its all gone again. This game got really repetitive for me. This game is deffinently not worth $60 I would buy it for $25 because thats all its worth. Me and my brother both didnt enjoy this game after out first 10 hours and he sold it about 2 weeks after buying....more info
- Raises The Bar for RPG's
This game is very well created for being based in a barren, post apocalyptic wasteland. The characters no longer sound or look the same. All of the locations you travel to are different and original. This game is great to play when you get over the fact this isn't Oblivion. Everything you do has consequences that affect your character directly. Your enemies' level is no longer tied to your level which you can become stronger than your enemies. Then add the three DLC's that are coming out and you have an endless game. You should defiantly buy this as soon as possible because it's just that good of a game....more info
- Better than Mass Effect.
Before playing Fallout 3, I have never really been interested in the series. However, this game has caused me to become addicted to the central plot and story of the series, and I never even played the first two Fallout games!
You begin the game as you are born, literally, inside Vault 101, and it is here where you will chose your character's race, sex, name, ect. Following this, you are fastforwarded through your life to age nineteen, stopping at various points before-hand, such as age ten and sixteen, where you are introducted to life in the Vault, and learn how to manipulate the game's controls. Not long after this, your character's father suddenly decides to adandon the Vault, and of course you have to chase after him. Althoug the game starts off looking much like any other RPG and sets you off on this seemingly simple quest, once you step outside the confines of Vault 101, you slowly began to gain an appreciation of the vast immensity and depth of the game world, which is quite honestly so huge and engrossing that I only discovered barely half of everything I could have on the first playthrough, and I spent a fair amount of time running around investigating various towns and locals.
Rather you have played Fallout games in the past and are a die-hard fan or, like me, have never played anything Fallout until now, Fallout 3 will engross you to the point where you will most likely lose sleep, staying up to all hours of the night trying to discover every square inch of the game world. Everything is up to you in this game, and nothing proceeds without your consent. You can chose to proceed through the main story, completing the game rather quickly depending on how skilled you are or haw long you spend playing, or you can put the main story on hold and explore endlessly, investigating each new location you find to the fullest extent. Either way, I suggest exploring at least a little, as you are more likely to find new, and more powerful, equipment if you do so. Exploring the game world, discovering new locations, and/or just eradicating an area of enemies will also earn you experience points, which will eventually allow you to increase the effetiveness of your character's abilities, as well as add new "perks"; for expamle, the Animal Friend perk allows you to pass by animals without fear of attack, until you reach rank two, where animals will actually assist you during combat. Due to this system, you almost have to explore and hunt down those experience points, if you want your character to be powerful, intelligent, and very capable. However, even if you do not invest a large portion of the game to developing your character, you can still complete the game, although you will likely die and have to reload at a previous save point a lot, especially once you start facing off against some of the game's more intelligent and powerful enemies.
The standard projectile weapons in Fallout 3 are relatively familiar, but the guns of the game really shine when it comes to energy weapons, and you might even occasionally be able to disintegrate an enemy into a pile of ash when using a laser or plasma weapon, which is very satisfying to watch. Perhaps the most fun weapon to use, however, is the Fat Man, a man-portable catapult launcher which throws miniture nukes at your opponents, and the resulting blast is both immensely cool to watch and almost impossible to survive. You can either shoot by pulling the right trigger of your controller, which will yield an appreciable level of acccuracy, or you can use the Vault Tech Assisted Targeting System, or V.A.Ts, which allow you to pause the game and leisurely select which one of your enemy's body parts you desire to be destroyed. Though your accuracy will improve somewhat by utilizing V.A.Ts, you cannot count on a perfect shoot everytime your character squeezes the trigger. However, after investing some points into developing your combat and weapons skills, you will receive a noticable upgrade to your accuracy when using V.A.Ts. Even when you don't score a hit, using V.A.Ts is still pretty fun, and when you score a directly fatal blow on your enemies, it can be very enjoyable to watch the results, as heads quite literally roll.
For the most part, you will be alone as you explore the game world and embark upon the main quests. However, you will occasionally gain the opportunity to accquire a friend or two, and will even be assisted by a elite unit from the Brotherhood of Steel during one of the main quests, which can be quite enjoyable to watch, as these guys literally mow through everything in their path with sheer military precision, allowing you to simply follow them and anjoy the show, pretty much. There are also several "companions" which you can ask to join you on your travels. However, rather they chose to accept your invitation or not is directly related to how your Karma is balanced. Fallout 3 uses an ingenious Karma system, in which you are either neutral, a helpful saint, or a ruthless evil-doer, and certain companions might chose to either follow you because they like your helpful, do-good attitude, or not follow you because they would like you as a merciless devil more. You can complete the game all by your self if you so chose, but having a companion or two along can certainly spice up the gameplay and allow you to survive some situations where you would otherwise fall.
Aside from the extremely enjoyable gameplay, the immense world you have to explore at you fingertips, and the fact that everything is your choice, the game's story is the main reason to buy this title. Ron Perlman does an incredibly job as the game's commentator, telling the story of the game through engrossing cutscenes at the beginning and end of the game's story, and his expert voice-acting adds a certain bit of awesomeness to the game which would otherwise make Fallout 3 feel as though it where slightly empty, or only half-full. So, rather you enjoy the role-playing genre, are completely addicted to Fallout, or are just looking for a very fun game, I would defintely recommend Fallout 3 as a addition to anyone's collection, and it is a must-have game, if there is such a thing. ...more info
- Hoping Fallout 4 is more multiplayer friendly.
great game just could have been better if it was more of a multi-player setting - run with the idea though definitely great game....more info
- Great fun, but frustrating bugs
This is a fantastic game, with a lot of depth. However I wish they would have worked out all the freezing bugs before releasing it. They can be quite frustrating at times....more info
- best game ever
best game on earth hands down i doin't care what any buddy say's
every bad coment on this game you are a idiot if you say this game sucks
you doin't know anything about games the main story is great the side
quest are great this is the must have game it is awsome there should be
more games like this this game is it i have a wii ps3 xbox flatscreen tvs
you must buy this game...more info
- Great Game, but Could be Better
Okay, so Fallout 3 is all about surviving in a post apocalyptic world while looking for your father and completing quests both pertaining to the storyline and not. This is a great game if you like any kind of shooter. The best part in my opinion is that you can switch from 1st to 3rd person by pushing a button. However, after you reach the Citadel, make sure you save as frequently as possible because the game may freeze after certain parts. Also, make sure you save a lot if you are venturing into the Wasteland because if you die you will respawn at your last autosave point, which as almost always after you enter or exit a settlement. This can be problematic because I went looking for the next area, but got killed. This wasted about an hour of gameplay and I had to start at the getgo. All in all a fun game though....more info
- Favorite game of the last five years
I purchased this game after resisting the temptation for a very long time. I was a Final Fantasy XI addict for awhile and felt that this was not the type of game I should be purchasing! At the time I figured it was one that would take 100+ hours to beat.
I play the game and finally get out of the vault. Once I get into Megaton I'm a bit confused as to what I should do first. I wander around outside for awhile and eventually run out of ammo and have problems finding money to even buy things. It seems that at the start of the game I was always low on ammo and money. Later on I finally realized that's kind of the point! You just get out of a vault and are trying to survive out there in the wasteland.
I gain a few levels and get my ammo stocked and finally decide to head to DC to meet "Three Dog". Of course I have no clue about the map markers (I guess I don't read manuals!) and wander around trying to find where I'm supposed to go and get completely lost and almost murdered. Of course by this time I'm almost out of ammo and need to find out how to stock back up and start over. At this point I'm thinking I'm terrible at the game and was not having any fun at all. It took a lot for me to keep going.
So another day comes and I finally decide to use the map directions more precisely. Once I get the quest to repair a Satellite, things become fun. Once I got to Rivet City I started to finally love the game.
Maybe I'm dumb, but for me this had a somewhat high learning curve at first. Once you get a few days into it, it gets easier. It takes awhile to figure out how things work in the game. I would say it took me about 10 levels to really have fun with the game. Once I got to Rivet City I didn't stop playing the game every day until it was finished.
Sadly, the main quest is very short. If you don't explore the world you can finish the main quest in 35-40 hours. When the ending comes, it's not really over. There is so much to do and explore.
After beating the game I did about 75% of the quests in the game and at that point I was already up to 67 hours! Unlike some games, the quests are actually pretty interesting. My favorites were "Blood Ties" and "Reilly's Rangers".
Some say the graphics are terrible, but I'm very impressed with them. It really depends on the location. I played the entire game without any radio stations and that was perfectly fine with me. What sound there is, is just about perfect.
The one thing I like about this game the most is that there's just so much to do. You can go out exploring and find things to do. You can even start the game over again and focus on a different skill set. I maxed out Lock picking, Repair, Small Guns and Energy Weapons. Next time it might be Science.
Later on in the game it's much easier to find weapons, money and ammo. It starts out hard and gets easier as you advance in the game.
There are a few minor negatives about the game:
1: Followers often get hung up on things, but this is rare. It's only happened 4-5 times.
2: Sometimes when a NPC is near it won't let you target an enemy.
3. Some extremely over-powered followers. Getting Fawkes turns "Normal" mode into like "Very Easy".
4. Maps directions not always accurate and/or confusing. Easy to get lost in the game, but that's ok.
5. Amount of ammo for some weapons is extremely hard to find. I can find dozens of missiles, but it's even harder to find .44 Magnum ammo!
6. Some equipment breaks way too fast. I had to repair my "Terrible Shotgun" four times.
7. Some armor can't be repaired well, if at all, making that two hour quest a waste.
8. Excessive blood/gore. It doesn't bother me, but seeing a person blown up in twelve different pieces is a bit ridiculous and not very realistic. This isn't even with the "Bloody Mess" perk. Sometimes it looks cool and I laugh at some shots, but it gets old fast.
9. Normal mode is a bit too easy, but no big deal. During the main quest, I rarely died. Usually when I run low on ammo. Evergreen Mills was very difficult for me when I was on my way to a vault. I was at a low level though.
10. Difficult to resell weapons. My house is piled high with them. Buyers usually don't have enough money.
11. Most annoying thing in the game by far is the weight limit. It's way too low even with STR.
12. By the end of the game money isn't really important. I have about 4,000 and there's not much to buy.
13. Some characters sound EXACTLY alike. Do they only have 6 voice actors? I think so! I'll admit that they're all mostly good actors, except for Doctor Li. I liked the old guys and the drunken scrap metal man in Megaton.
14. Some lockups. I don't think it's my Xbox 360, but maybe. In 70 hours this has happened only 3 times.
15. In that 70 hours, a few areas run a bit slow/choppy for 30 seconds max.
16. In game local maps can be worthless at times. The world map is good.
My favorite game in the past five years has been Half Life 2, but this one is close to topping that. Fable 2 was a bit more fun to play through, but I consider this a better game. This has 10 times more to do.
Currently I'm at 72 hours and just finished the first DLC (expansion). Hopefully I can start the next ones soon. I'm having so much fun with this game that I probably won't be done for another 50 hours!
- Broken game
This is the worst game I ever played on my Xbox 360. The game simply freezes every time I tried playing it. You can do a lot of different things during the game before it freezes, too: You can fall out of the scenario, you can get stuck in it, you can have your game auto-saved just while you're dying just to learn that when you load your autosave you will die again and again...
I will stay away from Bethesda software, and I don't know how Microsoft could have approved such a crippled title.
Shame on both of you....more info