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oh my God I love this game so much. what I remember about this game is that I was reading a gaming magazine and most thought that left 4 dead would be the best game coming out during the holidays and I hated that game. I happened to go to Justin.tv and watch somebody streaming fallout 3 which made me give it a try and from the word go I was in love with this game. I usually complain about these types of games not having co-op mode but it was actually nice to play the game by myself. Something about the radio on the game made it feel like you had a companion throughout the entire game.
I love the battle system in the game since I had never played a game or heard of a game that has this similar battle system. Is truly unique and adds a whole a lot to the game. Hands down it has to be my favorite game I played on Xbox and I seriously have no complaints about it. To me games like this usually don't have a gripping storyline but this game is the exception. I love the beginning of the game because it really sets the stage for your purpose in the game. The one thing I do remember most about the game is that one song that I know anybody that has played the game knows by heart now and had it stuck in their heads forever after playing this game.
Having been a big fan of oblivion, an earlier work of Bethesda studios, i knew that i would have to make this purchase to get this new first person in game world.
Oblivion was a highly addictive game offering hours of fun, not just with the main quest but hundreds of sub quests and varying activities, this trend continued with fallout 3 however did in fact contain even more quests and possibilities. Particuarly with the introduction of the Karma system, whereby if you commit a good deed your karma will increase and an 'evil' deed will make this level drop. In both cases there are different variations in the game. For instance early on you can choose to de-activate the atom bomb in the town of Megaton or you can travel to tenpenny tower and watch it be blown to bits. In both cases there are different outcomes and different characters along various different routes such as this.
The gaming world set in a futuristic 1950's post apocaliptic landscape is very well detailed with miles and miles of map to cover, much of which has lots of hidden secrets such as hideouts and caves and dwellings of some very nasty creatures such as the supermutants and the raiding parties who all want your blood.
However you arnt thrown straight into the action and start life as a baby and then progress to a child and adult where you get to learn the skills of the game and personalise your character with points in strength and intelligence etc.
The level up system is much the same as oblivion except you also have the option of picking a particular skill such as becoming an ace at hacking (boosting all your hacking points) or even picking the cannibal option where eating dead flesh can restore health points.
Another danger to consider in this nuclear waste land is the rad meter which monitors your radioation levels, of which too much will lead to radiation sickness and death. But you are given the aid of the pip boy utility which gives you a detailed inventory and a fantastic targetting system whereby it will freeze game time and allow you to pinpoint particular areas on an enemy such as the head, legs or try and disarm the enemy. Of course each has a percentage of making a successful strike, with better weaponary being more accurate and distances taken into consideration. However this isnt the only way of shooting and full manual shooting is very much possible.
I found this game incredibly exciting with loads of features and places to explore. From slave camps to a city onboard an old aircraft carrier. There are lots of nice updates to the game from obvlivion for example and a greater amount of customisation. Including being able to model your character right at the start of the game.
The only thing i found with the game is that you may find yourself wandering around quite a bit and in the beginning may find yourself facing much stronger opponents than what you are capable of beating, such as groups of raiders who will destroy you.
Another comment is that there is obviously alot of violence in the game and some of which can be quite graphic, seeing bodies blown apart and what not so would not be suitable for a younger person, hence the age certificate.
Other than that i highly recommend this game! hours of enjoyment and the expansions available for the game are very good, although i didnt like operation anchorage.
Im looking foward to playing the follow-up, fallout las vegas.
So you remember your first kiss? or that feeling on christmas morning? Well those feelings are nothing when you compare them with the feelings this game will give you. From the epic wasteland maps, random encounters with residents to character customisation . This game has everything you could want and more.
- Gameplay / Playability -
You start life as a toddler working through as you grow up in the safety of the vaults. This is excellent for character progression and a really great way to get to know your character and learn the controls. This is all but a warm up. Life takes an unexpected twist and for reasons I won't go into, you will find yourself in the vast wastelands of Washington DC. This is where the really fun begins and you start meeting with many of the residents and exploring the huge maps that Fallout 3 has to offer. There is excellent opportunity to grow your character using PERK's, and a large choice of clothing, armor and weapons to be found or looted. The enemies you encounter will be challenging but when you get a grip of the VAT's system you will become a killing machine and the baddest dude in the wastelands!!!
- Graphics -
Outstanding graphics with seamless transitions. Beautiful maps even in the most hostile of places!
- Sound -
The music of Fallout 3 is mainly brought to you through the radio stations from your PIT Boy which is an electronic bracelet that is given to every vault member when they come of age. The radio stations are a nostalgic mix of music and especially Galaxy radio that features 1930's classics. I really cannot praise the sound track enough!!!
- Summary -
I could not recommend this game highly enough and encourage anybody who has an interest in RPG's to pick up a copy. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy your journey wastelanders and send my respects to threedog!!! (You will know what I mean when you play).
Fallout 3 is one of best Role playing games I've ever played and I'm not even a fan of that genre! It is set a few hundred years into the future after a nuclear war, you start the game in vault 101 which is basically a nuclear bunker built before the war. About half an hour into the game you are woken up to find the vault in chaos as your dad has managed to escape and you decide to leave the vault to find him.
Once you are out of the vault this is where the game really begins, you are in a massive world that is roughly 10 square meters big, where you go from here is up to you! There are many towns which are somehow thriving in the nuclear wasteland which was once known as Washington D.C but us now called Capitol Wasteland, there are many decisions to be made whether it be helping people or killing them. There is are so many possibility's in this game that if you play it once you will probably only have encountered 20% of the games content.
The game of the year edition includes five download-able contents that where released as add-ons for the game. Purchasing each add-on costs about 800 Microsoft points from the Xbox Live Marketplace which roughly adds up £50 for all of them. So buying the game of the year edition saves you about about half of the cost of buying it from Microsoft and also includes the original game.
The add ons inculded in the game of the year edition are:
Mothership Zeta - A UFO has crashed in the Capitol Wasteland, by finding the craft you will be abducted to the mothership and encounter Extraterrestrials with some amazing technology.
Broken Steel - This add-on is very good as it always you to keep playing the game after you have completed it and adds many new weapons,missions, armour and enemies.
Operation Anchorage - You can now enter a simulation of what the war was like that caused the nuclear war hundreds of years ago, by completing the simulation you can unlock some very unique items which can be used in the main game.
Point Lookout - A boat has arrived which takes you to a very mysterious island which is about 1/5 as big capitol wasteland, there are some truly strange charachers to meet and a few mysteries to uncover.
The Pitt - you can now travel to Pittsburgh which is now an industrial site where slave labor takes place, will you help the slaves or help oppress them? There are some very shady decisions to be made!
Anyone who is an rpg fan is familiar with bethesda, and their superior line of games. This game does not disappoint. This is the kind of game what really will emerse the player into the game world. It is easy to spend countless hours on a game such as this, just experiencing what the virtual world has to offer. Even you are not a rpg fan, this game is still a must buy. Fallout differs from other rpgs in that they put in many First person shooter aspects into the game. You could consider this an action rpg, but the world is so in depth that the roleplaying is superb. The world of fallout may be dry and mostly destroyed, but the characters and awesome storyline make make it colorful and addictive. The story is really the best part of this game, and is incredibly detailed. The tutorial alone is by far the best ive came across. Allowing you to develop your character from a baby to a an adult in a matter of hours well explaining key elements of the storyline.
Fallout 3 is definetely my favourite game I have played on the Xbox 360, closely followed by Halo 3 (for online play).
As soon as you start playing Fallout 3 you can actually feel yourself being sucked into the game, you get a real feeling that you're actually part of the game itself due to all the options you can make throughout the game. A good example of this would be the karma system, where you can choose to be good or bad, similar to the Fable series yet the options in speech and story are a lot more advanced!
The world of Fallout 3 is designed so well you actually feel as if it could be real, from the people and how they react to you, to the countless number of enemies which all differ from each other in one way or another.
Fallout 3 is a must for anyone who enjoys adventure games, action games or any type of gaming at all as it has just about every aspect in the game from FPS to RPG.
To add to this, once you've completed the storyline and somehow managed to do all side-quests there's still new DLC packs being released which add more fun and gametime!
This is a must have game.
I have to start this review by saying I have never really been a fan of RPGs (Role Playing Games); Fallout 3 is one of only a handful of RPGs I have ever played, and certainly the only one I have played in great depth. However, I do rank it as one of my all-time favourite games. It is truly awesome in its scale and variety, and offered one of the most captivating single-player experiences I have ever had. Consequently I have clocked up over 100 hours of play so far, and I am still encountering new and fresh situations.
Fallout 3 was my first forray into the Fallout series of games, but fortunately there is very little need for previous knowledge, as the story is a new and independent one. In the game, you don't play through a story; you inhabit a world. Beginning with your birth in "Vault 101", you discover that you are part of a small community kept sealed and protected from the outside world - an apocalyptic wasteland ravaged by nuclear radiation, and entirely unsafe to venture out into. Inevitably, as the plot progresses, this is exactly what you must do...
The first time I set out of the vault, I was terrified, and intimidated by the vast, sprawling wasteland in front of me. As I crept around, crouching, checking over my shoulder, I realised I was sitting hunched, right on the edge of my seat, gripping my controller tightly in both hands. Then I was attacked without warning by an enormous mutated rat - I nearly jumped right out of my seat! This is a perfect example of how the game creates a thrilling and realistic atmosphere of suspense and desperation, and it seems that you can never truly relax as you move from place to place, as anything could be waiting round the next corner. Believe me, in a 3 mile by 3 mile wasteland, there are all manner of intriguing places to visit, unusual characters to encounter, and downright horrible foes to survive!
The game can be played in a 1st or 3rd person perspective; I felt the 3rd person view was a bit clunky and unusual looking, and felt very comfortable using a 1st person set up instead. This made the combat sections of the game a lot more engrossing and easy to control. Combat is an area where I was pleasantly surprised by Fallout 3; there was no clumsy turn-based system to detract from the action. You can take on the enemy in traditional FPS style, guns blazing, or use the brilliant 'VATS' targeting system to pause the fight, and pinpoint particular body parts for more effective shots. Blowing a ghoul's head off is rather satisfying, but you'll have to wait to experience that!
For a relative RPG novice like myself, the leveling and 'Karma' system were very easy to understand, and fun to play with. Throughout the game, every choice you make has a moral consequence, and can cause future events to play out in completely different and unforeseen ways. You will be able to mould your characters to suit your style of play, and as you progress, you will unlock a vast array of useful and sometimes sinister special abilities, which can enhance or change your playing style.
The graphics are impressive, and suitably dull and drained to evoke the post-apocalytpic setting. It's surprising that they can be so detailed given the size of the world you inhabit.
Overall, I was awestruck by the scale of Fallout 3 - it immerses you fully in a desolated and often terrifying world. It offers so much freedom to develop your character and progress the story, that you can easily lose hours and days playing this brilliant game.
I dont know where to start with this game.
I dont think ive played anythign as good or as addictive.
You get a real sense of being from this game, all of your decisions decided how your character is seen by other people in the world and how the game turns out.
You can also choose to be good, bad or neutral, each gains you points but can also drasticly effect your game play. You could be walking throughout the wasteland one second, then getting attacked by bounty hunters that have tracked you down the next.
There are also several expansion packs that go on for ever.
I could easily play this game over and over again because you get to make different decisions or quests every time.
The graphics are great, the game play is amazing, its a must have for any gamer.
Easily the best game i have played to date, i cant reccomend it enough.
Because its the game of the year edition i think you also get some of the expansion packs, this saves you money so is also a huge positive.
If youve got a games console, get this game.
You will not be dissapointed, i could not put it down, racked up over 60 hours on it and there is still so much i can do and discover.
Fallout 3 is one of the greatest games I have ever played. It is a game of epic scale and one of the biggest and most non-linear games I have ever played. It is set in a post apocalyptic world that has been torn apart bya nuclear war. You managed to survive as you living in a a community in an underground vault. The game opens with an innovative way of creating your character. It quickly progresses from your birth to your teenage years allowing you to customise every aspect of your character including your gender, appearance, skills etc. The main plot of the game begins when your father leaves the vault without telling you and you get out after him. After you escape the vault you are given absolute freedom in the game world.
From this point you can do wherever you want and do whatever you please. You have the full world map to explore and there are hundreds of locations. There are numerous side quests in the game and plenty of places to go and explore and loot items to sell. I personally invested about 50 hours in the game before I even attempted the main quest. This gives you some kind of idea of the epic scale of this game.
The game is played primarily in a 1st person format, although a 3rd person view is available the game is much more enjoyable played purely from a first people viewpoint. As it is set in the future there are numerous futuristic guns like laser and plasma rifles and well as more traditional guns like shotguns and pistols. There are even heavy weapons like miniguns and missile launchers.
Another interesting feature of the game is V.A.T.S This stops time and allows you to pick a certain body part of an opponent to target and it cuts to slow motion view of your making the shot. There are different animations for each weapon and as well as being aesthetically pleasing, I never got bored of it, it also adds a tactical element as for example you can shoot an opponents legs and a critical hit will cause them to slow their movement or can shoot their arms to impair their aiming etc.
Overall I would recommend this game to anyone. The size and scope of it has to be seen to be believed. And each playthrough will be completely different due to lots of different dialogue choices and your ability to customise your characters including your karma. The choices you make during the game and in quests affects how other players respond to you. This means that you can have two playthroughs of the game and have a completely different experience each time. I simply implore you to but this masterpiece of a game.
I spent a while thinking how to start this review, and that I just couldn't figure it out. The reason for this is that I was I remember being 45 hours into the game and having only discovered 40% of the locations (that is a very rough guess, feel free to add or deduct 10% from that). Anyone familier with Morrowwind or Oblivion will realise just how... 'epic' this game is. Basically this is the perfect game for anyone with time on their hand, pick a random direction, walk that way & you can spend a good hour crossing a small portion of the map. Don't worry, you won't just be enjoying the glorious post-apocalyptic environment, there is plenty to fight, people to talk to and quests to undertake.
I suppose I should spend some time talking about the context of the game. It's set after a nuclear war, which lasted just a couple of hours. The history of this world follows that of our own, I realise that we haven't witnessed a nuclear fallout... yet, but the miniaturisation of technology never actually happened, so technology used a lot more power, draining resources faster, leading to, you guessed it... war!
The player, or 'lone wanderer', was lucky enough to be born in a vault. But soon enters into the vast wilderness, so enjoy the radiation free water while it lasts. From then on you have your main story line, but you can do whatever you want, move north, east, south or west, the choice is yours.
Like in a lot of games now, there is a moral system, you can be the saviour of the wasteland, or add to the misery, or a bit of both. You can do anything form capturing slaves, saving entire towns, to blowing them up with a nuclear bomb.
Fallout 3 is essentially a role playing game, based on a wide variety of stats, allowing you to play the game as you want. As a ninja who uses laser weapons, or just storming right into a super mutant with a rocket launcher. There is the option to fight in standard first person shooter mode, or a turn based mode called VATS.
There is no multiplayer mode, so if you love single player games (like myself) and have a spare couple of hundred hours on your hands, this game is for you.
Fallout 3 is set in a post apocalyptic era in Washtingon DC. The setting is brilliant, the Capital Wasteland (the game world) is expansive and really gives you a sense of loneliness and survival, although it can be a little bland at times.
The combat is brilliant, there are a great number of weapons and the game also uses its unique VATS system where you can pause the game and select a body part of your enemy to target, which can be great fun!
The levelling system is decent and the quests and the story line are pretty good. One of the things that I love about this game is that you get the freedom to do what you like, you're not tied down to the main quest, there are a plethora of side quests and things to do.
If you like shooter RPGs then you must buy this game. This Game of the Year edition also comes with five DLC expansions, so you'll have alot of content to go through with many extra quests to play.
The third game in the series, Fallout 3 is set roughly 30 years after its predecessor. It is now in full 3D and relates to the same world as the previous games however it is set in and around post-apocalyptic Washington DC.
The Game of the Year Edition features all five pieces of downloadable content that shipped after the game's release: Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta.
In Fallout 3 you play as a young man/woman who ventures out of the safety of his home in Vault 101 to persue his/her father into the wasteland after his disappearance. This departure gives way to the vast and desolate wastelands of a post-apocalyptic Washington DC, infested with mutants, raiders and robots.
The story brings our hero to the largest settlement in the wasteland relativly early in the game, named Megaton (built around an undetonated atomic bomb). We are updated with information about the hero's father here and additional to this are the side quests offered from here onwards. You are then given freedom to either persue the main storyline or venture out to explore and/or complete side quests.
Between the main plot and subquests, the scope of the game is massive and offers an incredibly large amount of playtime and objectives to complete, and an enormous area to explore.
Aspects of Gameplay.
Fallout 3 feels closer in similarity to the Oblivion series than the previous Fallout games. Our hero explores the wastelands from a first person perspective, however a third person viewpoint may also be used (however from a personal and general opinion the third person viewpoint affords a lower appreciation of the game).
The combat system now features something called V.A.T.S (Vault Assisted Targeting System) which freezes the action in first person, focusing upon the target enemy. From here you can then choose specific body parts to target and are given a chance to hit and approximate damage. Additional to this are the effects that can result from this, for example: fully disabling an enemies legs can result in slower movement.
There is a Karma system within Fallout 3 that reacts to actions you perform and grants you a standing based upon these actions (in laymens terms, the 'good guy' or 'bad guy'). Actions such as murder and theft will afford you a lower karma rank. Karma Levels range from Very Evil to Very Good. This standing can influence certain aspects of the game and award you with items for having positive karma. It can also effect the followers you gain whilst playing through the story with good, bad and neutral ranked players all receiving different aquaintances.
There are two 'categories' of statistics that the player can influence within Fallout 3. The first is the SPECIAL system. This stands for:
Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck.
Barter, Big Guns, Energy Weapons, Explosives, Lockpick, Medicine, Melee Weapon, Repair, Science, Small Guns, Sneak, Speech and Unarmed.
A further aspect of leveling your character is the Perks system. This grants you 1 perk every level which you may choose from that influence your character and gameplay for the rest of the game.
Weapons variety immensely from simple melee weapons to pistols to rifles to nuclear warhead launchers, and landmines made from bottlecaps as fragmentation.
Ammunition for these guns vary too and you must be strategic as often you can find extremely tough enemies that may take a decent chunk out of your ammo supply.
Overall I would recommend this game to any fans of the RPG genre. It is amongst the best RPGs I have had the fortune of playing and will give you your money's worth easily. For only around £27 (time of review publication) you will get hours and hours of play from this game. Buy it.
If you do not own the orginal Fallout 3 then get this, it is the game plus all the downloadable content. Its a super game, get after world war 3 the world is a nuclear wasteland, you have to try and fix it (or at least a small part off it) , along the way there are many many side missions to finish. Super mutants to kill and even the odd nuke or two :) I am only my fourth play through off this game I have put in over 1000 hours yes 1000 hour into it and I am still discovering new things. You have to buys, really you have to sell all your other ones. If some one said to me you could only play one game for the rest off your life then it would be this no question. I would have paid £100 and been very happy but under £40 GET it, you will love it.