Product Type: Bethesda Xbox 360 games
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Prepare to step into a nuclear wasteland with a big gun for some fun
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
Member Name: ianoir
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Complex storyline, freedom to play game however you please, lots of replayability
Disadvantages: May be slow paced for some players
Set in the future you play as a citizen in "Vault 101", an underground nuclear proof bunker after essentially World War 3. With all the styles and designs locked into the 1950s, but technology advancing to include laser guns amongst others. After being born in first person and hearing your Mother die you play through several key points in your life underground being led by your Father (voiced by Liam Neeson), when you reach the age of 18 he leaves, with you following in hot pursuit out into the ominous "Capital Wasteland".
From here your free to roam where-ever you please, speaking to anyone you like and taking on whatever jobs you want. The range of available tasks (or "Quests" as they are called in game) is huge, and almost everywhere you go theres at least one to be taken, usually with a nice reward at the end of it.
Of course, your not the only one with a gun out in the Capital Wasteland: raiders mutants and even montrous "supermutants" also roam and patrol the area, and encounters can be fierce. Theres also the local wildlife to grapple with including oversized bees, rats, "mirelurks", scorpions, ants and roaches to name a few. Thankfully with this many targets a useful and efficient targeting system has been added in the form of V.A.T.S.
Vault Assisted Targeting System is essentially a way of increasing the accuracy of your shooting, giving the percentage chance of hitting each area of an enemy, you select the shots you want to try (or until you run out of constantly replenishing AP) then sit back and watch a slow motion video of you shooting (and hopefully hitting) the enemy. The game can be played first or third person, but by all means first person is by and far the easiest way to play when it comes to shooting manually.
The range of weapons available is huge. Everything from small BB guns and pistols to the mininuke launching "Fatman" in terms of ranged weapons, and simple clubs to knives to home made whirling chainsawesque contraptions in terms of close combat. Also needing to take note, is the weapons wear and tear, and getting something to either replace it with or repair it with.
The leveling up system is matched up with a set of "perks". Each time you level up you get to choose a new perk. These range from increasing the EXP you get to increasing stats to a favourite amongst players, "Bloody Mess" where headshots become more gory and violently explosive. Tactics are required when leveling up then to make the best match between your allocated stat increases and the chosen perks.
Graphically the game is very impressive, but not flawless. Thankfully any flaws are the exception rather than the rule, but most of the time when playing you'll be wandering through acres of near featureless wasteland.
With the gameplay experiance being further extended with 3 DLC packs (Operation Anchorage, The Pitt, and Broken Steel) and replay coming from the will to see what decisions affect what elements of the game (for example, I currently seem to have a bounty on my head from something I've done in game, on a second play though I may not get it).
Going back to the old system of "hour counts" to decide wether this game is value for money or not will instantly show it is, a huge well made game area with engaging quests and a deep storyline to uncover mean theres many many many hours of game in here. Outwith the concept of game hours, simply the strength of the experiance gives value for money here.
The only downside I've spotted is the frustration caused by not saving frequently and running into Raider camps. Not a sensible idea on the whole.
Summary: An excellent game overall, GTA with less vehicles in post nuclear Washington, engaging and complex
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