Product Type: Bethesda Xbox 360 games
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Post Apocalyptic ROLE PLAY GAME - AWESOME!!
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
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Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Can be played in 1st or 3rd person, 2 combat systems, MASSIVE scope for exploration
Disadvantages: If you finish the story you are unable to continue playing
**Fallout 3 Xbox360**
Prepare yourself for simply the BEST post apocalyptic RPG you are ever gonna play..... There is some very rich history of a cold-war style conflict between the USA and China. Before long it all comes to a head and the nukes start to fly. Oh dear.... What is left of the world is a smoking ruin full of mutant creatures, irradiated zombie like ghouls and a whole host of undesirables. Welcome to what is left of Washington DC. Welcome to Fallout 3.
**OK, so what is the story???**
For those not familiar with the Fallout franchise, Fallout is a game based years after the third world war. It is a post apocalyptic 'Mad Max' style wasteland. The first 3 games were based in Nevada, while this one is Washington DC, or 'The Capitol Wasteland'.
Well, simply put, you grew up in an underground 'vault' which has sheltered generations of people since the nukes destroyed the world above. Dad goes awol and off you go, looking for him. Along the way you get to meet some interesting characters and get into situations.
**What does it play like???**
The fab part of this game is you get to generate your character in-game as part of the story, rather than creating your toon and then launching into game play.
Your adventure begins with you being born; peering through eyes too young to focus while pops looks down at you and you get to generate your character; looks, statistics and name ect. Once that is done, you skip forwards a year to toddler age. This another clever way of integrating a tutorial of the game controls seamlessly with game play and story line. Yet another fast forward 9 years later to your 10th birthday and more tutorials.
These are to familiarise you with your 'Pipboy' which is your wrist worn personal computer. You also get to grips with combat and the conversation system. Nearly done with the fast forwards now, as you get to your teens, and your aptitude test; hysterically named the 'G.O.A.T' test. This is a series of questions with a number of selectable answers, the answers you give set the tone of your character as you are to progress through the game. Finally you get to the present day where you wake to find your dad hopped it and the people in charge are trying to pin a murder on you. Escape from the 'Vault' and you are launched into the game proper. But don't stress if you feel like you made the wrong choices creating your guy/gal as you get a chance to 're-roll' your statistics before you go on.
Fallout 3 is fab, it's quest based and you have to explore and talk to people to uncover them. It can be played 1st or 3rd person, and is completely free roaming, you can go anywhere at any time. Discover a place and you can fast travel back to it from somewhere else. The people you meet may trade with you, offer to help you in some way, but beware, nobody gives anything away for free. Everyone will want something in return. There is a main story to follow but there is a huge wealth of side quests and sub stories to uncover. It pays to explore, but don't rush to finish the story as you won't be able to continue playing if you do. This was one thing that I didn't like.
What makes this game stand out for me is the Karma system. Now a lot of games have something similar, but none deliver it in such a way as to make you question your own morality like Fallout 3 does. Even the most hardened bad guy gamer will have at least a little twinge from perpetrating the inhumane, immoral and evil acts that you may be asked to do. I myself could not bring myself to blow up a town after spending time getting to know the residents.... This game has a cert 18 for a reason....
Combat is, I feel, something very unique. In 1st person mode it is just like any other FPS, while 3rd person mode feels slightly less polished than most 3rd person shooters. What sets it aside from all the other games, apart from giving you the choice of perspective is the V.A.T.S system. This is an awesome tool. It lets you pause the action to select a target and then shoot em in the head, arms, legs or gun. You have a number of action points and each weapon takes a set number to use.
Thats another thing; the sheer amount of differing types of weapons available is mind boggling. Couple this with the differing ways you can inflict death and injury unto others is just brilliant.
**What's it look and sound like???**
Awesome and awesome is the simple answer to that!!!! There are some really weird and quite spooky glitches with the graphics. To be fair though these are rare and can be forgivable in a game of this scope, beside who doesn't find it funny when a zombie's animation is stuck in a loop and it's constantly disco dancing as you end his life??? BIG grin factor.
The world around you is a desolate and eerie place. Everything is ruined and what makes the game even spookier is that it is set in a 1950's style... crumbled buildings, cracked and broken up roadways, rusty shells of cars and weird mutant monsters are what you can expect to see. Everything is dirty and old and really grimy.
That, along with some very atmospheric sounds such as the wind, unseen night creatures and simply great music makes this a very creepy game whilst wandering around the wastes.
Game play 8.5/10
Summary: Really atmospheric, HUGE game - an awesome buy!
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