Product Type: Bethesda Xbox 360 games
Newest Review: ... life with your friend waking you up saying you dad has opened the vault door and left the vault now you have to leave as well because ever... more
Bethesda have hit the nail on the head. Superb.
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
Member Name: Steve87
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Completely individual gaming experience.
Disadvantages: Having to go to work instead of playing Fallout :)
You may notice that this is the 3rd Fallout game, well funnily enough there are two games preceded this one but are only out on the PC, they also are awesome.
The player starts the game underground in Vault 101 as a newborn and in a series of well arranged 'mini missions' you quickly grow into a young man under the watchful eye of your father (played by Liam Neeson, who, by the way, is awesome). You begin by choosing your S.P.E.C.I.A.L skills which are Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck after reading a book you find in your room as a child. Every vault member is required to take an Aptitude test at the age of 16, this will determine the three skills (seperate from the SPECIAL skills) that your player will be the best at. Your skills include things like Barter, Speech, Lockpick, Science as well as many more skills you will need to hone in order to open new paths and discover new things.
When your father mysteriously goes missing you are eventually faced with the inevitable outcome of having to leave the vault and explore the outside world looking for him. Upon leaving you are faced with an immense landscape and have to make your own way out their being sure to keep your eyes open for the host of giant insects, mutants, raiders and a whole manner of big, bad creatures that'll kill first and ask questions later.
You will often find yourself in conversation with survivors of the nuclear apocalypse, many of which are based in towns pieced together with scraps of metal, wood and pretty much anything they could find to try and keep the human race going and maintain some sort of civilization. During said conversations you will more than likely be given the choice to help the person out for some sort of reward.
Everything you do has consequences, if you do bad, you lose karma, if you do good, you gain karma. The choices you make determine the kind of person you are (good or bad) which ultimately affects the way you are treated by people and the experience you have, I feel this is a fantastic feature as it allows you to choose a different path every time, with each level of karma (good, bad or neutral) allowing you to unlock different achievements throughout the game.
Weaponry is extremely imaginative also, at one point i found myself scavenging the wastelands looking for a pressure cooker to piece together my own gun that shoots railway spikes..I mean...WOW! Which leads me to the interaction with the environment, 99.9% of things you see can be interacted with, you can pick up absolutely anything from rusty tin cans to potato chips to enemy weapons to Nuka Cola (Bethesda's version of...you guessed it...Coca Cola) this was one of the things that kept me into the game for so much as certain things you can pick up can be pieced together on a workbench to make new weapons, as I said earlier.
The people you meet seem to be more than your average AI, boring, mission starters. They all have different quirky personalities which makes them, somehow, seem a lot more human than most games have been bothered to make their AI. A very pleasant change indeed.
The missions are very in depth and often lead you to discover things you least expected as you will often have to search far and wide for things you need or people you have to talk to to complete your current mission, this is obviously something Bethesda have put plenty of thought into but the way they have left the world open to exploration during missions makes a very welcome difference to your usual 'set route' games and also adds a certain level of difficulty.
The ending of the game is completely up to you, as your actions throughout the game will determine the ending.
If there was any advice I could give somebody new to Fallout it would be to keep your eyes open and your guard up, no two times you play it will be the same, I PROMISE you.
This is by far my favourite game of all time, PLEASE buy it, spread the love.
Summary: I absolutely love this game. I would tell anyone into RPG's to buy it without even thinking about it