Fallout 3 Review

March 1, 2009


Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platform: PlayStation 3 (Version Played), Xbox 360, PC
Genre: Role Playing Game
Players: 1
Release Date: 31st October 2008 (UK)

The first thing I want to say about Fallout 3 is that it is extremely addictive. It will last you for ages and you will never want to stop playing (Slight exaggeration maybe). Now I can start the main review.

When you start of you are born, yes you experience yourself getting born, in first person, complete with sounds. Then you design your character after hearing Liam Neeson talking for a bit. Then it switches a few years later. You are now slightly older and can walk. Here you distribute your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. (Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck)points and tag three of your skills. after that you flip to your tenth birthday which is where you receive your pip boy. The pip boy organises all your items, quest, notes etc.

After this you must escape from the vault that you are living in. This is where the whole making choice element first comes into play. Depending on how you escape and what you do to the overseer will change what characters think about you. There are much bigger choices in the game that have greater consequences but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. These choices affect your Karma which range from Very evil to Very good. Your Karma also affects certain things such as people not joining you because you are to good or getting bounty hunters sent after you.

Anyway when you escape the vault, the view is amazing. You come out the clean metallic underground vault and encounter a destroyed wasteland, covered in the ruins of houses, dust and dirt. The difference really is incredible.

From here on out, you can do what you want. If you want to go somewhere, you go, if you want to attack mutants, you can, if you simply want to go to the bar and get a drink, you can. The amount of freedom you have is very impressive. Of course there are limits. One thing I dislike is lack of factions to join and the few that you can join is pretty pointless. You should be able to join the Brotherhood of Steel and fight alongside them in all their battles, get quests from them and purchase items which only they have. Considering Oblivion and Morrowind had all the different guilds, it is a surprise that there is a lack of guilds and missions to do for them.

Combat wise the game is pretty solid. You can adventure in third or first person, depending on what you prefer. The real difference in the combat is VATS though. VATS allows you stop and aim at specific body parts of enemies and blast them, complete with the sounds from the original Fallout’s. You can’t use VATS all the time though, you need to wait for your action points to recharge. The real time combat works well too. Third person can be at bit awkward at some times but the first person is great.

The game is full of weapons to choose from. From the lead pipe to the combat shotgun to the Fat Man (a mini nuke launcher) you really are spoiled for choice. Each weapon fits under the categories of Big Guns, Small Guns, Melee Weapons and Energy Weapons. How good you are with each weapon is determined on you skill with that kind of weapon. Though if you are crap with energy weapons and you don’t have any other guns with ammo still fire away with it to stay alive.

The main quest in this game involves you to find your Dad who disappeared from the Vault before you. Then you end up helping him and so on. The main quest isn’t anything amazing, it isn’t bad but the side quests are a lot better.

This brings me back to my first point of it being extremely addictive. The game has tons of quest for you to do and you will be exploring the wasteland for hours. You will just want to keep on playing. What is unfortunate about this is that when you get to level 20 you cannot get any higher which prevents character development, even though you’re bound to have a bunch of quests left.

The main problems with Fallout 3 are overshadowed by the amazing gameplay though. The game has a lot of glitches. A lot of the time things disappear and get stuck and it can crash often. There is also a lot of walking about. The wasteland looks cool but when you want to go somewhere that you haven’t been, you can be walking about for ages which can be annoying.

These problems, as annoying as they are, don’t stop the game from being amazing. Fallout 3 is an amazing game which will last you for ages and is recommended to everyone.

+ It will last you for ages
+ Lots of things to do
+ A huge, open map

– Quite Glitchy
– Too addictive?



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