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Fallout 3 Review

October 29th 2008 12:26
Fallout 3 is probably one of the newest role-playing games that offers full deliverance and a gripping, action packed game. The game paints a picture of the dstopian future where people are on the cusp of the atomic revolution in the 1950s, as seen with a sci-fi view in terms of if several thousand bombs were dropped on it. The game is dark and dreary, but it is filled with dark humor and desperation.

As Vault Dweller, you are a blank slate and write your own story. You'll start the game with your own birth, but quickly move toward childhood and various pivotal events via snapshots. But, since that would be a boring video game, you'll wake up at the end of your childhood with various alarms and mass confusion. You father has opened the vault and left, which has shattered the existence of the other inhabitants of the vault. You have to go in search for him.


As the story unfolds, you will be faced with survival of your own life, and the crumbling of the government's infrastructure. The pressure built can lead good men to do bad things, and bad men to do evil and take advantage of others. You'll need to decide your place in the world, but remember that karma's a bitch and the choices you make will have its consequences.

The conversations that you will have with various characters will range from disturbing to hilarious, which makes things interesting, and you'll get to hear everything that anyone has to say, but in this case you'll have to play the game at least twice in order to do that.

The overall story line of Fallout 3 is fantastic, coming together with all the pivotal points in a story, with lying, stealing, fighting, and more.

You'll find that there is a good deal of flexibility with the game, and each of the different routes can lead to hours of fun.


In addition to the main storyline, you'll have mini quests that can be useful to building your character and killing time.

Unlike Oblivion, you can't perform repetitive actions like swimming or jumping, and expect to advance your level. You'll need to combat and complete quests. It will be in your experience and skills that you will succeed.

Every time that you advance in levels, you will be able to choose a perk, which are always going to either give you a new skill or show you a location that you haven't visited yet. One perk that you may be interested in is Cannibalism, which allows you to feed on humans after you kill them, but remember bad karma...

Although, your skills and advancements is important, there isn't that much emphasis on leveling up, with a cap of 20 levels. Although, you won't be close to maxing out your skills or grabbing all of the perks, but it will encourage you to play again.

It is thought that maybe the cap will be released when downloadable content is released for Fallout 3.

Once you've beaten the game and completed all of the side quests, you'll still have a lot to do, so make sure to run through the game again so that you cover more ground and finish getitng all of the perks.



Just make sure that you see everything, which can take at least 100 hours of exploring. I mean, you'll get more XP points for every ruin that you find, as it will tell you a story of a former inhabitant. You'll be able to find cool weapons, but make sure to kill all the enemies before they get you.

As for the weapons, you'll find various states of disrepair and only have limited ammo, which is a tease, but you will find really cool weapons.

Overall, Fallout 3 is an engaging and fantastic video game that you'll love if you like role-playing video games. You'll find a few flaws and bugs, but for the most part, the flaws are easily fixed with reloading the game, so it's not that serious of a deal. You'll find wonderful and realistic graphics and animation, and the color contrasts are pretty basic with browns and grays dominating the screen.

IGN RATING
9.5 Presentation - The atmosphere and style are everything you could ask for and more. A few bugs and camera issues keep things from perfection.
9.0 Graphics - The landscapes are wonderful. The character models and animations could be a lot better.
9.5 Sound - Excellent voice acting and a soundtrack that completely fits the game's mood. The sound effects aren't bad either.
10 Gameplay - A rare combination of excellent combat and deep role-playing.
9.5 Lasting Appeal - A more focused experience than much of what Bethesda has created in the past that begs to be played for hours and hours. This is one game you won't soon forget.
9.6 - Incredible OVERALL

You can purchase Fallout 3 for three different console versions:
PC
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360


Also check out the Fallout 3: Prima Official Game Guide


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Comment by Anonymous

November 11th 2008 22:52
IGN rating??!

Comment by Whitney

November 12th 2008 01:20

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