Fallout 3 Review |March 7, 2013 Xbox, Windows, PlayStation
With this being the first game in the Fallout franchise to be made for Xbox 360 and the PS3 and not just the computer, Bethesda found a way to make the experience on a home console very exhilarating and addictive and Fallout 3 is completely different than the previous three games. The game takes place 200 years after nuclear fallout in 2277. Your whole life you have lived in an underground bunker called Vault 101 under Washington DC. Suddenly your dad disappears from the vault without telling you. The overseer of the Vault seems to lose his mind and sends security forces after you, causing you to leave the protection of Vault 101 and take your chances out in the world.
We sat down to play this game and 80 hours later of clever sidequests, involved character development and beautiful layout of the whole game we still wanted more. Most RPG’s are still swords and magic not usually centered around Earth after a nuclear disaster. The Elder Scrolls series gameplay layout works very well in a 1st person RPG. Voice acting is great lead actor Liam Neeson who plays one the main characters, your dad. You can play in 1st or 3rd person but the combat works better in 1st. The aiming and targeting on its own works very well but if you want you can use your Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System or V.A.T.S. and zoom in on several different parts of our target and take them down with a perfect shoot. It easily one of the best things in the game and it never gets old. When using the V.A.T.S. it gives you a percentage of the odds of you hitting the target so you are not wasting your ammo. This makes a difference early on in the game. This is a good/bad choice game so you can just walk into a town and start shooting but you could get attacked, banned or even killed. It is up to you how you want to play and if a section of the game is to hard or to easy you can change the difficulty level at any time.
So it can’t be a RPG without stats to level up and in this game it’s called S.P.E.C.I.A.L. or Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck. Stats in this game are important because you only get your character to level 20 unless you buy the DLC Broken Steal then you can go to level 30. This means that you can’t unlock all of the attributes even at max level. Just choose wisely and you will have no regrets, it is not as bad as it seems. Broken Steal is not the only add-on DLC that is worth buying. The Pitt, Operation: Anchorage, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta are all worth the $5 for each of them. With the add-ons Fallout 3 is around 100 hours of total gameplay the first time through. We loved this game so much that after we finished playing and did everything we felt like we were forgetting to do something in our lives because the game had become part of our day to day routine. You get to explore all of downtown Washington DC even down in the subway tunnels to swamps and secret underground vaults. This game is worth the money hands down. We have seen it as cheap as $4.99 as a download but we recommend buying the Game of the Year Edition and get all of the DLC add-ons. Buy this game it is worth it.