Fallout 3 GOTY Edition User Review
Fallout 3 is a FPS/RPG by Bethesda the developers of the classic Elder Scrolls series. The game is based in and around Washington D.C. after a huge nuclear war. It's a dangerous world were the good, the bad, and the ugly struggle to survive.
You start out creating your character which is done in the coolest way I have seen so far. Its starts when you’re a baby and jumps between certain years of your life up till your dad leaves when you're 19. You decide what you will look like when you get older right after you're born. Then about a year goes by and you get to choose your starting abilities by looking at a baby book. On your 10th birthday you get the most important tool in the game. You get your very own Pip-Boy to handle all your inventory and quests. Then at 16 you take your G.O.A.T. test which determines your skills. After that your dad disappears and you go after him into the open world above.
The wasteland is a massive area with plenty of places to discover and people to meet. All your actions in the game will factor into your Karma and how people will look and react to you. Like many RPGs today, you have a choice to be good, bad, or neutral. I myself have always gone down the path of good except this time. I just did not feel like being careful about things I said and did. Take for example in the middle of one town you visit early on has a nuclear bomb that never detonated. You are propositioned to set it off and destroy the town. Boy was it a beautiful mushroom cloud. I also had fun double crossing people. Do a job for them, collect the reward, and then kill them.
Fallout's graphics are greatly done for the theme of the game. Everything has gritty and beautiful realism to it. Characters animations look awesome were you can see their emotions in their faces. Draw distance was nice with no noticeable pop up. You can see so much stuff in the distance and makes you just stand there sometimes checking out the scenery.
Weapons range from your fists to the amazing and my favorite called The Fat Man. It's a mini nuke launcher. Oh the sweet ecstasy of mini mushroom clouds of destruction. There are even weapons you can build from miscellaneous material you find around the wastelands.
I thought the game's sound was great with some fantastic songs you can listen to on the radio. My favorite of course is "I don't want to set the world on fire." Voice acting is well done like the usual from Bethesda. Gunfire and explosions add really good immersion too it all as well. Everything is distinguishable and very high quality.
Controls were very responsive and never gave me a problem. From switching weapons to selecting screens in your Pip-Boy it all works great. Never had a problem with aiming especially when they give you a tool called V.A.T.S. (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System). It will let you choose different points on your target. Want to disarm them, then go for the weapon or arm. It's pretty funny when they drop their weapon because sometimes they panic and don't know what to do. You can also just end it quick and go for the head. Just know though that this doesn't guarantee a hit. So enjoy it and have fun seeing what happens when you take out different points of the target.
I did have a few complaints about the game which don't ruin the it but one was bothersome. It would occasionally freeze on me. Load screens, firefights, and conversations are many of the times this happened. So if and when you play this make sure you save quite often so you don't have to repeat a lot of roads already traveled. This is something I feel Bethesda slacked on and considering the time they have been in the business, should not have let slip by testing. A few other issues were people disappearing, falling through objects, and getting caught on things sometimes. These are only minor issues which don't hamper the game as with the freezing issues and shouldn't stop you from playing the game.
Overall Fallout is a fantastic game with an intriguing story. There is a lot for you to do that will have you logging in many hours of entertainment. I found a few places that made me laugh like a vault with clones all named Gary, calling you Gary, trying to kill you. I highly recommend this game to fans of RPGs and even FPS. You will definitely get your money’s worth.
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