(Quick Note) This is my first review so we are gonna see how it goes. I've been a member for a little while now and haven't contributed that much to the community, shame on me i know, but i'm here mostly to read the articles and laugh at jim. (Another Note) I don't have a camera right now, and don't want to take to much time stealing pics as i don't have much time. (note to previous note) And even if I did have the time I would probably fuck up the photos anyway. (side note) YES, LONG POST IS LONG.
I have been excited for Fallout 3 for a long time. Since it was first announced. I had never played the previous Fallouts but since it was being done by Bethesda it was a game I needed to own. Upon hearing about this new game I immediately do what any good gamer does and went back and bought the previous games. While I enjoyed playing them, I found that I didn't have the time to get very far and get to the real meat of the game. I was disappionted in myself, but I got a feel for what the game was like and enjoyed the style of the game and the satirical humor that was associated with it.
My first dilemma with the game came with which copy to purchase. 360 or ps3. I debated for about an hour and then finally came to the conclusion to get it for ps3 as I have hdmi for that. I'm sure it wouldn't make that much of a difference, but it comforted me. I was a little worried about bugs that always seem to appear in ps3 games, but i took the dive and am happy with my purchase, it's just to bad i'm missing out on dlc.
First things first, or this might be the forth thing, but i'm gonna get the technical difficulties out of the way. With a game this size comes bugs, and there certainly are a good amount of them. Saying that none of them really took away from the experience I enjoyed. I encountered an interesting one within the first five minutes of gameplay though that really turned me off. Apparently you aren't supposed to steal Butch's chair, once i did I was locked into position with the game not triggering the G.O.A.T test! Needless to say I say that for more than a few minutes wondering what was wrong. Fortunately it was nothing a quick save and load couldn't fix. Many more bugs are encountered with the VATS feature. Often times camera angles will be obscured by different environmental objects and makes for some interesting shots. I ran into a couple of quest bugs too, people not showing up when they should or taking an excessively long time to do so, but like I said before, these small annoyances were nothing to pull me away from the meat of the game!
And when it comes to meat in the game, there is plenty, when it comes to the literal aspect and in relation to the story. The gameplay in Fallout is very similar to oblivion, but very different too. The first person perspective is the go to perspective in the game. Playing in Third person forces you to watch shotty animations and play with inaccurate aim. While it is nice for looking at your character and seeing some of the environment, the third person perspective was pretty useless. But in first person the game plays well, guns feel like they have the right amount of heft to them and definitely adds to the excitement of shoot outs. The VATS is amazing for the first half of the game, but then once you find a good weapon and your character is has got some skill I found that headshots ended battle in mere seconds. Once this happened I found my self switching to a lesser weapon and aiming at certain body parts. Don't get me wrong though, I think that the VATS is a great piece of the game and certainly makes for cinematic game play and some awesome kills. Some may call me sick, but I'm a fan of dismemberment in games and Fallout certainly provides in that department.
The story in fallout is completely new and independent of the previous games the exception being it is post-nuclear war title, but that's kind of a given. The story telling is top notch for a fps. I specify because it isn't great compared to an RPG, but is definitely good for an fps. The main quest does a good job of mixing up the missions and providing you with new and interesting areas to explore. The only grip I have with it was that it seemed short. I know that I skipped a little bit of the story by accident, but I am pretty sure I didn't spend more than 10 or 12 hours on the main mission, which i found a little disappointing. Before i knew what happened I had beat the game and was rolling through the credits.
All in all Fallout 3 is a topnotch game from people who i love (Bethesda). It provides plenty of variety and fun gameplay to make you play through time and time again. There are a few bugs, but nothing unforgivable. This game was made for people like me who are into sci-fi or apocalyptic future stories and I would recommend this as an immediate addition to your game library.
I'm giving Fallout3: 9.3 Cockslaps out of 10
(Incase you don't know, the higher the cockslaps the better, 10 being the best)