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Fallout 3: Amazon.com Exclusive Survival Edition

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC
Edition: Survival - Amazon.com Exclusive
Survival - Amazon.com Exclusive

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Platform: PC | Edition: Survival - Amazon.com Exclusive
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0017QFX30
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,435 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC | Edition: Survival - Amazon.com Exclusive


The third game in the Fallout series, Fallout 3 is a singleplayer action role-playing game (RPG) set in a post-apocalyptic Washington DC. Combining the horrific insanity of the Cold War era theory of mutually assured destruction gone terribly wrong, with the kitschy naivety of American 1950s nuclear propaganda, Fallout 3 will satisfy both players familiar with the popular first two games in its series as well as those coming to the franchise for the first time.

'Fallout 3' game logo
The Cold War goes Next-Gen
The Capital Wasteland
Welcome to the nation's capital.
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Brotherhood of Steel member
The Brotherhood of Steel is a powerful ally.
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The Pip-Boy Model 3000
Customize characters with your Pip-Boy.
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The Story: Vault 101 – Jewel of the Wastes
For 200 years, Vault 101 , a fallout shelter, has faithfully served the surviving residents of Washington DC and its environs, now known as the Capital Wasteland. Though the global atomic war of 2077 left the US all but destroyed, the residents of Vault 101 enjoy a life free from the constant stress of the outside world. Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants are all no match for superior Vault-Tec engineering. Yet one fateful morning, you awake to find that your father has defied the Overseer and left the comfort and security afforded by Vault 101 for reasons unknown. Leaving the only home you've ever known, you emerge from the Vault into the harsh Wasteland sun to search for your father, and the truth.

Key Features:

  • Limitless Freedom! – Take in the sights and sounds of the vast Capital Wasteland! See the great monuments of the United States lying in post-apocalyptic ruin! You make the choices that define you and change the world. Just keep an eye on your Rad Meter!
  • Experience S.P.E.C.I.A.L.! – Vault-Tec engineers bring you the latest in human ability simulation – the SPECIAL Character System! Utilizing new breakthroughs in points-based ability representation, SPECIAL affords unlimited customization of your character. Also included are dozens of unique skills and perks to choose from, each with a dazzling variety of effects!
  • Fantastic New Views! – The wizards at Vault-Tec have done it again! No longer constrained to just one view, experience the world from 1st or 3rd person perspective. Customize your view with the touch of a button!
  • The Power of Choice! – Feeling like a dastardly villain today, or a Good Samaritan? Pick a side or walk the line, as every situation can be dealt with in many different ways. Talk out your problems in a civilized fashion, or just flash your Plasma Rifle.
  • Blast 'Em Away With V.A.T.S.! –Even the odds in combat with the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System for your Pip-Boy Model 3000! V.A.T.S. allows you to pause time in combat, target specific body parts on your target, queue up attacks, and let Vault-Tec take out your aggression for you. Rain death and destruction in an all-new cinematic presentation featuring gory dismemberments and spectacular explosions.
  • Mind-Blowing Artificial Intelligence! – At Vault-Tec, we realize that the key to reviving civilization after a global nuclear war is people. Our best minds pooled their efforts to produce an advanced version of Radiant AI, America's First Choice in Human Interaction Simulation. Facial expressions, gestures, unique dialog, and lifelike behavior are brought together with stunning results by the latest in Vault-Tec technology.
  • Eye-Popping Prettiness! – Witness the harsh realities of nuclear fallout rendered like never before in modern super-deluxe HD graphics. From the barren Wasteland, to the danger-filled offices and metro tunnels of DC, to the hideous rotten flesh of a mutant's face.

System Requirements:

Minimum Specifications: Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP/Vista
Processor: 2.4 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor Intel Core 2 Duo processor
RAM: XP: 1GB System RAM
Vista: 2GB System RAM
2 GB System RAM
Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 256MB RAM (NVIDIA 6800 or better/ATI X850 or better) NvidiaDirect X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA 8800 series, ATI 3800 series)
Supported Video Card Chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce Series 200, 9800, 9600, 8800, 8600, 8500, 8400, 7900, 7800, 7600, 7300, 6800; ATI HD Series 4800, 4600, 3800, 3600, 3400, 2900, 2600, 2400; ATI Series X1900, X1800, X1600, X1300, and X850

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201 of 218 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T WASTE MONEY ON THIS JUNK EDITION! October 30, 2008
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Survival - Amazon.com Exclusive
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I would give the Survival Edition 0 stars, except that the minimum is 1.

Let's review why one would buy this edition. The Survival Edition is identical to the Collector's Edition, except that it includes a Pip-Boy 3000 replica. The price difference (at the time of this writing) is $50. Therefore, logic would suggest that the Pip-Boy 3000 is being billed as a $50 value.

Now that we've established the value of this item, let's consider what the Pip-Boy is worth from a fan's perspective. I am a big-time Fallout fan. I played both Fallout and Fallout 2 when they came out and have played through each game several times with different characters and different types of choices. When I learned about the different editions that would be offered for Fallout 3, I jumped at the opportunity to get the Survival Edition with my very own Pip-Boy.

I received the package at work at noon. I can't install and play the game at work, of course, so I opened up the Pip-Boy box and checked it out.

Initial Reaction (under 1 minute): The Pip-Boy is a piece of junk! It's a couple pennies worth of injection-molded plastic, a cheap compass (woo, a moving part), a non-functional dial that moves 30 degrees or so, and a non-functional knob that moves 45 degrees or so. It'll all green, except for the clear buttons (not red like in the picture), the very distinctive white LCD numbers (much more white and noticeable/distracting than in the picture), and the white and red compass. The rest of it is just a cheap green plastic color, with no gray highlights as shown in the picture. Not very impressive.

Second Reaction (T+ 1-2 minutes): Put in the batteries. My, the numbers are hard to read.
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fallout 3 Survival Edition - Pipboy Clock HELL November 6, 2008
By gp3
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Survival - Amazon.com Exclusive
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you purchased the Fallout 3 "Survival" Edition from amazon.com, you will want to be aware of this:

For me, the Pipboy Clock that came with the Survival Edition was Broken on Arrival. Two of the three buttons do not work which makes it impossible to set the time (short of putting the batteries in at midnight or noon). So, I went through the info in the box and found a warranty card. To my surprise, the warranty states that: 1) You have to pay to send the clock in for repairs, 2) You need to enclose a check for $10 for return shipping.

This is unacceptable.

So, I contacted amazon.com to see about an RMA for a replacement. They cannot since at that time they were out of stock, but they will refund my money if I return everything (and they will pay for shipping). At least I can get my money back.

Still unacceptable if you want to keep the Pipboy.

So, I tried to contact Bethesda Customer Support (301-949-2200) hoping that this could be resolved. They directed me to Bethesda Technical Support. Their Customer and Technical Support is the same thing (supposedly). After 4 calls to each of the numbers, this is the result:

1) No one can escalate the issue..there is no such thing. Their technical support department is an self-enclosed entity that does not have any upper management. If you push to hard, they will direct you to Customer Support, which takes you back to Technical Support. Round and Round and Round....

2) They tell you to use the warranty card. Once you explain that this would cost over $20 to do this(almost half of the price difference between collector's and survival edition), they get sympathetic...but can do nothing. They tell you to call Customer Support.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pipboy was a bit of a dissapointment. October 31, 2008
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Survival - Amazon.com Exclusive
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First of all I would like to point at that the thing on the top left of the Pipboy people are calling a compass, is obviously not a compass. Since it is held vertically it would be impossible for the compass to work, it is a radiation meter, if you played the game first then you would know that.

The Pipboy is a cheap piece of plastic, it does go on your arm but falls off very easily, I am afraid to break it. That is about what I figured it would be like though, what I was really disappointed in is the fact that it has no alarm on it. I was hoping to be able to replace my alarm clock in my room with a sweet Pipboy3000, but it only tells the time, nothing more.

The artwork, bobblehead, making of DVD, and lunchbox are all very nice though.

Pipboy 2/5

Everything else 5/5 overall.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By wjodon
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Survival - Amazon.com Exclusive
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I love the game and all the extras. Now that the Geck (game editor) is available, the full potential of the game will soon be met in the form of better balancing, level cap extensions, etc. I do think the pip-boy is not all that it could be for the added cost, but it is a cool artifact that called out to the Fallout fan-boy in me.

I noticed that my PipBoy was eating batteries once a week, and that the one on the bottom often got quite hot and failed messily. Over Christmas break I resolved to retrofit a wall wart interface into the back of the unit. Things got really interesting when I took it apart and found out that THE BATTERY HARNESS IS MISWIRED!!! The proper way to wire it would be to put all three batteries in series to get 4.5 volts, but in fact two of the batteries were in series for 3 volts, and then wired to the third battery, the one at the bottom, in parallel. This design puts undue stress on the batteries, especially the bottom one, and is the cause of the PipBoy's ridiculous battery consumption. I have rewired my battery harness for battery longevity and added the socket for a dc power source (Radio Shack).

IMHO, Bethesda should apologize and recall all the units, especially in light of the premium price of the Survivor Edition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll always find something new in this game
Enormous. Astonishingly packed with things to do, Fallout 3 contains enough content to fill several games and there is no "wrong" way to play. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dwayne A. Smoot
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
I got this because I love Fallout. I have yet to open it. The game itself is awesome but won't ever be the old fallout you know, however still fun.
Published 3 months ago by J. Wong
3.0 out of 5 stars Fallout
I already had the lunchbox and contents so I only bought this for the pipboy because if I bought one by it self it was the same amount. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alec Record
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games I have ever played
I enjoyed the game so much that I had to have the survival edition. The package arrived on time and in excellent conditions, exactly as described by the seller. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rita Santoyo
5.0 out of 5 stars Collector
Love the Fallout series, I have all the games and played them many many times over. I bought this one just for collecting sake. Have never opened the box.
Published 14 months ago by Stephen C. Dornbush
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing game
This game will have you exploring for hours on end. Do you hate games that force you to follow a path and wont let you explore? This is the game for you. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Travis M Bradford
5.0 out of 5 stars fallout 3
I've read the reviews about pipboy and i am glad i did not buy that one.I think that many of the people who bought it think that it whould be similar as in the game or part of... Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by George Veveklis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game, Use Mods!
This game is very fun. Make sure to check out the custom modding capabilities. The included bobble-head and PIPBoy are cool desk items.
Published on September 23, 2011 by Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallout Greatest Game ever Made
I love the Lunch Box that comes with the Exclusive Survival Edition, The Pipboy clock is Plastic Junk that some day I will need to rebuild some day. Read more
Published on April 17, 2011 by Goldmouse
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Blast
This game rocks ... I got the collectors and my arm Thingie did not work .. I guess it is supposed to be a clock you can put on your desk or someplace .. well it just did not work. Read more
Published on January 25, 2011 by Flec Gildersleeve
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