Fallout 3 - PC Game of the Year Edition
- Fallout 3: Game of The Year Edition
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|Vault-Tec engineers have worked around the clock on an interactive reproduction of Wasteland life for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own vault. Included is an expansive world, unique combat, shockingly realistic visuals, tons of player choice, and an incredible cast of dynamic characters. Every minute is a fight for survival against the terrors of the outside world – radiation, Super Mutants, and hostile mutated creatures. From Vault-Tec, America’s First Choice in Post Nuclear Simulation.|
PUBLISHER: Bethesda Softworks DEVELOPER: Bethesda Game Studios RELEASE DATE: 10/13/2009 PLATFORM: Xbox 360™ / PLAYSTATION®3 systems, Games for Windows GENRE: Post Nuclear Role-Playing
With Fallout 3 Game of the Year edition, experience the most acclaimed game of 2008 like never before. Create a character of your choosing and descend into an awe inspiring, post-apocalyptic world where every minute is a fight for survival. Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition includes the original game as well as all five of the Fallout 3 Game Add-on Packs:
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I know that last sentence seems over the top, but I don't give praise like that lightly, so take it as the true endorsement it is. As a role-playing game Fallout 3 offers you a great deal of choice; who do you want to side with, what type of person is your character, how do you advance your abilities--all these and more are left to you. The story writing is excellent and there is an incredible amount of attention give even in the minutiae. You might find a remote home on the map with no connection to any quest or story in the game that still has a developed NPC (non-player character) who offers humor, sadness, or greater insight into the world of the game. Another strength of this game is the open-world design. While I am not always a fan of open-world games, this one, being set in Washington, DC, keeps things feeling fresh and interesting because of the richness of the locale. DC has such a wealth of famous landmarks, government buildings, military bases, and subway tunnels that you really feel like you are in post-apocalyptic America. The attention to detail with the Metro (subway) system in particular was downright eerie. On top of all of this the gameplay itself was fun and satisfying; there is the usual assortment of weapons, armor, companions, and abilities to keep things interesting.
There are, of course, some flaws. You will likely, at some point, find or do something that makes the game crash. Likewise, as the game is now older, you may have to tweak it to make it work correctly. But it will be completely worth it.
Overall this is a phenomenal game that you can easily, even with just playing the core stories, spend over a hundred hours playing. The story, setting, and variety of characters, abilities, and weapons makes this a ton of fun. Do yourself a favor and play Fallout 3.
If you haven't played Fallout 3 or seen any of the trailers or gamer videos, you are in for a treat. Released in 2008, the story literally and figuratively begins with the birth of your character. After choosing your attributes, you experience, via growing older, a couple short scenarios in which you learn how to maneuver and use the controls. Then... WHAM... you are released into the vast post-apocalyptic landscape of the mid-Atlantic U.S.
You are given a main quest, and many, many side quests, which requires extensive walking and exploration throughout the territory. In order to complete quests, you must interact with NPCs, choosing which factions to support or fight against. In your personal menu, known as a PIP-boy, you will see how the different affiliations view your character, i.e., "Evil", "Good", or "Neutral". Found items can be cobbled together into weapons and ammo, and armor and weapons deteriorate with use, so you will have to replace them or increase your repair skill. Skills are increased by completing tasks or reading magazines, which provide a timed increase in the skill, or by reading books, which provide a permanent in crease in the skill.
How long the game takes to "finish" depends on how you like to play games. If you want to simply jet through the game, get it over with, then you could complete the main quest in a couple of days. If you're like me, and need to pick up every single item and walk every inch of the territory, then the game becomes never-ending - I've logged over 600 hours. You can always finish the game and restart, selecting different attributes and changing which factions you want to support; some achievements can only be accomplished this way.
The game is beautiful with immense detail, shading, perspective, and the scaling is incredible. At one point your character must climb atop a satellite relay station and walk across the upturned dish. Several of the tiles are missing and as my character peered through one of the gaps to the ground far below, I experienced vertigo.
Although futuristic, the game incorporates retro advertising, appliances, vehicles, and aesthetics from the 1950s, a source of irony as that was the era of the Cold War. The retro nature of the visuals also provides humor and charm - something lacking from most FPS games. There are also many references to movies, T.V. shows, and popular culture, such, The Iron Giant, The Jetsons, Star Trek, and Them! (the 1954 film)... and be on the lookout for wayward teddy bears.
I cannot gush enough about this game, but anymore information will simply detract from the experience of discovery. Yes, the graphics are a little dated, but the game is so well-developed that it is hard to believe that it is a mere video game and not a virtual world, such as, Second Life. (sigh) I wouldn't mind living there if I thought I could actually survive an attack by a Deathclaw.
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