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- Fight for survival against terrors of the outside world, radiation, and mutants after nuclear fallout
- Latest in human ability simulation affords unlimited customization of characters
- Expansive world in modern super-deluxe HD graphics
- Features ability to pause time in combat, target specific body parts, and queue up attacks
- 1st- or 3rd-person perspective
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3 playable characters, each with their own unique traits, strengths and attributes. Unleash over 50 ranged, explosive weapons on hoards of radioactive and mutant creatures and bosses. Tons of unique equipment to acquire from defeated enemies.
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.
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.
- 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.
|Minimum Specifications:||Recommended Specifications:|
|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|
Top customer reviews
You play as a Vault dweller who sets out from Vault 101, in search of his father, a scientist who broke out of the Vault for certain reasons.
The universe of the Fallout series takes place in a world where even in the year 2070 and beyond it has stayed in a 1950's mindset. Technology got bigger, not smaller. The USA, China and Russia launched nuclear bombs one day at each other, destroying most of the world. You emerge as a Vault dweller in each game from a Vault into a wasteland full of danger, mystery, surprise and many quests. Fallout 3 is no exception.
Huge, detailed open world to explore
Over a hundred locations in the wasteland, from schools, hospitals, hotels, vaults, houses, city's, towns, etc.
Over a dozen weapons from guns to flamethrowers to grenades and plasma rifles
Can be played in first person or third person view
Character creation at beginning of game is a plus
Several RPG elements, character leveling with experience
Lockpicking is fun
Enemies from mutants, wildlife, bandits and robots
Realistic physics, damage, cool explosions
Richly detailed environments
Great graphics, character models, voice acting
Fantastic sound, atmosphere
Engaging storyline, quests, multiple choices and dialog options to make
Interesting characters and factions
Ability to eat and sleep, dress
Main quest feels liner
Game crashes sometimes so save and save often!
All in all a great, all.time classic from Bethesda.
Run on a: Dell Optiplex GX620 PC with a P4 HT CPU at 3.4ghz, 2GB DDR2 Ram, 80GB HD with 20 GB free space, SoundMax sound (onboard) HD Radeon LP 6450 1GB DDR3 video card, Windows XP Home SP3, runs on high settings
Anyway, I was really pleasantly surprised by this game. I took a risk on it, unsure of whether or not I would like it but I really did. Theres good and bad though, so here's my thoughts, first the bad:
1. The main quest is pretty short I think and you can knock it out quick, but you don't want to because one of the drawbacks of the game is that once its done, the game is done. There's no freeplay after that last main quest mission. I would have liked to have been able to go do more exploration or quests after the final main one or even to talk to people afterwards to find out their thoughts at that point.
2. There's a real lack in different bad things to kill, I count roughly a dozen or so different creatures and that's about it and you see most of the different creatures pretty early on in the game, so there's really not a lot of surprises. Further, I found I could kill pretty much anything I ran up against fairly early in the game, so the stuff didn't really get more challenging.
3. I think there's a disconnect between levels and experience. Either theres not enough levels or you get thru them too quickly. I found myself maxed out at level 20 maybe 1/3 of the way thru the game. That meant that I didn't see any motivation or benefit really to continuing to do certain activities as there was no experience.
4. There's a real limit to how much cool stuff there is in the game. Again you see the same stuff over and over and there's not a lot of rare items, nor do the items get better as you progress. That would have made more sense to me, better weapons and armor as you progress and encounter harder and harder foes. Also, because of this, I found myself with lots of lots of caps (in game money) with nothing worthwhile to spend it on really, this took away motivation to bother to gather things because I didn't need the money anyway.
5. I get that there's only so much they can do, but still, every house seems to have the same internal layout, the tunnels all look the same inside, etc, just the configurations change. Its not a big problem, but its consistent with weapons, armor and creatures in terms of a lack of real diversification.
6. There's a lack of diversification of faces, maybe a dozen or two and so you tend to see the same faces over and over, especially on the raiders.
7. Shooting when you're not in VATS, especially on a PC is a little tricky, but not impossible.
8. I would have liked to have seen some romance options, but that's just me, a romantic at heart.
9. It ends kind of abruptly. I would have expected the last mission to be a really tough battle royale kind of a "the biggest test" of the game if you will, but it wasn't. That's consistent with the fact that nothing really gets any harder or more challenging throughout, it all kind of stays at the same level even as you get slightly better weapons or much better skills or attributes, really it just gets easier as you go so for me, the end was really easy and I wasn't expecting it to end when it did.
and the good:
1. I really enjoyed this game and felt sad when it ended, I think because it really does have a great story that draws you in and truly makes you feel connected.
2. The voice work is nice. Liam Neeson plays the father. Malcom McDowell as the President, both have amazing voices.
3. While more diversity of music and radio station choices would have been nice, I did enjoy listening to the music and news of Galaxy News Radio. The old style music was a neat contrast against the wasteland.
4. The world is very big and the environment is beautiful and detailed. I would have liked to have seen it be a fully usable/destructable world like in some other games, but walking around, especially at sunrise or sunset, this is a really cool looking place with lots to see, lots to explore.
5. Tons of little side quests ranging from small nothing things to bigger things, so plenty to do.
6. I liked the karma system and how people respond to you is based on that. Its not something you set in a window like I'm going to have X karma and be evil, its more based on your choices which I think is how it should be.
7. VATS makes shooting pretty easy and the slow motion of body parts flying everywhere when you hit something is a neat bonus.
So for whatever shortcomings the game has, I highly highly recommend it. It plays out more as an RPG (role playing game) than a pure shooter. You're not just shooting at stuff with no reason, this has a real story and you're a character in a world that you feel connected with. There's a bunch of DLC add on content too but I didn't buy into that. So if you're good with 3rd person shooter games (or 1st person) like GTA, Saints Row, Dragon Age, etc, you may very much like this one.