on April 7, 2010
So one day (back in 08) i decided to go to gamestop, I get there and see a giant figure of a guy in an armor (couldn't have cared less), sometime later i see a game with that same figure on the cover called Fallout 3 and once again... i coulnd't have cared less. Days later I went to one of my friend's house and found him playing it, he had just bought it. My friend later decides to take all of his games over to my house so we could play for a while, it got a bit late and when it was time for him to leave, he had just decided to leave the games at my house and pick them up some other time. After a few days of just looking at the games just sitting around I decided to pop in the game to check it out. At first I felt like -ok, ill just play for a while, see what the point of the game is and than goes off. After that while had passed, I said -ok, just a little bit more... After that other while had passed, I had realized I had fallen in love with this game. Unfortunately for me, my friend picked up the game a couple of days after i started playing, but of course, i bought later.
So after inserting the game in my xbox I chose to create New Game... obviously.... a little intro of the kind of place ill be adventuring in shows, than i hear a baby crying who was just borned just to find out thats the character ill be using throughout the game. Than my "dad", whose voice seemed very familiar (Liam Neeson from Taken), tells me about this monitor that shows the way i'll look once im a grown up. These is where we get to choose our facial aspects, hair, race, and of course, our name. Dad talks to us for a while than an unfortunate event happens. Right after that, a year or so passes by. We are made to believe we will always be living inside a vault where people will be protected from the outside world. I find myself still a baby in a room, dad talks to me and than leaves the room, right here we get to choose our S.P.E.C.I.A.L. skills (Strenght, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck) , which determine what aspects we want to be stronger on. After we're done with this, dad walks in and than tells us about a passage from the bible (revelation 21:6), which is of major importance to the game. After a few years, I get a birthday party, interact with some people, blah blah blah, than Im introduced to a watch-like artifact called the Pip-boy 3000 which is received to everyone at the age of 10 to people living in the vault, this specific object plays a major role in the game. A few years pass and now, I am obligated to go and take an exam which will determine another set of skills which work differently than the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. skills, these ones determine how effective we can be with guns, melee weapons, medicine, speeches, lockpicking, repairing, sneaking, and others. Some are also affected by your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. skills. Once again, a few years pass and now, I seem to be in some sort of trouble, to put it simple, a series of events happen that will causes my character to have to leave the vault and see the outside world for the first time. From there on, Im on my own...
After leaving the vault I felt greatly awed by the amazing environment, kinda like if i was living the game from my television set. Right from there I felt such freedom. For example, we see a whole bunch of places from far away and we get the feeling of need to go and explore it, we get there and scavenge around for exciting thing to find. While walking around, we will also find some enemies which will give us some trouble during our first levels of the game, but after earning some exp and leveling up, these morons should reconsider firing us at site.
The games pase goes as we will, we could either choose to help someone in need, get on with the story, or explore around the capital wasteland scavenging for weapons, medicine, clothing, miscellaneous, books, and a whole lot of other stuff that will aid us in the adventure. When facing enemies, i can compare the shooting to bioshock, and the close and personal to oblivion. Of course, we also have VATS (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System), which automatically pauses the game and allows us to aim for different parts of the enemies body, it depends on how close we may be to the enemy and/or our level of our guns/melee skills that determine our chances of hitting. VATS will come continiously handy to us on the wasteland, not only that but it also provides some really amazing, constantly gory cinematics.
To wrap it up, I just want to say that there has never been a single player video game which I have enjoyed more in my entire life. I truly consider Fallout 3 one of the best games ever made, game I had no plan on acquiring until I accidently realized how great it was (thanks to my friend). haha. I love this game and would recommend it to any shooter, rpg, and/or adventure loving gamer. Btw... I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR NEW VEGAS!!!