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  • Summary: [Metacritic's 2008 PC Game of the Year] 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,[Metacritic's 2008 PC Game of the Year] 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. Vault 101 - Jewel of the Wastes. For 200 years, Vault 101 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. [Bethesda Softworks] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    100
    A vast and open world of unimaginable possibilities opens in front of you in Fallout 3. Great story, flawless combat system, and the option to choose your own way makes it a hot candidate for game of the year. [Nov 2008]
  2. A massive, enthralling achievement.
  3. The PC version's controls are certainly sharp and I found myself pulling off many more headshots and quick kills with a mouse and keyboard than I could on the console counterparts, but if you really do want to play with a gamepad, Fallout 3 does fully support the 360 controller on the PC as well.
  4. PC Gamer
    91
    But Fallout 3 has fidelity to its predecessors in more important ways, such as offering an incredible depth of role-playing opportunities. [Holiday 2008, p.54]
  5. PC Gamer UK
    90
    Thrillingly dark, gruesomely adult and one of the most atmospheric games ever. [Dec 2008, p.66]
  6. In Fallout 3 Bethesda has made a very good thing, though it is somewhat hampered by the lack of variable scenery and a VATS that plays less than perfectly.
  7. Edge Magazine
    70
    It’s a game that rewards the long-haul with deep, inventive missions which eschew the usual fetch and kill structure, ensuring that the many hours spent in Fallout 3’s wasteland aren’t wasted. [Christmas 2008, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 95 out of 652
  1. MikeW.
    Nov 10, 2008
    10
    This game is great, I'm having a very enjoyable experience here. I don't think its perfect, more a 9 than a 10, but like others This game is great, I'm having a very enjoyable experience here. I don't think its perfect, more a 9 than a 10, but like others here I'm trying to balance out the moron PC fanboys that are pissed that the console playing population can experience their beloved and coveted fallout. Get a life, guys. Its not like the game is *your* private intellectual propery. Probably take this more seriously than the black isle programmers. As to following the old series, I think this is pretty well in line, as many difference could be account for by the fact that it takes place on the east coast, instead of in Cali. which is where Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 took place. That does eliminate the whole tribal component, but hey, we get bombed out metro stations and downtown DC. I mean the geographic scale is much better than, say, Fallout 2. I mean New Reno was like 2 screens, teeny tiny... Reno is huge. At least they made an attempt to represent what a *city* looks like. people giving this less than a 6 are not being honest about gameplay and are instead voting on... some peripheral reason (e.g. pc turfwar pissing fight, angry nostalgia, comparison to obliv., politics of game studios etc.) The one notable exception is people having stability issues, which have been minimal in my game time. Note to others on metacritic: This scoreboard is here to rate the FREAKING GAME; not the studio, not the franchise, not games related to it, not the platform you play it on. Why is that so hard? Everyone's an expert on writing game code, apparently, and expects the programmers to fulfill their wildest dreams for 50 bucks. Puh-lease... its a f*cking game, relax a little. This mentality is exactly why people interested in computing and related sciences got such a bad reputation. You angry fan-boys are social cripples. Expand
  2. Jun 10, 2014
    10
    Man, some will say it's fanboy-thing, but no, it's not, this game is one of the games of my life, because all is so immersive (despite aMan, some will say it's fanboy-thing, but no, it's not, this game is one of the games of my life, because all is so immersive (despite a little in the graphics), and opened, just like every little thing in this game have an history, an detail, that can be founded and explored. If you like either FPS or RPG, buy this game, you'll won't regret it! Expand
  3. LoganS.
    Nov 21, 2008
    10
    The hallowed memories of yesteryears games makes the Fallout tradition a challenging project to have undertaken. Bethesda has not released a The hallowed memories of yesteryears games makes the Fallout tradition a challenging project to have undertaken. Bethesda has not released a perfect game, but there is no doubt in my mind that this is indeed a worthy heir to the Fallout lineage. What it has lost by leaving the 3rd person isometric view it has gained back 100 fold by an amazingly detailed world, storylines that go far beyond simple lines of dialog, and many different paths for the player to choose. There is in fact far more content than any single playthrough needs to experience, promising greater replayability. Expand
  4. JackR
    Nov 2, 2008
    9
    This is an extremely good game. I did not like Oblivion for various reasons, but this game does away with most of what annoyed me in Oblivion This is an extremely good game. I did not like Oblivion for various reasons, but this game does away with most of what annoyed me in Oblivion (the bad combat system etc.). This game is a great First Person Shooter, but it has a lot of depth too. Under the surface, it's an RPG, so although the combat is as fun and visceral as an FPS, it is a lot less shallow because the game requires a lot more thought and care. You have to explore, pick the character traits that best suit your style of play, you have to build up your character's weapons and armour, and there is a real story with lots of real characters. So to me it's the best of both worlds. RPG's have depth but poor combat, and FPS's have good combat but are shallow. This game has the best of both worlds with great combat and lots of depth. It's just a fantastic game. I am constantly reminded of the magnificent System Shock games, and that is no small feat. Expand
  5. Hallo
    Jan 18, 2009
    8
    First off, I'd like to commend Bethesda for attempting a tutorial and would like to apologize for those who play their games who First off, I'd like to commend Bethesda for attempting a tutorial and would like to apologize for those who play their games who haven't the lick of sense. While the tutorial does, indeed, suck... there is an invention called the "internet" full of wikia's with plenty of information. While the baby book is cute, for someone who has never played the game... it's rather uninformative (the standard point distribution screen being more informative). Unfortunatly, stat ballancing is little more than that, only END and INT seem to offer major skill bonus' (and both have a large return [health, skill points, rad resistance]). W/E... the point is I feel like I'm picking out which stats matter over which just... suck. Combat can be clunky... V.A.T.S is borring... blah blah... but most relivant is that the game hardly "feels" alive. True, the world was devistated by a series of nuclear explosions (that did not detonate the nuclear cars lying around (nor destroy anything... atleast nothing that 200 years of disrepair couldn't account for)... nore could I care for pumping the greyscale... brownscale is soo much better than dulling the color.... What I'm trying to point to is that the environment neither frighten's me nore feels to be true to the story (the feeling is a little more like desolation... as if everyone just left the city... although the game is already absurdly high in it, the "environment" needs more bodies. Not those empailed bodies... but like a family huddeling together right before they get fosilized, people having built their own makeshift "fallout shelters"... fallout 3 has a map... but its world has no questions... it has no beauty... it just is and some few things happen in it. infact, I am througly confused as to why there are signs pointing to megaton for people leaving vault 101 (thats not a question, thats a "this doesn't fit into the idea of the world") I'll end by stating that twitch play is how the game should be. If you focus on combat you don't want turn based unless you're using tactics... twitch play keeps nerves up... I've never much approved of games that made combat last several min against 1-2 foes... it often feels more like the AI is cheating than anything. But I would suppose that the PC will get stronger yet so... we'll see. However, regardless on PC strength... the ability to shoot up... left and right... is beyond stupid. These "drugs" that junkies use to get high are used by the PC to aid in combat... and with no penitally with how many you carry or how many you use at once... worse are stim packs which might be essential when continuously fighting, sort of kill the experience by allowing one to horde enough to resurect the dead city. But W/E an okay game... thats what matters I guess. Expand
  6. Jun 27, 2013
    7
    If it wouldn't be for all the glitches, Fallout 3 would be one of the best games ever. It's exactly what an open-world should be; looks great,If it wouldn't be for all the glitches, Fallout 3 would be one of the best games ever. It's exactly what an open-world should be; looks great, handles great and keeps you coming back for more exploration. Unfortunately, exploring becomes difficult when load screens take up 10 minute blocks of time and your character and frame rate lag. Expand
  7. BethesdaSUX
    Oct 26, 2008
    0
    Take 1 good dead franchise, exhume it. Strap on some new grey graphics, leave all the flesh behind in the grave, add micronukes, and what do Take 1 good dead franchise, exhume it. Strap on some new grey graphics, leave all the flesh behind in the grave, add micronukes, and what do you get? FAILOUT 3. Bethesda -ruining your favorite franchise 1 micronuke at a time. Ignore all the reviewers comments, they have all been bribed. Just remember how bad the scaling in oblivion was? You build you character, and instead of geting better your enemies get so good that you might as well not have leveld up at all. This is the worst game ever made, it is grey, and by that i mean you will likely not even get to see another colour the entire game. Dogmeat? Yup, he only died in a forcefield 75 years ago, but WAIT! he's BACK! Mutants have become orcs, ghouls are now zombies. Yes, zombies. Not ghouls. Same thing if you are accustomed to making games like oblivion. When harold decides to eat my brain then i will tell these retards that they did not ruin fallout. Bethe$da are destroying fallout. Buy this game and kill a franchise. Oh, and there are mudcrabs too. and DRAGONS! YAY! I put on my daedric plate and my uber imba nuke launcher to fight a dragon with my 20 fire damage enchanted ammo. I think i will make a potion out of jet (only available in new reno, and only for 4 years or so) that i bought a few thousand kilometers from new reno. I will mix in some NOT heroin due to australian censorship, to get a restore fatigue potion and then repair my armour with a grandmaster armourers hammer. Dont waste your money. Expand

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