Edge MagazineIt'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]
Awards & Rankings
Generally favorable reviews- based on 948 Ratings
Oct 14, 2012Utterly amazing. Long hours of game-play, amazing story line, many side quests, large map, and amazing DLC. This is my favorite game, myUtterly amazing. Long hours of game-play, amazing story line, many side quests, large map, and amazing DLC. This is my favorite game, my previous being Fallout: New Vegas.… Full Review »
dlordJan 26, 2009too long, too many repetitive side missions and worst of all game kept freezing!!!! did enjoy playing but too many problems and life is too too long, too many repetitive side missions and worst of all game kept freezing!!!! did enjoy playing but too many problems and life is too short for that!… Full Review »
Feb 16, 2017I was never really interested on Fallout 3 or the franchise until late-2015 when I tried to buy it on my local retail store, which did notI was never really interested on Fallout 3 or the franchise until late-2015 when I tried to buy it on my local retail store, which did not have the game until six months later. My expectations for Fallout 3 were high and I have to say that it was one of my best video game purchases of the past year. I had a great experience while playing it. The story is okay, but this is not what really matters here, unlike other titles. I really like the atmosphere, the towns, the loneliness, the missions... It was something different for me, as I do not play this type of games. The Capital Wasteland is a great place to explore for hours. You could not know what location you are going to found or what is going to happen during your journey. It is not a horror game but there are some scary locations and enemies that are great to explore alone, in the dark, expecting some creepy moments to happen. There are also a lot of weapons, skills, locations, missions, enemies, Easter eggs... I really like that.
The voice acting is not that good. I loved hearing Liam Neeson as my character's father, but there are so much NPCs with the same voice actors (who do not bother on varying their voices at least), and that is how you have a whole bunch of characters with literally the same voice. The music is very good and the landscapes are great, as well as some locations, but I think that the worst thing about this video game is its technical aspect, and I am specifically talking about the PS3 version. It was a real shame that after surpassing 6MB of save data the game started freezing, chrashing and glitching. It is impossible to beat Fallout 3's story without seeing your screen freeze at least once. It is not as bad as Skyrim but it is bad, very bad, and that bothers me a lot.
Do not get me wrong with the note. It is a great video game, I had such a great experience whit it, but I can not give it a 9 with its terrible technical issues. I am sure that I could rate it with a 9 on PC, but not on the PS3. Despite all that, I think that it is a very recommendable video game. You can buy the GOTY edition if you want. The DLCs are good. Not great, but good, and they expand the game's universe with more locations, missions and weapons.
- Story completed once between June and November 2016. Platinum trophy earned. Played for 86 hours (counting all DLCs).… Full Review »