Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Fallout 3 is how effortlessly it combines so many gameplay mechanics, storylines, characters, expansive environments and complex in-game intricacies into one fluid package.
Yes, Fallout 3 is a lot like Oblivion (with guns!), but it's a superior game in nearly every way, as it features a more engaging storyline, impeccable presentation, and hundreds of hours of addictive gameplay. While the jury is still out on whether or not hardcore Fallout enthusiasts will accept the game as part of the storied franchise, Fallout 3 is a must-have title for most RPG fans, as well as one of the finest games of this generation.
Fallout 3 offers freedom without sacrificing a focused story. It delivers fantastic combat without forgoing a deep role-playing system. The characters you meet are engaging and oftentimes hilarious without feeling out of place in this harsh world.
Ultimately, Bethesda triumphed over all odds with Fallout 3. Defeating hype and the need to live up to the past, the Fallout 3 team created an intensely profound world and worthy successor to the franchise.
From the hollow wind blowing down through subway tunnels, to the radioactive dust clouds swirling throughout the wasteland, up to the buzzards circling the encampment where the bodies of 30 slave traders lie; Fallout 3 is as much a game as it is a training sim for the coming apocalypse.
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]
This Game Is My All-Time Favorite Video Game, The Reason Why This Is My All-Time Favorite Video Game Is the Setting Of Nuclear War Aftermath Survival!!!! I Grew Up As A Teenager In the 1980's, and As Anyone Who Ever Lived In the 1980's Will Remember the Greatest Fear In the 1980's Was the Real Possibilities Of A Nuclear War With the Soviet Union (Russia), So There Was This Fascination About What Would Happen If There Was Indeed A Nuclear War and How Would We Survival....From All the Movies and Music and Pop Culture Of the 1980's Already Ingrained Into Me From Growing Up In the 1980's, So the Setting Of This Video Game Fallout 3 Just Made Me Super Excited About This Video Game, I Had Never Seen or Heard Of Fallout, Or Fallout 2, Or Anything About Fallout Prior To Ever Playing Fallout 3, So I Knew Nothing of the Lore Of This Game Prior To Playing Fallout 3!!!!! The One Lore That Absolutely Surprised Me About the Game Was That It Was Taking Place 200 Years After the Nuclear War??? To Me I Would Have Made the Game Start Out Only 50 Years Max After the Nuclear War So There Is Always Fresh Content To Add As Far As Content To Add, Where As If Its 200 Years After the Nuclear War Its Pretty Much Over With As Far As Gameplay Survival Story Goes....2nd Thing That Surprised Me About the Lore Was That It Was China As the Enemy Nation and NOT SOVIET UNION (RUSSIA), Im Sorry But Any Developer Who Makes A Post Apocalyptic Nuclear War Game That Grew Up In the 1980's SHOULD KNOW TO MAKE SOVIET UNION (RUSSIA) AS THE ENEMY NATION NOT CHINA!!!!!!!! Those Were the Two Main Lore Items That I Actually Question As To What Were the Developers Thinking When They Made the Game As To Why That Was Used As the Lore.....I Have Literally Played 1000 Hours In the Game Since It Was Released In 2008, My Main Game Play Through I Played 700 Hours From Start To Finish In A Complete Game Play Through In 2018, I LOVED THAT!!!! The One Thing I Had Wished In the Game Was That There Was More Questing In the Game, While the Story Was Good, I Wish the Story Was More In Depth and Was More Complex Questing Like In Fallout New Vegas, As Far As Im Concerned The Only Thing Bethesda Had To Do In Fallout 4 Was To Improve On the Questing Aspects of the Game and Not Make It Into A "Settlement Builder Simulator", I Hope Bethesda Does Get Around Into Making A Remake of the Game Fallout 3 To Better the Visuals With Better Technology, (Unreal Engine 5)???? I Love the Whole Lore Of Being Stuck With the 1950's Technology Developement in the Game Lore, But Sometime I Wish the Lore Would Switch It Up To the 1980's Pop Culture!!!! If I Was To Make A Fallout Game I Would Make It With the Lore As Exactly Of 1980's Pop Culture, With 1950's Technology Stuck In With Soviet Union (Russia) As the Enemy Nation With Only 50 Years Having Passed By After the Nuclear War Aftermath, and Make the Game With Actual Factual Historical Pop Culture References From the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's Along With the Music Too.....What I Would Do Is Have Different Sections of the Map Devided Between Different Cultures From the '60, 70's, 80's etc. Honestly Because Bethesda Has Fallout and Elder Scrolls IP, That Means Bethesda As A Workforce Are Way Too Small Of A Company To Be Able To Handle Making Fallout and Elder Scrolls CONCURRENTLY!!! Which Is A Major Problem If Fallout Is Only Being Released **** Once Every Ten Years Or So, Fallout and Elder Scrolls NEEDS TO BE DEVELOPED CONCURRENTLY AND THEN STAGGER THE RELEASE DATES FOR EACH GAME By 6 Months!!!!!! There Is No Way A Game the Size of Skyrim Should Take More Than 4 Years Tops If You Have The Adequate Workforce, So You Need Seperate Teams To Make Elder Scrolls and Fallout CONCURRENTLY AND TAKE NO MORE THEN 4 YEARS FOR EACH GAME!!!!
This game has a cool atmosphere and theme but that's all I really like about it. It's main story is very weak and way too short, although the dlc's do make up for this. The characters are somewhat good but mostly forgettable, and like all Bethesda games its very bug persistent. The dlc's do somewhat make this game better, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted too unfortunately.
Fallout 3 was the long awaited return of the post apocalyptic role playing series that had been locked away in a vault for over 10 years. Under new developer and publisher, Bethesda, the series was changed to a first person roleplaying game with heavy emphasis on real time combat. It was critically acclaimed at the time but has since dwindled in reputation and I can honestly see why.
I first played Fallout 3 in 2008 and had honestly never played a game like it. I played it very consistently on Xbox 360, not doing much outside of exploring. This is why I never beat the main quest until now. Upon playing it, I definitely wasn't blown away. I played through this game the day after I beat Fallout: New Vegas and that might be the worst thing you can do if you want to appreciate this game. It's by no means a bad game but with a mediocre story, less interesting environment and worse combat than New Vegas, I have little reason to go back to this one.
Fallout 4 may have even less roleplaying elements than Fallout 3 but at least it offers me things that New Vegas can't such as building settlements and the vast character customization. Sadly, despite it's obvious quality, I can't see myself revisiting Fallout 3 very often.
I beat this game in November of 2019.
This game is incredibly buggy. But I think anyone who knows anything about Bethesda knows that their games are complete bug-fests.
Now with the obvious out of the way, I honestly have only done a full play-through once, I have tried to play through the game over, and over, but I can’t bring myself to do it. The beginning is really boring. Most side-quests weren’t interesting to me. And near the end I just wanted to finish the game.
And especially now that time has passed, this game has not aged well, even though Fallout: New Vegas which uses the exact same engine and with almost the exact same mechanics still somewhat feels fresh.
I would give this game a 5 if the game wasn’t so buggy. But since it is 4/10.
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, and an incredible cast of dynamic characters. Ev...