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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] Expand
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  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, First-Person, First-Person, Western-Style
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: M
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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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  1. RockandRoll
    Oct 29, 2008
    10
    Look, I loved the original Fallout games too. However, this game exceeded my expectations completely. I loved this game, and I believe that Look, I loved the original Fallout games too. However, this game exceeded my expectations completely. I loved this game, and I believe that the effort that went into this game is what makes it good. Sure, it's not by Black Isle and sure there are a few bugs, but that is no reason to give it a terrible rating. Everyone has their own opinion. You cannot say a games sucks if there are many people who find it enjoyable, you may hate it but someone else will love it. Now Turok... THOSE were bad. Expand
  2. Sep 4, 2013
    10
    I love this game. I think it's the best game of the century. I know that there are some glitches and bugs, but it is not so important,I love this game. I think it's the best game of the century. I know that there are some glitches and bugs, but it is not so important, because this game is really awesome 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. Dec 23, 2017
    9
    This game is one of the Top 15 RPG of all-time. With the great Mods available for it and just the massiveness and content in this game, itThis game is one of the Top 15 RPG of all-time. With the great Mods available for it and just the massiveness and content in this game, it will provide literally 100's of hours of enjoyment. Expand
  5. May 25, 2019
    8
    Back in 2008 I was playing Fallout 3 on my Xbox 360 and I was being amazed with the game and properly introduced to the Fallout universe.Back in 2008 I was playing Fallout 3 on my Xbox 360 and I was being amazed with the game and properly introduced to the Fallout universe.

    The game is quite impressive, even for today standards, despite some technical issues regarding to compatibility to the most updated systems and we are warned on Steam page that Fallout 3 is not optimized for Windows 7 and later.
    But I managed to override those issues, and I could replay it again, and in the end the only thing that I could not get to work was the fact that Steam was not counting properly my game time.

    The graphics are very good, for 2008 standards, and the map is huge. Traversing it and see all its destruction makes us feel lonely and in the end of the world. But we always can overcome that feeling with some music, and the 50's style music that we find in the radio make us think how the world was before.

    It's an amazing experience, with countless hours of gameplay... Is a classic of the gaming history.
    Fully recommend it, a "must have" to any gaming collection.
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  6. LysanderS
    Dec 20, 2009
    7
    An incredibly dumbed down RPG (INCREDIBLY!), with a terrible physics engine, more bugs tha Oblivion, and a broken shooting system. Besides An incredibly dumbed down RPG (INCREDIBLY!), with a terrible physics engine, more bugs tha Oblivion, and a broken shooting system. Besides that, there's still a nice amount of fun to be had, if you can excuse the bugs. Expand
  7. Mar 23, 2019
    0
    This is absolute GARBAGE, do not waste your money on this trash heap of a game, here's why.
    The game starts off with this obnoxiously long
    This is absolute GARBAGE, do not waste your money on this trash heap of a game, here's why.
    The game starts off with this obnoxiously long intro where all you do is pick your stats and that's it, everything else is just pointless, boring filler. It wants to come off as cool and cinematic but it just comes off as boring instead.
    When you are finally out of the Vault, you are placed into a surprisingly empty and boring world, I know that this is a post-apocalyptic game but Jesus Christ. It's not deep or scary enough to be like Fallout 1, and it's not wacky and silly like Fallout 2, it's a weird mesh of both and it really shows, it all comes down to a giant hallway with enemies to shoot.
    Also the first enemies you encounter are cannon fodder, F.E.A.R which came out 3 years earlier had better AI, so I don't know how they managed to mess that up. The first weapons you get are complete garbage, they deal no damage and break easily, but the AI somehow manages to be so stupid that it can't even kill you even if it tried, I only died ONCE after beating the entire game, I'm not even trying to be funny.
    The story is even worse, nobody has a clear motivation or reason as to why they do what they do, it's generally boring all around, the villain appears like 2 times and when you actually fight him, he's a complete pushover. I can't even remember most of the story becaue my brain was trying this hard to forget this garbage game.
    Essentially what it all boils down to is a broken, 0 fun game with a really short, linear story, it's better off being Generic RPG-Like Shooter#3353.
    Go buy Fallout: New Vegas instead, that game is actually really good, I'll make sure to write a review on it later.
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