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  • Summary: 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 dynamicVault-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: 83 out of 84
  2. Negative: 0 out of 84
  1. 100
    Heck, it might just be the best console RPG of all time. It's deep, complex and tremendously addictive. From the amazing character development system to the engaging and satisfying combat, Fallout 3 has everything you could want in an RPG experience.
  2. games(TM)
    100
    If you’re not exploring the wasteland then you’re cheating yourself out of one of the best games in years. [Christmas 2008, p.94]
  3. The presentation of the game, as a whole, is what really takes Fallout 3 and boosts it into a level high above most of the other games being released this year on the Xbox 360.
  4. Tthere’s a constant flow of surprises and excellence packed into this RPG. Everything is set at such a high caliber that the negligible flaws and inconsistencies come across as much larger blemishes than in most games, but they can’t tarnish the overall experience.
  5. If you own a next gen system, you really owe it to yourself to play this game for at least 10 hours of your life. Doing this will not only prove how entertaining games can be, but rather act as a statement as to how far video games have come.
  6. Fallout 3 is a triumph in almost every sense.
  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: 30 out of 392
  1. [anonymous]
    Jan 20, 2010
    10
    You must get the GOTY edition with the DLC to enjoy this game!!! I could see this game being an 8 or 9 without the DLC, but with the level You must get the GOTY edition with the DLC to enjoy this game!!! I could see this game being an 8 or 9 without the DLC, but with the level cap raised, and other missions. this is my favorite game of all time!! Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2012
    10
    Fans of Mad Max and science fiction should love this game. I had never played a RPG before and I loved it. I will warn people who have neverFans of Mad Max and science fiction should love this game. I had never played a RPG before and I loved it. I will warn people who have never played a RPG before that it is a long slog and you will spend a long time searching through boxes in the desolate wasteland, although you should love the action / first person rpg system. Expand
  3. ErikP
    Oct 29, 2008
    10
    Look I'm not going to straight review this game, but everyone needs to stop comparing it to Bioshock. You should be comparing Bioshock Look I'm not going to straight review this game, but everyone needs to stop comparing it to Bioshock. You should be comparing Bioshock to it considering Fallout is an old series. Especially you reviewers get a life if you don't like this game. It may be your opinion, but your opinion is wack.On the same note Bioshock was a good game, but not worth playing more than once. Mass Effect was a great game, but it's negative outweighed its positives. It got boring. Fallout 3 is nowhere near getting boring and it definitely will have great replay qualities. From the engrossing storyline that only gives little by little to keep you wondering. To the humorous and serious interactions with NPC'S. To the guy on the side of the road looking for purified water. It's a great game don't let critics throw you from the beaten path on playing Fallout 3. Expand
  4. Mar 23, 2017
    10
    Fallout 3 proves to be one of the best open world games of all time, and while it has many problems that can easily be argued that Fallout NewFallout 3 proves to be one of the best open world games of all time, and while it has many problems that can easily be argued that Fallout New Vegas does better, the world and content was just unmatched for me. After spending 300 hours doing all the main quests and side missions (base and all dlc included), I spent 300 more just going on my own and doing my make believe adventure and having such fun doing it. I truly felt that the game had the best way to bring out exploration and reward the player well. It holds a special place in my heart for just how fun a post-apocalyptic survival game could be even when the content would run dry. Expand
  5. Feb 14, 2012
    9
    What a ride, an amazing story with tons of "what am i going to do here.." moments, you can really play the game the way YOU want to but everyWhat a ride, an amazing story with tons of "what am i going to do here.." moments, you can really play the game the way YOU want to but every descesion comes with a aftershock Expand
  6. Aug 10, 2018
    8
    This was my first time entering the Fallout universe. I was not disappointed. I really had no idea what I was getting into, but once I leftThis was my first time entering the Fallout universe. I was not disappointed. I really had no idea what I was getting into, but once I left the vault and saw the Capitol Wasteland for the first time, I was blown away. This adventure took me on an emotional rollercoaster and I loved every second of it. Expand
  7. MikeRobichau
    Oct 30, 2008
    0
    What game are you guys playing?? This game is horrible. Its slow and targeting system is stupid. This game is the worst game that i haveWhat game are you guys playing?? This game is horrible. Its slow and targeting system is stupid. This game is the worst game that i have played. Its the biggest disappointed, so much hype and this is it. I have both the 360 and ps3 and have or played every game worth buying or renting and this is the worst and i mean the worst game ever. Expand

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