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“Fallout 3 is a massive and ambitious game. It is an...”

Written on: 17/11/2008 by DELTAGOLF (39 reviews written)

Good Points
Very atmospheric - decent graphics - gripping plot

Bad Points
Animation can be sub-standard - low-light/dark scenes are too dark

General Comments
Fallout 3 is a massive and ambitious game. It is an action/RPG game in the mould of Oblivion (coded by the same team: Bethesda Softworks), which sets you loose in a post -apocalyptic devestated Washington DC. The game involves a main quest-line, however there are several other side-quests and opportunities to advance in levels and generally explore.

The playing area is massive and meticulously designed. You really feel as if you are in the wastes, and continuously look over your shoulder in case a mutated Deathclaw jumps on you! The array of items and equipment available is astounding, plus you can design your own home-made weapons if you find the appropriate schematics. You can trade, converse, quest, explore or slaughter, depending on what takes your fancy. The plot is quite good and allows you a certain degree of flexibility in the choices you make. You could play as a mean, twisted psycho, or as a goody two-shoes. An unforgettable example of this, is right at the beginning of the game, where you have the option of obliterating a whole town and its inhabitants by detonating a nuclear bomb for cold cash, or de-activating the weapon and being a hero. This sort of choice is a common feature in this truly great game.

The combat can be quite exhilarating, with exploding body parts and 'havok' physics the order of the day. The sound and soundtrack are quite decent and add to the whole atmosphere of Fallout 3.

Some gripes: The animation can be a bit unrealistic in 3rd-person mode. Just go 1st-person and it's sweet. Some of the low-light scenes can be a bit too dark, so you often squint trying to make out the details.

Conclusion: Highly recommended. Huge amount of fun to be had amidst the ruins of an irradiated, devestated America. Go buy it and watch out for those Super Mutants! My rating: 91%

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