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Fallout 3 PC Game Review – Tunnel Snakes Rule!

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Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and is the third major installment in the Fallout series. The game was released in North America, Europe and Australia in October 2008, and in Japan in December 2008 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Fallout 3 takes place in the year 2277, 36 years after the setting of Fallout 2 and 200 years after the nuclear apocalypse that devastated the game’s world, in a future where international conflicts between the United States and China culminated in a Sino-American war in 2077, due to the scarcity of petroleum reserves that ran the economies of both countries. The player character is an inhabitant of Vault 101, a survival shelter designed to protect up to 1,000 humans from the nuclear fallout. When the player character’s father disappears under mysterious circumstances, the leader of the Vault initiates martial law and sends security forces after the player, who is forced to escape from the Vault and journey into the ruins of Washington, D.C. to track their father down. Along the way the player is assisted by a number of human survivors and must battle myriad enemies that inhabit the area, now known as the “Capital Wasteland”.

Fallout 3 was critically acclaimed and received a number of Game of the Year awards, praising the game’s open-ended gameplay and flexible character-leveling system. The NPD Group estimated that Fallout 3 sold over 610,000 units during its initial month of release in October 2008, performing better than Bethesda Softworks’ previous game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which sold nearly 500,000 units in its first month. The game has received post-launch support with Bethesda releasing five downloadable add-ons. The game received controversy upon release, including the use of and the ability to be addicted to morphine and other drugs including alcohol in the game for Australia, religious and cultural sentiments in India over the cattle in the game being called Brahmin, and sensitivity in Japan due to a weapon that launches mini nuclear bombs called the “Fat Man” and a quest involving the detonation/disarming of an atomic bomb.

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  1. I started playing Fallout-3 shortly before the Xbox360 community (Windows Live?) stopped functioning, so I only just made it out of the underground starting area. I had a great impression of the game and really wanted to play it, so I recently bought it on Steam but can't make it play (yeah, that's an issue with too many games that you buy on Steam – GTA-IV and GTA-V to mention two other games that I can't play because you have to access the games via something called Social Club – nothing to do with Steam – which doesn't work for a lot of players).

    But I've bought and played Skyrim successfully and based on what you've described about Fallout-3, the graphics and the overall impression I got from watching your review video, it does seem to work a lot like Skyrim. I don' mind that at all, I liked how Skyrim worked (and I'm sure I can find a lock picking mod for Fallout-3 like I did for Skyrim, lol. It's not that I can't do lock picking, it's simply that I find it tedious and very much not fun).

  2. Is this game playable on windows 10? I want to pick it up on steam right now, but it says its not optimized for windows 7 and later.

  3. The problem with this game is the writing and how little sense the world makes. The main quest is awful and filled with holes, and much like Oblivion, you aren't even the main character. Most NPCS lack an interesting personality, and every moral choice is either black or white. You can only be either a great guy or a monster. You can literally make the leader of the Enclave give up and die with one sentence about doing the right thing, that's pathetic. I can forgive the bugs, the visuals, the clunky combat and all the other flaws, but I can't get over how atrocious the writing is. Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines was buggier, uglier, had awful combat, a lot less time in development and was released unfinished, and still managed to be one of the best RPGs I've ever played because the writing is so good and the world is so believable, Fallout 3 doesn't even come close.

  4. how the hell do people have that thing? where you pull up your pip boy and you see your arm i mean mine takes the whole screen

  5. nice review man. what i really like about your reviews is the fact that you actually do care about "ingame logic" and you're clearly pointing out some things which should be questioned, at least from my point of view. that is really interesting issue about leveling and weapons damage. it's a retarded idea to make weapons weaker just because you're not matching level required to handle them and yes, it should have been solved by longer reload, lower accuracy, more recoil, worst handling or so. sometimes, some developers ideas are really insult to human logic

  6. Ah! My favorite Fallout game. Especially with mods like TTW. Just love it.

    Yeah its buggy but Mods can fix all of its issues and make it a amazing game! Maybe my favorite SP game.

  7. there are only two thinfs really holding this game back, 1 mothership zeta isnt fun, and it feels half assed, and 2, the combat is unbelievably dated.

  8. If you thought the PC version was a glitchy broken mess you haven't seen anything yet, the PS3 version is 10 times worse

  9. If I had to give anyone some advice when going into this game it would be, the fun is in the journey, not the destination, and that is the biggest difference between this game and New Vegas.

    Play New Vegas if you want a fancy cutscene at the end. Play Fallout 3 if you want to have fun in the moment. Fallout 3 is heavily inspired by the old games, New Vegas tried to be something new and different, almost appearing to have no relation to the old games and their goofy humor and toxic wasteland setting.

    Fans of the old games won't feel at home in New Vegas. It has references to them, very distant references, but that's about as close as it gets.

  10. I don't really care what anyone says I adore this game and it will always have a special place in my heart.

  11. Hey gggmanlives, You know how you said fallout 3 and should of had it that you can't use Certain weapons until you reach a certain skill level, well, a mod for new Vegas came out recently that does just that. If you still play it you should try it out, I forgot the name for it though.

  12. hagravens could be in fallout 4 and no one would bat an eye. it would be a ghoul den mother or something, similar to the super ghouls in the point lookout.

  13. I feel like a really good example of guns in an RPG is Deus Ex. All of your guns blow people's rib cages to pieces, as they kind of should. However trying to use a sniper rifle without any training will lead to… sub optimal results.

  14. Good to finally see a honest review. I'm tired of people saying "FALLOUT 3 SUCKS. THE WRITING IS SHIT. I ONLY PLAY 1, 2, AND NEW VEGAS"

    while New Vegas is better in most ways people are way too hard on this game.

  15. I always liked 3 more than New Vegas, idk I think i just liked the charm better and the location 🙂

  16. If you want to see an RPG that does weapon-scaling damange for guns RIGHT as well as in a more realistic manner, go check out Wasteland 2. When you level up your guns/weapon skill you increase your accuracy, handling and other factors that will improve your chance to do critical damage, but guns themselves have the same damage regardless.

    I don't know why more RPGs (and Bethesda) doesn't stick with that idea. Thankfully Obsidian and Inexille got that down.

  17. this was honestly one of my worst game exieriences; too many numbers and statistics involved and combat while seeming to be real time relied too much on the vats; it was basically final fantasy with guns and a hokey setting

  18. Can we please stop comparing NV to FO3? Despite their appearances, the two games are very unique from eachother and hold two very different experiences. Both should be appreciated for what they are.

  19. fallout3 might be my favorite open world single player game, it did exploration the right way, and shooting off limbs in slomo never gets old

    i dont care about the dialogue and story, it was all about running around and finding weird shit

    i could never get into nv because it was too involved with npc's talking about shit i didnt really care about

  20. ummm Skyrim ? i know it's not a shooter but i believe you made exceptions when a game was worth it ?

  21. When I got Fallout 3 in 2008 for ps3 I actually missed Megaton lol. I was so new to RPG's back then haha.

  22. Good luck with trying to get Fallout 3 running with a modicum of Stability on a Multi Core CPU based rig with a OS newer than Windows XP. If anyone wants to try though on a Windows 7 or newer rig I suggest watching videos on YouTube on how to get the Game running on whatever post XP OS based PC you got. Odds are you will still experience CTDs even with all the tweaks you might have to do.

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