Fallout 3: The satisfying taste of a nuclear apocalyptic shooter with an unbeatable storyline


 
Fallout 3 was a visually stunning and captivating action role-playing/FPS (First Person Shooter) game that took the gaming world by storm back in 2008. Created by Bethesda Softworks this diverse game is still one of the pioneers in legendary adventure gaming expedience almost three years on. I have to recommend this beautiful game to anyone with a passion for action and exploration, alongside a satisfying storyline and enough freedom to leave you with a full stomach. It's really that good.

The storyline revolves around the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse as the world as we know it comes to an end. To escape from the everlasting war being fought on the surface people are evacuated to underground facilities known as "Vaults". These Vaults are designed to keep out the radiation and to preserve the way of life for the inhabitants and you fill the shoes of a character born into the Vault; growing up in the community and eventually growing up into adulthood underground. However after a sudden turn of events your father decides to flee the Vault into the radioactive wasteland above like a maniac, and you obviously decide to follow him out of the comfort and safety of what was once your home. This game is about your experiences upon leaving the Vault.

The wasteland is not always the friendliest of places! You'll meet characters who only have the sole purpose of eliminating you and others from the Vault. On the other hand you also have characters who will take your side and follow you around if you are nice to them, or pay them a certain amount of "bottle caps" (the new currency). Ultimately the greatest thing about this game is your ability to do exactly what you want. You can be nasty to everyone and kill each character you encounter, if that pleases you. Just like in the quests you have multiple different ways of solving each of them, some result in good karma, others in bad karma. And whatever decisions you make shape how the game will be for you, and your experiences. So if you're evil to everyone then expect them to be hostile to you! You'll evidently notice that most of the children in this game are brats - But you hold to power to help them or leave them stranded and dying. I guess without the parents these kids have no manners, and trust me nobody's going to judge you for leaving them in a sludge pool or a cage. They did deserve it.

What you'll notice immediately is the vast scale of the map. The amount of locations you can visit is simply unreal and each of them holds different interactions and activities to undertake, as well as they can sometimes have quite a nostalgic value. The design of the landscape almost brings a tear to my eye it's that beautiful. You can travel to real-places such as the White House (which was destroyed during the nuclear war to leave a giant crater). It's also infested with deranged super mutants and feral ghouls who became mutated because of the radiation, so watch out! Speaking of which you might want to avoid large lakes of radioactive liquids, and stock up on Rad-X or Stimpacks to heal yourself when in bother. You can utilize a wide range of items to aid you throughout the game, for instance Stealth-Boy enables you to sneak past enemies undetected. There's also an extensive variety of perks and levels all of which let you do different things. I mean, who doesn't want to try out the Cannible Perk and munch on some fresh, juicy corpses? Oh yes, take caution as doing this will make the inhabitants believe you are insane and immediately exclude you from their villages and settlements. Then again you can always return guns-blazing and see what they have to say about it when you're aiming down the sights of your hunting rifle.

Be shocked at the amount of weapons you have available for confrontation. You seen to uncover stashes of firearms and ammunition all over the place. Even some random container in the middle of nowhere is filled with .44 Caliber Magnums and Baseball bats. But no matter how hard you search, there's not many people who are up for a good-long baseball game with you, I mean I'm sure it's the fact of the world being destroyed that's keeping them away. They don't necessarily hate you! You'll also come into contact with groups of coordinated soldiers who have divided into factions on the wasteland. Specifically the Brotherhood and the Enclave who both have advanced technology and bases across the map. You'd be best to stay on their good side if you value you're life. There's nothing worse than being mowed down by a tactical unit of heavily armored elite Brotherhood guards, all packing Power Armor and wielding Miniguns.


This pictured  above is the inventory. This allows you to store all your items, weapons and collectibles on your person for later needs. You can be quite tactical, using the appropriate weapon at the correct time and conserving the ammunition of the others. Take note though that an excessive amount of stuff leads to you being too heavy and unable to run. Remember to get rid of any of the useless rubbish you have collected on the wasteland, although you can trade these items with traders, a lot of the stuff you find will be useless materials and items. I mean who needs a conductor, an iron and a cup after the nuclear apocalypse anyway? Perhaps you could iron your tuxedo and drink some radioative-tea in your partially destroyed home and forget the nuclear war ever happens.

You do require a number of skills in this game to stay alive. Namely you need to be able to pick locks and hack computer terminals, and these skills can be gained through perks or experience rewarded during combat situations. The number of random compartments or janitor's closets that have a safe of computer terminal can be invaluable, for instance you can often deactivate security robots through the terminals and uncover secret documents in the safes. Always be on the lookout for secrets in Fallout 3. They're everywhere and often contain shocking information about the nuclear war and the Vaults. I won't spoil anymore storyline here though. Putting together an idea of what actually happened to the wasteland and to your father can be a key part of Fallout 3.

I guarantee you have never played a game where you are as free as you are in Fallout 3. The shear ability to take multiple paths has a great sense of satisfaction whilst playing. You ultimately shape what kind of person you want to be through your actions and dialog with characters. And sometimes you have to decide whether to stand beside your morals and give the trader the two-thousand bottle caps he demands - or blow his brains out and steal his merchandise whilst keeping the precious loot. There's so much to do and see and each new place is unpredictable and exciting. Fallout 3 will leave you eagerly playing into the small hours of the morning, every morning.

Comments

lloyd redgrave said...

Awesome review man, I'm definitaly gonna get it.

marcoandredinis said...

Nice review!!

jeebus said...

Well played sir

Smog Town Leaf said...

Nice review, man. I love this game!

sabrina said...

excellent review nicely written

seamagpie said...

I love this game and am a big fan of bethesda in general, I cant wait till skyrim

ComicRelief said...

Fallout 3 is such a great game. I was so amazed the first time I played it.

Revi said...

This was so much better than New Vegas. I really enjoyed F3

Haezer said...

Fallout it's one of my favourite games.

BrandonHeat said...

One of the best game ever made!

Siphil said...

I know I'm in the minority, but I liked New Vegas more than 3. Iron sights, and a zoom-able map made it for me. 3 was great though, I'm not trying to put it down.

Bobby said...

I couldn't beat Fallout 3 :/

LegendaryLiNX said...

Fallout 3 has been sitting around in my room untouched and unplayed since I got it.

h88mans said...

Fallout 2 = best.

parasites said...

I can't wait to hopefully get this.

Aaron said...

very nice review