Fallout 3Well, unless you've been under a rock for the past few years, you know that Fallout 3 is by far one of the best games out right now. Set in a world where you can choose everything about your player puts you in an immersive the likes of which hasn't been this interactive since KOTOR (Knights Of The Old Republic). But now onto the review (By the way this review covers the DLC as well):
Graphically, this game is fantastic. Running off the same engine as Oblivion, The environments are beautiful and the enemies are scary. That being said there are a few drawbacks, namely the facial animation of the NPCs give a definite "Deer in the headlights look". They look dead and lifeless. Also, the weapons choices are limited at best. There is not a whole to choose from. It's your basic: pistol, shotgun, hunting rifle and the like. Melee weapons are a bit more varied but could've done more.
As much as I love this game, the story is not the strongest part of the game. You start the game.......being born. You pick your sex, name and how you'll look in about 19 years (Apparently in the future you can do that) and then just like that, your mother dies and it skips ahead to you a few months older. You crawl to a book were you establish your stats for later in the game. Fast forward to your 12th birthday, you get a BB gun and shoot some over-sized roaches, big whoop. Ok, skip ahead to you at 16. You have to take an aptitude test to establish what your job in the Vault is gonna. Skip ahead to you at 19. Daddy's left the Vault and for some reason the Vault people are after you. You get help from the Overseer's daughter and escape to the outside world where you must find your father.
By far on of my favorite parts of the game. The 1940s soundtrack gives it a real sense of nostalgia. The soundtrack included artists such as Roy Brown, Billie Holiday, Billy Munn, Cole Porter, and Bing Crosby. I was raised on music like this so it's refreshing to hear these classics.
The gameplay of this game is damn near perfect. Aside from the occasional bug or glitch it plays flawlessly. The world is entirely open-ended, you decide how you play. Prime example in the beginning of the game you have the choice of detonating a nuclear bomb in the middle of the town, turn the guy in to the sheriff or do nothing. The freedom you have in this game is unparalleled there are multiple ways to complete an objective. The DLC packs offer an expanded world to explore from a simulated battle in Alaska to outer space with people and weapons that round out the experience in a very fluid way.
Overall Score (Averaged): 8.6/10
While not a perfect, Fallout 3 is an excellent game. I wish the story could've been a little more original but the gameplay more than makes up for it.
Review submitted by Tony of 3FG