Fallout 3 review
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The good:

Fallout 3 is filled with a lot of good, but everyone sees it differently, and what I think is good about the game, others may think is bad (and vice versa):

  • The game has a pretty nice beginning. You start off the game as you are just being born. Your father delivers you, and you are then given the option to pick your name then. You then get the option to choose your appearance as you get older, so you decide how you look when you play the game, which is always nice.

  • Something that's really good about the game in my opinion is the fact that as your character gets older, he looks more and more like you set his appearance when he is a fully grown man. When you look at your character as a kid, you begin to notice that he is going to look just like you wanted him to look. I find this extremely clever.

  • The interactions with other characters in the game is brilliant. There are so many people you can speak to throughout the game, and you are given your own choices. I like games like this as in most games, you only really get to pick one storyline, or two if you're lucky.

  • The storyline is pretty long and doesn't tend to get boring. In fact, the more you play the story, the more you enjoy it.

  • As you progress, you can get yourself one follower and a dog (named Dogmeat) and they will both follow you everywhere you go and give you protection throughout the wastelands. It takes a little while to find some of the followers, but once you find them it really does help you progress through the game.

  • Karma is an excellent feature that is added to the game - from your own actions, you can be good, neutral or bad. For example; if you Megaton at the beginning of the game by defusing the bomb, you get good karma and you will be liked by most of Megaton. But if you decide to listen to the dude in the bar of Megaton and blow it up, you will receive bad karma. The karma in the game basically means, who will hate and who will like/love you.

  • Sometimes when you walk through the wastes, you see some battles betweem the likes of Raiders and the Brotherhood. You can see these battles from a distance, and it's just really good.

  • There is such a wide variety of weapons and a lot of them are really good because each has it's own strength and weakness. My personal favourite is the Fatman. The graphics are amazing when you shoot a Fatman nuke.

  • You will come across so many different enemies on your travels, and each has its strength and weakness (just like a gun). The most difficult character to fight is a Super Mutant Behemoth. There are only a handfull in the game, but they are really difficult. Deathclaws are really tough too, and there are a lot of them in random places, as well as a Deathclaw Cave.

  • You are given a certain amount of S.P.E.C.I.A.L. (Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck) points at the beginning of the game to set up your character's ability to help yourself during the game. This is a nice addition as you'll be skilled differently with each S.P.E.C.I.A.L. you pick.

  • Just like S.P.E.C.I.A.L., you are given Perks at the beginning too. But as you rank up each level, you get a certain amount of points to upgrade your perks. It's important you pick the right perks because it'll really help you complete and progress in the game.

The bad:

Like any game - there is some bad on it. But not much luckily enough.

  • Luckily enough, the game is as long as it is, because without the side missions and that, it gets very boring. Once you complete everything you need to do, you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again. But as I said, the game is very long luckily.

  • The ending of the game came as a disappointment to me. I'm not going to ruin the game on you in case you haven't completed it, but it just disappointed me when I completed it.

  • This is something you'd either find good or bad about the game - you need to rest every so often or you won't be as strong as normal if you aren't well rested. I didn't mind this at the beginning, but as I played it more it annoyed me a little more.

  • Some of the enemies you fight are annoying. Not the tough enemies, but the little annoying ones that come in groups. They aren't easy to take out, but there are so many and they just seem to get in the way sometimes.

  • The radio on the game may seem annoying at the beginning, but it's really enjoyable after a while. It sort of gives off that GTA effect when you play it for long enough - you will find yourself liking any song, even if it's terrible.


I was given Fallout 3 as a Christmas present and I wasn't too sure what to expect from the game as it was the first Fallout I'd played, and I had never really been big about role playing games. The only RPG game I liked before Fallout was Final Fantasy VII. I had heard good things about the game and it turned out to be excellent.

When I started off, it was a bit weird but I expected that from my lack of experience with RPG games. The controls took a while to get use to but once I got use to it, it was really good. The game wasn't really like most other shooting games I had played, but I think that's why I liked it so much. I'd imagine it'd be best suited for the PC though. It just always seemed like that type of game to me. The mods on the PC would be fun also, but I'm glad it was brought out on the Xbox 360. Otherwise I would have never played it.

The Fallout Pipboy was something I'd never really seen in a game before. Sure you can select your weapons on it just like any other game, but you can change your outfit, use Stimpaks, heal your limbs, listen to the radio and so on with the Pipboy and it's pretty handy to use. The radio is also nice if you're not already listening to music yourself as it will stop you from getting a bit bored.

That's all I can really see about the game right now, I haven't played it in a while but I have played it for a long game time total. It's an enjoyable game and a game I actually didn't expect to be so good, but I was wrong about that no doubt! If you like role playing games, or even if you like shooters, I think you should pick up Fallout 3. Even if you just rent it just in case, it's definitely worth it.

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