Fallout 3 - PC

Release Date:

October 28, 2008

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In Fallout 3, for over 200 years, Vault 101 has faithfully served the surviving residents of Washington DC and its environs, now known as the Capital Wasteland. Though the global atomic war of 2077 left the US all but destroyed, the residents of Vault 101 enjoy a life free from the constant stress of the outside world. Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants are all no match for superior Vault-Tec(R) engineering. Yet one fateful morning, you awake to find that your father has defied the Overseer and left the comfort and security afforded by Vault 101 for reasons unknown. Leaving the only home you've ever known, you emerge from the Vault into the harsh Wasteland sun to search for your father, and the truth.

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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 the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Fallout 3 is yet the best version of this special video game. It is a famous role playing game (RPG) that features a unique gaming experience that is unlike any other online role playing games that are available in the market right now. The franchise for this game has been spreading worldwide because not only does it bring action and excitement to its players but also, it is well crafted which will definitely makes you engage with the game.

The year is 2277, the place Washington DC. What was once was one of the most distinguished places in the world is now a certified wasteland. Totally bombed out and set in a futuristic period, the places resembles nothing of what was once the glory of Washington. It is about to get fun and exciting.

You will be playing the role of a Vault Dweller whose childhood memories will be shown on the beginning parts of the game. It is also through this time that you will be given a tutorial on how to manage the game. As the story states, you will be living in Vault number 101 which is designed specifically to keep people alive from a nuclear blast on the surface of the earth.

However, the story does not end there. You will be given the chance to look for your father on the outside world and for that, your adventure will begin. On your search for your father on the outside world, you will be able to check out the graphics and environmental design on the game. You will witness the streets of some places in the US - some familiar buildings still stand although in ruins as well as other landmarks that are now severely destroyed because of the nuclear disaster.

Although your main quest will be to search for your father, you will still need to do a necessary mission to survive. Although the present world where you are shows a world that nobody can dwell, man still managed to survive during the chaos. Since resources will be limited due the nuclear bombs effect, you will need to look for means to keep you alive in the most unlikely places. One of which is to look for water in toilet bowls just to restore an amount of your health after a battle, or use medicines to satisfy your hunger. This will be a game of tactics as you will be doing lots of battles for survival with a limited supply of resources. Pretty much the challenge and pretty much excitement as a result. A master class in RPG gaming.

In every nook and cranny, a secret awaits to be revealed. That is your job, to scour the city looking for bleak hope. The game is marvelously done, with every intricate detail done to perfection and bringing more depth to the already deep game play (more on that later) that only Fallout 3 can deliver.

Much of your time will be spend wandering in the streets, meeting some people, and doing quests in the most unlikely places. The depth of this game is based on the players decisions throughout the game; may be it in simple ways such as a shot of wine may give you a temporary boost, but after a certain amount of time (and drinks), our hero will start to get addicted to it, gaining the ill effects of wine such as visual disturbances which pose a bigger threat; or bigger actions which will create a domino effect on the entire game. Sacrificing a soldier for your own sake brings down bad karma while giving offering food to a beggar will have good karma coming to your way. These actions will further open up, and close, dialogue choices, characters that will either side with you or loathe you, and ultimately ending consequences that are entirely dependent on your completed quests and how you handle them.

Graphically, the only thing I can complain of is the loading time. You don’t get it very often (which is a good thing, but read the rest of the paragraph please) when visiting places for the first time and going in and out of certain situations, but revisits makes the trouble come to light. Noticeable lags are quite annoying when you’re trying to run away from robots. Character models to demonstrate this lag, which is really, really irritating.

Audio wise, the sound effects are very fitting and robust for the weapons you use, footsteps sounds like footsteps on whatever material you are walking on, and the explosions are piercingly great.

Overall, the preferred method of play would be on the PC as superior graphics are evident compared to the older style consoles, namely the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, this is a huge leap since the original first installment and much improvements have been made in all areas of gameplay.

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