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Fallout 3 (PS3)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2009
It's not often I give five stars to a game, but Fallout 3 deserves them all. It's a remarkable achievement, and a totally immersive experience. It's a huge game, although you might find the story is not the real meat of the gameplay here because ( a bit like in Grand Theft Auto 3 and its successors) you can spend so much time wandering around the game universe just doing whatever takes your fancy, that the actual plot almost comes in second place.

The game puts your character into post-apocalyptic Washington DC, starting off with a very amusing prologue in which you "grow up" from birth to maturity inside a sealed bunker. There is a sudden and life-changing event in the bunker which sees you suddenly ejected into the outside world, and it's here that the game suddenly leaps into life. I almost couldn't believe my eyes at what I was seeing: a vast, fully explorable wasteland that stretches as far as the eye can see and beyond. And this was just the beginning. Once you start playing you'll soon realise that there is no "right" way to play "Fallout 3". You just do what you think is right, be this helping people or killing wantonly. To progress through the game you need to make a vague nod towards searching for a missing character and discovering locations where there may be people who can help and clues to what to do next. But you don't have to do this until you feel like it. Wander around the blasted landscape and you will come across various bands of people and ruined locations, all of which offer various degrees of danger, help or need of your assistance. Just talk to people that you meet and hear what they have to say, and then you're ready to start making those moral choices!

As you might have worked out by now, the graphics in this game really blew me away. The scenery is simply stunning - the grim wasteland is home to derelict buildings like factories and shopping malls, most of which can be explored, but nothing prepared me for the scale of the capital city centre - massive, destroyed skyscrapers and freeways, tumbling down townhouses and twisted metal and debris everywhere. And it doesnt stop there, characters and enemies look fantastic too.

Apart from exploring, the other thing you'll be doing a lot of its fighting. The game provides you with a kind of point-based attack system (called VATS), which allows you to pause the action at any time and choose which enemies (or body parts of a single enemy) you would like to expend you attack points on. Simply choose all the places you'd like to hit, then unleash the attack and watch the results in slow motion. Once all your points are gone you need to avoid being hit while they build up again and them repeat until enemies are dead. I have to say this took me quite a while to work out. The game would really have benefitted from a detailed battle tutorial. But once you get it, you'll love it. Although, you don't even have to use this method. You can simply aim at enemies in normal play mode and shoot from any numbers of guns that are around to collect, or you can get up close and pummel baddies with melee weapons. I have no complaints about the VATS system, in fact I found it very difficult to survive fights without it.

What's really great (well, I thought so), is that you can choose to play Fallout 3 in 1st person or 3rd person. I played the prologue in 1st person and hated it...once I was outside the bunker I switched to 3rd person and never looked back. It's been said that the 3rd person mode is inferior - the main character looks like his feet aren't touching the ground when he moves, but the camera view can be zoomed in or out (a GREAT idea!!), so I set it to an over the shoulder view from about the knees up and: hey presto, can't see his feet!

Another good thing is the menu interface, it's a wristband/PDA type thing that the character always wears, and it allows you to do a massive amount of stuff such as item management, setting skills, repairing equipment, reading files and so on. And there are a lot of items! Every location has stuff you can pick up like weapons, ammo, healthpacks, drugs, but the wasteland is also overflowing with items like the "ruined book", "coffee cup", "spoon" and so on, which you can gather up until you inventory is overflowing and find no use for at all. I suppose it adds to the reality of things...

There are many great things about this game, although it is not perfect. Twice I was playing and the whole game froze and I had to reboot my PS3. And it was possible to plant the character in parts of the scenery (usually among big piles of rubble) from which it was impossible to step or jump out of - again requiring a restart. On certain occasions the camera went spinning into blind views, usually after a shoot-out in VATS mode, but I guess this goes with the freedom of movement allowed to you in the game as a whole.

However these are only niggles, and they didn't affect my top score - I think everyone should play this game. It's very easy to get addicted to it. The prologue is weak, but the amount of gameplay that succeeds it is immense and once you start you'll be unable to leave it alone.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 3 November 2008
When a classic franchise switches developer for its newest instalment, it's an understandable cause for concern. Particularly amongst the hardcore fans, who fear the magic will be lost along the way. Since Fallout 3 was announced, the knives seem to have been out for Bethesda's take on the Black Isle PC classics. Many criticised the change in genre, from strategy to open world.
The truth is that Fallout 3 is a magnificent game, one of the most breathtakingly realised worlds EVER. But its mechanics are near identical to its Elder Scrolls series, rather than Fallout. Admittedly, there are plenty of touches that prove Bethesda has a deep knowledge of its subject; it just feels like Oblivion. This is either good or bad depending on your point of view, but will almost certainly determine how much you'll enjoy it.

Inventory screens are similar, albeit more streamlined and tightly designed with the Pip Boy 3000. The sense of freedom has made the transition intact, and there's an impressive array of side quests that genuinely affect how the end plays out. Sub missions like Oasis, Those! & The Wasteland Survival Guide provide some remarkable moments. The choice is always there for good, evil or neutral decisions, which adds massively to replay value.

So the cries this would be Oblivion with guns are (partly) true. But is that really so terrible? The shooting, like many aspects, takes time to level up and become skilled at. But the V.A.T.S system is ingenious. It doesn't work every time, but the way an optional turn-based element has been added to combat is brilliant, and goes some way to appeasing those hardcore fans.
Fallout 3 could be the deepest, most rewarding game available. But how much did you enjoy Oblivion?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2008
I want to open by saying I think this game is excellent. As with anything you won't please everyone, but if you're a fan of open RPG's that are based on questing then I'm sure you wont be disappointed.

There is a lot of comparison with Oblivion, which was always going to be the case as the game uses the same engine, although I'm not sure why some of the reviews use this as negative criticism, Oblivion is an amazing game, so to be compared to it I think tells its own story, if you liked Oblivion then this is a must have. In my opinion this is better than Oblivion.

If this was out before Oblivion, I'm sure the debate would be the same. There are many similarities between the two, but also so many differences. It would be like comparing COD4 with Resistance, the idea is the same but the execution is oh so different.

I also feel a few of the negative reviews were written after just a few hours of playing the game. This game is defiantly a marathon not sprint, with 100's of hours of game play, it would be unfair to write it off after just scratching the surface. One review in particular brands it as a FPS where all you do is kill things. This isn't the case, there are lots of other things you can do, hacking, lock picking, making your own weapons and medicines to name but a few. Not to mention the game uses `Karma' as a means of deciding which path you can take so you can play it nicey nicey and get rewarded or just blast everything in sight which has its own rewards.

The point is you can choose to play this game in a style that suits you and the game reacts to this. There is plenty of character dialogue and this is much improved over Oblivion. The choice weapons and armour is varied and more enjoyable and you can really see and feel the difference from one gun to another, rather than Oblivions swords. Graphics are good, well rounded and the plot and sub stories are very entertaining.

A lot has been made of the fact the game does come to an end when you finish the storyline, personally I think this is a good thing and will give you a sense of completeness..... when you ready to put it down that is.

I love this game and am not planning on putting it down anytime soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 20 November 2008
After MGS4 came and went, Fallout 3 was my next most anticipated game of the year, and after finally getting time to play it, I find my feelings on the final product a bit mixed.

It is as open and free as you'll expect if you've played previous Bethesda classic Oblivion, as Fallout 3 is pretty much identical in how most of the game works, but with a delightfully fifties centric view of a possible post apocalyptic future where you're free to roam the lands around ruined Washington DC following a fairly interesting central quest that sees you cross paths with some very well realised creatures and denizens of the wastes and presents a very satisfying, if slightly repetitive world in which to live.

The game looks great for one. Better than Oblivion for sure, and the ability to blow pieces off your enemies is both amusing and very satisying to the combat, which would otherwise feel like a fairly generic FPS title to be honest.

Unlike Oblivion though, Fallout doesn't really have many terribly engaging side quests outside the main storyline. No 'Assassin's Guild' type affairs in here I'm afraid. Plus the whole game seems to be a lot shorter than Oblivion, as I finished it in around 40 odd hours, whereas Oblivion lasted closer to 80 when I played it.

It's definitely a great game, but not the Oblivion destroying monster we'd been led to expect. Still a must buy though.

As a side note on this PS3 version too, I've read much about it's supposed myriad technical problems, but when I played it, I encountered very few myself. The game crashed on me once, and there is a fair bit of tearing in the scenery in the game, but nothing nearly as severe as the media has been suggesting. See for yourself and judge is all I can say folks. Just don't miss Fallout 3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2008
Fallout 3 has finally arrived and for fans of Oblivion it will have been well worth the wait! The same vast amount of content, myriad side quests, familiar but improved interface for relating with the non-player characters - and quite a few new toys to play with.

For me, the star of the game is VATS, the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System. I'm a newcomer to consoles and a complete duffer when it comes to using the controller for shooting the bad guys in real-time in the likes of Call Of Duty 4. What VATS allows you to do is effectively pause the game whilst you use your Action Points to queue up specific shots, at several targets if necessary. You then get to see the often gory results of these shots in slow motion. Sam Peckinpah, eat your heart out! Of course, you can run & gun if you like, but you'll then miss out on the 'bullet time' effects and most likely be left wondering why you're running out of ammo and dying so quickly.

There's a whole lot more to say about the game, but I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment of discovering it for themselves.

If you're a fan of the tightly-scripted, relentlessly fast & furious action and the online play of the likes of COD4 then you may find Fallout 3 frustrating, but if you're looking for a wide-open next-gen rpg and don't mind the 18 rating for 'strong bloody violence and gore' then look no further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2012
I bought this game on a whim seeing as it was relatively cheap when i bought it and still is! Needless to say it is quite possibly the best £14 I have ever spent.

If there is one piece of advice i would give to people buying this game is that they give it time for you to get used to, the scale of this game is so huge that it can be overwhelming for a new player (getting killed by a molerat because your 10mm pistol is in very bad condition is something that a new player may not notice). Learn the game before deeming it "a load of rubbish", I did this and looking back i can only think what an idiot i was to once think that.

The game itself is extremely addicting i have lost weeks if not months of my life to this game, it is basically a FPS and an RPG the story involves you exploring a world that has been completely and utterly destroyed by nuclear warfare after you are forced from your safe and secure underground vault. The game itself is set 270 years in the future so expect futuristic weapons/machines. The enemies in the game are very varied ranging from almost harmless Radroaches (mutated cockroaches) to lethal and terrifying Deathclaws.

The sheer scale of exploration and new towns/settlements is huge, most settlements the player can meet and chat with locals who may need assistance or other things (which can lead to missions starting). The player can collect lots of different items on their travels around the wasteland from ammo and weapons to clothing and food and other miscellaneous items which can be sold to vendors or saved in the player's house.
I have to mention the music also which in my opinion is stunning, it really helps immerse you in the game and let you know that what you are exploring is the aftermath of the end of the world.

The way the player plays this game is completely up to him/her, you can be evil or good or a little of both, you can be a sniper or a brawler or another type of fighting method, you can choose to settle matters with your mouth or with your gun...all is down to the player. The dialogue with NPCs is engaging and informative, and at certain points very comical you always have a choice as to what you want to say or respond to what an NPC says so you can deal with the situation how you feel fit.

I don't have enough time to explain every great thing about this game because there are so many, this is honestly one of the best games I have ever played it would be perfect if it wasn't for glitches (which is the ONLY let down in this game). There is so much more to this game than I can fit in this review. I highly recommend you pick this up not just because it's a great game but because it's great value for money, but be warned once you get into it the outside world may not exist for a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If your'e a fan of Phillip K Dick, Alduous Huxley and other writers of a post-apocalyptic dystopian future, then this is the game for you. Other reviews have listed the technical aspects, and the occasional freezing, so I won't repeat them here. The game is fantastically long. I've played games for years and this is the best value-for-money game I've ever owned. Indeed, I'm past 200 hours and still have two and a half expansion packs to go. Gameplay-wise, think Gothic horror fused with Blade-Runner. The graphics are excellent, the game-scape ranges from panaoramic views of desolation to scenes of small domestic tragedies. There are a range of enemies and quite a few friends to make. The ethical choices you have to make can make you genuinely squirm inside as you pull the trigger (for example, whether or not to kill a babies parents to free a bunch of slaves their holding). Beyond the main game the amount of side-quests are mind-boggling and the sense of creeping horror is all-pervasive. On saying that, there are moments of deliciously dark humour and the 1950's music and art-deco tone is a masterstroke. It really re-inforces the sense of nostalgia for, a once comforting, world utterly destroyed. One warning though, the 18 rating is utterly justified, the game is very gory and is really not suitable for younger players. In short, this is a fantastically engaging, stylish Gothic game that both thrills and horrifies in equal measure. It is also quite thought provoking and is no brainless FPS gore-fest. I'm pretty sure H G Wells and Bram Stoker would have approved of it (probably not the level of gore though). PS, though it's a bit more glitchy, buy the game of the year edition, it has the extra content automatically added.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2008
i love playing this game it is great fun but does have some drawbacks. for example i know it is set in wasteland but there could be some niceish refurbished towns and buildings. also if you accidentally do something bad the autosave feature saves it just after you comitted the crime. so if it is still early on you realy have to start again. if you are consideribg buying this as a gift for someone then do but it is not for gamers who dont like an evil hardcore miserable firts person shooter. i think this is partly the reason it is rated with an 18 certificate. however all cards on the table it is a very fun game that will keep you going for as while
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2009
This is a great game, huge map and plenty to do and really is great fun to just wander off, explore and do your own thing or follow the main story line.
But while there is downloadable content for the pc and xbox 360 versions (with 2 more planned shortly) there are no plans to make this available for playstation players at this time.
A real shame which is why I've only given it 4 stars due to the poor support from the devs.
But having said that, the game itself is worth the money alone but could be worth waiting for the game of the year version as that may possibly have the extras bundled with it....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2008
I just have to start out by saying this is quickly becoming my favourite PS3 game. Also I hated Oblivion, it bored the hell out of me and i thought the combat in it was terrible and although the similarities in these games are obvious Fallout 3 is just a much improved funner version. I love the conversation in it i think it is very detailed, giving you loads of options to choose from and the music in it is brilliant. I'm pretty much addicted to that 'i dont want to set the world on fire' song. The fighting in it has also been improved greatly. Using V.A.T (i think thats what its called) to blow off someones head is hilarious. This game is also huge i've done two side quests, one where you have to deliver a letter to a womans missing brother and one were you have to find a scientists android, and a tiny bit of the main game and i've been playing for about 10 hours now. I've got just one thing against this game. I hate autosave, in any game, it drives me crazy im always terrified it's going to autosave the second before a bullent tunnels its way through my skull. But apart from this minor inconvenience this game is brilliant. Don't be put off if you didn't like Oblivion it is a million times better than it. 5 stars.
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