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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, yet likely to split opinion, 3 Nov. 2008
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This review is from: Fallout 3 (PS3) (Video Game)
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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Initial post: 8 Feb 2009 14:58:12 GMT
The Old Git says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2009 16:29:36 GMT
Stevie G says:
For a game of this scope, it was inevitable there'd be a few bugs and glitches. When it gets so much right however, they are easier to ignore.
And this is more than a 'tarted up' version of Olblivion. The framework is there definitely, but many improvements have been made. V.A.T.S improves the combat significantly. The pre-war adverts and propaganda, in comparision to the reality of the apocalypse; creates a world that feels both realisitic and unique.
I'm not saying that Fallout 3 is perfect, but its much better than you say.

Posted on 24 Apr 2009 16:11:46 BDT
I wasn't a fan of Oblivion and a few weeks after i bought it i sold it. I simply couldn't get into it and often found it annoying that i'd often get stuck as to where i was supposed to be going to progress, However the graphics i have to say were the best i'v seen. I was just wondering if you think i would like fallout 3 bearing in mind I didn't enjoy oblivion? Are they really similar in terms of the feel of the game as Oblivion seemed like quite a lonely game. I'm a big fan of RPGs and Fallout 3 looks really impressive but I fear i'l be making the same mistake i did with oblivion. I think i just need some opinions to help me decide so i'd really appreciate if you could offer me some advice:D

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2009 17:25:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2009 17:26:22 BDT
Stevie G says:
Well.....Fallout 3 and Oblivion are almost identical in terms of design and game mechanics. But like yourself I wasnt too keen on Oblivion, yet enjoyed this immensely. Why? Because Fallout 3 has guns instead of magic spells, enchanted weapons etc. And the post apocalyptic setting was utterly engrossing.

With regards to your points:
* Its much clearer what the next objective is - so in that respect Fallout 3 is more focused.
* However, graphics are good, but not amazing.
* Its quite a quite lonely game too. However, certain characters offer to acompany you as the game progresses. I found Fawkes the Super Mutant & Dogmeat the suicidal canine on my travels, although there are more to discover.

Being a fan of RPGs you really should give it a try. And its fairly cheap now.
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