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A Legendary Achievement,
This review is from: Fallout 3 - Game Of The Year Edition (PS3) (Video Game)
Let me just start by saying that yes, the GOTY edition of Fallout 3 is very liable to freeze and can lag occasionaly to a very frustrating extent. However, I also say that by saving regularly (say every 10 mins) allows you to play the game effectively without worrying about losing a significant amount of progress. Also, when the game gets so much right and provides almost endless entertainment, these small annoyances are easily overlooked.
I'm sure everyone has heard the story before, but I just thought I would reiterate upon it briefly. Fallout 3 plays in one of the most incredible and realistic settings ever seen; a post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C, aswell as parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Alaska, in the year 2277. In terms of the story line, you play as the 'Lone Wanderer', following in your father's footsteps in the attempt to purify the highly irradiated water supply which purges the 'Capital Wasteland', as the area is known. The quests are highly varied, extremely enjoyable and also quite lengthy, so Fallout will keep you playing for a very long time.
Combat is perhaps the best part of the game though. The ingenious V.A.T.S system allows you to target certain areas on enemies you wish to strike, so taking down a horde of rampaging super mutants isn't as hard as it sounds, depending of course on which difficulty you choose. In addition to the V.A.T.S is the Pip-Boy 3000, a portable device which provides just about everything you need for the game. Weapons, apparel (clothing to the normal minded person like you and me), aid, ammo, misc items and most importantly, the map of the wasteland. Now, this is big. Very big. Although I'm unsure of the 'official szie', it contains well over 150 different locations to discover, and when you throw in the map sizes from the 5 add-ons, it is quite remarkable how much their is out there to engage with. Thankfully, once a location is dsicovered, you have the option to 'fast travel' there from your current location. I shudder to think how long it would have taken to amble across the wasteland had this not been included. Fallout 3 immerses you in a truly awesome spectacle and although the graphics themselves aren't outstanding, the setting itself is more than enough to admire.
Other details such as karma (how good or bad you decide to play), the rank up system (gaining XP from killing enemies, discovering new places, completing quests etc), bartering, interacting through speech with others, gaining perks and almost endless others combine to make Fallout an unmissable experience. There is simply far too much about the game to talk about, and although I'm not usually into RPG's, I was completely engrossed in Fallout. It can be played and enjoyed by just about anyone, and with the addition of all 5 add-on packs (Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Mothership Zeta, Broken Steel and Point Lookout) this simply must be bought.