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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best RPG I've played, 19 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Fallout 3 (PC) (Video Game)
As the title suggests, this is, by far, the best RPG game I've ever played on any format.

To be fair, it's all down to personal preference. If you've played Oblivion then you'd be instantly familiar with the game engine and mechanics, as under the hood it appears to be very much the same game. Don't necessarily take that as a bad thing though, there's been a few very subtle tweaks which have made Fallout 3 a much more satisfying experience. The lockpicking is much better here, the new computer hacking setup is taxing but satisfying, and most importantly combat (of which you'll do a good deal) is a heap better than Oblivion's slightly random sword-waving.

You can, if you wish, plough through your bullets in a first person shooter mode, akin to Half Life, but not nearly as good. Pretty soon you'll work out the genius of the VATS targeting system, which allows you to aim at specific body areas, shows you a percentage chance of a successful shot and the damage that should incur, then plays it out in cinematic slo-mo. It really works a lot better than it sounds, and by no means does it slow down the action or drag you out of the game's world.

The game's world is, for me, what makes the experience so gratifying though. OK, Cyrodiil was lush, verdant and beautiful to look at, but hey, so what. The DC Wasteland is fantastically realised, and extremely atmospheric to just wander around on your own, exploring the desolate landscape. Again it's personal taste, but I just find the post-apocalyptic setting much more interesting than fantasy kingdoms, but not everyone will agree.

There's loads of quests you can undertake and solve if you want to, or ignore if you'd rather, aside from the main plot quest. I'd definitely recommend taking on as many side-quests as you can to get the most out of the game, as the main quest is not actually that long and you'd end up feeling cheated out of a lot of the game if you just stuck to the central story. I did this, first time round, but can attest that what this does mean is that there's a huge amount of replay value. I'm doing everything differently this time, I know there's a whole lot more to discover out there.

Overall, I'd maybe go as far as to say that Fallout 3 is the game that Stalker wanted to be. It's atmospheric, beautifully detailed and you do find that you actually do care about what happens to (some, at least) characters, which again, Oblivion never made me feel.

If you want tons of magic and faerie realms, look elsewhere, but if you want brimming, bubbling exploration and action in as awesome setting, and felt maybe a little short-changed by Stalker, then this is definitely a game you really should play.

Oh, and I've not even noticed the DRM, so don't let that put you off. We all know it's a pain and that software companies are blowing off their own toes with these silly protection devices, but we shouldn't let that ruin our enjoyment of great art.
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