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Fallout 3 (PC)
- Fight for survival against terrors of the outside world, radiation, and mutants after nuclear fallout
- Latest in human ability simulation affords unlimited customization of characters
- Expansive world in modern super-deluxe HD graphics
- Features ability to pause time in combat, target specific body parts, and queue up attacks
- 1st- or 3rd-person perspective
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- Platform: Windows XP
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Platform: PC | Edition: Standard Edition
Vault 101 - Jewel of the Wastes. For 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 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.
- Limitless Freedom: Take in the sights and sounds of the vast Capital Wasteland! See the great monuments of the United States lying in post-apocalyptic ruin! You make the choices that define you and change the world. Just keep an eye on your Rad Meter!
- Experience SPECIAL: Vault-Tec engineers bring you the latest in human ability simulation - the SPECIAL Character System! Utilising new breakthroughs in points-based ability representation, SPECIAL affords unlimited customisation of your character. Also included are dozens of unique skills and perks to choose from, each with a dazzling variety of effects!
- The Power of Choice: Feeling like a dastardly villain today, or a good samaritan? Pick a side or walk the line, as every situation can be dealt with in many different ways. Talk out your problems in a civilised fashion, or just flash your Plasma Rifle.
- Blast 'Em Away With V.A.T.S.: Even the odds in combat with the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System for your Pip-Boy Model 3000! V.A.T.S. allows you to pause time in combat, target specific body parts on your target, queue up attacks, and let Vault-Tec take out your aggressio
The third game in the Fallout series, Fallout 3 is a singleplayer action role-playing game (RPG) set in a post-apocalyptic Washington DC. Combining the horrific insanity of the Cold War era theory of mutually assured destruction gone terribly wrong, with the kitschy naivety of American 1950s nuclear propaganda, Fallout 3 will satisfy both players familiar with the popular first two games in its series as well as those coming to the franchise for the first time.
The Cold War goes Next-Gen
The Story: Vault 101 Jewel of the Wastes
Welcome to the nation's capital.
The Brotherhood of Steel is a powerful ally.
Customize characters with your Pip-Boy.
For 200 years, Vault 101 , a fallout shelter, 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 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.
- Limitless Freedom! Take in the sights and sounds of the vast Capital Wasteland! See the great monuments of the United States lying in post-apocalyptic ruin! You make the choices that define you and change the world. Just keep an eye on your Rad Meter!
- Experience S.P.E.C.I.A.L.! Vault-Tec engineers bring you the latest in human ability simulation the SPECIAL Character System! Utilizing new breakthroughs in points-based ability representation, SPECIAL affords unlimited customization of your character. Also included are dozens of unique skills and perks to choose from, each with a dazzling variety of effects!
- Fantastic New Views! The wizards at Vault-Tec have done it again! No longer constrained to just one view, experience the world from 1st or 3rd person perspective. Customize your view with the touch of a button!
- The Power of Choice! Feeling like a dastardly villain today, or a Good Samaritan? Pick a side or walk the line, as every situation can be dealt with in many different ways. Talk out your problems in a civilized fashion, or just flash your Plasma Rifle.
- Blast 'Em Away With V.A.T.S.! Even the odds in combat with the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System for your Pip-Boy Model 3000! V.A.T.S. allows you to pause time in combat, target specific body parts on your target, queue up attacks, and let Vault-Tec take out your aggression for you. Rain death and destruction in an all-new cinematic presentation featuring gory dismemberments and spectacular explosions.
- Mind-Blowing Artificial Intelligence! At Vault-Tec, we realize that the key to reviving civilization after a global nuclear war is people. Our best minds pooled their efforts to produce an advanced version of Radiant AI, America's First Choice in Human Interaction Simulation. Facial expressions, gestures, unique dialog, and lifelike behavior are brought together with stunning results by the latest in Vault-Tec technology.
- Eye-Popping Prettiness! Witness the harsh realities of nuclear fallout rendered like never before in modern super-deluxe HD graphics. From the barren Wasteland, to the danger-filled offices and metro tunnels of DC, to the hideous rotten flesh of a mutant's face.
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Where is 4 better? Well, 4 looks gorgeous and the gun play/combat is a bit better than 3, in my opinion. Also, you can level up indefinitely if you want to.....though the game will become quieter above about level 70!
Anyway, both are great games, if you haven't played either (or NV), I'd suggest picking these up before 4 (you'll get a bargain and a huge amount of game play for your pound!).
Seems a number of those with high-end P.C.'s were having all kinds of problems - both in installation, game launch and crashes/game freezing.
It was not without some misgivings then that I installed the game on receipt.
My P.C. is a bit of an old cobbled up belter (cannot afford a better one at present) - 3gb cpu, 1gb ram, Nvid Geforce 6800GS (AGP),a really old Soundblaster card in vanilla stereo and Windows XP. It ran Oblivion beautifully (two years ago) but looked a bit pants as a bottom spec machine for this game. The game publishers stress that the game was designed around the Ge Force 8 and 9 series cards!
If this helps others who are intending to play solo - here are the tips which seemed good logical advice :-
Following advice of others across the pond, I de-fragged the hard drive first, killed my internet connection and stopped the firewall/anti virus engines prior to a full installation.
Then the game installed no bother at all - it is a very long installation though!!
I ran the game from the "launcher" with the disc in the drive for the first time, to let the game sort out my "default" in game settings - which were pretty low (not unexpected).
Exited out and took out the disc. The disc is only used to re-do the defaults now.
No disc, and re-launch from the "Fallout.exe" file in the Fallout directory on the C drive and away we went - no problems at all. No jerko-vision, no lock ups and (so far) no freezing.(Do not use the "Game Launcher").
Assuming you are playing solo - Just ensure you kill your internet connection and virus/firewall systems, remove screen saver and screen power-off time - outs first and launch from the Fallout.exe folder every time you play.
I've played for 5 days now and (so far) no problems.
I re-clocked my NVid 6800 and was able to bring up some of the details in the video settings slowly, bit by bit which has improved the overall look without penalty (so far).
Hope all of that helped somebody.
As to the game itself - many good reviews here.
Meld of Oblivion and the old Fallout series seems a bit odd but works very well.
Levelling up offers more reward as you get a "perk" every time - do choose wisely!
Money and ammo are hard to find at first (expensive with low barter skill) and it pays to "learn your trade" as soon as you can - survival is difficult otherwise.
Take your time and wander around the Megaton area annd surrounding country first - get some easier xp and useful items.
The repair skill is also essential - you will quickly wear out weapons and armour and be stuck without this. You also need to carry similar (partly worn out) items in your inventory as "spares" to repair with. Get them from the bodies after the usual random "raider fire fights".
Worth using the crazy nut-job trader lady in Megaton for her simpler quests and rewards to get more xp and a feel for the characters and mutated wildlife you will always encounter as you travel further out.
Concentrate on upping small gun, lockpick, sneak repair and science skills as soon as you can. You cannot survive without fighting - unlike Oblivion. Lock picking is a much simpler and satisfying experience than in Oblivion. Computer hacking takes some getting used to - a bit of a cerebral break during a mission (read the manual about how to do it)! Perception, intelligence and agility basics are a must.
I have not followed the main plot line at all yet - having too much fun just mooching around and picking up random quests, encounters and good loot.
Remember that all of your actions (good, evil or neutral) have consequences. Karma does play a part. (I appear to have "good" karma at present - too good it seems, as several hit squads are now trying to take me out from time to time - usually quite unexpectedly after completion of random quests - always stay ready to fight!)
Oblivion had "spell making and enchanting" altars - this game has "workbenches" dotted around - including one at the crazy lady's place in Megaton (use them for free). As long as you get the "schematics" you can cobble together the most strange (but effective) weapons from all kinds of junk you can pick up in the wastes during your travels - worth getting somewhere to live as your base to store all of this useful junk for the future.
My favourite home made weapon so far is the "Railway Gun" - a magnetic rail gun shooting railway spikes. It sounds an American locomotive hooter every time it fires - cheezy I know but somehow most enjoyable when a mutated mole rat explodes in front of you. (Dark humour!)
There is an encounter with a lunatic professor underground - voiced to sound like the character Hubert Farnsworth from Futurama!
I have not bothered to use the "Vats" system - more satisfying to do shooting the old down and dirty way.
Spoiler here (maybe?)
Search around for a scrapyard and pick up Dogmeat (remember the dog from Fallout2) for free - a truly awesome fighter/companion for you.
Scoped guns and rifles do work very well (with excellent sounds) if your gun skills are over 60% - sniping is great fun.
Gun graphics are pretty funky too.
Clearly Bethesda will have to address some (or all hopefully) of the launch/run/crash problems - but which great game has not had to have a few early patches?
Nevertheless, there are some in - game inconsistencies with characters and game play which also need sorting out.
Patches must be released a.s.a.p. please.
Loose a star because of this, but otherwise a fabulous game to immerse yourself in for hour after hour - like Oblivion, say goodbye to friends and family for a long time as it draws you in.
Other critics may disagree with some (or all) of this - but these are my experiences to date - and I will admit I am getting on in years - cut my gaming teeth with my children when Wolfenstein first came out as shareware in the early '90s with an Amstrad 286!!
This game is really worth a shot.
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