From the makers of Oblivion another classic and a game that would make my top 10 of all time, Fallout 3 plays pretty much the same. From the start you play as a baby and choose what your character will look like in future. The US is a devastated wasteland after a nuclear war, your character was born inside vault 101 a survival shelter designed to protect a number of humans for the nuclear fallout.
Not far into the game your Father leaves you and you decided to follow. Once out you will be amazed by the graphics of the wasteland, everything looks fantastic and you get that sense of being alone in the wastelands of America.
Along the way you visit small towns, mines, slave camps and much more as you fight off the enemies that inhabit the wastelands. The control system plays like Oblivion and has the same level up which allows you to gain new knowledge out of many skills which include science, lock pick, heavy and small gun etc etc. Each skill can be maximised to 100% and it’s up to you which skills you will want to learn and how to develop your character as you progress through the game.
There is a Karma level for your character which increases or decreases depending on the choices you make while in the wasteland. If you want to be a good guy just make the choices or vice versa if you want to play the bad guy. I myself chose to mix it up a bit depending on if I liked who I was working for.
You can use most food and drink found in the wasteland but the problem is everything outside the vault has radiation and this is another thing you will have to watch in your game, lucky enough you can pay a Doctor in some towns to cure your radiation poisoning at a certain price, he will also cure any addictions to medications you may pick up. All money is in Bottle Caps which you earn by completing missions, finding them in the wastelands or just selling items you have found.
Like Oblivion you can only carry so much, anything more and you will be unable to move quickly or fast travel. You can fast travel from location to location so long as you have found the location first on foot and there are no enemies around.
Through the game all options like stats, items weapons and maps will be on your pitboy, something issued to you at the start of the game. Another interesting point is you can also pick up people to assist you in some quests for a short time including your loyal dog Dogmeat if you find him. Dogmeat has been in previous games and if killed in battle he will be dead forever. This applies to any characters you meet in the game and this is my only problem. It’s nice to have things true to life but if I kill someone by accident that has a major role to play within the game to provide a quest later on if he is dead I can’t access that quest!
This game is huge, I have played over 60 hours and that’s not including the 3 downloadable content out. I won’t spoil any of the story but one more point I will cover is VATS. This stands for Vault Tec Assisted System and allows you at the touch of a button to choose a limb on any enemy you meet. You can choose the head, legs, arms, weapon or body. You can only use it a number of times but it will replenish slowly. Real-time combat is paused, and action is played out from varying camera angles in a computer graphics version of “bullet time,” creating a combat system that the Bethesda developers have described as a hybrid between turn-based and real-time combat.
There are also two factions you can work for at the end of the game. One being the Brotherhood who you will notice around during the game and will help you from time to time so long as you don’t shoot at them.
Like I said at the start this is my favourite games of 2008 and although not as good as Oblivion it’s not far off.
This game gets 97%