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Vault-Tec engineers have worked around the clock on an interactive reproduction of Wasteland life for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own vault. Included is an expansive world, unique combat, shockingly realistic visuals, tons of player choice, and an incredible cast of dynamic characters. Every minute is a fight for survival against the terrors of the outside world — radiation, Super Mutants, and hostile mutated creatures. From Vault-Tec, America's First Choice in Post Nuclear Simulation.
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!
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.
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.
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.
*Protective Eyewear Encouraged.
Shaped the way I Play Gamesdamienjameswebb | Jan. 29, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
Before playing Fallout 3, I was a platformer kind of guy. I NEVER played FPS or even RPG games, but i just couldn't help myself. I borrowed it from a friend the first time I played it upon his recommendation, and by the end of the day I had to go out and buy a copy of my own. The story is amazingly detailed and enthralling, the mechanics are an excellent mix for FPS and fantasy RPG and the art direction perfectly captures what Washington DC would be like if we had nuclear fallout in the 1950's. The character creation was really what drew me in. Being able to internally decide how you wanted to play the character would then change the way your character answered questions, or behaved in certain circumstances. I also enjoy how the traits that you choose for yourself such as LUCK or INTELLIGENCE would make people talk to you differently, or treat you differently in battle. The graphics, although not really that great, work well for the game. The original Fallout games were not very graphically heavy and they didn't need to be. The game was carried by the creative dialog and story lines. The connections between characters, and the effects that actions had on the world around you were what made the games great. The same can be said for Fallout 3. If you want an immersive, time consuming experience, this is the best choice you can make without a doubt.
A classic rebornNeonberry | Jan. 9, 2014 | See all Neonberry's reviews »
Fallout 3 is a great continuation of the franchise. At first I was really baffled by how it is possible to successfully convert a turn-based top-down game into a first/3rd person shooter, but it was absolutely well executed. The atmosphere of the nuclear wasteland, the vault, all the survivors are just as good as in any of the previous games. The story, while not as great as in the first game, is still very decent with some choices that will influence the outcome. The gameplay is solid and the character development is as good as ever. And all this while maintaining the quirky humour of the Fallout universe. I would highly recommend this game to anyone unless you hate RPGs or science fiction. If this is your first encounter with the Fallout games it is a great game to start with as well.
Nuclear Falloutjuxtaposed_j | Jan. 4, 2014 | See all juxtaposed_j's reviews »
I purchased this game even though I had never played or really heard of the previous Fallout games; but what caught my attention was the the games concept- exploring a futuristic Washington DC after a nuclear fallout.
Even though this game is buggy as hell (had a few crashes) I thoroughly enjoyed it, I completed it and hardly scratched the surface with the other missions and various other things to do.
Wish I Would Have Played SoonerComputersWelcom | Jan. 1, 2014 | See all ComputersWelcom's reviews »
This was my first experience with the Fallout series. From my experience so far it is very interesting. I have played the Metro series (Last Light + 2033) and really enjoy the survival horror genre. Fallout is a very interesting game with the time frame it is set in. I find myself lost in the radio broadcasts and try to absorb any diagonal from out dear President of the Enclave. If you have not played it yet, I really do recommend this game. It offers more choices than any game that I have played. I myself had to restart the game because without giving too much away. I just went ham and killed everyone. I learned that your actions really do matter. To sum up, this game is really nice. The graphics are great (for it's time) and I actually use the xbox controller with the game and everything runs smooth.
Good game, but won't appeal to purists/fans of the originalsGmen | Dec. 31, 2013 | See all Gmen's reviews »
The original Fallout games were known for their turn-based strategy brilliance, and fans were a bit apprehensive when they found out that Bethesda was going to make a new Fallout game, which uses the first person perspective (although you can switch to third person if you prefer). That and the combat system has been changed from one that was strictly turn-based to the infamous V.A.T.S. system – or if you prefer you can play combat situations in real-time. In my experience this works best when in first-person and not third-person.
The graphics in the game aren’t bad, although it uses the ageing Gamebryo engine which debuted with Morrowind in 2002 – six years earlier. The animation is rather rubbish, and AI not all that sharp, and the bugs in the game are noteworthy, but likely nowhere near as plentiful or at least as game-breaking as New Vegas.
But still, the game has enough in the way of challenge, interesting quests (the main story is a bit poor and not to mention short) with some well known voice actors to carry off the game’s incredible amount of spoken dialogue that will at least keep people interested in it for a while. It’s a good game, but fans of the originals might not like it. If you want the best modern Fallout experience, you need look no further than Fallout: New Vegas.