"Fallout 3" was developed by a company in Bethesda, MD, so as a
game featuring a local setting of post-apocalyptic Washington, DC, I
liked the general look and feel of this ginormous role-playing
game...but, ultimately, the game was too ginormous for me.
After spending more than 42 hours trying to finish the game, I
was ultimately unsatisfied with the game's story even if I liked
working my way through it. 200 years in the future,
Washington, DC is an irradiated warzone where many residents live in
underground vaults set up by the government to foster life where it
is safe. You, the player, start out literally from birth to
learn that your father has left you in a safe zone vault in
northwest Washington, and at the age of 20, you set out on your own
to find your father and learn more about the hell that is our world.
Taking place in either a first-person or third-person perspective,
you go through a traditional mix of shooter and RPG/level up system
to find your father, as well as solve mysteries and fulfill quests
throughout the Capital Wasteland.
The game, like many other titles on 360 or PS3, is incredibly
stunning in terms of its visuals. The characters move fluidly,
the nasty enemy creations are fun to watch in motion, and the scope
of the world is impressive. The interface for the player is
mainly through an arm brace called the Pip-Boy 3000 (it basically
pulls up like a quarterback's plays on an arm brace), which monitors
your current quest, weapons and armor, perks, attributes, skills,
etc. Fighting happens in real-time, either through a standard
first-person shooter format, or through V.A.T.S., the game's
targeting system that allows you to target specific parts of enemies
to cripple limbs or eliminate them altogether. This allows for
some fun moments, as you blow the leg off of a bear or the arms off
of a soldier to take them out of the picture in slow-motion
(naturally, it had to happen in slow-motion!!).
But, over the course of 40 hours, this gets repetitive and taking
down Mole Rats and Super Mutants (two of the game's roughly 20
unique baddies) while walking through tight hallways becomes a bore.
Add in long dialogue sequences driven by on-screen text and
voice-over work, and sometimes, "Fallout 3" has built-in pauses that
lengthen a long affair. I didn't even do the majority of the
side missions; once I figured out this would be a long game, I
started passing up some of the mini-missions to shave time off the
bottom line. It could have easily taken 55-60 hours to see the
And, as this is a story-driven game for one person, there is no
multiplayer, so there's that...for a person that has the time to
drive through this thing, it's not bad, and occasionally, it's
pretty good. But, I thought it was never great and its
story--and, worse, its ending, which almost led me to fling my
controller out the friggin' window--could have used some major work.
"Fallout 3" will probably go onto the shelf and stay there for a
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience