Fallout 3 Impressions

22 01 2009

As some of you may have noticed I have been away from the site for awhile therefore have not been able to post as well. As good as my intent was I just couldn’t find the time, for that I apologize. Why did I have no time? Well its simple really I have had an addiction with a little game called Fallout 3. You know the post apocalyptic action rpg by Bethesda that was recently released. Well I recently received a copy and to date have been unable to put it down so obviously I have enjoyed it. However continue reading to find out my full impressions of the game.

Before receiving this game it wasn’t on my radar while not a huge fan of rpg’s I do enjoy some of the successes. Despite my earlier praises I initially did not find the motivation in the game to continue to play. The story seemed to be confusing and the action was absent from this action rpg however I was determined to dig deeper. After exposing more of the main story and obtaining a better understanding of the character traits and leveling system, since I never played any of the previous installments, I become more engrossed with the game itself. As good as the main storyline was I found myself exploring more of the open world and discovering more side quests which were surprisingly deep and thought out thus enabling me to level more quickly and map out a direction for my character. When leveling you have the ability to add points to certain skills such as small guns, repair, medicine, and lockpick which focuses the direction of how your character will complete the game.

While the action and in turn combat severely lacked early on I found it to be very satisfying later on in the game especially with the addition of VATS which enables the player to pause the game and specifically target a certain part of the enemy. The drawback being you only have a certain amount of action points which are used each time you trigger the VATS system despite this the death animations can be very cool. While exploring you have various speech options with NPC’s depending on your previous responses as well as your charisma as a player. You have the option to play as a good, neutral, or evil character with benefits for each character. One of my major appeals of the game is the exploration the game allows you to have which in turn can gain you some valuable loot which is a big part of any rpg and trust me this game as a lot of loot. In spite of putting in over 30 hours I still have yet to max out my character level or even complete all of the side quests or main quests and when I do still see a reason for this game to be replayed which says something. So for those cost conscious gamers this game will provide plenty gameplay for your buck.

One of the major complaints I heard regarding this game, specifically the PS3 version was the constant freezing and frame rate issues. Honestly I have had no issues at all in regards to those complaints although I started playing after the major patch was released that was suppose to fix those issues. One of my only complaints is the steep learning curve of the leveling system which would be non-existence if you have played any of the previous installments. But as previously stated I had not and feel almost obligated to play a new character as the perks and skills were really like a foreign language to me, but then again I can be a perfectionist when it comes to my character.

Overall I think this game is an excellent game, the experience and familiarity of exploring such a desolate wasteland as DC is an experience in it’s of itself. The graphics were superb the gameplay was addicting and kept me playing looking forward to my next adventure or piece of treasure to find. So if you passed this game up earlier now would be a great time to pick it up and give it a shot. A definite buy!

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6 responses

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1 11 2010

The best thing about Fallout 3 is knowing that no matter how much the day sucked (or didn’t suck) you can always come home to the Wasteland. It is one of the best stress relievers, besides Bioshock.


2 11 2010

Thats so true there have been multiple times that I got lost in that world and several hours passed by. I hope the same is true for Fallout: New Vegas but have yet to try it – Have you? I hope to pick it up soon once I play the stack I currently have.

Thanks Lisa.

2 11 2010

I’ve been reading mixed reviews, although I shouldn’t be reading any at all and just try it. If I don’t enjoy it I can return it for store credit and try something else.

My husband has left me for Fallout 3, one kid is starting Kingdom Heart, one is working through every Megaman, and I just picked up Wild Arms: Alter Code F and keep returning to Bioshock (must…finish…before I play 2…and wait for Infinite…).

Too many games, too little time. As usual. I’m not complaining, it’s a fact of life.

If you try it please write about it!


2 11 2010

I have also heard mixed reviews mostly to do with the bugs which I am sure will be fixed via patching which is why I have chosen to play New Vegas around Christmas time if not later. Because as you said I just have too many games to play especially being a parent of an infant.

Anyways the entire Bioshock series is excellent but speaking specifically of BioShock 2 the DLC titled Minerva’s Den is really good. Once you beat BioShock and 2 definitely give it a try.

Once I give Fallout: New Vegas a try I will certainly write up something. Appreciate your feedback hope to continue to see you around in the comments. Take Care

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