Fallout 3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

March 27, 2009
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The name Bethesda Softworks makes many think of “Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.” This is about to change since the company released “Fallout 3,” which was voted best role-playing game (RPG) of 2008 at the Spike Video Game Awards. This has quickly become my favorite game.

The story begins with the main character’s birth in an ­underground vault. Many of these vaults are located around Washington, D.C., to protect people from the nuclear holocaust that occurred 200 years before the game’s setting of 2277.

The player chooses his or her abilities and is thrown into some challenges to learn the controls. Soon the main character’s father leaves the vault, and you must find him. You venture into a wasteland where multiple quests await you.

This game may turn some people off because it is an RPG, but it has as much action and speed as any other shooting or first-person game. I bought “Fallout 3” thinking I wouldn’t like it since I’ve never been a fan of the RPG gaming style, but after five minutes of play, I knew it was special.

The quests never become ­tedious, and for shooter fans, there are guns. “Fallout 3” uses VATS (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System), which freezes everything around you, allowing you to choose exactly how you would like to attack your enemy. You can watch in slow motion as the bullets fly or a knife or fistfight plays out. The idea of watching the action again and again in slow motion may sound boring, but actually, it’s the complete opposite. You are excited to see how the battle will go next time with a ­different enemy. Or, conversely, you can just aim your weapon and fire it like any other game.

Now, a look at the problems. Honestly, there are few. While playing, at times the game would stop for a second. Another problem I had was the partner AI. The main character can have followers, but sometimes they become more of a hassle than an aid. The partner might run off and attack an ­enemy out of your sight, and they always have to take the long way around since they cannot jump down or over ­obstacles.

These problems are easy to overlook considering how much work was put into the game and how massive the whole playing experience is. I give “Fallout 3” five out of five stars.

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C.Porter said...
Apr. 21, 2016 at 8:10 pm
why does everyone overlook the 1950`s atmosphere and the Radio?!
Koz234 said...
Dec. 8, 2013 at 4:40 am
Well, there is also the problem of the game constantly freezing and crashing. The game is pretty old now, and I could disagree about 5/5 stars, I'd personallly give it 3/5 - 4/5 for these crashes AND many other bugs. Still, the review is nice, and your view on it is fine.
thelogicoflove said...
Feb. 28, 2012 at 11:05 am
I love Fallout 3; it is definitely one of my favorite games of all time. Your review was also wonderful, though I wish you would have included more of the background story. That is what attracted me to the game in the first place.
mr who cares? said...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm
well i love all of bethesdas games and now bethesda outdid themselvs with skyrim
SovietAuthor1 said...
Jan. 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm
This is my favorite game of all time, Im a huge bethesda fanboy. Every game they touch becomes legendary, From the Elder scrolls series, to fallout. "War...War never changes."
this is SPARTA!!! said...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 9:32 am
very well told you could of told a little more about the gameplay but very good review
MagicMan2011 said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 7:34 pm
I loved this game. I dont think you mentioned the story line well enough (which I thought was great!) But besides that i think you did good.
JukeBoxHero13 said...
Jul. 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm
Well written and definitly honest, I can tell by the fact that even though you seemed to like it, you did point out issues.  I would agree with you opinions, this game is great anyone with the means to do so should check it out!
rockyraccoon said...
Jun. 26, 2011 at 1:27 am
I realy liked fallout 3 it was huge and realy easy to get lost in but new vegas is just as good both have good graphics, interesting strories, lots of room, and great music to acompany you on your travels.
Silent_Artist replied...
Jul. 2, 2011 at 6:48 am
I found new vegas more fun but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more glitchy. Had to restart 4 times cuz of corrupted saves. New vegas is better when it works :P
reaver said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm
fallout new vegas is better
SabreElevenThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jun. 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm
i would totally agree with that statement :)
Juan A. said...
Nov. 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Great game, not only does it give the option of changing you characters facial features, but it gives more power to the players than other game


dragoonofsalvation said...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm
i am starting it and my old oblivion skills havev't gotten me killed once, even when i was without ammo, facing seven supermutants!!! There brawlic man!!!! :()
Ninja_Writer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm
I love this game. The graphics rock and the VATS are very helpful. ;)
[xd] replied...
Jan. 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm
ninja_writer, this game is bad, the graphics is all most the same as the ps2.
reaver replied...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm
this is not bad its good and grathics are way better then the ps2
mr who cares? replied...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm
ninja writer...just leave now ok
pepperj said...
Feb. 19, 2010 at 10:20 am
this game is not better than halo3
mr who cares? replied...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm
this game is like 300 million times better than halo
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