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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Gorillas4u said...
Jan. 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Lovin this games. my dad told me it was a 75 hour game. not including the expansions. just got my AK today :D
ihunt said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm
this is one of my favorite games of all time. i have every achievment for it(xbox 360) and i have all the updates. it is one of the best games in the world
deer-hunter replied...
Sept. 28, 2010 at 8:31 am
i agree this is a good game but i wish they made it for the wii
2Whammy replied...
Mar. 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm
the only thing with having fallout 3 on the Wii is that the Wii was made as a family system, and although there are some games like this on there, they don't want things getting too out of hand.
ResJes said...
Oct. 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm
This game is sooo much fun! Unfortunately, there is no multiplayer so if you want multiplayer, this isn't the game for you. The add-ons are really fun, and Operation: Anchorage gets you the strongest armor in the game!
Valkyrie_123 said...
Jun. 25, 2009 at 11:07 am
i love this game!!! awesome review!!!
The man said...
May 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm
Fall out 3 is a must have game you can never get bord with
jshark14 said...
May 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm
this game is the bomb i loved it
IX_Crimson_XI replied...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 7:44 pm
HAHA! you said this game is the BOMB.
ricky96307 said...
Apr. 8, 2009 at 11:51 am
Thanks, now you make me want to buy the game, and I'm in school.
lucis replied...
Mar. 22, 2011 at 9:42 am
ya that sucks now dont ti man hahahahah
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