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Fallout 3 MAG

March 27, 2009
By Fernando Perez BRONZE, Glendale, Arizona
Fernando Perez BRONZE, Glendale, Arizona
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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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on Dec. 17 2019 at 11:12 am
SolInvictus76, Leavenworth, Indiana
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I play Oblivion, Skyrim, and fallout shelter. It is 2019, and I just now got fallout 3! I love Bethesda's games, and how the music and the look of the worlds just bring a whole new universe and give the games an atmosphere. There are many problems, sure, but the world and the feel of the games make them so good.

on Dec. 17 2019 at 11:06 am
SolInvictus76, Leavenworth, Indiana
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It wasn't just special! It was extra S.P.E.C.I.A.L.!

on Apr. 21 2016 at 8:10 pm
C.Porter PLATINUM, St. Petersburg, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Don`t give up on trying to make friends. Even if you feel like you`l never be able to hangout with your other classmates don`t give up.

why does everyone overlook the 1950`s atmosphere and the Radio?!

on Dec. 8 2013 at 4:40 am
DeletingThisAccountSoon, No, Alaska
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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.

on Feb. 28 2012 at 11:05 am
thelogicoflove SILVER, Camden, South Carolina
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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.

on Jan. 12 2012 at 12:42 pm
ninja writer...just leave now ok

on Jan. 12 2012 at 12:40 pm
well i love all of bethesdas games and now bethesda outdid themselvs with skyrim

on Jan. 12 2012 at 12:37 pm
this game is like 300 million times better than halo

SovietAuthor said...
on Jan. 8 2012 at 5:48 pm
SovietAuthor, Los Angeles, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Have i ever told you, the definition... of insanity???"

--- Vaas Montenegro

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."

on Oct. 12 2011 at 9:32 am
very well told you could of told a little more about the gameplay but very good review

on Aug. 25 2011 at 7:34 pm
BetweenWorks SILVER, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
The meaning of life is a question that you have already answered.

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.

on Jul. 23 2011 at 7:35 pm
JukeBoxHero13 BRONZE, Noblesville, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs for the people who prepare for it today."

-Malcolm X

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!

on Jul. 2 2011 at 6:48 am
Silent_Artist SILVER, Selma, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"One day I'm gonna run away and never come back and when I come back I'm gonna be the knife master" - Jimmy The Rev Sullivan. Not much of a deep meaning but it makes me laugh.

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

rockyraccoon said...
on Jun. 26 2011 at 1:27 am
rockyraccoon, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
today tommorow next month next year all look remarkably gray.

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.

on Jun. 14 2011 at 9:15 pm
SabreEleven DIAMOND, Madeira, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"Backpack, gimme another beer!" --Nate Bell

i would totally agree with that statement :)

lucis said...
on Mar. 22 2011 at 9:42 am
ya that sucks now dont ti man hahahahah

2Whammy said...
on Mar. 1 2011 at 3:23 pm
2Whammy, Turnersville, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Those that mind don't matter, but those that matter don't mind"

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.

reaver BRONZE said...
on Feb. 28 2011 at 1:15 pm
reaver BRONZE, Evenston, Illinois
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this is not bad its good and grathics are way better then the ps2

reaver BRONZE said...
on Feb. 28 2011 at 1:14 pm
reaver BRONZE, Evenston, Illinois
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fallout new vegas is better

[xd] said...
on Jan. 7 2011 at 7:37 pm
ninja_writer, this game is bad, the graphics is all most the same as the ps2.