Published on October 5th, 2012 | by Ethan Rose1
Fallout 3 Review
Summary: A little more work on patching out bugs, and more details on the character models and voice acting and this would be a perfect game, but even with its downfalls Fallout 3 is a great game and worth a play.
Review on Fallout 3
Fallout 3 is a massive game based in an apocalyptic wasteland in 2277; Fallout 3 is so in-depth that I’ve spent 100+ hours doing things in all nooks and crannies. Obviously when a game is as packed as this one you’re going to have quite a few flaws and glitches in the gameplay. But it kept me coming back for more and more, I just wanted to experience everything the game had to offer, from crashed alien space ships where you find one of the games many and powerful weapons, to secret a room you stumble upon where a ghoul has covered every bit of the walls with plungers.
Although very addictive and worthy of everyone’s time, the gameplay has some serious issues with glitches, whether you’re innocently exploring into new territory or exiting your pip boy 3000, you could just spontaneously fall through the floor you’re standing on, occasionally I would die for no apparent reason. The game also has spells of lag when lots of things are happening on-screen like huge explosions or crowds of enemies. Besides all of these flaws, the game is full of great moments and a great plot, and hundreds of little secrets to be discovered. The gunfighting and combat in the game is like your regular FPS (with the option of third person), but there are ways to get around them by talking your way through like a silver-tongued devil or sneaking, and when you pull things off like that, you feel much more rewarded. With everything said and done, there is so much scenery to see in the game especially for an apocalyptic wasteland you’ll be surprised. The menus and heads up display are relatively simple to use and understand, for in-game menus, you be using something called the pip boy 3000 which you gain early on in the game, the overall look and style of it suits the game’s plot and setting.
Fallout 3 is from the same creators as the very well-known ‘The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion’ and just like that game, the voice acting is something Bethesda could work on… a lot, although whilst exploring you won’t hear much of it, other than that, the game soundtrack is brilliant, it has jazzy music from the 1930’s-40’s which really helps set the scene and background of the game’s plot. The radio built into the Pip Boy 3000 does come in handy whilst walking through the wasteland, as it can get quite lonely out there.
Washington DC in Fallout 3 is incredible, and not to mention huge, so big that it’s surprising that it isn’t buggier than it is on console. Yes you do get repetitive textures across the land, but most games have this. It’s a shame that I can’t say the good things I’ve said about the environment of Fallout 3 as the character models.
Fallout 3 has a great story line, probably not worth repeating, but all of the side missions and secrets and things to collect and places to see make the game last a lot longer, you can probably get a good 40+ hours out of it, and if you play games like me and look for everything, you’re looking at 90+ hours.
Fallout 3 is a great game and will always be classic and is one to beat for many action RPG’s out there, if you’re looking for games with similar aspects as The Elder Scrolls Franchise, then look no further, this will be the game for you.