Fallout 3 finally finished

Time for retailers to duck and cover because development has wrapped on Bethesda's postapocalyptic role-playing game in anticipation of its October 28 debut.

The eagerly awaited nuclear winter is almost here. A full decade after the release of the postapocalyptic role-playing game Fallout 2 on the PC and four years after work on the project began, Bethesda Softworks today announced that Fallout 3 has gone gold for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Relax, buddy! It's almost here.

Some 200 years after Washington DC is devastated by a nuclear war, players explore the wasteland surrounding the US capital. As one might expect, the area is marginally less hospitable as lobbyists and lawmakers have given way to mutants, ghouls, and heavily armed militia factions.

The remaining sane population lives in subterranean bunkers called "vaults," and there are few reasons for people to venture into the wastelands above. However, Fallout 3 has the protagonist taking the first brave steps into the world outside in search of a missing father.

The game has a lofty heritage to live up to, as it is Bethesda's first crack at the beloved line of PC games originally produced by Interplay, as well as the company's biggest release since the critically adored The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in 2006. For more on Fallout 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage and recent video Q&A with Bethesda's Pete Hines.

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Jazz_Fan
Jazz_Fan

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Jazz_Fan
Jazz_Fan

I couldn't get it today I really want to get this game.

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Jazz_Fan

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doomgladiator
doomgladiator

I'm getting it the day it comes out. two days baby: can't wait!

DrPharmacist
DrPharmacist

So since Bethesda makes one mistake u flip ur lid? If thats the case u shouldnt be playing any games bro. Heard of the Oblivion series? Ya...amazing games....all done by bethesda. So quit whining...FALLOUT 3 IS GOING TO BE GAME OF THE YEAR!!!! and it officially rules....like oblivion on crack...which makes it different...but still addicting and amazing.. =]

karmafarmer
karmafarmer

Looks pretty, but after my last experience with Bethesda...You remember, "Star Trek Legacy"...It'll be a cold day in hell before waste any money on a Bethesda game.

HyphyBayBoy
HyphyBayBoy

Hell yeah! Bring it on! GOTY HERE WE COME!

NFD
NFD

Im gonna go for Fallout 3 at full price as i believe it will be worth the money, and then i'll wait for Dead Space to go down in price and get that later.

flyercho
flyercho

Farcry 2 is Action. Fallout 3 is Action RPG. Red Alert 3 is strategy. Dead Space is crap. Gears of War is hack and slash. Fable 2, Diablo 3, Fear 2 aren't coming soon :P The worst part is that there is WOTLK :/

seriousjoker93
seriousjoker93

thank god this comes out just before the weekend here. ahhhh.... 3 days of nothing but a desolate world filled with mutants, giant bugs and nuclear bombs....life is sweet

emopwner5
emopwner5

wow... Farcry 2... Fallout 3... Diablo 3... Red Alert 3... Dead Space... Gears of War 2... Fable 2... Fracture... Fear 2... SO MANY!!!!! SO LITTLE TO CHOSE FROM!!!

ciskaos
ciskaos

Bethesdais so confident this game is great, they are giving free trial of the game for xbox dowloadable by torrents!!! If it is good i am sure going to buy it!

Vargre666
Vargre666

Amen Darby. This game is going to be...the game to end all games up till now. I have been drooling over it daily, and in two weeks...TWO WEEKS...the longest bloody weeks of my life...it will be time to install this masterpiece and get to it. Pre-ordered, i live a block from the game store...Oct. 28th I stick the IV in, get a case of Pepsi, smokes, and the catheter, turn off the phone, lock the door and say goodbye to reality for a few months. Thank god I work for myself...id be fired for sure if i didnt.

Master-David
Master-David

I agree Holopaw we need a launch center!!!

jtberry
jtberry

I'm a casual gamer at best, 2-3 hrs a week, mostly shooters. This game may change that. It sounds awesome. (honey, i know what i want for my birthday, and our anniversary, and christmas)

Zarcon94
Zarcon94

"As one might expect, the area is marginally less hospitable as lobbyists and lawmakers have given way to mutants, ghouls, and heavily armed militia factions." what's the difference between the two? Sarcasm aside, it's great that it's finished, and when it goes gold, that will be all the more better.

tdonciu
tdonciu

I can hardly wait for Fallout 3 ... playing STALKER Clear Sky ... I think I'm in the mood now ;)

jul_182
jul_182

I hate that i need to wait 1 year before returning home to finally play this game! Damn!!!!!

Ace77765
Ace77765

You said it, those are the preorder games and for you rich folk call of duty as well. This game is going to be just fine though, going to have something that shocks each and every one of us

it009x9281
it009x9281

With Farcry 2 and Fallout 3 coming out round about the same time i wonder who wiil win i dont mind cos i pre-ordered both but i think i will be late night with fallout 3 more than farcry 2

darbycostello
darbycostello

Not long to go now, until the skeptics are finally silenced by this behemoth of a game. If one looks at the development curve of Bethesda's games over the past decade, it's plain to see that they know what they're doing with this title. Maturity and humour; scope and density; story and all-out violence: All would appear to have been finely balanced in bringing the amazing Fallout mythology to a 21st century audience and at the same time, creating a unique and immersive experience unlike anything that has gone before. Now where did I put that gatling laser...

Toek
Toek

I'm looking forward to picking this game up on the 28th.

madglee
madglee

Long time fan, loved Fallout 2, and can't wait for 3. Biggest problem is the discipline to wait for Thanksgiving sales to buy a new GPU and PSU knowing the game comes out 1 month before that. I want the lunch box.

lancethered
lancethered

but they still don't have to do it in the middle of a fan area go make a none fan place to talk about how much they hate it and leave the ones that wanna play it and can already see the greatness in it alone and happy it would be a lot better that way too

Herenr
Herenr

Why are you guys wasting your time on the detractors? Seriously, they're actually wasting time trying to debase a game, that everyone is generally excited about, instead of even remotely giving it a chance. They keep ranting about Oblivion this or Fallout 2 that...Blah-blah-blah....And it won't stop, it'll only get worse when the game comes out, with these trolls still bashing a game that they originally stated they weren't going to buy; looking for any insignificant issues to fault. Hell, we have people already decrying the object launcher as "unrealistic"....Sanity must be a desirable trait.

Holopaw
Holopaw

What I want to know is where the hell is our Launch Center for Fallout 3?

livevil999
livevil999

What you Fallout fanboys always seem to forget is that there would never have been another Fallout without Bethusda. Interplay wasn't going to do it because they went pretty much belly up! If you don't want to play it then go ahead and just pretend that Fallout 3 never happened, because that's what could have happened. The original Fallout games look (and play) the way they did because of the time they were made. If better technology was avaliable back then the developers would have used it. And if you hate 3d games then you really have no buisness playing videogames today.

kristokalev
kristokalev

well I am looking forward to play this game :) I liked the game-play from the previous ones better (viewing from above) but I bet it's as good as the previous ones were

1mpthra
1mpthra

Be cool if i went trick-or-treating, and some old dude was giving away copys of it

Mac11_Fanboy
Mac11_Fanboy

ok so i played a pirate my friend had, can't wait to get stuck into this oct 31st :D :D

mrsims31
mrsims31

@ciskaos - Huh? This game is a mess!?!? Then I guess all those "best of show" awards it got at E3 were just the result of a bunch of smoke and mirrors? And do you truly trust the quality of a leak that you played? It's Bethesda and they've been working on this game for years. Whether or not it's your taste, the quality will be there. You obviously didn't like Oblivion, a game that received numerous game of the year awards, so it's safe to say that you won't like this great game either.

ciskaos
ciskaos

Kelogz, Morrowing and dagger fall were great, but as soon as they decided to "streamline" the game; it became far less interresting, a 10 year could play it without any problem! Anyway, you can absolutely not say that animation are industry standard, they, is not me, do suck indeed. As goes for the so called Radiant AI System. Anyway.. As for the bankruptcy, no i do not dream, they will survive, I just hope Pete, the stupid blockbuster director, will get to use his unemployment insurance for the sake of all mature player. Have a good day.

kelogz
kelogz

ciskaos, u suck man. With Bethesda in charge how can this game possibly fail. If your hoping for bankruptcy then you're in for a big disappointment. Oblivion was a great game and fallout 3 will be the best fallout of them all :D

Sammojo
Sammojo

YES! Now they can start working on the next Elder Scrolls while we play Fallout 3. Everyone is happy now!

ciskaos
ciskaos

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SMASHED_ASPHALT
SMASHED_ASPHALT

Megadeth-x, my sentiments exactly Megadeth-x, my sentiments exactly Megadeth-x, my sentiments exactly.

lancethered
lancethered

i cant wait for this game it ganna be the best game released yet and im ganna do so many bad things im ganna be evil when i first get it

lancethered
lancethered

oblivion was an RPG i don't know what game they labeled it but you didn't play oblivion if you think its not an RPG

lancethered
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BloodMist
BloodMist

*rolls eyes* Yeah, if Oblivion wasn't an RPG, then what was it?Did you never level up?Wait, no that's impossible.Did you never talk to any characters?That you could do if you chose to.Did you never assassinate anyone?Also your choice.So, what was Oblivion if it wasn't an RPG?Somebody please tell me.