The perfect blend of RPG game play, FPS action, and player guided storyline.
bark00000 wrote this review on .
first of all i have to say for those of you out there who liked Oblivion (or any elder scrolls game for that matter) then this game will be a great addition to your collection, however it is about a million times more violent and is well deserving of its M rating.
violence is not portrayed in such a way where it is a main feature, but simply a game enhancer (in that a shot to the head with a pistol is far less destructive while a high powered rifle will decapitate)
Now, on to the graphics. This game looks very nice but is nothing spectacular in the way of graphics enhancements and such. Fallout 3 does do a great job of creating the world around you though. everything is very well detailed and it actually starts to feel like a real world.
part of creating this real world atmosphere is the scale of the game. you can see EVERYTHING, from the smallest tin can to the biggest monument in the distance and everything in between.
Infact the best moments of the game are spent in about the first hour you spend outside. Fallout 3 presents you with a ruined wasteland and burnt out buildings that start to give you an scary familiarity with your surroundings and really starts to get to you the first time you come across a burnt out abandoned school or store.
Now on to game play. This game plays like a shooter crammed up against an RPG. but sometimes takes the worst from both genres.
The shooting system is not that great (yes VATS is cool, but its not really enough to justify the rest of it) and the leveling system is "a whole lot of work for not a whole lota reward..." leveling once can take hours, and only get you a small return (like 0.5% health boost or 1% damage boost)
Still even with every flaw stacked up against the positive points in this game, the light shines through and you find yourself forgiving it.
there is one thing that has the potential to ruin the game for some... you have an absolutely HUGE area to explore, but you have to do it on foot. normally this wouldn't be an issue, however you tend to run REALLY slow and many potential shortcuts (ie climbing a wall of rubble blocking a road) are simply impassable.
you see an opening but damn... cant go through, guess im gonna have to walk around for an hour and a half to get passed it. if you are brave, you can walk the subway lines too but i hate doing that...
Aside from a few serious, yet rare cases this game is pretty much bug free and runs like a dream on very high settings on a medium/high end system.
- The gameworld... very cool
- The gameplay... also very cool
- lots of action spaced out enough to avoid becoming tedious
- characters/npc's/enemies are very well designed. they are all like-able and hate-able in their own ways
- very expansive and a HUGE city and countryside to explore
- not a whole lot of inovation since oblivion. parts of the game engine actually seem somehow identical to oblivions.
- no vehicles and too many unclimbable barriers
- not a whole lot of variety in your foes. only really run into about 6 different types of baddies
- not such a great storyline driver... nuclear apocalypse, barren wasteland, KILLER SUPERMUTANTS! and you want to face all this to find your daddy...
all in all:
This game is really really fun if your into any of the following: expansive shooters or rpgs, post apocalyptic type games/movies, being able to do pretty much anything you want without fear of consequence! (don't like that dude? blow him away! whose gonna stop you right?)
anyway, two thumbs up for fallout 3.