BEST ROLE-PLAYING GAME
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Platform: PC, X360, PS3
Release Date: Oct 28, 2008
Interplay's Fallout and Fallout 2 are two of the most beloved role-playing games ever made for the PC. So when Bethesda Softworks, creator of The Elder Scrolls games, announced it was working on Fallout 3 for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, there was a lot of skepticism. Let's just say this wasn't going to be an easy act to follow. But Bethesda appears to be on the right track. The studio definitely knows a thing or two about role-playing games, and as it proved at E3, it also knows what makes Fallout tick.
What we saw suggests a game that will blend the best elements of the Fallout franchise with Bethesda's role-playing game expertise. But instead of sword-and-sorcery fantasy, Fallout 3 will immerse you in a postapocalyptic world inhabited by mutants, scavengers, and survivors. You'll meet memorable characters, make momentous decisions, and engage in firefights won not with reflexes, but with tactics. The attention to detail is extraordinary--Bethesda seems to be paying homage to the original source material while adapting it to modern graphical standards. The result was strikingly original, yet familiar. If what we saw at E3 is any indication, Bethesda is on its way to capturing the ironic tone and unforgettable gameplay of Fallout. We'll be setting up camp outside the vault until the game is released in 2008.