I recently finally finished Fallout 3. My character ended up being pretty immoral: looting everything that wasn't nailed down and being a complete jerk to everyone. He wasn't much of a murderer though, unless someone pissed me off. I loved my title at the end: Scourge of Humanity.
I must say that I was pretty impressed with the game. The size of the game world and its details, the hilarious dialogue options, and fun combat really had me hooked. I was pretty happy with myself though since I didn't rely on any guides to get my through the game. Not like I really needed it; the game did a great job of telling you where you need to go.
About the only disappointing thing I found was the game became way too easy on the default difficulty, and was even too easy on Hard. I never had any ammo shortages. I could take a lot of punishment once I gained a few levels, and stimpacks/health items practically grow on trees. And if anything really bad happened, I could go back to my house and heal up at My First Infirmary. It only went downhill once I got a follower. Charon mowed through enemies – it got to the point where I had to tell him to wait behind so I could get some EXP.
The most egregious part was radiation. It's practically a non-issue. Get too much radiation? Go to a doctor and he'll fix it up. You're swimming in caps, so who cares. And My First Infirmary will clear it up for free. I wish that radiation was more permanent, or harder to clear. It would have made the game more challenging.
I decided to play through the game on Very Hard as a good character. I wouldn't be able to loot tons of ammo, murder people to make life easy, or lie to shorten quests. I'm also not going to purchase an infirmary, nor am I going to recruit a follower. I also am trying to avoid save/reload as much as possible.
The game is a totally different experience. I chose to go out and explore the wasteland rather than advance the questline, and it's pretty frightening. For the first few levels, even molerats would take me down in a few hits. Raiders were bad news…I ended up running away from many encounters. And let's not mention super mutants. I was terrified of them. My paltry arsenal couldn't do much against them, and I didn't want to waste my tiny ammo supply on them (since I needed all the bullets I could get for vicious dogs). One time a pack of 5 dogs attacked me, and I had to use up several of my precious frag mines on them or else I would have been toast.
The exploration is a lot of fun too. I love walking to a location, and spotting or hearing an explosion in the distance. Makes you feel like there are things going on in the world. Random encounters also contribute to that. I ran into a group of non-hostile hunters. A little bit later, I was on a hilltop and watched them get slaughtered by super mutants.
Now that I'm level 7 and have better weapons, I can fight some of the tougher enemies. I still have ammo shortages on some weapons, and I try not to use my best ones too often since I don't have spare weapons to repair them with. I chose to try energy weapons, and they are rare at this point in the game.
I end up having to eat a lot of irradiated food and need to monitor my rads – I am only allowing myself to remove them with Rad-aways, which I only have a couple right now. I am raising my medicine skill to make stimpacks more useful.
And with that said, off to raid Vault 106.