Fallout 3: Post-apocalyptic RPG
Throughout the game, you are referred to as the Lone Wanderer why… The Vault Overseer believes you had a part to play in the escape of your father from a fallout shelter known as Vault 101, which had been sealed for 200 years protecting those who lived there from the aftermath of the Great War.
At the game start, after your birth, you get to pick what you will look like within the game. You then go through your early years up to age 16 spent inside Vault 101.
As I have said the Overseer believes you helped your father to open the huge Vault door to the outside world and make good his escape. The only thing wrong with that is you are not guilty. However, The Overseer is not going to believe you, guilty or not, and sent his security force to arrest you.
Faced with no other option and the help of the Overseer’s daughter you escape the vault and go in search of James (your father).
This is where the game really begins. The Great War has left Washington, D.C. area in ruins. Among those ruins are the Capitol Building, the Jefferson Memorial, the battered remains of the Washington Monument and various museums all referred to as the Capital Wasteland.
Large settlements can be found throughout the area known as the Wastelands: Rivet City has been formed from the shell of an aircraft carrier carried and dumped far inland by high waters, now long gone. Other large settlements include the towns of Megaton, Arefu, Big Town, Canterbury Commons, Tenpenny Tower, The Republic of Dave, and Paradise Falls.
In the early stages of the game you get to these towns on foot, however, once you have found a place you can teleport back and forth between towns and anywhere else you may uncover what can be only called a Hugh map of places to visit.
The Super Mutants are your main enemy along with the Enclave ruled by President John Henry Eden and his ruthless second-in-command Colonel Augustus Autumn. On the good side (sort of) is the Brotherhood of Steel who have set up shop in the ruins of the pre-War Pentagon known as the Citadel.
Your use of various weapons throughout the game degrade with use. Weapons of the same kind can be used to repair degraded weapons. Your stat’s skill influences how much you can restore broken weaponry.
Real-time combat can be stopped by the use of The Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System or V.A.T.S. Some reviews say the game cannot be completed without using V.A.T.S. hand on heart I played the game the second time around in real-time combat mode only.
There is so much more to this game than going around shooting monsters. The storyline is excellent, the graphics are as real as they come (my opinion), quests to keep you busy for some time, and the nasties you meet along the way are just that nasty.
The one in-game thing I thought was an excellent touch was the use of Three Dog (Erik Todd Dellums) relaying your finished Quests over his radio station Galaxy Radio (most colorful) and not forgetting the chance to take to outer space and do battle there…
For me, this game is top of my tree for realistic entertainment at its best, along with The Elder Scrolls, Skyrim, Bioshock (both).
Yes, I am aware there of some of you out there with your own view. This is mine.
More Fallout would keep me happy and maybe the chance of a bigger quest around Oasis Spreading to the wasteland.
Many thanks to the Devs. A game full of surprises, excellent graphics, and a great storyline Well worth the asking price
Below are the Minimum and Recommended System Requirements
- Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
- PRICE: £14.99 Euro 17.46
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Genre: Action Role-playing game
- CPU: 2.4 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
- RAM: 1 GB (XP) / 2 GB (Vista)
- Platforms Microsoft Windows XP, or Vista.
- Author Note: (I played it with Windows 8 without problems. I am now running Windows 10 pro also without problems.)
- PIXEL SHADER: 3.0
- VERTEX SHADER: 3.0
- SOUND CARD: Yes
- FREE DISK SPACE: 7 GB
- DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 256 MB
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
- RAM: 2 GB
- OS: Windows XP/Vista
- VIDEO CARD: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA 8800 series, ATI 3800 series)
- PIXEL SHADER: 4.0
- VERTEX SHADER: 4.0
- SOUND CARD: Yes
- FREE DISK SPACE: 7 GB
- DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 512 MB