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Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition continues to be a great game even a full year after its initial release. The multiple content add-ons extend the lifespan of the original significantly and still hold the charm and attitude of what makes the series so special to so many. Although it still faces many technical issues, most memorably system freezes, Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition would easily be Game of the Year for 2009 if hadn't already been released last year. I couldn't recommend it harder.
Fallout 3 was already great game, so Fallout 3 GOTY can only further the cause. A huge quest combined with tons of new adventures makes for the kind of game you can buy and still be playing it months later, and the ability to do quests in numerous ways (along with some epic sequence breaking action if you want) gives it a good amount of replay if you ever decide to give it a run with another character.
It's rare that a game can hit the mark in so many different and often conflicting areas. Fallout 3 offers freedom without sacrificing a focused story. It delivers fantastic combat without forgoing a deep role-playing system. The characters you meet are engaging and oftentimes hilarious without feeling out of place in this harsh world. The game has a few flaws -- most of them technical -- but it's a case where the whole is greater than the sum. It's a fantastic game with incredible atmosphere that offers fun in so many different ways that you're almost sure to get hooked.
I'm really taken back by how much fun Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition really is. I never thought I would enjoy this game anymore than I originally did, but it wowed and surprised me. Anything negative I had to say about it a year ago should be stricken from the record and revised. My complaints about this title are minimal at best and my compliments are certainly more stacked than I thought they would be.