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Fallout 3 has been by some margin the most enjoyable game I've played since BioShock - a game with which it shares a similar artistic vision and ambience. Despite so many worries, Fallout 3 almost effortlessly succeeds in its central aim of reviving a much-loved brand to appeal to the vast majority of players. It's a thrilling, all-consuming experience that will absorb you for weeks, whether you're attracted by the action, the adventure, or the role-playing, as you fall in love with the relentless excitement, incredible atmosphere, sense of place and sheer choice. Bethesda has once again delivered a game of life-affirming brilliance that will be heralded as a classic, and talked about for years to come.
Para os antigos fãs da franquia, "Fallout 3" pode não parecer uma verdadeira continuação, mas tampouco se trata de um "Oblivion" no futuro - pense em um sincero tributo por parte da equipe da Bethesda, ainda que sóbrio demais. Já aqueles que não são familiarizados com a série, irão descobrir um RPG riquíssimo em opções, com um sistema de combate viciante e um mundo aberto repleto de segredos e mistérios. É uma das experiências mais profundas e gratificantes encontradas este ano em um videogame, na forma de um trabalho primoroso de revitalização de uma marca tão importante da história do entretenimento eletrônico até então relegada ao limbo.
I may have dwelled more on the imperfections of Fallout 3 than on its many brilliant moments, but that's because I can wholeheartedly declare that everyone should play Fallout 3, and I don't want to spoil the game's many marvelous moments and revelations. So much of Fallout 3 is executed so perfectly, from the cleverly seamless Pip-Boy interface to the endless possible actions in the wasteland, that Fallout 3 is the kind of game that gamers must play, and non-gamers should consider purchasing a console or upgrading their PC to experience.
There’s so much to Fallout 3 that it would take well more than 1,000 words to come close to covering everything. From the ingenious turn-based/real-time combat system known as VATS, to the satisfaction you get from blowing the limbs off a raider to Dog Meat, the lovable puppy pal that’s just as endearing as the original. In short, Fallout 3 is a post-apocalyptic triumph, one of the best RPGs ever made and a definite candidate for game of the year.
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Taken as a whole, Fallout 3 is a masterpiece. Whereas Oblivion raised the bar and showed people what a game really could be, Fallout 3 does the same thing only a few years later. Oblivion sat so high above everything else that it was hard to even compare it to anything. Now Fallout 3 sits just as high above Oblivion. It’s that good. And with a seemingly unlimited wasteland to explore, there should be many irradiated gamers playing this one for years to come. It earns a very rare perfect GiN Gem score of 5 out of 5, because really, nothing else on the market even comes close. Do yourself a huge favor and grab a copy today.
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Despite how much I enjoyed Oblivion, as a Fallout fan and a Wasteland fan before that, I approached Fallout 3 with a healthy amount of skepticism. I really wasn’t sure if a developer new to the Fallout franchise could pull off a sequel worthy of having the number “3” after the “Fallout” title. It seems the team at Bethesda must be fans as well, because not only does Fallout 3 earn its numeral, it does the Fallout name honor as well.
That’s the beauty of survival, and this world of fallout: It feeds on adventure and breathes in freedom, yet it dreams of order and the safety of the Vault. I can describe it, explain it, tell it in finely chosen words, but I can never make you fully understand for as long as you sit and listen. But even if I die, I do not worry. There will come a time when you will seize that lever and open that metal door, and it is then I will return. And the Wasteland will greet you, the birth of a legend. For with you goes that kid from Vault 101 once more.
We've mentioned Oblivion quite a few times in the span of this review, since it's impossible to write about Fallout 3 without comparing it to its technical predecessor. Yes, Fallout 3 is a lot like Oblivion (with guns!), but it's a superior game in nearly every way, as it features a more engaging storyline, impeccable presentation, and hundreds of hours of addictive gameplay. While the jury is still out on whether or not hardcore Fallout enthusiasts will accept the game as part of the storied franchise, Fallout 3 is a must-have title for most RPG fans, as well as one of the finest games of this generation.
If you seek to break the world, you'll occasionally find a way -- which is understandable, given the limits of time and tech -- but it does pull you out of the otherwise broad and engrossing experience. Faults be damned, though; this is the kind of hugely ambitious game that doesn't come around very often, and when it does, you'd be a fool not to play it and enjoy the hell out of it and look forward to the day (next-next-gen?) when the fidelity of open-world RPGs takes another big step closer to the uncanny valley's far side.
Basically, all of the bad aspects that came from Oblivion. There is one instance for the PS3 version where the game freezes anytime that the system gives you a notification, such as low battery on the controller or when friends sign on or off. In this case, however, the bad is nearly insignificant by comparison. Being able to craft your own journey in a game this large is epic. Fallout 3 deserves all of the acclaim it will get and deserves a place on your shelf if you haven't yet picked it up. If you are a old-school fan of the franchise or a newcomer that is looking for a more in-depth RPG experience, it is hard to go wrong with Fallout 3.
Fallout 3 isn't the kind of game you play to witness its graphical prowess, or its amazing sound. Yes, it does have a nice soundtrack, and yes it does have nice visuals. But more importantly, the game boasts an adventure that is so epic in size that it can only be the product of Bethesda. The Oblivion engine is a perfect fit to create a Fallout game around, and Fallout 3 is that much better off for it. With a game world that's as large as a real world city, mechanics that are engaging and easy to use, on top of unparalleled depth...Fallout 3 is the no brainer choice for those looking to embark on an epic quest.
There have been a lot of truly wonderful games released across all platforms over the last few months, and it's easy to forget some of the titles that came along. But this is one of those games that you really should not skip. You'd have to be insanely picky or just hate enjoying yourself to not find some fun here, and with the main quest coming in at about 20 hours, with over 100 hours of side quests, there's no shortage of content on this disk. If you haven't already, be sure to get yourself some exposure to the radioactive world of Fallout 3. Radiation sickness never felt so damn good!
There's no doubt that many people already know that they will love Fallout 3: it offers the epic world that many yearn for. For those still deciding whether to take a chance on the title, know that Fallout 3 is designed with great artistry and care. The story and the characters alone will reward even those with a short attention span, while the ability to craft a character and impact the world around you will set a new gold standard for anyone ready to savor the experience. If you're looking for exciting and engrossing role-playing gameplay, Fallout 3 is a must-play title for 2008.
The minute you step out into the wasteland that was once American soil, you know you will never forget the things you will see and do in this world. Fallout 3 is a game that hits all the right notes and excels in being a role-playing game that wishes to challenge the genre to bring something bigger and better. If you have yet to pick up a role-playing game, I highly suggest you start now with Fallout 3.
In the end, Fallout 3 feels like a Fallout game, and that is absolutely the highest compliment. Despite the changes, much of the charm and fun of the franchise remains intact, and despite the similarities to Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, I never felt that I was playing anything but a Fallout game. The majority of my complaints are problems that also existed in the prior titles, and nothing in particular detracted from the experience. Fallout 3 is a game with a ridiculous amount of value for your money and easily worth the full $60. This isn't Oblivion: With Guns, but an honest-to-goodness Fallout 3, and a fine addition to the franchise.
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Trekking through the wasteland is one of my top experiences of the year, and it just happens this game also produces some of my top moments, like the communism-hating robot, the pint-sized slasher, Gary, and the enabling of the Cannibalism perk. This game is massive, and as your character’s stature in the Wasteland grows, so does the excitement. It’s not a true sequel to the Fallout series, but as a fan of the games of old, I found it to be every bit as good.
Fallout 3 is an experience in itself, and while it may not offer as much replay value as Oblivion, it’s so much more then an “Oblivion with guns”. The game features the same humorous overtones as the other games in the series, and while the main story arc is short, Fallout 3 is a faithful extension to its predecessors. Taking on a cult franchise is a mammoth task, and in this case the expectations were incredibly high after following the masterpiece that is Oblivion. Fortunately, Fallout 3 eclipses almost every one of these incredible expectations. For any RPG fan, especially with roots in the franchise, Fallout 3 is a must buy. Just do yourself a favor and play this one in the dark.
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. This is one of the best games you'll play this year.
*Catches breath*. So this is a whole lot of awesome game. Fallout 3 is an overall well-thought-out vision of what the world would be like after The Big One drops. It's one part First Person Shooter, and one part Role Playing Game. This is the really violent potty-mouth game that Mom and Dad don't know about yet because it hasn't been on the news. This game'll give you nightmares, kid. The combat system is really cool, and you'll probably show it to a friend at some point. If you liked Dune, check out Fallout 3. It's a really good game, and if you don't like it when video games tell you what to do, you'll play this one for a long time.
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Fallout 3 is a fantastic game and Bethesda has succeeded in creating a world so barren and horrific, yet full of life and story driven content that it is surely one of the best games released this year. The only issues are technical and mainly tied to the Playstation 3 platform. We have rich pickings lately with an array of top notch games released, just make sure you don't miss out on Fallout 3, it is one of the most absorbing game experiences I can remember.
Ich hatte so meine Zweifel: Fallout in 3D? Ego-Perspektive? Echtzeitkämpfe wie in einem Ego-Shooter? Selten habe ich mich so gern geirrt: Es ist trotz allem immer noch Fallout. Darauf haben Serien-Fans gewartet: endlich die Fortsetzung, die sich des Namens würdig erweist. Die einzigartige Fallout-Atmosphäre hat die massiven Gameplay-Änderungen scheinbar mühelos überstanden, über die kleinen Mängel in der Synchronisation kann man hinwegsehen und vielleicht gerade weil sich das Spiel unentwegt auf hohem Niveau bewegt, kommt es einem so vor, als würden wirkliche Höhepunkte fehlen. Die Entscheidungsfreiheit und Spieltiefe sucht aber ohne jeden Zweifel seinesgleichen und unter Strich bleibt nur zu sagen: In Fallout 3 ist drin, was drauf steht: der würdige dritte Teil einer großen Serie.
Per concludere possiamo affermare che Fallout 3 è un ottimo titolo, che cattura l’attenzione grazie alla sua sceneggiatura e che pone da subito il giocatore di fronte a scelte morali non indifferenti (voi che fine farete fare a Megaton?). Forse un difetto del gioco è allo stesso tempo uno dei suoi pregi: come già accaduto per Oblivion, il mondo è talmente vasto e le missioni secondarie sono così numerose, che alcuni giocatori potrebbero rischiare di allontanarsi troppo dalla quest principale (che dura circa una ventina di ore) esaurendo così l’interesse nel completare l’avventura. Ma questa è solo una delle tante decisioni difficili a cui verremo sottoposti. E poi diciamolo: girare per la Zona Contaminata ascoltando alla radio uno che canta “ I don’t want to set the world on fire” non ha prezzo.
Tthere are problems in Fallout 3 such as frequent crashes, odd glitches and moments of lag. You could be one step away from your quest objective and suddenly you find yourself jumping out of your chair screaming at the screen. Nevertheless, these are minor flaws in an almost perfect masterpiece. As my experience has taught me, if you love RPG games and haven’t yet played Fallout 3, you must be crazy because this game is better than many new games out there today.
Fallout 3 is an admirable achievement for Bethesda. It’s a game that provides action, adventure, exploration, interaction and excitement in a beautifully realised Armageddon that provides so many unexpected moments, but somehow manages to remain consistent and believable. Regardless of the sometimes-weak combat, this is role-playing at its finest. It’s almost enough to make you wish that those damn Communists would hurry up and drop the bomb!
"Fallout 3" is Oblivion, with guns and more moral choices. The graphics are a little better, and there are more than about two people supplying the supplemental voices, but ultimately, it's a very similar game, for both good and bad. All of the game elements that made Oblivion awesome return here for a second outing, whilst many of the issues that slightly brought Oblivion down still return over two years later. It's a real shame because 'Fallout 3' is still an excellent game, but it's harder to forgive the same faults again after all this time.
No, no es posible terminar el juego sin combatir, pero bajo nuestro punto de vista eso no es malo sino que con el cambio de estudio la saga ha evolucionado hacia otros caminos, más enfocados a la acción pero que siguen funcionando igual de bien convirtiendo a Fallout 3 en una secuela más que digna y automáticamente en uno de los mejores juegos de rol que hoy por hoy existen en el catálogo de PlayStation 3. El gran trabajo a nivel artístico, su representación gráfica, la libertad, el gran número de misiones disponibles, mejoras como la desaparición del autolevel y el gran funcionamiento del V.A.T.S convierten a este título en un referente dentro de los RPG. Un juego excelente de los que salen cada poco tiempo, muy recomendable para esta campaña navideña y que todo seguidor del género debería, al menos, probar.
I don't believe Fallout 3 is doing anything so evolutionary that it's gonna suddenly win over people who would otherwise avoid solo RPGs like the plague, and anyone expecting a stat-driven FPS is going to be very unimpressed with the loose, non-VATS shooting, but all the things that enthusiasts of the genre love about these kinds of games are present and correct here; it's artistically sound, crafted to an obscene level of attention to detail, the story is mature and relatively sophisticated, some of the incidental side quests are every bit as enthralling as the main show, the plotting is at times downright inspired and the care and reverence shown to a much loved series is heart-warmingly abundant.
This holocaust holiday into the wasteland of Fallout 3 is a brutal take on a post-apocalyptic action. Fallout is back and dare I say, better than ever. Fallout 3 has the ability to draw in both audiences who enjoy role-playing games, and the others who like a good shooter. Bethesda provides all the tools leaving it up to you to shape and enjoy your incredible journey in Fallout 3. Fallout 3 is one of the best games to be released this year and I’m glad Bethesda took their time making Fallout 3 the best it could be. The Fallout legacy continues....
As I said up at the top, this is a massive game: in a month that's seen the release of five or six of the year's best titles, I reckon this is the absolute peach. It's packed with interesting places, with choices to make, with that nebulous sense of adventure you only find in the best RPGs. And after a long wait, it's finally here.
A conclusão acaba por ser, no final, bastante simples. Fallout 3 é um jogo de grande qualidade, vale cada cêntimo nele empregue e retribui com dezenas de horas de longa exploração, combate e satisfatórios - embora não muito profundos - elementos de role-play. O espírito e atmosfera da série estão presentes mas actualizados para os tempos que correm e apesar de algumas concessões, a tarefa foi bem sucedida.
Fallout 3 represents one of the most ridiculously packed gaming experiences you're going to find this year. The sheer volume of stuff and ways to approach everything from speech to quests is staggering. No, it's not perfect, but it is fun.
There's no denying Fallout 3 is little more than Oblivion in a post-apocalyptic setting. However that's more a compliment than complaint. Few games offer the same level of scale, freedom, and depth as to what Bethesda regularly achieves, and whilst the odd simplification and issue will infuriate fanatical Fallout fans, Fallout 3 remains one of the most absorbing and deep RPGs we've enjoyed in quite a long time.
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The poor aiming mechanics, which operate more like shooting arrows in Oblivion than shooting bullets in an action game, are a lost opportunity to bring in the FPS crowd. The game has a classic RPG pace, so you’re better off using the awesome V.A.T.S. targeting system. Fallout 3 also loses steam under the weight of glitches (frequent pop-up, floating characters, and clipping) and lacks emotional impact during major plot moments, mostly due to poor presentation. Regardless, the time I spent hunting suburbanites, wiping out a clone clan with a power glove, and fighting alongside a giant freedom spreading, laser-eyed robot made the technical flaws feel like minor hindrances to an otherwise fantastic experience.
Clearly, it’s one of the must-buy games of the year, and it’ll prove impossible not to lose yourself to it for dozens of hours. If only Bethesda could escape their own bad habits and sloppiness though -- then it would have been one of the must-buy games of the decade.
Wenn man erstmal den grandiosen Einstieg der gespielten Charaktererschaffung genossen und sich an die spröde Schönheit des postapokalyptischen Washington gewöhnt hat, dann kommt man so schnell nicht mehr davon los. Man versinkt zwischen Aufträgen und Abhängigkeiten, zwischen Vorurteilen und Überraschungen, zwischen unbesuchten Orten und nicht gehackten Computern - es gibt so viel zu entdecken, während sich die Atmosphäreschlinge gnadenlos zuzieht. Das Kampfsystem ist allerdings ein zweischneidiges Schwert: So sehr man sich über das taktisch kluge Anvisieren sowie die spektakulären Zeitlupen freut, so sehr fallen die Aussetzer im KI-Bereich auf, die so mancher Situation die Glaubwürdigkeit rauben. Fallout 3 hat auch Komfortlücken im Inventar sowie Schwächen im grafischen Detail, die aber durch die architektonische Monumentalität und die Endzeitstimmung wieder ausgeglichen werden.
Fallout 3 devuelve una saga de leyenda a la primera línea de los videojuegos, y lo hace con notables aciertos. Gráficamente es un título muy potente, logra una ambientación realmente cuidada, y su tamaño, dosis de libertad y prisma son de una calidad digna de encomio. Es un juego tan cautivador en primer término, como fácil de abandonar para muchos usuarios a medio plazo; no obstante es un título que, como mínimo, hay que probar.
Il faut bien l'avouer, Fallout 3 est relativement proche d'Oblivion, la précédente production de Bethesda : on y retrouve notamment une structure articulée autour de multiple quêtes, une bonne interaction avec l'environnement, des dialogues à choix multiples et des combats en temps réel pour ne citer que quelques similitudes. Malheureusement, certains défauts sont eux aussi présents comme le moteur graphique souffrant de quelques gels d'écran un peu pénibles et l'intelligence artificielle des adversaires pas toujours très convaincante. Heureusement, le jeu parvient à se démarquer grâce notamment à son univers post-apocalyptique totalement différent, à son système de combat SVAV et à quelques modifications dans l'évolution du personnage. Les fans de la série auront peut-être du mal à adopter ce troisième volet, plus accessible il est vrai que les deux premiers Fallout, mais les amateurs de la patte Bethesda y trouveront sans aucun doute leur compte.
Fallout est mort, vive Fallout ! Tel pourrait être l'épilogue d'une polémique qui n'est cependant pas prête de s'éteindre. En préférant élargir son public plutôt que de répondre aux attentes des joueurs de la première heure, Fallout 3 se mettra naturellement à dos une partie des fans de la série. Mais ce que certains considéreront comme un mauvais Fallout reste un très bon Elder Scrolls post-apocalyptique, qui parvient à faire valoir des qualités bien réelles quoique différentes. L'essentiel est que le plaisir de revêtir son armure de cuir et de partir à l'assaut d'un camp de super mutants soit resté intact. Bref, Fallout 3 c'est du Nuka-Cola light, mais c'est vachement bon quand même.
No matter what platform you own, you should play Fallout 3, which overcomes its issues by offering a deep and involving journey through a world that's hard to forget. It has more in common with Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series than with previous Fallout games, but that is by no means a bad thing. In fact, Fallout 3 is leaner and meaner than Bethesda's previous efforts, less expansive but more intense, while still offering immense replay value and quite a few thrills along the way. Whether you're a newcomer to the universe or a Fallout devotee, untold hours of mutated secrets are lurking in the darkest corners of Washington.
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The single player experience overshadows the game's faults to engage and immerse the player into the world of the Capital Wasteland.
Situation délicate que celle de Bethesda. Il était commercialement suicidaire de réaliser un titre techniquement dans la veine des précédents Fallout, mais il fallait tout de même s'éloigner suffisamment d'Oblivion pour que le titre ait une identité propre. Un défi que les développeurs sont parvenu à relever avec toutefois un bémol : Fallout 3 est vraiment très agréable, mais il est difficile d'y voir le fils spirituel des précédents opus. Il a également d'autres choses à revoir (l'interface notamment) et nous espérons vivement que la communauté PC puisse réaliser les mêmes prouesses que sur Oblivion, mais même en l'état, Fallout 3 est un grand jeu. L'ambiance y est excellente, l'univers très réussi et le scénario plus que correct. En définitive, on regrettera tout de même que Bethesda n'ait pas davantage rendu hommage aux deux premiers opus (cynisme en retrait), mais que vous soyez joueur PC ou Xbox 360 (nous attendons encore pour la PS3) vous devriez largement y trouver votre compte.
It's unfortunate that Fallout 3 is saddled with so many little- and medium-sized issues, because they get in the way of what's an otherwise fantastic experience. The world is well-realized and full of options. It'll be a struggle in spots, but I'm willing to guess that most people will be able to overlook a lot of the game's problems and still have a very good time exploring the irradiated wasteland formerly known as Washington DC.
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Fallout 3 is an interesting title that will satisfy the throng of Oblivion fans who have patiently awaited some kind of sequel. This title employs a lot of that game's conventions but significantly freshens up the formula with the distinct setting. For lovers of the genre, it's tough to go wrong with Fallout 3. However, if you're strictly a shooter fan or enjoy free-flowing combat, the plodding pace, vast amount of content, and RPG hallmarks (such as heavy inventory management, non-essential quests, and character leveling) may bore you. It's a good game, but certainly not without its faults. A new game engine and better controls would have served this title well.
Fallout 3 delivers a megaton blast in terms of storyline with a tale that will evaporate hours from any gamer's life -- and with a main story that covers about 25 hours, you'll experience many a sleepless night. But there's at least 20 more hours of map yet to be explored (and there's a download option here for future updates). While it lacks a diverse spectrum of enemies and the V.A.T.S. system isn't perfect, Fallout 3 remains a well-balanced game of story versus combat, something that every gamer needs to experience just to understand why engaging stories often make the greatest games.
Vous l'aurez compris, Fallout 3 ne doit pas être abordé comme un chef d'œuvre absolu. A l'inverse, il serait totalement malvenu de le vouer aux gémonies car il possède ce petit goût de reviens-y qui fait la force des bons titres. La qualité de l'ambiance et la force de l'univers décrits nous interdisent formellement de jeter l'éponge à la moindre frustration. Il faut juste savoir éviter les trop longues sessions de jeu, qui ont tendance à en surexposer les défauts. Tel un alcool fort, ce Fallout-là doit être dégusté par petites doses. On y revient alors toujours avec grand plaisir.
Fans that have been waiting for Fallout 3, of either the Oblivion camp or Fallout's, will be happy with this one. To go back on my initial word of how to go about describing a game, it's like Fallout spent a few days at Bethesda's house but left so much of its crap over there that fans of either series would be fooled into thinking they were being serviced equally. It obviously leans more towards the Fallout series, and in convening with a few hardcore fans it is a lot like the past games in setting and atmosphere as well. For the uninitiated, however, it may or may not be a tough sell. I'd recommend that if you're simply curious that you rent Fallout 3 before making a full-on commitment, because it's going to ask for a big chunk of your life if you do-- and if you jump in but don't dig it then you'll be disappointed in a big way. And no, you can't kill kids.
Bethesda with Fallout 3 has been incredibly ambitious and this is welcomed by Gamestyle. Yet the final product has been injured by this ambition, by having too many options and locations, the quality is spread thin and the lack of restrictions can daze some players. In essence it is difficult not to argue with the sentiment that it is a larger Oblivion in a futuristic setting. Fallout 3 is severely obese with temptations and pickings for players. Size is not everything unlike the Deus Ex series, the range of possibilities have not been managed to a positive effect. Fallout 3 is an epic mess, the video game equivalent of Dune that will bore a select few and divide many more besides.