|Great Value Bundle||melquisedeq (8)|
|Acting||The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting).||3.7|
|AI||How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be||3.4|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)||3.8|
|Graphics||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines||4.1|
|Personal Slant||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes||3.9|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.8|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed||4.3|
|Overall MobyScore (11 votes)||3.9|
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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.
Fallout 3 is a great game -- it just didn't have the same appeal to me that its "swords-n-sorcery" siblings in the Western RPG genre possess. Still, it's hard to complain too much about boring terrain and a few lackluster DLC additions when I spent as much time as I did running around the place. I'll probably never play this one again, but it gave me enough enjoyment that picking up Fallout: New Vegas down the road is a no-brainer.