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After World War II, rapid technology development carried humans towards a supposedly bright future, fulfilling their eternal dream. But eventually war raged again and in the year 2077, the dream suddenly came to a halt and mushroom clouds dominated the sky. A few communities survived in their underground bunkers called "Vaults"; others mutated heavily. Overall, what was left of the world was nothing more than a nuclear wasteland filled with ruins of a once great civilization. Two hundred years later, the human kind slowly but surely leaves the vaults and reclaims the lands of Earth.

The protagonist is one of them. As a member of Vault 101 in the wasteland surrounding the city formerly known as Washington D.C. and now called "Capital Wasteland", raised under the tight rule of the Overseer and the watchful eye of his father, he doesn't know anything about what is outside. But on his nineteenth birthday, his father unexpectedly leaves the vault. The hero's goal is to find him, learning part of the truth about what the Overseer concealed all these years on the way.

Fallout 3 is a role-playing game with elements of a 3D shooter. It retains many elements of the previous games in the series, while somewhat shifting the emphasis from social interaction and ethical role-playing to exploration of an open, continuous 3D world and combat. The player is free to explore the game's world from the beginning, visiting many optional locations, talking to characters and completing side quests. The main quest line, however, is largely linear, posing moral choices to the player only during its final phase.

Character creation and customization are similar to those of the previous games. The player shapes the main character by allocating points into the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. (Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck) attributes. The skill system has been mostly carried over from the preceding installments, including weapon specializations (small and big guns, energy weapons, etc.), and active skills such as Science, Repair, Lockpick, and others. Passive skills, particularly Speech, play a lesser role than in earlier Fallout games. A few skills have been removed completely. Skill points and perks are acquired when the protagonist levels up.

Combat system has undergone a major overhaul. Tactical turn-based battles from the previous games have been replaced with two different combat modes; the player is able to switch between them at any time. The simpler system of these two is action-oriented, nearly indistinguishable from traditional 3D shooter combat. The player character equips a weapon (ranging from a baseball bat to the destructive mini-nuke-launcher) and attacks enemies with it; damage calculation is based on the participants' statistics more than on the player's dexterity, though the latter plays a role as well. In addition, the player can opt to switch to Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System (V.A.T.S.) combat mode, a real-time system that allows the player to pause the game at any time and target specific regions of one or more enemies until the available action points are used. After all the actions have been assigned, the game plays them out in a slow motion.

The Karma system from the previous installments is back, keeping track of the main character's actions and decisions made by the player throughout the course of the game. Ethically unacceptable actions reduce the player character's Karma points.


Fallout 3 Windows Dual monitor view (FOV 60).
Fallout 3 Windows Searching for the UFOs.
Fallout 3 Windows My pip-boy collection. Each one gives you special bonuses or perks.
Fallout 3 Windows Yes, there are green trees in this dumped world.

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Fallout 3 Concept Art
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Alternate Titles

  • "辐射3" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "異塵餘生3" -- Traditional Chinese spelling

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User Reviews

A peculiar experiment. St. Martyne (3649) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars
A gaming legend gets a new lease on life. Steelysama (106) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
How to translate fantasy world into the Fallout universe. Alaedrain (3478) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars
Fallout 3 isn't really a true Fallout game, but if you can forgive that, it is still an incredible game. Kaddy B. (796) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
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Simply brilliant - but might not be for everyone... Marina Shoykhet (4) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Traveling the wasteland is certainly not a waste of time. Asinine (1006) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars

Critic Reviews Oct 31, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Thunderbolt Games Nov 04, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Game Vortex Nov, 2008 95 out of 100 95
Game Over Online Jan 05, 2009 90 out of 100 90
DarkZero Jan 03, 2009 9 out of 10 90
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Oct 29, 2008 9 out of 10 90
YouGamers Nov 06, 2008 90 out of 100 90
Factornews Oct 29, 2008 8 out of 10 80
RPGWatch Jan 27, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Abandonia Times May, 2009 3 out of 5 60


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Minor complaint time! *spoilers* 5 Patrick Bregger (260517)
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Melee character? 5 Slug Camargo (589)
Jan 08, 2011
Teh Ultimate Fallout 3 Mod Guides! 2 Indra was here (20873)
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GamingAhead 1 Roger Damm
Aug 18, 2009
Ey, ye like dags? 4 Slug Camargo (589)
Mar 02, 2009
Where's Moriarty? 14 —- (1672)
Feb 22, 2009
Yeh like mads? 3 xroox (3957)
Jan 06, 2009
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1001 Video Games

Fallout 3 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Australian release

Fallout 3 was originally banned in Australia in July 2008, but an edited version was re-submitted to the country's Classification Board. Funnily enough, this is also the version that was released in all regions.

German version

In the German version all blood and removed limbs were removed. This includes robot parts, e.g. the arms of Mister Gutsy.

References to the game

Fallout 3 was parodied in an episode of "Die Redaktion" (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. It was published on the DVD of issue 02/2009.


  • 1UP
    • 2009 - "Digital Delivarence" Award for Best DLC in 2009 (Editor's Choice)
    • 2009 - "Digital Delivarence" Award for Best DLC in 2009 (Reader's Choice)
  • GamePro
    • February 2009 (issue 245) - PC Game of the Year 2008
  • GamePro (Germany)
    • February 26, 2009 - Best Console RPG in 2008 (Readers Voting)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 26, 2009 - Best PC Game in 2008 (Reader's Voting)
    • February 26, 2009 - Best PC RPG in 2008 (Reader's Voting)
  • Gamespot
    • 2009 - Best Downloadable Content/Expansion in 2009 (Reader's Choice; for the DLCs)
  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – Game of the Year
    • 2008 – PC Game of the Year
    • 2008 – Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – PC Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2008 – Xbox 360 Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2008 – #2 PS3 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – PC RPG of the Year
    • 2008 – Xbox 360 RPG of the Year
    • 2008 – PS3 RPG of the Year
    • 2012 – #10 Top PC Gaming Intro
  • GameTrailers
    • December 25, 2009 - Best Expansion/DLC in 2009 (for the DLCs)
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2009 - Ultimate Game of the Year
    • 2009 - PC Game of the Year
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Aftermarket Support in 2009 (Reader's Awards; for the DLCs)
  • Machinima
      2009 - Best DLC in 2009 (for the DLCs)
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