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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 (3477) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.6
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.1
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.6
Overall User Score (148 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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100 (Nov 03, 2008)
Wer sich auf das Szenario einlässt und mit der ungewöhnlichen Mischung aus Rollenspiel und Ego-Shooter zurechtkommt, die sich übrigens mittels Schwierigkeitsgrad und V.A.T.S.-System Eurer Genre-Vorliebe anpasst, wird die nächsten Wochen also alles andere stehen und liegen lassen. Und da es Fallout 3 nicht nur gelingt, das fantastische Niveau der ersten Stunden zu halten, sondern zum Ende hin noch deutlich zu erhöhen, hat der Titel wie kaum ein anderer die Höchstnote verdient. Er mag trotz seiner Qualitäten nicht perfekt sein, doch er ist verdammt nah dran. Meine Weihnachtsferien sind auf jeden Fall ausgebucht: Fallout 3, Fallout3 und noch mehr Fallout 3.
100 (UK) (Oct 28, 2008)
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.
100 (Oct 31, 2008)
Quoi qu'il en soit, je cherche vraiment la petite bête pour lui trouver des défauts. Fallout 3 est de loin le meilleur jeu auquel j'ai joué depuis BioShock – un jeu avec lequel il partage une somptueuse vision artistique et une ambiance superbe. En dépit de nombreuses inquiétudes, Fallout 3 réussit presque sans effort à atteindre son but principal de faire revivre un label très apprécié susceptible de plaire à la vaste majorité des joueurs. C'est une expérience excitante et absorbante, qui vous tiendra en haleine pendant des semaines, que vous soyez attiré par l'action, l'aventure, où le jeu de rôle, car vous tomberez fatalement amoureux de sa permanente frénésie, de son atmosphère incroyable, du réalisme de ses lieux et de l'immense latitude de choix qu'il vous offre. Bethesda nous gratifie une fois de plus d'un jeu génial qui sera considéré comme un classique et dont on parlera encore dans plusieurs années.
Thunderbolt Games (Nov 04, 2008)
Fallout 3 has a weak story, but it far exceeded my expectations by presenting a world more detailed than any other entry in the franchise. Fallout 3 presents the DC Wasteland as a tangible place, with landmarks, characters, and history, and in doing so the game represents a new direction for the franchise, one that relies less on linear storytelling and more on immersion, and while this re-imaging may be a bitter pill for old-school Fallout fanatics, those willing to let the series explore new horizons will come away satisfied. I hesitate to say, at this early stage, that this is actually a better game than either Fallout 1 or 2, but it very well may be; at the least, it is game-of-the-year material.
Just Adventure (May 28, 2009)
Other than its rich legacy and setting, the greatest thing Fallout 3 has going for it is the simple fact that the game-building team at Bethesda are a bunch of maniacs.
UOL Jogos (Nov 07, 2008)
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.
G4 TV: X-Play (Oct, 2008)
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.
Game Revolution (Oct 28, 2008)
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.
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.
GameSpy (Oct 27, 2008)
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.
1UP (Oct 29, 2008)
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.
At the end of the day, we’re happy that the seemingly endless wait is over to get our hands on this game and yet, sad at the same time that we might not see another game of equal quality, gameplay and value for a long time to come. Combining 1950s art style with a sci-fi mix, gives the game a unique heartbeat. Fallout 3 is a game that will last in your mind long after you’re done playing it, thanks to its memorable characters and adrenaline filled combats. We can finally derive at a conclusion that Fallout 3 is NOT Oblivion with guns!
Vgames (Nov 12, 2008)

אין הרבה משחקים כל כך סוחפים, כל כך משכנעים, שמצליחים להעביר כזו אווירה כמו פולאאוט 3. פשוט תענוג לשחק בו, ותמיד יישאר לכם טעם מתוק של עוד. הוא מציע סיפור עלילתי מצויין יחד עם החופש לעשות כל דבר, מערכת קרב ייחודית, גרפיקה ועבודת סאונד ברמה גבוהה. זה משחק שימכר אתכם כמו קראק (לא שאני יודע איך זה להתמכר לקראק...) ויעניק לכם עשרות על גבי עשרות שעות של הנאה. בשנה מלאה במשחקים טובים עד מצויינים, אם יש משחק אחד שמתקרב לשלמות – הרי זה פולאאוט 3.

Worth Playing (Nov 08, 2008)
Fallout 3 isn't perfect, and some longtime fans may focus more on what it isn't rather than what it has become in Bethesda's hands, but its shortcomings pale before the fun that kept pushing me ahead to find out what was over the next hill of rubble. The world that Bethesda has put together manages to assuage much of that worry with an engaging RPG that easily stands as a passionate demonstration of their love for the series. As Perlman says at the start, "War never changes," and with Fallout 3, the postapocalyptic spirit of the series continues to march on.
Atomic Gamer (Oct 29, 2008)
Sure, this game isn't perfect, but its strengths far overpower its weaknesses. From its sweeping, epic score to its ridiculously gory and amusing death scenes and on to the many thought-provoking moments of what life could be like after a nuclear detonation on US soil, this game holds sacred all that is great about RPGs while delivering that action-based punch that keeps you coming back. I just can't find a good reason not to recommend Fallout 3 to any serious gamer out there.
IGN (Oct 27, 2008)
But to me, Fallout 3 is all about story and interaction. If you’re into post-apocalyptic literature, film, or games, especially those taking place in the United States, then Fallout 3 was made for you. Combine the unusual amount of realism found in every corner of the game with the endless conversation permutations with just about everyone you meet, and you have yourself one of the most truly interactive experiences of the generation. Fallout 3 comes highly recommended -- it’s an experience that shouldn’t be missed. Just remember, life in the Capital Wasteland is rough. The beauty of the game is in the choices you make in order to survive.
Gameplanet (Nov 05, 2008)
Fallout 3 is a game that lives up to its demanding legacy, and that is saying a lot. Fallout fans should definitely give it a go, and the uninitiated are in for a treat. For me it'll be the game of the year.
Softpedia (Dec 18, 2008)
Fallout 3 has flaws. There are weak storytelling, unconvincing voice acting, a short main quest and stiff character models. The companion mechanic is limited (nobody seems to be interested in the fact that a Brotherhood of Steel Paladin is watching my back) and the level 20 cap for experience means that you can be very powerful if you explore side quests and hoard XP (at level 20, choose the Traveler perk and go exploring; this map might also help). The game could also have used a Survival difficulty setting (I played on Hard, some portion on Very Hard), which made munitions more scarce and limited the amount of Stimpacks and other light items you could carry. There were moments when I was powerful enough to seem a bit disconnected from the world.
Game Vortex (Nov, 2008)
Fallout 3 is an incredible game with a lot of replay value due to the number of possible story paths. While the end results may be similar, it is fun to see the different approaches one can take. For those out there that may not get deep into the typical RPG, this title can keep you feeling like you're playing an Action/First-Person Shooter, yet get your feet wet with all of the item-swapping, bartering, and awareness that it takes to build up experience. Fallout 3 is absolutely worth every penny spent on the game.
GamingExcellence (Oct 28, 2008)
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.
Meristation (Oct 28, 2008)
Os hemos contado lo que vais a encontrar en este sobresaliente título, pero solo de pasada. Hay mucho más que sólo se puede descubrir jugándolo uno mismo, y desde luego no hablamos de localizaciones u objetos. La sensación de estar en un universo devastado y de estar totalmente indefenso ante el entorno es la que vais a sentir a los mandos de vuestra plataforma preferida, una vez iniciado Fallout 3. Desde aquí, os recomendamos que toméis un asiento cómodo y os preparéis para disfrutar, pues hay una gigantesca área a vuestro alcance y recorrerla os va a llevar tiempo.
GameStar (Germany) (Nov, 2008)
Fallout 3 gehört für mich zu jenen positiven Überraschungen, auf die man nach vielen Enttäuschungen kaum noch zu hoffen wagt. Die hochklassige, den Charakter des Vorgängers respektierende Wiedergeburt eines Kult-Klassikers in zeitgemäßer 3D-Grafik bei angemessener Spielzeit - was will die Spielerseele mehr? Ich bin dem Entwickler Bethesda darum zutiefst dankbar für diesen Titel. Man hätte ja auch mit einem lauen Aufguss im Action-Gewand rechnen können, der lediglich versucht, mit dem Namen Fallout Profit zu machen. Ich habe mich mit großen Vergnügen durch so ziemlich jede Quest gespielt, verschiedene Charakterentwicklungen getestet, die deutsche und englische Version ausprobiert, mit parallel spielenden Kollegen (auch konträr) diskutiert - und bin trotz der kleinen Schwächen ziemlich sicher, hier mein persönliches Spiel 2008 gefunden zu haben. Da müsste jetzt im Dezember schon noch ein echter Hammer kommen.
GameLemon (Feb 01, 2009)
*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.
92 (Dec 26, 2008)

גם האקשן לא היה משהו. כאשר לא משתמשים במערכת ההנחיה משחק היריות סתמי, ותלוי יותר מדי במצב תחזוקת הנשק. כאשר כן משתמשים במערכת – ובכן, ראשים מתפוצצים ואיברים נגדעים מתיישנים מהר מאוד, וכל הדימום הזה הופך למעצבן, מסתבר. אבל ברגע בו הצלחתי לעצום את העיניים ולשקוע חזרה אל תוך המשחק, שוב לא ראיתי את כל אלו. כזה הוא פולאאוט 3 – משחק עם לא מעט בעיות, אבל הוא מספק חוויה כל כך חזקה, שחייבים לסלוח לו. הוא פשוט מצוין מכדי להיפגע מבעיות שהיו הורסות משחק אחר.

FiringSquad (Dec 09, 2008)
Fallout 3 does contain quite a few bugs however and we even had a couple of unexplained crashes to the desktop. These issues apparently plague the console versions as well. We remain hopeful Bethesda is working on a patch for these various bugs, as nothing is more frustrating than spending time on a quest only to realize the NPC who gave it to you has committed suicide. Even with these bugs, it is apparent the time and effort that has gone into Fallout 3. From the visual detail placed on environments to the careful attention paid to established Fallout canon, Bethesda has gone and made a game that is every bit worthy of the Fallout name.
Simpel: Fallout 3 is een absolute aanrader. Het is een avontuur dat je niet licht zal vergeten. Het is misschien minder uitgestrekt dan Oblivion, maar het is dubbel zo intens én je keert er graag naar terug. Het maakt daarbij niet uit of je een veteraan bent van de reeks of een nieuwkomer in dit desolate universum.
Game Over Online (Jan 05, 2009)
In Fallout 3 Bethesda has made a very good thing, though it is somewhat hampered by the lack of variable scenery and a VATS that plays less than perfectly. From the opening strains of I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire, the chilling atmosphere is pervasive. Between the main quest line and the heaps of side quests you can pick up, I’m not even sure how long this game is. I’m closing in on 30 hours, and judging from the volume of the map space that I’ve explored I’m not even close to done. It’s a game that I’m certain to be playing for a long, long time.
Destructoid (Oct 31, 2008)
Regardless, the overall experience of Fallout 3 is unmatched, and the amount of game Bethesda has packed into this $60 title can’t be ignored. Flaws aside, taken as a whole, Fallout 3 is an astounding effort and easily one this year’s best gaming experiences. With easily more than 40 hours simply based around a main quest and countless additional hours of exploration and discovery, stepping foot out of your vault onto the ravaged Capital Wasteland is a huge undertaking. But those who take the time to explore it will be rewarded -- the bit of radiation sickness is well worth the trip.
90 (Oct 29, 2008)
Quando se avança e progride de nível mais o jogo oferece em variedade e possibilidades reformuladas de interacção, sem olvidar os momentos de reviravolta e total surpresa. A exploração livre estende-se pelo tempo que aceitamos disponibilizar para descobrir cada cêntimo da história. E aqui não há como causar magreza, pelo contrário. Um contexto apocalíptico credível de um imaginário futurista, nunca mereceu um desenvolvimento tão vasto e denso como até aqui. Falta à Bethesda reclamar a autoria e os detalhes caracterizadores do universo Fallout. Muitos dos princípios basilares de Fallout 3 são quinhão da Black Isle Studios. Apesar disso é indiscutível que a Bethesda soube ter nas mãos e cuidar com o devido respeito o nome Fallout. Mais que saber reinventar um jogo e assegurar uma evolução desejável, é sobretudo na base e composição de um mundo voltado ao avesso pela rudeza da guerra e onde os sobreviventes lutam pela vida no centro da destruição, que se logrou o maior passo.
Games Finder (Jun 13, 2014)
Fallout 3 ticks all the right boxes in the action RPG genre and will have you hooked for hundreds of hours and then a hundred more.
Plus accessible et lisse, Fallout 3 s’adresse très clairement à un large et grand public. Cette ouverture, les fans de la grande heure ne l’apprécieront pas tant le jeu a évolué et ressemble davantage à Oblivion. Mais les nouveautés apportées par Bethesda sont lourdes, très lourdes. A commencer par un univers artistique de grande qualité ainsi qu’un potentiel de rejouabilité énorme qui font de Fallout 3 un titre à part, une véritable référence vidéoludique.
YouGamers (Nov 06, 2008)
Great game and definitely worthy of being called Fallout, easily beating my modest expectations. Not perfect, but the flaws are mostly inconsequential when you consider the big picture. Excellent storyline, interesting game world and plenty of gratuitous violence.
DarkZero (Jan 03, 2009)
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!
Bit-Tech (Oct 29, 2008)
It’s neither totally a Fallout game, nor totally Oblivion – it’s wholly new. It doesn’t work all the time, but when it does it’s glorious and unbelievably good, so we think it’s well worth looking past the few niggles for. It gets a score of 9/10, though admittedly it's only just scraping that if we're going to be totally honest, because it's fun and significant, if not quite as good as it could and arguably should have been.
PC Games (Germany) (Nov 26, 2008)
Natürlich hätte ich Fallout 3 auch einfach in 10 bis 20 Stunden testen können. Doch dann hätte ich so viel Wunderbares verpasst, so viele Charaktere, Dialoge und Details nicht erlebt, dass meine Wertung vielleicht ein bisschen niedriger ausgefallen wäre. Nein, ich hänge mich nicht an den eintönigen Dungeons oder den Menüs auf - denn das wäre Erbsenzählerei. Bethesdas Werk hat mir so viele actionreiche, spannende. motivierende Stunden beschert, in so einer atmosphärischen, clever aufgebauten Welt, dass man schon unter Rollenspiel-Allergie leiden muss, um dabei keinen Spaß zu empfinden. Ich habe deshalb nur noch einen Wunsch: ein dickes Add-on zu Fallout 3.
Game Captain (Nov 12, 2008)
Fallout 3 ist ein würdiger Nachfolger der Kultrollenspiele und bietet Freunden morbider Endzeitszenarien ein intensives und faszinierendes Spielerlebnis - dafür gibt es unseren Award. Getreu der Tradition erleben wir eine dicht erzählte Geschichte verbrämt mit viel schwarzem Humor und einer Gewaltdarstellung die auch die USK nicht sonderlich begeistert hat. Für ein erwachsenes Publikum mit starken Nerven und Spaß am Müllplatzflair ein Pflichtkauf.
Stemning, stemning, stemning. Hvis der er et rollespil, du ikke bør gå glip af i år, er det Fallout 3.
90 (Oct 28, 2008)
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.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Oct 29, 2008)
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.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Oct 24, 2008)
Fallout 3 biedt een diepe RPG ervaring en bewijst dat het veel meer is dan een Oblivion met vuurwapens.
GameSpot (Oct 28, 2008)
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.
Krawall Gaming Network (Oct 31, 2008)
Bethesda hat es tatsächlich geschafft, mit „Fallout 3“ das bisher beste Rollenspiel des Jahres zu kredenzen und viele der anfänglichen Befürchtungen waren zum Glück vergebens. Die Gamebryo-Engine wirkt trotz des oberflächlich kahlen Szenarios wesentlich lebendiger und glaubwürdiger als in „Oblivion“. Besonders die Charaktere passen sich besser in ihre Umgebung ein und wirken nicht mehr wie Fremdkörper in der Spielwelt. Auch die Geschichte ist einfach spannend und zieht einen so sehr in das virtuelle Universum, wie es seit „Gothic 3“ kein Spiel mehr geschafft hat.
3D Juegos (Oct 29, 2008)
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.
Otherwise, and that issue aside, gameplay is king and Fallout 3 delivers in bountiful amounts. Play Fallout 3 and you’ll not only be treated to what might turn out to be one of the best Bethesda games ever to come down the pike but you’ll also experience echoes of Deus Ex, Half Life 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and Bioshock. In the end this game is a worthy successor to the Black Isle series and a respectable submission into the canon of post-apocalyptic gaming. What began on the crudely pixelated tiles of the admirable Wasteland, matured in the fantastic Fallouts, has emerged, changed, altered, yet authentically realized in Fallout 3. All this is a long winded way of saying Fallout 3 is very, very good. It’s not a towering masterpiece like Planescape Torment, my particular gold standard of gaming, but at the end of the day it still gets a Four Fat Chicks gold star. Just not a 24K gold star. If you want hard cold numbers, it’s an 88 on a scale of 100.
87 (Oct 30, 2008)
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.
Armchair General (Dec 12, 2008)
There are a lot of really pleasant gameplay moments in Fallout 3, both within and outside of the main quest story. You may have to force yourself to turn off the analytical portion of your brain for awhile to look past the blatant bug errors, at least until they are completely fixed via patches or until the public release of the content editor tools, which I am looking forward to. If you can do that, you may find, as I do, that Fallout 3 is a good and fun game. Notice I didn’t say it’s a good Fallout game. I see this as a good nuclear-holocaust-survival first-person shooter.
GamesVault (Jan 11, 2009)
Tak więc drogi graczu, jeśli szukasz gry RPG na wysokim poziomie, możesz bez obaw zaopatrzyć się w najnowsze dzieło Bethesda Softworks i cieszyć się wieloma godzinami doskonałej zabawy.
85 (Oct 28, 2008)
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.
Game Shark (Oct 28, 2008)
Given all this, is Fallout 3 worth playing on the PC? Clearly the answer is yes whether you’re a fan of the first two games, a fan of Bethesda’s past work, or a fan of other PC RPG-shooters with a story, like Deus Ex and BioShock. Don’t let the fact that there are undeniable problems with the plotting and some of the game mechanics sway you. This is a good game. It's a really good game. Its only failing is that it has a mark of greatness upon it and, ever so cruelly, fails to completely achieve it.
80 (Oct 30, 2008)
En prenant ses distances avec le mythe, ou pour ceux qui ne l'ont pas connu, Fallout 3 reste incontestablement un très bon jeu, et même un bon RPG. Ce n'est pas le chef d'oeuvre que je n'attendais d'ailleurs pas, mais ça aurait pu être bien pire. Le V.A.T.S., le système de combat qui met la pause et permet de cibler précisément ses adversaires, ne se marie pas parfaitement bien avec le temps réel, et ses ralentis qu'on ne peut pas désactiver pourront vite énerver. Mais il offre tout de même un contre-point salvateur au sentiment de flottement pénible du temps-réel, surtout à la manette pour les versions consoles. Et surtout, les amateurs du genre trouveront là des dizaines et des dizaines d'heures de jeu, au-delà de la quête principale plutôt courte, qui valent définitivement la peine qu'on les découvre, dans un univers unique.
Gaming since 198x (Dec 13, 2009)
Etincelant de richesse et diversité ludique, polishé d'une finition stylistique sans fausse note, Fallout 3 récupère une note inférieure à celle que j'aurais collée à l'instable premier S.T.A.L.K.E.R., d'où problème. Les deux jeux ne jouent simplement pas dans la même catégorie. En FPS pur, l'auto-aim et le V.A.T.S. n'ont rien à faire là. En RPG pur, Pip-Boy ne tient scénaristiquement pas la route face à un Gothic. Reste donc un siège dans cette salle d'attente bi-classée, qui de mon avis réservera un de ses trois meilleurs fauteuils à un titre d'une si exemplaire qualité. Orgueil snob, te voilà pacifié. Mea culpa, mes frères.
Factornews (Oct 29, 2008)
Fallout 3 ne sera jamais ce que les fans attendent : la vraie suite du grand Fallout 2. Mais ce n'est pas non plus Oblivion avec des flingues. Derrière le middleware d'Oblivion se cache une bonne couche de crasse, des aventures palpitantes, une ambiance de folie et un excellent gameplay. Fallout 3 est violent et sinistre à souhait et vous fera passer des délicieux moments pendant quelques dizaines d'heures.
80 (Oct 30, 2008)
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.
RPGWatch (Jan 27, 2009)
Finally, we have to consider the overall "fun factor" of the game. Fallout 3 attempts to cater for all possible play styles. If you prefer something akin to TB play, then VATS is for you. If you prefer the frenetic action of a shooter, then you can play it that way. Those who wish a more diplomatic approach have that option some of the time, while players who prefer stealth are very well catered for as well. Taken together, this produces a great deal of fun that is well packaged and presented. Sure it has its failings, but overall I had a blast (literally) playing the game. I’m not a big fan of heavy action games, I prefer the tactical opportunities of TB, but I found plenty of chances to use tactics here and the mix of VATS and RT worked for me. If for you it’s not a ‘true’ Fallout game, then my advice is to "get over it" and enjoy it for what it is; a fun, action RPG that has been well designed and implemented within the limitations I have already detailed.
RPGWatch (Jan 26, 2009)
Somehow it all works; somehow you can forgive the silliness and lack of depth and closure and lousy writing and combat issues and on and on. Somehow you just keep coming back, trying to avoid hitting the end of the main quest so you can just keep on exploring the Wasteland. I cannot say it is the best game I've played over the last twelve months - it falls behind King's Bounty, the just released Geneforge 5 (for the Mac only right now) but is better than the recently released NWN2: Storm of Zehir expansion. But it is a really good game and certainly one of the better games I've played and one that I wholeheartedly recommend as a 'must buy' to all adult fans of RPG's and action / shooter games.
Giant Bomb (Oct 27, 2008)
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.
GameDaily (Oct 27, 2008)
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.
JeuxActu (Nov 07, 2008)
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.
Absolute Games ( (Nov 09, 2008)
Оно и понятно — несмотря на то, что «пиратка» для Xbox 360 всплыла в Сети за три недели (!) до релиза, продажи на этой консоли в три раза лучше, чем на PC. Суровая постъядерная романтика стала откровением для владельцев приставок. Те, кто гуляют по радиоактивной Америке уже одиннадцать лет, наверняка увидят в Fallout 3 лишь работу над ошибками, которые были допущены в Oblivion.
75 (Oct 29, 2008)
Malgré quelques errements regrettables et une trop grande parenté avec Oblivion, Fallout 3 est un excellent jeu à ne pas manquer. Que l’on soit fan de la première heure ou néophyte de la vie post guerre nucléaire, il ne faut surtout pas manquer ce RPG qui nous sort quelque peu de l’éternel univers médiéval fantastique resservi jusqu’à la nausée. N’oublions tout de même pas de mettre un carton jaune à Bethesda qui, il faut bien le dire, n’a pas déployé tout son talent et à préférer se reposer sur ses acquis.
72 (Nov 09, 2008)
To me, Fallout 3 is Bethesda's best game yet, but it's got more holes than a sinking ship. It's a perfect symbol for contemporary games: oversimplified, too accessible and way too commercial. The clever, edgy dialogues are gone, along with the complex relationships and the depth of the game world, replaced by a flawed visual feast, generic conversations and a gameplay fit for the masses.
CPU Gamer (Nov 17, 2008)
Still, Fallout 3 is not terrible. Some quests are genuinely fun, the experience of exploration which has been key in every Bethesda RPG is here in full force and provides easily the most compelling experience of the game. The details of this world are far more interesting than the blank desertscape of earlier Fallouts, and without doing any of the quests you can fully explore the abandoned metro stations, highway outposts, and ruined factories Bethesda has constructed. That’s worth a lot, especially considering very few other studios really make the effort to make their vast worlds worth taking a look at. Fallout 3 is just mediocre. It’s bogged down by too many problems, engine issues, and poor writing to really wrestle its way into classic status.
70 PC Gaming (Nov 17, 2008)
So where does this leave us? Ironically, Fallout 3 shares many of the flaws of the original Fallout games, in that it’s restrained by its engine from fully realizing its potential. It introduces new flaws, too, in that quests, characters, and locations are cut too often from the same generic cloth.
GameBoomers (Nov, 2008)
The game is an entertaining post-apocalyptic romp reminiscent of “Mad Max” and “Road Warrior” with minor references to Ellison’s A Boy and His Dog and Sir William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. It is an interesting blend of FPS and RPG genres, but the unwieldy inventory and character development feel rushed and lack real usefulness. I think I would have identified with this game more if it were released as a stand-alone title by Bethesda rather than releasing it as a follow-up to the Fallout series. Overall the game is fun and does provide many hours of good game play. Although I wish Bethesda would have put as much work into character development, leveling and the story line as they did into the rest of the game’s features.
In conclusion, while both games have hits and misses, FO1 was the first in the series and remains the original and the best. FO3 received a ton of both criticism and praise but in my opinion it’s great (although there’s room for improvements).
CanardPC (Nov 15, 2008)
Au moment de poser une note, je flippe un peu. J’hésite. D’un côté, le dernier jeu de Bethesda est rempli de trucs insupportables qui me font écumer de rage. De l’autre, il garantit à pas mal de monde beaucoup d’heures de découverte et de détente. Sans compter qu’un vrai fan de Fallout y trouvera peut-être une demi-douzaine d’heures dignes de l’amour de sa vie. Seulement, ça me ferait mal de coller une bonne note : la bonne ou l’excellente note, il la méritera lorsqu’il sera moddé d’ici six mois-un an. Et c’est aux moddeurs qu’on la décernera, pas à Bethesda.