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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.


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There are 172 other screenshots from other versions of this game or official promotional screenshots.

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Alternate Titles

  • "่พๅฐ„3" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "็•ฐๅกต้ค˜็”Ÿ3" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "FO3" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Prepare For The Future MasterMegid (902) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Brilliant But Not Black Isle. Scott Monster (1009) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Fallout 3 is a great post-nuclear sandbox experience. Droog (522) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
If you like oblivion and sci-fi, you'll like this. havoc of smeg (22376) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameGavel.com Mar 29, 2011 A 100
Game Vortex Nov, 2008 98 out of 100 98
Good Game Nov 03, 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
Pelit Nov, 2008 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Oct 28, 2008 9.3 out of 10 93
PlayDevil Dec 05, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamingBolt Sep 18, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 28, 2008 17 out of 20 85
GameDaily Oct 27, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Gameblog.fr Oct 30, 2008 8 out of 10 80


Topic # Posts Last Post
BOS-in-a-BOX 5 bubbleman1987
Dec 09, 2012
1 bubbleman1987
Sep 05, 2012
Minor complaint time! *spoilers* 5 Patrick Bregger (273259)
Feb 19, 2011
Melee character? 5 Slug Camargo (589)
Jan 08, 2011
Teh Ultimate Fallout 3 Mod Guides! 2 Indra was here (20848)
May 13, 2010
GamingAhead 1 Roger Damm
Aug 18, 2009
Ey, ye like dags? 4 Slug Camargo (589)
Mar 02, 2009
Where's Moriarty? 14 โ€”- (1672)
Feb 22, 2009
Yeh like mads? 3 xroox (3956)
Jan 06, 2009
How come we're not talking about this yet? 70 โ€”- (1672)
Dec 07, 2008


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 โ€“ Game of the Year
    • 2008 โ€“ PC Game of the Year
    • 2008 โ€“ Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2008 โ€“ PC Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2008 โ€“ Xbox 360 Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2008 โ€“ #2 PS3 Game of the Year
    • 2008 โ€“ PC RPG of the Year
    • 2008 โ€“ Xbox 360 RPG of the Year
    • 2008 โ€“ PS3 RPG of the Year
    • 2012 โ€“ #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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Sicarius (61516) added Fallout 3 (Xbox 360) on Oct 28, 2008
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