Fallout 3

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Fallout 3
Fallout 3 Boxart.jpg
Developer Bethesda Softworks
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
  • PC
  • Xbox 360
  • Playstation 3
  • Release Date
  • Oct 28, 08 [USA]
  • Oct 30, 08 [EUR]
  • Oct 30, 08 [AUS]
  • Oct 31, 08 [UK]
  • Genre Action RPG
  • BBFC: 18
  • ESRB: M
  • OFLC: MA15+
  • OFLC: R18
  • PEGI: 18
  • Fallout 3 is a post apocalyptic role-playing game developed and published by Bethesda. It's the third installment to Interplay's smash hit PC franchise following Fallout and Fallout 2. It was first released in North America on October 28 followed by Europe and Australia on October 31 and finally in Japan on December 4. It's available on Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.


    [edit] Setting

    The Game takes place in the ruins of Washington DC in the year 2277. In the Fallout world, this is 200 years after a great war between the United States and China. The war came to an end in October 2077 when multiple countries launched nuclear missiles into the air sending the entire planet into chaos and destruction in just a matter of hours.

    Thousands of American citizens entered underground vaults before the bombs fell. The people were under the belief that these vaults were to protect them from a nuclear disaster, but in reality they were social experiments set up by the government, later to become the Enclave, who were a shadow branch of the government for the United States before the war. The vaults were each a test of how humanity would react to different pressures involving re-populating the new world after the war. Each vault was tested in a different way. For example, Vault 27 doubled the maximum capacity of 1000 citizens per vault to observe the effects of overcrowding, whereas the people of Vault 106 were subjected to altered chemical states.

    Fallout 3 focuses on Vault 101, which was sealed shut indefinitely to see how the people reacted in the knowledge that they would be born, raised and die within the vault.

    [edit] Story

    You take control of a young Vault Dweller who has been raised within Vault 101, which has supposedly been sealed shut for over 200 years. After 19 years within the vault, you awake one day to find that your father has left Vault 101. An enraged Vault Overseer has murdered your father's work colleague while trying to get answers and he has put an order out for your arrest.

    With the help of the Overseer's daughter you manage to escape from what was once your safe and well protected home and are now forced to survive in the cruel and dangerous Capital Wasteland. It's in this Wasteland that you'll discover tons of new places, people and creatures as you try to discover the truth behind your father's disappearance.

    [edit] Gameplay

    [edit] Character Customization

    In Fallout 3 you are able to customize your characters name, gender and appearance straight from birth using a DNA analysis. The game will then skip 1 year forward and you'll see that your dad's appearance has been fixed to resemble your own. The first quest of the game called Baby Steps gives you the chance to customise your S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats. You can upgrade or downgrade the following attributes between 1-10:

    The third quest in the game is Future Imperfect which will allow you to choose 3 Skills out of the 13 to be your tag skills, this will increase them by 15 points. Each time you level up you gain more points which can be added to any of the skills. Your also allowed to pick a Perk each time you level up. The Perks available will depend on your current level or how high a certain skill or stat is.

    [edit] V.A.T.S.

    V.A.T.S. stands for Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System. V.A.T.S allows the player to pause the game and aim and fire at specific body parts on their enemies, the amount of shots you can take at once will depend on your Action Points, if you don't have enough action points to kill your enemy you'll have to come out of V.A.T.S mode and wait for you action points to regenerate.

    Most enemies will have 7 body parts to aim for they are the head, torso, left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg and the weapon your enemy is holding. When aiming, each body part will have a percentage next to it, this tells you the chance you have of hitting that body part. 95% is the maximum percentage available and means it's almost certain you'll hit your target, the closer you are to your enemy the higher the percentage will be. There's also a bar above the percentage which shows how much damage the enemy has taken to that specific body part, if the bar is empty it mean your enemy has been crippled on that body part.

    [edit] Karma

    The Karma system is a reflection of all the good or bad choices you make through-out the game. Having good or bad karma can get you bonuses from certain members of the wasteland. However there is a downside, having good karma will result in Talon Company Mercs hunting you down and having bad karma will result in Regulators hunting you down. Having neutral karma will result in less bonuses but you won't have to worry about Regulators or Talon Company Mercs.

    And karma is needed for followers, example: jericho needs bad karma, cross needs good karma and butch needs neutral karma. See?

    [edit] Trailer

    E3 2008 Trailer

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