FallOut 3 Review
Welcome to post-apocalyptic Oblivion, or at least that's how I feel when it comes to playing FallOut 3. The world has been torn apart and blown to small pieces. As the war really gripped the world some were lucky enough to escape into shelters, or Vaults. In one of these Vaults is where your story begins. If you've ever played Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, you're going to breeze through the learning of controls and such.
The music and sound give you a creepy feeling. I really liked the retro radio stations that you could listen to from time to time. Every time I heard it I instantly saw the rotating newspaper with a huge headline appear in my head. Overall the views are very bleak, but that's what they are suppose to be. The graphics engine used I believe is the same one from Oblivion, if it isn't you could have fooled me as most of the stuff you'll see looks pretty dang close to Oblivion.
The controls aren't too complicated and after just a little bit you should have a good handle on the game. It did take me a long ass time to find out how to jump, but if you are playing it on the 360 its the Y button.
The gameplay is where I seem to hit a wall with this game. Throughout the game you are going to be facing animals, over-sized ants, rugged battle worn people, robots, mutants and more, and in almost every single case I felt as if my character was greatly out matched, either by the amount of damage dealt out, the speed of which the attacks took place, or maybe the simple fact of even though I might be aiming at the enemies chest there was still a chance that my shot or hit could end up flying over their shoulder instead. To be honest the only way that I felt comfortable attacking anything was with VATS, and it also makes things a lot bloodier if you do a finishing headshot.
If you are trying to just complete the game and giving the finger to the rest of this open world First Person RPG, you're going to find yourself done within the day that you picked up the game. On average taking at route will get you to the ending within 5 to 6 hours. Now if you do all the side tasks and what not you'll find that the game of course is much longer, but doing so will also expose you more to the battle flaws that I previously stated.
I have never played any previous games in this series, but with all the hype around it I had to try it out, and I have to say that I did not feel that this game was revolutionary, nor quite that unique, seeing as I have constantly pointed out the similarities to Oblivion. Sorry BethesdaSoft, I think you slightly missed with this game, much like the majority of my shots with any gun in the game. I give this game a 6.7 out of 10.