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Post-Apocalyptic Oblivion with Guns?

Kinda 'eh' in my opinion
Kinda 'eh' in my opinion
After getting caught up in the hype for Fallout 3 about a month before the game came out, I did some looking around for information about the game, just to get a general sense as to what it was.  At first and at the end, while I held the game in my hands I was very apprehensive.  The thing was, I never really enjoyed Oblivion.  There just wasn't anything about the game that I found particularly enjoyable.  I had spent probably around 40 hours or so with different characters just seeing if it was the character's playstyle that I didn't like, or if I got further that I might enjoy it more.  Nope.  So even with all this I preordered Fallout 3 and got it home and absolutely loved it, and still do.
Probably prefers Oblivion
Probably prefers Oblivion
But the reviews from a lot of reviewers and a lot of blogs/forum posts complain about a lot of the stuff that I found to be wrong with Oblivion.  Some of these reviews even state that they recognized these to be problems with Oblivion, but still loved the game anyway. So, I spent some time thinking about why I love Fallout even though it does have a lot of the same problems that Oblivion did, and why others don't like it.  I could only really come up with two maybe three fairly good reasons.

The Setting and Playstyle.  I think that these people might have just loved Oblivion for being a really good fantasy game, but don't really like the retro-futuristic post-apocalyptic genre.  I think this certainly applies for me.  I'm not a HUGE fan of the fantasy genre, but I don't dislike it either, I just don't think that I like to play a fantasy game in the first person, I'm not used to it and I don't think I ever got used to it.  I think this is evidenced by my aversion to Melee weapons in Fallout.  Which brings us to the other point: the style. 
Really damn fun.
Really damn fun.
 Fallout 3 had guns.  I think that's the main point of contention between the groups of people who didn't like either game, but did the other.  I think that either people just prefer to use either guns or swords/bows in a game, which harkens back to the setting, but ultimately menas that the games play completely differently.  This is of course hightened by the VATS system which basically turns the the game into a turn-based strategy game, which was Bethesda's intention (a genre of which I am also a fan).

To sum up:  I think that people either liked or didn't like the change in setting, the change of weapons, or the VATS system of play, thus leading to some contention between fans of Bethesda who prefer Oblivion and those who prefer Fallout 3.
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