If the idea of shooting your way across a post apocalyptic, retrofuturist dystopia tickles your fancy then Fallout 3 is the game for you. The PS3 game is currently available for just £12.79 including free next day delivery from Shop To. Amazon offers the next best price but it's over £2 more and doesn't come with the reassurance of recorded delivery.
Fallout 3 is set in 2277, 36 years after the events of Fallout 2 in a post-apocalyptic Washington DC and you play as a young inhabitant of fallout shelter Vault 101. When you discover that your father has left the vault for the Capital Wasteland with no warning all hell breaks lose and you too have to leave the only home that you have ever known and enter the vast ruined landscape beyond.
Like Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series, Fallout 3 is set in an incredibly vast world full of secrets waiting to be discovered. It is a world that you can immerse yourself in fully, from the huge freedom you have to explore every corner of the world to your deeply customisable character and the seemingly endless conversation permutations that are available with just about anyone you meet. Furthermore, the characters are entertaining enough to make you want to keep talking. It feels great to play and an excellent soundtrack with some high quality voice acting really enhances the realism. What I love the most about Fallout 3 is the fact that it offers such huge scope for striking out alone and exploring, without compromising on a central storyline.
Of course, like every other game in the world, Fall out 3 is not perfect. While the world is vast, the landmarks tend to feel a bit samey, with few having remarkable character of their own, and while this is understandable from a land recovering from nuclear holocaust it does cause the game to suffer slightly. As with Bethesda's recent Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Fallout 3 has been criticised from some quarters for its level scaling which can make the game feel like an unnecessarily hard slog at times. Another fault lies in the combat itself, which can occasionally feel rather awkward but more often than not is more than fine and besides, the joy of the VATS system more than makes up for any combat issues. The framerate can dip at times and the character models sometimes feel somewhat clunky in their movements.
These minor complaints do not detract from the fact that Fallout 3 is a fantastically crafted and fantastically enjoyable game. I have only played the game on the X-Box 360 and the consensus seems to be that FO3 is far better when played on this console or a PC – it seems that the PS3 version suffers from curious visual bugs and is generally a worse looking game overall, with a compromised draw distance and rather a washed out appearance, so you may want to bear this in mind. However it was still rated very highly and visual quirks do not detract from the fantastic gameplay, vast world and hugely customisable experience which is what this game is really all about.
Thanks to Jake1983 on Hotukdeals.