Bethesda's Fallout 3 has already gained a reputation as a modern classic, thanks to its vast open world, huge volume and variety of interesting, involving quests, great art direction and brilliant, evocative atmosphere.
The price drop for Fallout 3 continues and Zavvi are now matching (well, almost) the great price Shop To were offering in September, meaning that it can be yours for under £12. The next best price for this game is £13.95, so you can make a saving of a whole two pounds, hooray!
It is hard to avoid comparisons with Bethesda's other recent game featuring a vast sandbox world because there are a lot of similarities between Fallout 3 and Oblivion, from the engine that they both so clearly use, to the sheer amount of exploration and discovery that they allow. However there is also plenty to set the two apart and, while it will certainly help if you were a fan of Oblivion, you should not automatically dismiss Fallout just because you have gripes with Bethesda's other big offering.
While Fallout 3 offers plenty of opportunity for larking around and heading off into the wilderness wandering and a-roving, it also focuses in to its central plot far more strongly than its counterpart. And while you can happily slug enemies upside the head in a familiarly jerky manner to your heart's content, the chances are you will spend a good deal of your time utilising the game's unique VATS system which allows you to tactically target your quarrey's various body parts to ensure the most successful attack. The environment is a lot more interesting and detailed - sure, Oblivion's sprawling fantasy landscape was pretty but it was lacking a lot in imagination. Fallout, on the other hand, offers a fascinating retro-futuristic post-apocalyptic world, full of curios and intrigue.
It's a brilliant game, well worthy of the lavish praise heaped upon it and one that every console owner should at least try.