Having been hooked on PC FPS titles like Operation Flashpoint and Hidden and Dangerous for years, I never thought I’d go back to crappy consoles shooters. They all seemed so much more linear and less dynamic in comparison. And then I discovered Fallout 3. A game which, hands-down has to be one of the greatest, most life consuming titles I’ve ever experienced, and one which – even after completing – I still return to frequently to trade some bottle caps and fire teddy bears at radioactive scorpions. And if you haven’t yet got had the pleasure, buy Fallout 3, immediately.
The Game of the Year addition is currently going for just £20 from Asda, and provides you with not just the standalone game but all of the expansions. This is a truly superb deal, especially for the 360, where a brand new copy will set you back more than £27. It’s also not bad for a PS3 version however – which unfortunately does have slightly inferior graphics – as after ASDA you’re looking at around £1.70 more. To buy online from ASDA however, follow the link below and type ‘Fallout 3’ into the search box.
It’s certainly difficult to try and sum exactly what makes Fallout 3 so truly special (in 150 words anyway). But for me one of the game’s greatest accomplishments was The Capital Wasteland: a giant swath of post-apocalyptic North America encompassing deserts infested with radioactive monsters, ruined urban centres teeming with mutants, and isolated communities dotted around the landscape like islands. The whole setting is just an explorer’s dream come true. Alongside following the main thread of the narrative – which sees the player searching for their father (voiced by Liam Neeson) – you are free to travel the landscape.
You can instigate conversations with wanderers and residents, aid communities in crisis, accept side quests, and influence your fate through decisions and actions. You can rob, steal and murder if you choose, but this will attract hit men, and have people refusing to admit you into their shops or houses. If you choose to help those in need by giving water to peasants, protecting the vulnerable, placating or killing the bad guys, you may find yourself being hailed the saviour of the wastelands.
Like most players, you’ll probably find yourself choosing one path, and then, as soon as you complete the game, restarting and doing things differently. Overall Fallout 3 is an absolute must own, and if you don’t buy a copy now, do it as soon as you can.
Thanks to jingernuts from Hotukdeals.