XBox 360 - Fallout 3
For 200 years, Vault 101, a fallout shelter, has served the surviving residents of Washington DC and its environs, now known as the Capital Wasteland. Though the global atomic war of 2077 left the US all but destroyed, the residents of Vault 101 enjoy a life free from Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants. Yet one morning, you awake to find that your father has left the comfort and security afforded by Vault 101 for reasons unknown. Leaving the only home you've ever known, you emerge from the Vault into the harsh Wasteland sun to search for your father. Fallout 3 is a singleplayer action role-playing game (RPG) that combines the horrific insanity of the Cold War era theory of mutually assured destruction gone terribly wrong with the kitschy naivety of American 1950s nuclear propaganda.
The third game in the Fallout series, Fallout 3 is a singleplayer action role-playing game (RPG) set in a post-apocalyptic Washington DC. Combining the horrific insanity of the Cold War era theory of mutually assured destruction gone terribly wrong, with the kitschy naivety of American 1950s nuclear propaganda, Fallout 3 will satisfy both players familiar with the popular first two games in its series as well as those coming to the franchise for the first time.
|Release Date (USA):||2008-10-28|
|Release Date (UK):||2008-10-31|
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While avoiding combat may be a good approach when overmatched and under-armed, you'll soon discover that learning the ropes of combat will be essential to your survival in the Capital Wasteland. Throughout the game you'll come across a wide variety of weapons that include small arms, big guns, energy weapons and more. Fallout 3 can be played in either first or third person perspective. This makes the basic combat element of the game fairly straight forward and similar to that of an action shooter, aim the crosshairs and fire.
The Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System or V.A.T.S. is a more advanced form of combat that allows you to target specific body parts and limbs of your enemies. Players begin with a certain number of action points which are used during V.A.T.S. combat. The maximum number of action points can be increased by leveling up or through items found during play. Once the your action points have been diminished you'll have to wait for them to recharge before being able to take further actions with V.A.T.S. This system works excellent as it allows you to pause the game as you assess the situation and review your combat options. It's particularly helpful when you're low on ammunition and you need to make sure you get off precise shots.
The V.A.T.S. Combat System
While this isn't an action shooter one aspect of combat and weapons that takes a little away from the gameplay is the inability to lob a grenade when needed. Instead you'll need to go into the Pip-Boy 3000 and manually equip the grenade before your albe to thorw it. You can assign hot keys to weapons but it still does not allow you to toss a grenade and then immediately go back to your primary weapon.
RPG Elements of Fallout 3
As with most role-playing games, Fallout 3 has a system for earning experience and leveling up. Upon leveling up, characters are awarded skill points and perks. Skill points are used to increase your ability to perform certain tasks. Hacking into a computer will require a good Science skill, while picking the lock on a door will requie a high skill level in lockpicking. Simliar to skills, perks are earnd with each level advancement and give you more options for character development such as enhancing ability scores, skills groups, combat situations and many more. How you assign your skills, perks and develop your character is entirely up to you. In addition Fallout 3 allows for NPCs, enabling you to have a party of up to three characters.Fallout 3 has been named Game of the year for 2008 by many companies like IGN and GameSpy or Best game at E3 2008