Firstly I would like to address that Fallout 3 is my favourite game of all time. I have never felt so involved in any other RPG. It is truly an epic game.
The game starts off in vault 101, following a nuclear apocalypse. You play as a baby for a short while. As the game quickly advances, your age rises, and you find yourself in a sticky situation. The vault is on meltdown and your father has fled. The main quest is to find your father by travelling through the vast and bleak Capital Wasteland, and battling through any mutated creatures that may stand before you. On your way, you learn a lot about the pre-war history of the land and the people who inhabit it. You will certainly find yourself going off track with side quests and curiosity to explore places.
The map is awesome! Everywhere you look, it is trashed. The buildings have collapsed, the water is green with radiation, the ground is scorched and any remaining roads are dotted with pot holes. The desolate sensation in the wasteland really contrasts with the lively feeling of some settlements in the game. A second example of contrast is the radio station “Galaxy News Radio” and the overall theme of the game. It is meant to be a hellish desert filled with evils, and in the background, you have 40s Music playing from your Pip-boy. This music is extremely fitting as it gives the impression that everyone is trying to keep their hopes up in such an awful environment. Furthermore, the game is based around the 40s and 50s as a result of advancing differently. An example of this is the cars, radios, televisions, posters and billboards all over the map which all suggest the 40s and 50s. In my opinion, this creates an awesome environment.
Since the game was made in 2008 the graphics are a little sloppy, however, the game play easily outweighs this issue. The Pip-boy on your arm is where you have access to your inventory. It is where you can also level up and add perks and skills points to your character, but most importantly, you can use V.A.T.S. Using V.A.T.S (Vault-tech assisted targeting system) you can pause time and chose to target your enemies’ limbs, making it easy to take them down. This compensates for the fact that you cannot aim down sights with any gun but a sniper rifle. The guns in this game are awesome! They range from ballistic ammunition to laser and plasma rounds that are sure to melt through your enemies.
Along with the combat come the companions. These are allies you can find around the map who assist you in combat. You can customise them by making them wear clothes of your own choice and you can make them carry things for you if your inventory is full. Dogmeat, personally my favourite companion, is a German Shepherd who you can find if you go to the scrap yard. He may look cute at first glance but he is vicious when it comes to fighting off feral ghouls.
Overall, I think this game is an absolute masterpiece. I love everything from the visuals to the music. The inhabitants of the Capital Wasteland produce an outstanding and very believable sense of struggle, panic and chaos. I can honestly say that Fallout 3 is by far the best and most atmospheric game I have ever played. It is thoroughly enjoyable!