Repost: Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition Review

Since Fallout 3 and its DLC have been released on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, there isn’t much to say about the game. But from my perspective, having never played the game until the Game of the Year edition, Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition is the game to buy for the Holidays as a gift for those who haven’t jumped into Fallout.

My only experience with Fallout was with the original game way back when. I didn’t understand the story, but enjoyed the combat and usually died around thirty minutes in. With Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, my skills in first person shooters has since increased and I was able to last much longer before I was decimated by a mutant with a mini-gun.

What Bethsoft did well with the game was create a believable alternate history world and inject it with enough characters brimming with different personalities. Taking from the source material and adding their small tweaks to it improved it beyond my expectations, besides all the news that I heard about the game.

The V.A.T.S. aiming system quickly took over from the straight forward FPS fighting. My favorite weapon was the hunting rifle, kneeled, and aiming for the head. Of course, grenades also took preference when fighting packs of enemies.

The story is what keeps the game interesting along with the quests that are available to complete. The relationships that are developed in the game are expertly sequenced and the branching dialogue trees kept the growing story tight and concise to what needed to be known. Though there were times when I decided that characters were trying to trick me and I decided to use V.A.T.S. and aim for the head

With Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, the DLC is already included in the game. This becomes apparent when exiting Vault 101 and the game queues the DLC as available missions. Obviously deciding to take these missions at the start of the game is suicide so I ventured into the open and just looked at the amazing scenery.

I did enjoy the weight restrictions that the game applied to the character, it stopped me from picking up every spoon and plate from houses I sneaked into. Leveling and customizing the character were executed well and I did enjoy jumping to third person to look at my character, but the movement in that perspective didn’t look well animated.

Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition is a great present for the Holidays, especially for those who are going to get either a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 as a present. Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition will provide many hours of time-consuming play and keep fans of the series or fans of great stories engulfed into 2010.

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