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Fallout 3: Collector's Edition

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  'Prepare for the Future...'

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Prepare for the gaming experience of a lifetime while you're at it. From Bethesda Studios (the guys who reinvigorated the Role Playing Game genre in '06 with the wonderful 'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion') comes Fallout 3, an RPG exuding class, one that's also relentlessly fun. I know, just when you thought 'Mass Effect' was gonna be tough to top. The game starts with your character's birth, from there you instantly begin your growth, from choosing your sex & name, to what you'll look like when you grow up. While this does make the building of your character more involving & entertaining than your average RPG, it does also make the action a little slow to start. Once you leave the security of the vault & enter the harsh terrain of the now decimated Washington D.C., that's when the action really starts.

Now this isn't one of those RPGs that just sticks that title on but doesn't really have the stones to back it up, Fallout 3 offers up different challenges (& even different sidekicks), some quests being easier or more difficult depending on how good or evil you decide to be. The weight of your actions can really be felt as you progress through the game. While this is an RPG (& I know a lot of folk are put off by that) it has more than enough for even the itchiest of trigger fingers. You're never too far from a band of Super Mutants or Raiders trying to spoil your daily stroll, not to mention the general wildlife you'll come across out in the wastes. Sometimes it's easy to forget this is an RPG and think you're playing a First Person Shooter. There's also a genius added factor in the puzzles (try hacking a computer or 2, once you figure out the knack it becomes addictive)

Not only is the action and the gameplay top notch, so too are the characters you'll meet along the way. Each character, no matter how insignificant to the plot, is given such depth & believability that you can't help but get wrapped up in their story, giving even the smallest encounters a feeling of complexity, sincerity and charm. A few celebs even pop up to breathe life into some of the more significant roles. The brilliant Malcolm McDowell appears as President Eden & Liam Neeson does an excellent job as your character's father, who the main storyline revolves around. Ron Pearlman adds a touch of class reprising his role as narrator from the first 2 games. If you haven't played the first 2, don't worry so much, this is a completely different animal, one that lovingly references the first 2 but doesn't hold too strictly to them.

4 years in the making (10 years since Interplay's Fallout 2) & worth every second that was put into it. Personally, I clocked a good 90 hours questing & wandering the 16km² wastes & when my friends & I compared our findings we'd all had many experiences that the other didn't (talk about value in a world where so many games fall foul of such brevity in their campaigns). The effort that went in truly shows. Graphically 'Fallout 3' is nothing short of spectacular, raising an already impossibly high standard even further & setting the bar for games to come. Standing around in the wastes during the day & just taking it all in is nothing short of breathtaking. By night, or wandering around in one of D.C.'s many abandoned subway tunnels is nothing short of nerve-jangling.

It's now a couple of months since I finished the game & I'm still struggling to fill the void that it's left. Having lost countless hours playing this with that "just one more side mission" or "I just wanna find out what that guy's up to" attitude nothing else seems as worthwhile. Fallout 3 is an epic in every sense of the word. Quality & quantity, at long last, a game that has it all (cool bobblehead & a nice tin too)

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  Roll on fallout 4!!

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I got this limited edition from play at £24.99 and i can honestly say that its the best game purchase i've ever made.
Lets start with the storyline...amazing. I was sucked in from the start and then, there's a whole world ready to be explored! There is so much to do that it guarantees you hours upon hours of gameplay that is not repetitive. Bored of using a pistol, use a machine gun. Bored of grenades, fire a nuclear bomb!
Be good, evil or neutral. You control the very world that you are in.

I can't wait for number 4 and until then, there's the expansion pack available on the marketplace!

  An amazing world.

| | See all AstralDescent's reviews (55)

Fallout 3 is a great game, if youve played oblivion you half know what youre getting.

There is a distinct difference between the 2, but it feels familiar.

In the world of fallout 3, you come out of the vault struggling to survive, you wander the wastelands feeling lonely, coming across all manner of strange things. People with hidden secrets, super mutants guarding places, raiders using a super market as a base.

There is always something on the horizon that youll just want to go explore. I havnt even done any quests fully, yet ive seen strange and some great things.

The game is also wonderfully violent, having imo the best headshot in a game, ever. Go into vats shooting mode and after headshotting someone their eyes and skull are left on the floor, quite satisfying if the person is annoying ;]

Youll be entertained for hours

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Did anyone else grab this while it was 24.99 and recieved a damaged one? I instantly assumed they must be seconds that's why the price drop but just wondering if anyone else had the same issue

By damaged i mean scratched sleeve (the 360 logo bit along the top) and a dented tin


| | See all DeeperZulu's reviews (13)

This is one of if not THE best RPG game i have ever played, stunning graphics, massive world, loads of guns, loads of place to explore, loads of quests... what more could u want?

A must buy if u like RPG's and a perfect game to buy as ur first RPG. and one more thing, i didnt get the collectors but i want thr bobblehead!

  Amazing Game

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This game was purely amazing. I admit I had never played Fallout 1 or 2 so the story line and game play was totally new to me. But the thing that was so great about this game is that the old games were not needed to be played. The storyline was solid and inviting. It didn't carry on from the old games so no past experience was needed to play this game. After a few hours of playing I was glued to it. You do get drawn into your character and actually feel for all the actions you preform in the game. Bad deeds will give you bad Karma and effect the way people respond to some dialog. Overall this games is a must buy for anyone out there.

  Possibly the best game EVER!

| | See all Zarbid's reviews (1)

I don't often review games or DVDs publicly. However with this game I felt as though I should. First off let me start by saying, this is not for the average gamer. If you're the type of person who enjoys an hour or two of gaming a week, maybe at the weekend if its raining, don't even bother.

I have already invested 40+ hours, and with a promised 100+ you will need to put in some serious time. The actual story is best left either till last, or drawn out as long as possible as there are only 6/7 story missions. Don't let this put you off though, as the rest of the game more than aptly makes up for it.

From the very beginning of the game, when you take your first steps outside of Vault 101, your home for the past 18 years, you really do feel as though your at the end of the world. There are scattered settlements, raiders that prey on the weak in the wastelands, cities built out of abandoned aircraft carriers and much much more.

This game will have you on the edge of your seat while the sun goes down and you enter an abandoned school with bodies hanging from chains inside, to fantastic highs as you score your 4th headshot to a super mutant and their head explodes.

If you buy this game, you will not be disappointed. I cannot even begin to touch a fraction of what this game has to offer in this review, nor would I want to. There is 16m squared of wasteland and Washington D.C to explore, so stock up on supplies, lock the door and step out into the post-apocalyptic future.

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This is a must for any fallout freak or rpger . Tottaly awesome , yes it is different from the original fallouts , but has it's own magic and really shines . A must clearly .

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  Fallout 3

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Fallout 3 was a title that was never high on my priority in this insane period of new "big game" releases. Indeed, the likes of 'Gears Of War 2', 'Fable II', 'Dead Space', 'Mirrors Edge', 'Tomb Raider: Underworld', 'Far Cry 2' e.t.c. all were, originally, going to be put ahead of this release. However, after reading numerous reviews and learning more about it, I decided to put this game ahead of all of the aforementioned (excluding Gears Of War 2 which I also purchased). And I'm damn glad that I did, because I can't see any game "beating" this in sheer quality!

At time of writing I am just over thirty hours in, and am still exploring the huge game world. On top of that boredom hasn't even remotely shown itself, which is a testament to the pull factor that this game manages to generate. Not only is this game HUGE, but its also engaging all the way (just because a game is big / long that doesn't mean for one moment the experience is anygood or, indeed, value for money). Fallout 3 is first and foremost a role playing game (aka RPG) but played in a first person perspective (it can also be viewed in a third person perspective but its pretty poor) with a strong shooter emphasis thrown in. I'd be here all day explaining the mechanics of this game, but needless to say it's very substantial and fun (without being alienating to those new to this genre of video game).

Visually the game is superb. Exploring a ruined Washington D.C. after a nuclear event is a very atmospheric experience (the Wastelands during the day are incredibly detailed and often breathtaking). The weakest visual element are the character models who aren't well animated and look a bit under detailed at times. A small gripe though. As for the audio side of things, the ambient effects are very effective. A subtle musical score also adds to the wonderful immersion factor. The voice acting is solid but not spectacular. As mentioned previously the game is massive, and if you add to the fact that you very well may need (and want) to play the game through multiple times you have a title that really will last you a very, very long time! Oh, and the story is good and the game touches upon many interesting topics that plague (or have plagued) real life (how can fiction exist wihout non-fiction to inspire it to begin with eh?).

Being a sucker for Limited Collector's Editions (in the world of video games they genuinely mean it when they say they're limited, unlike most DVD's!) I opted for this version of Fallout 3. Its a very nice set and though pricey, I feel this one (unlike most) was well worth it (probably helped by the fact the game is fantastic).

Anyone who likes the 'Mad Max' trilogy, 'Fist Of The North Star' material (the violence in Fallout 3 shares the same over the top nature as this), 'I Am Legend', 'Waterworld', 'The Postman', 'No Escape', 'Children Of Men' e.t.c. will probably enjoy this, particulary in detail and stylings. Also, more obviously, those who enjoyed 'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' and, indeed, the previous two 'Fallout' games (which I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing) will probably like this game too.

I would give this four and a half out of five but can't because the rating system here doesn't allow it. Probably game of the year and demonstrates that gaming in a traditional sense is anything but "dead"!

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