Excerpt: Bethesda Softworks, the developer of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion , has set out to continue what Interplay's Black Isle Studios had to drop: the Fallout series. Their first effort in this new venture is Fallout 3 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
Excerpt: Developer Black Isle Studios created three games in the 90s that still grace RPG "best of" lists today: Fallout , Fallout 2 , and Planescape: Torment . After the significant monetary investment in Stonekeep 2 was lost in its cancellation, the studio released the good-not-great Icewind Dale series...
Excerpt: Fallout 2 is regarded by many as one of the greatest RPGs and overall games ever made. Released in the late 90s, the game received a few follow-ups but no true sequel until almost a decade later.
Excerpt: Name the two biggest problems with Fallout 3. Go on. I bet you said the level cap and the abrupt ending didn't you? So did I, and guess what? Yup, Broken Steel increases the level cap to 30 and – rejoice! - changes the ending to one of open-ended joy. There you go.
Pros: Higher level cap, Open ended, More Fallout 3
Conclusion: Make save games beforehand.) Also, as a bonus to the PC version, there's a little trick to the achievements... I'll leave it to you to discover what that is. In all, Fallout 3 is a game that will suck you in for several days at least, and will haunt you well afterward.
Summary: Bethesda’s take on the Fallout series re-imagined as a spiritual successor to the Elder Scrolls series, Fallout 3 looks a bit suspect on paper. It seemed kind of like Bethesda was just trying to shoe horn the series into an already familiar mold to take the easy way out.
Excerpt: Gamers have had a love affair with nuclear war ever since Matthew Broderick gave new meaning to the phrase "WOPR with cheese" back in the eighties. However, surprisingly few games have really dealt with the aftermath of nuclear war - surprising really, considering the scope of imagination it allows...