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January 7, 2008
Fallout 3 - PS3 Review Page 2
Release Distributor Publisher Developer Offline Players Online Players
31/10/2008Red AntBethesda SoftworksBethesda Softworks1None
Media HDD Space Resolution Sound Format Tilt Controls OFLC Rating
Disc4300MB720pDD5.1NoMA15+

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Watch out for approaching enemies!
Of course, none of this means anything if the game plays like poo. Luckily, this is one title that is very unlikely to disappoint. There are obvious similarities in the gameplay to Oblivion, but make no mistake, this is a lot more than just guns in the Elder Scrolls world. Videos may have you believing that this even plays as a normal shooter would, but again, do not go into the game expecting this to play like Halo or Resistance: Fall of Man.

Your chance on hitting an enemy isn't based on your ability to aim like most shooters, but a combination of both that skill and your stat points in-game. And whilst you can play it in entirely real-time, you would be missing the best part of the shooting system, the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System (VATS). This system allows you to slow down time to an almost standstill, pick a part of an enemy and take a more typical Fallout turn-based approach to combat. It's a revolutionary system that merges first person RPGs with the more standard turn-based combat, and it has the added bonus that you don't need to be a trigger-happy shooter fan to succeed in the Fallout world. Plus, it's always fun to watch a mini nuke cruise through the air in slow motion before exploding in the face of a super-mutant, ending in a nice pretty mushroom cloud.

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Who's having a birthday?
In a game like this, you can usually expect a few issue or bugs along the way, and while there are already a couple of updates out to fix most of the issues present on the PS3 version of Fallout 3, there are a few still present. Occasional frame-rate skipping, some quests that bug out randomly and become impossible to complete, and some stupid AI choices that result in characters walking into each other and so on still plague the game, but overall, given the complexity of the release, Fallout 3 is an impressive piece of work that's for sure. At times characters may be overwhelmed by the world, or feel like the story is a little bit distant from themselves, but they are generally short-lived feelings and other than these the game runs amazingly well. Of course, if you are unable to update the game, there will be a few issues that will pop up, so be sure to update if at all possible.

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Looking inside a Fallout 3 medical lab.
As far as the technology present within the game engine goes, this is an incredibly beefed up version of the Oblivion engine. As you can see from the screenshots surrounding, it looks spectacular and is up there with the best looking releases on the system. While there are the occasional frame-rate skips, the game largely holds together very smoothly and it's hard to want a better looking release than this. Couple this with the cinematic style of the VATS combat system and huge explosions with amazing character models and you have one awesome looking piece of software.

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Checking out the agility stats.
All this really makes the game a wonderfully immersive experience, and this is only enhanced by the awesome atmosphere created by the in-game audio. Low rumbling of decaying buildings crumbling around you, excellent voice acting, superb sound effects and an awesome soundtrack made up of both original instrumental pieces as well as a whole heap of 1930's pieces of music help you really believe that you are in a real alternate existence. There's definitely nothing wrong with the sound in this release.

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Another impressive Fallout 3 screenshot.
There have been a lot of truly wonderful games released across all platforms over the last few months, and it's easy to forget some of the titles that came along. But this is one of those games that you really should not skip. You'd have to be insanely picky or just hate enjoying yourself to not find some fun here, and with the main quest coming in at about 20 hours, with over 100 hours of side quests, there's no shortage of content on this disk. If you haven't already, be sure to get yourself some exposure to the radioactive world of Fallout 3. Radiation sickness never felt so damn good!

Review By: Michael Hutchesson

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GRAPHICSThis may very well be the best looking RPG we are going to see for years. It's certainly one of the best looking games so far on the system!
95%
SOUNDThere's no atmosphere that is quite the same as the one in this post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland, and with an awesome soundtrack and second-to-none effects, sound plays a vital role here.
92%
GAMEPLAYExtremely accessible yet still challenging, and supporting countless different play styles, everyone should be able to enjoy this one.
94%
VALUE20 hours for the main quest, a million for everything!
98%
OVERALLMy personal pick for Game of the Year, and one that you should all be giving a go.
95%

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