Pubblicata: 27 febbraio
Oh boy, Fallout 3.
So, I did not grow up with Fallout. I was born in the mid 90's and grew up with primarily consoles, though I did get to play DOOM on my dad's computer when he wasn't around. I remember seeing the Will Smith movie "I am Legend" in 2007 and being in Love with the idea of a post-apocalyptic world. Then, in 2008, Bethesda Softworks announced Fallout 3 after previously acquiring the rights to continue the franchise. I was in Love with the Game Informer issue dedicated to Fallout 3 and learned about the previous games in the franchise, and when it finally came out that October I had to buy an Xbox 360 because playing it on my older brother's console wasn't enough.
So, not having played the previous installments, I had no expectations so I couldn't be disappointed with gameplay or art style or anything like veterans of the series were. So after creating my character and gaining control of him awhile later, I fell in Love with the simple first-person shooter gameplay. Then the RPG elements kicked in and damn was I ecstatic. I had no prior experience with RPG's and was blown away with the freedom of picking your perks and skills to level up.
The game's graphics were pretty solid for 2008, even on console, and stepping out of Vault 101 for the first time only to see a desolate world with decrepid trees and craters in the distance left me with a feeling of hopelessness as I go look for my father who was the "first person to leave the comfort of the Vault" without telling me his plans. I had no plan, no skill set, no direction to go except for a nearby town called "Megaton" that I could see just peak over a few rock formations. The mystery of seeing a floating robot pace back and forth on the busted street of a once homely little town while playing government propaganda on a seemingly non-stop loop lasted just seconds before my stomach dropped at the sight of a ruined elementary school. All of the children, all of the families. Gone. Dead.
Now I am not going to pretend that the game is without flaw, the story holds your hand for a little too long and there were plenty of bugs to be had, not to mention that Bethesda still hadn't gotten their character-gen down right so everyone looked a little goofy. However, the game projects itself out for the world to see with it's brilliant design, breathtaking atmosphere, enthralling quests, great characters, a personal story, and chilling environments. Fallout 3 is a masterwork of a game that captures your attention and makes you want to play just a little longer to explore the next room in a Vault filled with clones or to finally get your luxury suite after bombing a make-shift town in the distance.
There is plenty of fun to be had, many quests to go on, and places to explore. I have since gone back to play the original games, as well as the newer installment, Fallout: New Vegas, and while every main installment is fantastic, and New Vegas is a great take on the series, I feel that Fallout 3 captures the charm of the series extraordinarily well especially in comparison to the previousely named installment. It has sat on my "Top 5 Favorite Games of All Time" list since release, taking its place at number 3.
To say I recommend Fallout 3 is an understatement. The game is absolutely fantastic and I have no shame in admitting that I have put an absurd amount of time, 1200+ hours taking all platforms into consideration and using NVSE to run it on PC, into it. If you're a fan of Post-Apocalyptic Action-RPG's then I say go for this game, even if you haven't played the originals. There is also plenty of lore on the games detailing every major date before and after the bombs dropped in the Fallout universe, including the events of the games, which can be found on the Fallout Wiki (http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline)
so if you're just interested in the universe you can also take al ook at that.
That about says it all, thank you for reading,