I started playing this game about 3 years ago after I found the Game of the Year edition in a discount bin. I beat the game in a couple months, but I decided I wanted to get the platinum trophy before I was done with the game. I’ve had Fallout 4 since launch, but I decided to hold off on starting it until I completed Fallout 3. This was actually the first game from the Fallout series that I have ever played. Overall, I enjoyed the game, and I am really looking forward to opening my copy Fallout 4 now. Bethesda nailed the post apocalyptic feeling of the world, and added some hilarious dark humor elements to lighten the mood.
How Far I Got
My second platinum trophy of 2015! I did two playthroughs to get all the trophies. One was my conventional weapons master “good” character, and the other was my stealthy smooth talker “bad” character. I saved periodically on my bad playthrough so I could pay off the Rivet City Church to get the neutral level trophies. I’ve done all the quests, and spent countless hours wandering the DC wasteland and DLC areas.
Bethesda has created the depressing post apocalyptic environment perfectly. Rusted out cars and decaying items from a happier time period litter the landscape. My only complaint is that most of the indoor areas and caves seem to have the same layout. Character models are well done considering the plethora of NPCs, and the generation this game was created in. I did encounter constant game freezing issues during the DLC portions of the game.
Haunting melodies help set off the ambiance of most of the darker areas. You can also tune your Pip Boy in to Three Dog’s humorous radio broadcasts. All of the character dialog is voiced but, unfortunately, it’s easy to tell they didn’t have nearly as many voice actors as most of the characters sound the same.
Though the main story line is a bit short, there is plenty of skills, character customization, side quests, and exploration options to keep you busy for months. The edition I bought also came with all of the DLC packs which exponentially increased my playtime with this game. If you’re just rushing through the main story line, you will miss the vast majority of the content in this game. Combat is fun and the style is dependent on how you develop your character. The V.A.T.S. (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) allows you to slow things down and carefully plan your attacks. Each quest will also play out differently depending on how good or evil you want your lone wanderer to become. It’s entirely up to you to decide if you want to help someone with their problems, or kill them on the spot and steal all of their shiny stuff. Just be prepared to face the consequences of your actions.
My Overall Biased Opinion
I enjoy the whole post apocalyptic theme in video games. Bethesda did an amazing job at capturing what would happen to the world after a nuclear weapon attack. This is a game that I will remember for quite some time. I thoroughly enjoyed all the time I spent wandering through the depressing landscape.
SPOILERS AHEAD!! You have been warned.
Favourite Story Moment
During the “final” mission when my good lone wanderer selflessly sacrificed herself in the purifier to save everyone.
The Tesla cannon from the Broken Steel DLC. It was very fun blasting my way through the Adams Air Force Base with this bad boy.
Favorite “Oh S@#%” Moment
The whole Mother Ship Zeta DLC pack had me on the edge of my couch. I just couldn’t rest until I made those little alien monsters pay for all the experiments and torture they were inflicting on people.
The Sacred Bog area from the Point Lookout DLC. The trippy hallucinations the lone wanderer suffers through were oddly entertaining. I really wish those bobble heads were real though. Would have saved me a lot of time!
It’s hard to pick just one since there are so many interesting characters you have to deal with throughout the game. I’m going to go with Fawkes though. It was awesome having a bad-ass super mutant with a laser machine gun fighting by my side.
Most Tedious Gameplay Moment
Constant game freezing that required me to restart my PS3 frequently. It was especially annoying during The Pitt DLC.