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Fallout 3

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Vault-Tec engineers have worked around the clock on an interactive reproduction of Wasteland life for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own vault. Included is an expansive world, unique combat, shockingly realistic visuals, tons of player choice, and an incredible cast of dynamic characters. Every minute is a fight for survival against the terrors of the outside world — radiation, Super Mutants, and hostile mutated creatures. From Vault-Tec, America's First Choice in Post Nuclear Simulation.
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Review by Anonymous

If for some reason you missed it - make sure to give it a try, even after the years since release, Fallout 3 is still a masterpiece post-apocalyptic adventure rpg. It is a lot better than Fallout 4 imho.

Review from Steam

No Spoiler review:
DISCLAIMER: When you play Fallout 3 the game will NOT work unless you use external tools to make the game function correctly. Due to Bethesda recently updating their 14 year old game to run on newer systems by removing 'Games for Windows live' as a requirement, any mod made before said update (14 years worth of mods...) no longer works. The only way to circumvent this is to download 2 things, 'FOSE' and 'Fallout Anniversary Patcher' (Linked below), there are an abundance of videos on how to download these on YouTube, however if you require further help drop me a message and I shall help you myself!
You will also have to cap your frames to a MAX of 60fps using a tool like Nvidia control panel, this is because older Bethesda games have their physics engine tied to the frame count. The game will not work correctly over 60fps as it was not designed to be played at an fps count above that.
I'll get it out of the way and say that Fallout 3 is my favourite game of all time, so I'm happy to admit my perception of the game will be biased. That being said it is not the best game of all time, not even the best fallout. However even in 2022 I wholeheartedly believe that Fallout 3 is a great introductory game into the Fallout universe.
It is absolutely impossible not to draw comparisons to Fallout New Vegas(FNV), an ultimately better game. The main quest-line is more linear than FNV, the mechanics more threadbare, the RPG elements more limiting with the black and white karma system and one-dimensional companions as examples. But that isn't a bad thing, especially for newer players.
Fallout 3 shines brightest when it comes to exploration, the environmental storytelling is still to this day some of the best in gaming. Exploring real life locations ravaged by nuclear war for the first time was amazing when I first played in 2008. The Side quests, the weapons, the armour All amazing and fit perfectly with the game.
I would highly recommend picking Fallout 3 up, GOTY edition is reasonably priced and goes on sale often, there are thousands of mods to download to enhance the game even more.
My heart says 10/10 but my brain says 8/10.
Downgrader:
FOSE (beta):

Review from Steam

It’s like Skyrim with guns

Review from Steam

The last thing I did in this game was find my father

Review from Steam

downloaded so many nude mods my pc crashed

Review from Steam

i like men

Review from Steam

This game saved my life.
I am 27.
My ex-wife and I have a daughter together, and adopted our son together. They are now both 4 years old.
When we were going through our separation, I found myself lost and miserable. I was self destructive. I got so mad one day from everything spiraling out of my control that I punched some concrete in a moment of overwhelming emotion. That caused me to break my 5th metacarpal in my right hand... my working hand... my games hand.. the hand that I held and carried my children to bed with.. The hand I desperately needed to make sure I could continue to provide.
After learning of the severity of my self-inflicted damage, I was borderline suicidal. Keep in mind that just a few months before this, I was the happiest man with no history of depression or anxiety. I have never had fits of rage, or been one to break down and cry, but I was in a low spot that just really buried me from being able to see the light on the other side.
Having nothing better to do, I searched for a game I could play, ONE HANDED while I recovered. I somehow stumbled upon this game and read some of the reviews. I decided that it had to be worth a shot... I must admit, I didn't beat the game, or play nearly as long as some of you. In fact, I may have only played this game a day or two.. With that being said, after doing so, I had a new found joy and hope for life. I was able to put behind me the pain and suffering that had been cast over me. I was able to experience other peoples joy and happiness. I was able to see the fruits of my "labor". I relaxed for 5 ♥♥♥♥ing minutes to this music long enough to realize that I was going to be okay.
After coming to that realization, I turned the game off, and I went back to work. It hurt my hand like hell but I was motivated. I stopped feeling so damn sorry for myself, and I became the father I needed to be in that moment, not the weak boy I was behaving as.
Today, I am close friend with my kids mother. We don't fight, or argue, or say hurtful things to each other. We are parents, and friends.
I now have 3 kids. My third child is, wait for it, ALSO 4 YEARS OLD. The woman I am with was going through a very similar situation at the time of my own separation, and we just stumbled in to each others life unexpectedly. We have been in a relationship for a year now, and are very happy together.
Moral of the story, you never know what life holds in store for you, and if I would have given up when all the odds were stacked against me, I wouldn't be where I am today. This silly little game helped me realize that.
Thank you

Review from Steam

Within the first ten hours of playing this game I shot someone, got a critical hit, the camera zoomed in on my bullet as it made a left turn and shot off into the sky, the person I shot up exploded into a million bits and all the other enemies disappeared. My soul ascended in that second. 10/10 must play.

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