Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition

October 14, 2009 – 2:37 pm | by saunderss

fallout3Scheduled for a 16th October UK release, Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition will hit UK shelves in just over a week. For those who haven’t already played Fallout 3 in its original form, this is your cue to trade in that useless pre-war money for some bottle caps.

Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition bundles the original Fallout 3 with all five downloadable content add-ons for the game. When you consider that these cost 360 owners 800 Microsoft points a pop (or £6.80 for those of us who still use real money) the deal starts to seem much tastier. Currently priced at £29.99 on Amazon, the ‘saving’ is already staggering before the inevitable price drop. When all five DLC add-ons would usually come to the total of £34, it’s already paid for itself without factoring in the price of the game disc.

Fallout 3’s main story is seen through the eyes of ‘The Lone Wanderer’; a blank slate of a protagonist whose young life has been spent in an underground ‘Vault’, hidden away from the harsh realities of the post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland above ground. Naturally, you end up leaving the Vault to face several game-altering decisions such as whether or not to detonate an active atomic bomb in the middle of a small town for a pile of cash.

Fallout 3 is a massive, open-ended and immersive gaming experience that developers Bethesda know how to do better than anyone else. Anyone who played 2006’s Oblivion will know exactly what I mean. The amount of freedom you get in both these games has actually been known to alienate some players used to a more linear experience. This could be partially down to the fact you can pretty much steal everything and kill everyone, apart from some of the game’s more major characters, who are instead rendered ‘unconscious’. It’s a game that often requires more thought than current titles, being a role-playing game with first person shooter elements and not the reverse.

The additional content brought by each of the downloadable add-ons is also worthwhile, each adding around 6 hours of additional play time to the game. They all follow their own separate story arc that takes place away from the main area of the Wasteland.

Operation: Anchorage, for example, takes place within a military simulation, where you help release Alaska’s largest city from its Chinese invaders. Broken Steel, on the other hand, deals directly with the events following the main storyline, as well as raising the level cap from 20 to 30.

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