So I’ve been playing Fallout 3 on the Playstation 3 a whole lot lately, and I must say that I’m digging this game. I’ve created a good character–which is unusual for me, I tend to prefer evil characters in these sorts of games–and I’ve been doing a whole lot of the quests.
One of the biggest things that’s helped me in the game is the Galaxy News Radio station which encourages me to continue in the story. It’s a lot of fun to hear Three-Dog talk about your progress on GNR, and it makes you curious about what he’d have to say next. The music is limited and very repetitive, and unfortunately so are the news clips if you don’t keep the story moving along.
Fallout 3 has no lacking for places to explore or things to discover. For the more casual gamers among us, it’s also not too difficult to keep going as the story progresses. It’s pretty easy to keep up and it’s also pretty easy to understand how the story is progressing.
As with most Bethesda games, however, this game is simply littered with bugs, glitches, and often illogical problems (such as finding the body of one thing you killed among the parts of others that you have also just killed). Bethesda could and should prevent so many of these issues with simple interface changes, perhaps an interface that shows you that there are multiple possible bodies or containers (or both) to search, and having you select which one you wish to search without having to exactly point at it. Also, behind the Washington Monument there’s a giant pile of rubble that you can glitch into. This game is also devoid of meaningful internationalization. For those of us who speak English, this is not a problem, but the US’s neighbors to the north (at least some of them) and many Europeans might not appreciate this game as much since almost everything is English… interface, dialog, subtitles, etc.
My biggest problem with this game, however, is the completely lacking after-market support for the Playstation 3. Bethesda needs to, at some point, decide whether it wants my Playstation 3 play or not. Having played this game on both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, it’s my opinion that the load times are considerably shorter, and the game is more responsive on the Playstation 3 than it is on the Xbox 360. Unfortunately, Bethesda has decided to not provide downloadable content for this game through Playstation Network, so all of those cool add-ons that Xbox 360 players get to enjoy I miss out on because of a stupid business decision.
- Excellent story with many fun and interesting quests and sub-quests.
- Immersive environment in many ways: radio, billboards, buildings, recognizable sites and buildings to see.
- Interesting weapons.
- Not too difficult for the more casual gamer.
- Performs quite well on Playstation 3
- Great trophies support.
- Music is repetitive, as is the news radio.
- The environment doesn’t exactly scream 23rd century… looks more like something from a stereotypical 1950′s setting like what you see in Bioshock.
- Very buggy.
- No Playstation Network downloadable content.
- Poor internationalization.