I will preface this review by saying that my personal preference for games is the First Person Shooter genre (FPS), preferably ones with a dystopian or sci-fi theme (Halo, etc). Fallout is unique in that the play is nonlinear, which makes for an engaging experience. You determine the initial characteristics and attributes of your character, and each decision you make following your escape from Vault 101 impacts those attributes.
There are tons of weapons, lots of NPCs, a decent amount of quests (marked and unmarked), spooky ambience and freaky zombie-like creatures. The stress relief of being able to kill things, and the depth of an RPG-- it's a win-win. There are a few bugs and glitches here and there-- just remember to save frequently, and you'll be just fine. Online there is a Fallout 3 wikipedia called "The Vault" which has a comprehensive walkthrough and virtually any information you could possibly want regarding players, places, weapons, armor, etc. I highly recommend new players look it up online, as it saves some frustration in the short term.
I've been playing for a few weeks now, and its still fun. Remember to explore the whole map and complete the side quests before completing the main quest tho. Overall, lots of fun, but a co-op mode would have been nice. Recommended.
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