The Fallout series has a long and beloved history with gamers and the latest in the series makes excellent first or third-person use of that tradition.
Set in a post-nuclear Apocalyptic dystopian future – in which everything has a slightly 1950s feel due to the fact that the bomb hit in... the 1950s – the game sees players first having to make their way out of the underground Vault 101 mini-city.
Using good solid RPG stat and inventory balancing that will appeal to lovers of detail, planning and strategy, Fallout 3 blends in first and third-person shooter style familiar to Call of Duty, GTA and Metal Gear Solid fans.
All of this is played out in a graphically rich open world. And if the visuals are not enough, then the atmospheric soundtrack will be enough to lure and then retain gamers of all tastes.
Once in, there are a series of side-quests than can be carried out to build up the points, experience and skills needed to complete the task of discovering what happened to your in-game father. He, like you, escaped Vault 101.
The less experienced shoot-'em-up player will also benefit from the ingenious targeting and combat system (V.A.T.S.) that adds in the playability of turn-based gaming to the fast-paced action of the traditional blaster. This is just one of the elements of a huge... no, vast gaming experience on console.
With the Game of the Year edition you get a spot of bonus content, too - hours of extra play thanks to the inclusion of all five downloadable content packs.
A really great single player RPG. The storyline is extensive and allows a lot of freedom in how the game plays out. The world is enormous and has plenty of side quests and character customization to make it very fun and a long-lasting game. The add-on missions are extensive and add a large amount of gameplay. Can be graphic at times so maybe not suited to younger players, but definitely the best RPG I have ever played!