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Discussion in 'Fallout 3 Discussion' started by Stiched, Jun 10, 2008.
Yeah. FO3 is the first game I've preorded since, like, GTA3 or something.
Will lend it from a friend or buy X years later from the bargain bin. Probably the former.
So, who's gotten it?
Now that Fallout 3 has been released, who's gotten their hands on a copy and has some impressions for us?
I always like to hear "regular" gamers' impressions over a game reviewer's.
Installing it, "Window Live" components took about 20 mins then Directx components took about 10. I played bioshock "game for windows" so all that stuff should have been pretty current. Also my "auto run" didn't work.
I think I will grab the steam version on Thursday (i get paid end of week).
I picked it up. Not liking it, even as a game. The FPS mechanics in it are clunky and stupidly enough your damage with a weapon is determined by your skill (Retarded). The RPG elements are idiotic in their design and the writing is just a bit better then Oblivions but still absolutely appalling. Allow me to share an encounter with an NPC (This is a guy in megaton, while not word for word it pretty much went like this.
"Well hey there stranger! Have you heard about the Enclave? Those good ol boys are bringing back the glorious U S of A!"
"Wow they sound really great."
"You bet! Take care!"
Eh, that's what I'm afraid of. For all of Oblivion's "depth", every cave/dungeon/tomb felt exactly the same. Not to mention ridiculous "spontaneous" dialogue.
I think it would be more like Enzo Ferrari not parking a Fiat Panda in his garage.
I've had the game for a little over a week as a friend gave me his works PC review copy (they got PC, 360 & PS3) and this is a brief overview.
-Core stats (SPECIAL) don't appear to have too much bearing on game choices options etc. I'm lvl 7 (roommate is 10) and nothing really comes to bumping them up save increasing skills.
-Skills are what this game drives on, has more relevance then core stats. Hacking/Lock pick have minimum requirements to even attempt etc.
-RT Combat is a bit clunky and not as polished as other shooters.
-VATS is very heavy handed. I have 60 on small guns and can easily dispatch all characters I've encounter. Criticals to the head are almost guaranteed in VATS. Just move in close with a shotgun or Assault Rifle and hit vats.
-VATS cinematic is generally amusing, though it does tend to wear after a bit of play.
-Wasteland is very dense. You don't have to go far to find a structure/map point.
-Dialog is kinda meh, nothing to write home about. I have not encountered much of the humor found in F1 & F2.
-Menus is terrible (pipboy 3000). Novelty wears off as it is clunky and slow to use. F1 &F2 system was much easier to navigate. Only decent part is the inventory (as compared to F1 & 2)
-Starting in the vault is pretty lame
-Most Perks are pretty lame. Suggestion is to get comprehension (there are a lot of books), educated (I think this is the one that gives you more skill points) and then the other that gives you the ability to increases core stats, even if they appear to be back seat to stats)
Although it certainly is not blood brother of fallout 1 or 2, it is an enjoyable game nonetheless.
A friend of mine has gotten it, same friend that actually got me hooked on Fallout in the first place, and says that it doesn't seem terrible. Of course, he's not left the vault yet, so it doesn't really tell me anything.
I've not gotten it yet myself, of course. I have my guinea pig friend to get it and test it out for me before I consider buying.
How are the unkillable children implemented? I know they cannot be killed, and I am pretty sure they are in the game in some places, but what exactly happens if you try to kill them.
I got it, granted, it doesn't WORK, but I have the copy.
I started walking to the Best Buy location 4 miles away at 8:15 PM after searching for the location on google maps. After an hour and 15 minutes, one stop at Mcdonald's, and plenty of dark creepy alleys later, I had to stop at a TGI fridays to ask for their directions on how to get to Best Buy, since I was in this HUGE place with dozens upon dozens of stores. After being hit on by the waitress, she got me a guy who told me how to get to my desired location... a 2 minute walk away. We talked for a short while about Fable 2 and he asked me what I was getting and I told him it was Fallout 3. He wished me luck on my aventure and I walked to the Best Buy.
After getting to the Best Buy at 9:30. I met up with the 2 other people I would be spending the majority of the night with. I never got their names, but they were 15 years old, never played the originals, and apparently had been sitting there ever since the mall closed. Well, we had our fun outside of Best Buy and as I live in Minnesota and it was FREEZING COLD standing still I lit up my lighter and set my sleeve on fire while the other two huddled around it. This, along with our bouncing around opening and closing the automatic doors and standing on the poles outside of the store caused the bleached blonde bimbo manager to come outside and tell us to knock it the fuck off or she would kick us out. After my friend for the night called her a bitch behind her back, she kept giving us mean looks from inside the store and I feared that she heard.
As the night went on, we went closer to the window to have a peek inside. There were two large power armor Brother of Steel soldiers standing menacingly next to a large table with a whole bunch of Fallout 3 games and, ironically, one Wii fit underneath it. We promptly joked about how we were going to steal it and put it in our rooms when a bunch of 20 something nerds in a car drove past and said, "You guys here for Fallout 3?!" "Yeahh", I said, and seeing how the line consisted of 3 people, one of which was not even going to get the game, they drove away to get something to eat.
Near 11:00, several cars were parked with their headlights on as they were smart and stayed in the warmth. As our toes froze into popsicles and we stuck our hands inside of our sweatshirts another man, finally, arrived to give us company. He complained loudly about the crappy music playing outside the store and 'impressed' us with his Knowledge of video games. When I told him I was getting Fallout for the PS3 he laughed at me for choosing the crappy version so I just ignored him.
Finally, the moment of truth arrived. People came out of their cars and the line grew to about 20 people. When the doors opened, the bleached blonde bimbo told us how it was gonna go down and she led us into the warm store. I got suckered into buying the collectors edition and they made us walk by all this merchandise to get to the cash register even though they already knew what we wanted. The whole process was so formal they didn't even let us use the bathroom after standing still in the cold for over 2 hours. After buying my game, they gave us a bag full of goodies and I checked inside to see what was in there. A vault boy pin, vault boy keychain, a sticker, a fallout 3 poster, a t-shirt, and a 'survival guide'. Hmm, not bad for being free. After quickly being escorted out of the store, I realized the long walk I had for home.
Talking to myself the whole way, my bladder began to nag at me and instead of waiting to go all the way back to the university, and since all the gas stations were closed, I found a lovely patch of bushes by the highway that met all my needs. Finally, cold and exhausted, I arrived home with my gear in hand. Checking everything out, putting the poster on the wall, and unwrapping the game, I popped that bad-boy into my ps3, only to have... nothing happen. WHAT?! The only game I've been waiting for since forever and it DOESN'T WORK? Then I realized, it wasn't the game, it was my blu-ray laser disc reader. Well, FUCK THAT! Now I have to wait 3 weeks to send in my ps3 just to play the ONE game I have. *cries* The moral of the story is, even after waiting 10 years for something, going through cold and hardships to get the one thing you want, even 3 weeks feels like forever.
You sir, are an idiot.
Now, now, Pope. He's not an idiot, he's an unfortunate fool. His hardships will only continue once he gets a working PS3.
I used to live in MN (for a year), and my good grief, what a God forsaken land.
No insult intended of course.
Picked up my lunchbox
Unfortunately, I have to catch a plane after work and won't get a chance to play it until Thursday, but Fallout 3 is now in my possession, in a Shiny Vault-Tec lunbox.
I probably won't be back at NMA, or any gaming forums, until I'm finished, or a long ways into the game as I really don't like seeing even the smallest of spoilers about what's coming. I won't be reading reviews, or listening to anyone else's impressions until I make my own.
Its perhaps a little mean but its impossible not to laugh about the humor of that situation.
Had this tid-bit to add from another post.
As to the PS3 issue, appearantly you're not alone. For those that can get it too run on their PS3, numerious graphical and AI issues seem to be arrising. I'd suggesting reading the GameSpot review and proceeding to the second page that details said issues (PS3).
We don't allow warez talk, so you may want to edit that bit out.