One of the things I always think is lost with many critics of Fallout 3 is that it's a remake. It's basically a retelling of Fallout 1 and 2 in miniature. While the Water Chip story is gone, it's replaced with building a gigantic water purifier (which is what the water chip does) and covers most of the same story beats you'll have in the original game. Raiders Super Mutants The Enclave John Henry Eden is the Master substitute you can talk to death You can't go home again to your Vault, being kicked out for the Vaults own good The Brotherhood of Steel Really, the game is basically The Force Awakens. It's an attempt to retell the original games in such a way that an entire new generation of fans can be introduced to all of the wonders of Fallout and its lore. It's why I have difficulty with a lot of fans who keep saying they should have introduced new factions for the East Coast. That misses the point. The vast majority of console gamers will never play Fallout 1 and 2 but they deserved a chance to be introduced to the world and lore. Which is what Fallout 3 did, setting up new gamers to experience the lore.