So I just got done playing Fallout 3 and I have to say, I don't get why people think it's so great. First of all, there's no capacity for roleplaying. All of your choices either don't matter or get wiped away. Prime example is that quest everyone mentions, Power of the Atom. Disarm the nuke and live in the corrugated metal death shack that Lucas Simms dares to call a "house". Nuke the shithole and get a place with running water. Hard choice, I know. And if you do nuke it, your father mentions it; too bad he just slaps you on the wrist. ROOOOOOOOLEPLAAAAYYYYY. Can we talk about the aesthetic? Trash everywhere does not = Fallout. This game supposedly takes place years after Fallout 2, a game in which people were starting to build adobe houses; and you can't be fucking bothered to sweep up the rubble everywhere? Part of this is admittedly due to the setting, which is urban Washington DC... Let's get something straight. *exhales slowly* Fallout has always been a Western. Let's just admit that. It's a series about people resettling a harsh frontier, and beginning again. It is not "HAHA bombed out buildings, am I right fellow gamurz?! NUKES YOU CAN LAUNCH FROM A GLORIFIED SLINGSHOT!! FEV! MUTANTS! LOLOLOLOLOLL" and I'm starting to think that anyone who believes that it is, and enjoys this game, is a lobotomite. And let's talk about the shit gameplay. No real iron sights, for one thing. It's a fucking shooter, for another. Next. And what about character background? Leaving the vault? AGAIN? Jesus fuck good grief, try something new!! New Vegas did this with the ambiguous Courier; why the Hell am I forced to be a goody two shoes Christian vault dweller? Which leads me to my last point, roleplaying. All you can be is good. If you're bad, the game seems to punish you, with ending slides calling you a monster even if you sacrifice yourself for humanity. No unique endings or chance for a "Red Dead Redemption" here, folks, just a fuckin' middle finger to the player with one of three generic endings, the neutral one of which NOT EVEN COMMENTING ON YOUR ACTIONS. And factions? PFFFT. BoS and Enclave. Roleplay as a BoS paladin and install Broken Steel, fucko, because Fallout is all about those wacky metallic monks. What will they do next, amirite? Oh, and the VA isn't very conducive to roleplay, because every fucking character hams it up, and sounds like they jumped out of an episode of Leave It to Beaver. In conclusion, 3 is terrible, and I can't see why so many people like it.